15leafsv
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Lifting a Leaf

Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:58 pm

I know...I know - it's a totally insane idea that will have a negative effect on handling. But here goes anyway.

My employer has been kind enough to supply free charging for his employee's with EV's. Sadly, I live in Vermont, and even with my snow tires, the Leaf is so low, I've damaged the lower front bumper and the undercarriage driving it thru the snow and ice. I can feel the ice thumping on the underside, and am worried it's just a matter of time before I damage the battery.

Again, I know this is crazy, but does anyone know of a way to lift the leaf? I figure 6 inches would do it. Again, I realize how crazy the idea is, but I'm hoping there is a kit or maybe someone knows of some parts from another Nissan that would allow me to do it.

Thanks in advance.

estomax
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm

the easiest way to get some lift would be installing spacers between the top of the shock and the shock tower, front and back. i would start examining those areas. There are no pre configured kits that i know of for this though. if you are trying to do anything more than an inch you will probably not be able to get the car aligned with the stock suspension.

another easy route is installing oversize tires, that alone can get you an inch of ground clearance with minimal side effects. just have to keep in mind that the speedo will be off by the % you oversize.
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:55 pm

You might also want to try to get the plastic and fiber undercarriage covers duplicated in fairly thick aluminum.
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:35 pm

You could mount a snow plow on the front, make a little money on the side too :D
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RePo
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm

That much lift will put the front CV joints at a steep angle, Their life span will be short.
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Evoforce
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:14 pm

Plenty of people drive these cars in the snow and ice. You appear to be on a lark!
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:12 pm

RePo wrote:That much lift will put the front CV joints at a steep angle, Their life span will be short.

I never thought about it before, that must be why it's mostly rear wheel drive cars from the 70s that get turned into donks. Perhaps we'll never see a LEAF converted to one.
That makes me sad.
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15leafsv
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:21 pm

Evoforce wrote:Plenty of people drive these cars in the snow and ice. You appear to be on a lark!


many of the roads i have to drive on everyday to get to work aren't aren't plowed. Fresh (soft) snow is no problem - it's when the snow melts a little and re-freezes. Large clumps of ice have pretty much chewed up my underside. I've had to replace the front bumper twice, and have to do it again. I was thinking about getting a RAV 4, but I really like my Leaf...if there was an easy way to lift it, or a kit, or parts from a another nissan that I could swap in to lift it, I'd do it. Really just seeing if anyone has done this or has any info.

Thanks for the replies everyone

15leafsv
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:23 pm

estomax wrote:another easy route is installing oversize tires, that alone can get you an inch of ground clearance with minimal side effects. just have to keep in mind that the speedo will be off by the % you oversize.


Great idea. I wonder how big I can go without rubbing?

tattoogunman
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Re: Lifting a Leaf

Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:08 pm

A guy just did the Mongol Rally in a lifted Nissan Leaf, you can find more about it here and Google Nissan Leaf Adventures to find his blog, Facebook, etc. http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/ ... ally-entry

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