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Introducing myself #1011840 10/28/10 06:22 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 23
jfrey123 Offline OP
Need a Spot
Hi everyone. I stumbled onto this 4x4 forum a few days ago, and was shocked to find that there was actually a dedicated sub-forum for our little Kias. Seeing that I had to join and start learning from some of the other owners around. Lot of good looking Sportages, but I'm hoping there are a few Sorento owners like myself lurking in the shadows.

My specs:

2005 Sorento LX - 3.5L V6 with 5 speed manual
2" Daystar spring spacer lift - 265/75R16 BFG's fitted

Front bumper hacked off after rock damage, waiting to custom fab replacement. First on the fab list are rock sliders with steps integrated.

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This pic is just after installing the lift with stock sized tires still equipped:
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2005 Kia Sorento LX - 3.5L with 5 speed manual
2" Daystar spring spacer lift - 265/75R16 BFG's fitted
Custom front bumper with hitch mount, sliders, engine skid.
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Re: Introducing myself [Re: jfrey123] #1011841 10/28/10 06:43 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 316
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homerdog Offline
Mudrunner
Welcome to the site. That Sorento looks pretty good with the lift. I just bought a 2007 and was thinking about putting a lift on. Did you do it yourself? How easy (or hard) is it to do?


2001 Sportage, TJ 106's, Everet spacers and bumpstops, Bilstein shocks on the rear, cone filter, Crager wheels, 235-75-15 Goodyear tires. Custom front winch bumper by Dave Scott. Currently DOA, but it is a work in progress.
2011 Kia Forte EX
Re: Introducing myself [Re: homerdog] #1011842 10/28/10 10:00 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 23
jfrey123 Offline OP
Need a Spot
The Daystar lift is easy. 5 bolts per side on the front. We jacked it up so both front wheels were off the ground, used the floor jack to lift the lower control arm (which made it easier to undo the top ball joint). Unbolt the coilover (three top, one bottom) and it slides right now. No need to compress the spring or disassemble the coil, just stack the spacer on it and reverse the tear down steps.

For the rear, IIRC we only had to drop the shocks and rear track bar (maybe the sway bar too?). Axle dropped right down and we slid the spacers in above the coils.


Best, easiest and cheapest mod I've done so far.


2005 Kia Sorento LX - 3.5L with 5 speed manual
2" Daystar spring spacer lift - 265/75R16 BFG's fitted
Custom front bumper with hitch mount, sliders, engine skid.
Re: Introducing myself [Re: jfrey123] #1011843 10/29/10 12:51 AM
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 598
DEFBOY35 Offline
Rock Warrior
welcome to the site! nice looking sorento., cant wait to see the future mods.

there have been a few times i have thought of swapping to a sorento and doing the solid axle to it instead, but have stuck with my sporty.

i would love to get my hands on one though and figure out a 4-6" lift with a dif drop.


2000 SPORTY, DEF BOY customs, mmm....lockers, mmm... gears, mmm... double transfer case, mmm... stroker
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2377991
Re: Introducing myself [Re: jfrey123] #1011844 10/30/10 02:06 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,396
DennisThompson Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Welcome, awsome Sorento! I have wanted a one ever since I drove one when they first came out. I hope you find this forum informitive, we don't have alot a Sorento owners but we are starting to a few. I would love to know more about them and get one down the road.

Again, Welcome, Dennis


95 Sportage, gone but not forgotten.
98 Jeep TJ, 4" Zone springs with RC Long arms, Ford 8.8", 4.56 gears & Detroit locker rear, D30, 4.56 & Detroit Trutrack front.
Re: Introducing myself [Re: DennisThompson] #1011845 10/31/10 03:30 AM
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Posts: 433
Sportege_Panicmech Offline
Mudrunner
I see a rear diff. Is it AWD or 4WD? I.O.W., is it rear wheel drive or front primarily?

Re: Introducing myself [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #1011846 10/31/10 05:47 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,396
DennisThompson Offline
Body Damage is Cool
The 1st Gen Sorento is a true 4wd just like our Sportage with a low range, They have been in 4 wheeler and 4wheel & Off Road magizines 4 wheeler of the year tests a few times, when they first came out and when they came out with the bigger V6. Each time they amazed the testers on how well they did placing very high in the test. Just like the Sportage with some extra ground clearance they are very capable on the trail and will suprise many of the so called hard core off roaders.

Dennis

Last edited by DennisThompson; 10/31/10 05:50 PM.

95 Sportage, gone but not forgotten.
98 Jeep TJ, 4" Zone springs with RC Long arms, Ford 8.8", 4.56 gears & Detroit locker rear, D30, 4.56 & Detroit Trutrack front.
Re: Introducing myself [Re: DennisThompson] #1011847 10/31/10 08:44 PM
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Posts: 433
Sportege_Panicmech Offline
Mudrunner
Well well!! I didn't know Kia had another real off-roader. Nice!

Re: Introducing myself [Re: DennisThompson] #1011848 11/01/10 06:06 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 23
jfrey123 Offline OP
Need a Spot
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The 1st Gen Sorento is a true 4wd just like our Sportage with a low range,



Very true: full ladder frame, 4 lo transfer case, Eaton produced a carbon fiber LSD in the rear axle. It's actually one of the more aggressive LSD's I've had, I'm constantly getting inner tire chirps when cornering in town unless I'm careful on the throttle. Make the 'e-brake locker' really easy to use on the trails.

'03-'06 Sorentos are great. Some had the 3.3L which had less power than the 3.5L, but had timing chains on the DOHC which means no belt changing. Also, like mine, they were available with 5 speed manuals. From '06-'10 they did a face lift on the lights, added a 3.8L and took away the 5 speed manual. They also took away 2wd and LSD, adding a full time 4wd with a low range that isn't as capable with a completely open rear axle. In 2011, they made the Sorento into a FWD/AWD unibody minivan, an ugly abomination that needs to die.


Some more pics if anyone is interested:

These first two are about 3 years old. I had just gotten upgraded tires in the stock size of 245/70R16.
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This one was taken with a local 4x4 club on a popular trail. I had added the spring spacers but hadn't upgraded tire size yet. The Kia walked up and down this rut with no problem what so ever.

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2005 Kia Sorento LX - 3.5L with 5 speed manual
2" Daystar spring spacer lift - 265/75R16 BFG's fitted
Custom front bumper with hitch mount, sliders, engine skid.

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