"RockMolester" Frankenstein suspension - thoughts on the part list?

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I've recently acquired a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick / Tracker, 4wd 4dr hardtop, 5spd manual, pretty much stock for now:

     https://photos.app.goo.gl/SSyNkLGBXhuzOtLy2

...but not for long! I plan to build it out as an mini overlander, similar to RockMolester's build:

     http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/suzuki/444978-4-door-sidekick-buildup-cool-daily-driver.html

To whit: I've sourced the springs, struts, shocks, and (I think?) the right spacers, but I'd like your opinions on my part list.

Springs:
   Part #ARB2962 (Front) https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/ARB-Old-Man-Emu-Coil-Spring-2962.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=101&t_pt=10226&t_pn=ARB2962
   Part #ARB2955 (Back) https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/ARB-Old-Man-Emu-Coil-Spring-2955.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=101&t_pt=10226&t_pn=ARB2955
Strut: Part #ARBN103S https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/ARB-Strut-N103S.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=90&t_pt=3306&t_pn=ARBN103S
Rear shock: MX-6 Monotube Adjustable Shock Absorber https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/Pro-Comp-MX-6-Monotube-Adjustable-Shock-Absorber-MX6021.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=90&t_pt=3306&t_pn=EXPMX6021
Spacers:
   0.75" (Front) https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/Trail-Master-75-Inch-Leveling-Lift-Kit-TM3407-20010.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=358&t_pt=9333&t_pn=T%2fMTM3407-20010
   1.75" (Back) https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/Rubicon-Express-1-75-Inch-Coil-Spring-Spacer-Lift-Kit-RE1334.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=358&t_pt=3448&t_pn=R%2fERE1334
Camber bolts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HPNWAI/

The spacers are the parts I'm the least sure about, since I can't find the exact make of spacer that the op mentioned back in 2007 (Daystar?), and I'm not sure what dimensions I need to target besides thickness.

RockMolester insists the diff doesn't need to be dropped since he didn't have any cv issues, even with the longer struts/shocks and the upper strut mounts flipped.

Also, I've never installed a lift kit before, but I'm generally mechanically adept - how crazy would it be to attempt to install this myself? I have some options for renting a bay around me (I'm in the San Jose area). I'm not opposed to hiring a reputable shop to do the install, but I'm worried they'll be weirded out by  a 22 yr old Zuk. Advice?

More links for reference on RockMolester's build:
   http://bbs.zuwharrie.com/content?topic=64158.0
   http://www.zukioffroad.com/1995-sidekick-4-door-daily-driver/?page-img5442=1

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Re: "RockMolester" Frankenstein suspension - thoughts on the part list?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 04:40:49 AM »
Try these guys for the spacers...

http://www.daystarweb.com/products.php?id=30

In terms of the installation challenges - it's not difficult - I've done lift kit installations in my drive way, single handedly, in a weekend - using basic hand tools, a floor jack and a couple of sets of jackstands - I did not use a  spring compressor when I installed OME on my GV, but, I was not installing spacers which could make a difference - I got the longer springs in by removing the control arm pivot bolts and removing the arms.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2017, 04:48:39 AM by fordem »
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Re: "RockMolester" Frankenstein suspension - thoughts on the part list?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 04:19:44 PM »
Parts list looks good and it is really just the width on the spacers so you are good

I agree and say go for the self install as you can always take it in to get anything done that you have trouble with

I would suggest a tow bar like the $50 Harbor Freight tow bar and have the tow bar tabs welded on the front - unless you can weld then even better
92 Sidekick 1.6L 16v Calmini\OME 4.5" lift 3" Body Lift OME962 springs in front w\.75" spacers OME955 in rear w\1.75" spacers Extreme Duty Strut Eliminator kit and rear ProComp MX6 Shocks 31X10.50 Nexen M\T   Thorley Header   2" exhaust  Calmini front truss bar and stabilizer and skids   Custom Bumpers and Rock Rails  Limit Straps