Eurovan Winnebago Lift Kit [Early]
THIS KIT IS DESIGNED FOR EUROVAN WINNEBAGO FULL CAMPERS.
It's time to stop scraping your LPG tank on the gravel and holding your breath while glancing over speed-bumps. Here is the solution to the Eurovan Campers' poor ground clearance.
This kit increases your campers ground clearance two to three inches through a simple suspension lift and level procedure. Consequentially the center of gravity of the van is also raised. To compensate for the reduction in stability, this kit also includes new Bilstein shock absorbers and wider alloy wheels and tires. (To learn more about our tire recommendations for Eurovans, please click here). This results in a ride superior to the factory setup with far greater accessibility to roads that don't happen to be PERFECTLY FLAT.
This kit includes the following:
• (4) Bilstein Extra Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers or Deluxe Fox Shocks
• (4) 16" x 7.5" Alloy Wheels
• (4) 235/60-16 Michelin Defender or Yokohama Geolandar
• (3) 1/2" coil spring spacers
• (4) Wheel centering rings
• (20) lug bolt conversion studs
• (20) lug nuts
Tire options: We offer Michelin Defender T+H or Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. The Defender T+H is Michelin's flagship tire. It is perfect for drivers looking for a long-lasting, comfortable tire that delivers all-season traction in the dry, wet and light snow. The Geolandar is developed for drivers looking for a tough and durable tire capable of withstanding off-road duty while providing long treadlife and year-round traction, even in snow.
Disclaimer: Bilsteins are not designed for prolonged off-road use, especially wash-board type roads. Due to their internal valving, they can and will overheat due to extended periods of off-highway travel. Like any shock Bilstein manufactures, overheating is not covered under the lifetime warranty.
Torsion Bar Adjustment & Wheel Alignment: Simply installing these parts is not all that is required. The front suspension height will need to be adjusted and a 4-wheel alignment is recommended. That requires special tools and a shop with Eurovan experience. We recommend you check out the GoWesty Library article on the subject for more technical information about this process located here.
Constant Velocity Joints: As the CV joints wear out, a wear pattern is created between the CV balls, inner, and outer races. Lifting your vehicle means the drive axles will now be riding at a different angle. Depending on how worn-out your axles are, this may cause a new vibration under load. The two remedies are to either replace the axles with a fresh set, or at least rotate the CV joints so they are loaded in the opposite direction where there is little to no wear pattern to cause vibration. If your vehicle has identical axle lengths on left and right sides (not all models do), you can simply swap the axles left to right and the CVs will be loaded in the opposite direction. If the axles are not the same, the CV joints will have to be removed from the axles and moved to the opposite axle to achieve the same result. This is a good practice regardless of lifting as it will extend the life of your CV joints.
Oversize Tires: These 16” tires are slightly larger than the original factory 16” spare tire in 01-03 year models, but will still fit in the spare compartment. However, they are considerably larger than the 15” tire fitted to 93-00 Eurovans, and will not fit in your spare tire location.
It is perfectly fine to use your factory original spare of any size in the event of a tire failure. Driving with one different size tire will not harm anything. If you have a long way to go, and your flat was a front—it is worth the extra time to move one of the rear, full-size wheels up front so the two fronts match—this will make for a more pleasant (no pulling to one side), and safer drive.
Additionally, the larger circumference tire will cause your speedometer to read slightly slower. Check out our tech article, EV Lift Kit: Will This Affect My Odometer/Speedometer?
Bumper Clearance: Some Eurovans have slightly warped rear bumpers (fenders)—in very rare cases, the 235/60-16 tire/fender clearance will be extremely tight, and some slight trimming of those plastic fenders is required.
After my 91 Westy died, I bought a 2002 eurovan....needless to say, I tore the propane tank off immediately trying to get to a climbing area in Telluride, and was so bummed when I damaged it again on a simple curb leaving a gas station. Something had to be done. I am not an RV'er and don't stay on the pavement. So I researched and researched. I invested in the GoWesty lift kit last week. What a great investment. Although I have not taken it "Off Road" per se, I did take in on a pretty washed out dirt road to a crag here in Durango. It rode so much better over the washboards, and bumps. Even on the highway bumps it felt much better. I used to think the tires were going to explode when I hit a construction bump on the highway. The clearance is so much better too, and it still fits in my garage. I am so happy I did this, I just wish I had done it sooner. I also wish there were more blogs about it. I took a risk in investing the money because I couldn't find any blogs from people who have done this. So I say "DO IT".
-Gretchen, Durango CO.
Hi. I bought my 1997 Eurovan 7 years ago in 2009. It had 65,000 miles on it and was much loved by its first and only owner. We were lucky to find it and have enjoyed many great camping trips all over the west. One thing I have always wanted to do but couldn't quite afford to was install the lift kit with the new wheels and 16 inch tires. Well, I finally did the switch, I bought the lift plates, the Fox shocks and the tires with the very cool chrome wheels. Not only is it finally not dragging the ground but the van is level. My propane tank no longer looks like it will bang on the first speed bump I go over. The ride is remarkably smooth and I don't have the feeling I'm falling over as I go around sharp curves. The most surprising thing is the van has become quieter to drive. The van is, after all, just a big box and the insulation isn't all that great but it has been so much louder than other cars and trucks we drive. Now with this new lift kit I have found it is amazingly quieter. I couldn't be more thrilled having installed the kit and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the Eurovan with the Winnebago interior. It is so worth the money and you'll find you will love your van even more than you thought possible.
- Jerry, Mar Vista CA