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abyone here from europe with a modified sporty? #1038718 12/02/11 12:19 PM
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hadtomer Offline OP
Hey - got back home yesterday from a short trip to spain- when suddenly i noticed- you dont ever see a modified sporty in europe.

the rare ones that you do see are always turbodiesel - and always on 205/70 tires- no lift. i travel a lot to europe, and when i think about it- on al the rigs that i have seen - fron a snow covered silver sporty in saas fe in the alps to a black one in lake COMO - i have NEVER seen a sporty with any modifications....

Why is that?

2001 sporty. 4 inch lift+ body lift-front lovlells coils+extended forks. reat tj. monroe shocks. full skid plate, auxilary fan. external oil cooler. maxxis 8060 235/75 R15 tires on american racing wheels. trackfinder rear diff lock.
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Re: abyone here from europe with a modified sporty? [Re: hadtomer] #1038719 12/03/11 10:53 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
From US.. I dunno. I know they're rarely modded here in US cause most American's mindsets is bigger is better, Go big or go home mentality.. Kia is not big, therefore considered inferior to a Chevy,Ford,Dodge.. Jeep is primary small off-roader here and Jeeps are built for it so it's hard to bring a sportage into the picture here.. However I've noticed benefits of a sportage over a jeep. They handle better on the road then a jeep I think. The mindset has slowly been opening up to imports but Toyota takes alot of attention with their tacomas and 4runners. Most people with a modded sportage didn't buy the sportage knowing they would one day mod it. I didn't know I would, lol. I thought my suv was a timebomb (kia, lol). but then I realized it was mazda's powerplant and from there the love grew. I wouldn't own any other KIA (besides a sportage)pre 06-09 ish.. The newest ones are pretty impressive though. Their quality has REALLY improved! I see it at the shop i work for.

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Re: abyone here from europe with a modified sporty? [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #1038720 12/24/11 12:26 PM
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shorty_sporty Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever

Not everyone can appreciate the true form that our rigs can take, and obviously because there is no dedicated off-the-shelf lift kit to make them a capable off road weapon and the general opinion surrounding any Korean manufactured vehicle they are shunned.

More fun for us I say!!

1997 Sportage - Extended forks, Dobinsons 2 inch front lift coils, rear Dobinsons TJ lift coils, GME UHF, $8 bullbar (I love eBay!)
2001 HZJ78 Troopcarrier - 2 inch lift, extended shocks, Ex Mine vehicle. Still has yellow reflective stripe! - GONE
2011 Toyota Aurion - For the wife!
Re: abyone here from europe with a modified sporty? [Re: shorty_sporty] #1038721 01/16/12 09:43 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
So true.. more fun for us indeed! Plus that just makes the retail value of our rigs go down.. If general population knew what these things can do, the price value could easily double! You guys in Australia are lucky though. You have a few aftermarket suppliers for the sportage.. Seen two or three. One was a reprogrammed ECU. Another was a Snorkel kit. You guys really know how to off-road down there. I like the style.. More USA off-roaders just want to go mudding or rock crawling. To each their own I suppose but the day the roads get jammed up real bad and I need to get out of the city fast due to a nuke threat or something, I wanna have the rig that CAN do it and have the gear for it.. crossing barbed wire fences through muddy fields goin 60mph on land and stuff.. If money were no thang, I'd love to have something like the new Ford F150 Raptor! Now that's a truck! Just needs a snorkel and it's good to go! Now the day Ford makes an small SUV like the sportage with the same stuff as the Raptor, I will probably piss myself in excitement! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Re: abyone here from europe with a modified sporty? [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #1038722 01/21/12 09:30 PM
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DennisThompson Offline
Body Damage is Cool
That Rapter is a true multipurpose truck, I would love to see Ford make a true Wrangler fighter, even though I have a Wrangler. A new "real" Bronce would be sweet, not the Excape based concept they where showing a few years back. My Kia on 31s will defenitly out wheel my Jeep on 31s, it's just much easier to put 35s on a Jeep than a Kia with out going radical and right now I want to put my time and money into my 61 F100 not the Kia. I can have the Jeep where I want it much cheeper.


Last edited by DennisThompson; 01/21/12 09:33 PM.

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