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#866508 - 02/04/08 06:40 AM Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *****  
jaybur  Offline
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ashland oregon
Due to all the newcomers asking about lifting a sportage, I think its a good idea to have a sticky right up top to save some of us a little time.!

a few options:

2" lift: Great for getting bigger tires and light off road use. May consist of a taller springs, or coil spacers...." Alignment recommended for max tire life.

3" lift: Probably the most reasonable to get a nice look and gain some clearance for tires and a little more off road use. Will consist of a 2" spacer up front (lifts it about 3 1/4 inches) and using rear coil springs out of a jeep TJ, preferably a hard top model. these TJ springs will get you 3" in the rear. You also need new rear shocks now to accommodate more travel, for this you use rear shocks for a 1998 toyota rav4. Also needed are new bump stops, either from the TJ as well, or through energy suspension, Part number 9.9143 CLICK HERE to go to energy suspension site You will also need drop brackets for the front sway bar. Some ditch the sway bar, but for safe highway cruising, its recommended! You also need an alignment to prevent premature wear on your tires.
(SPACER style lifts are available through dennis_upyourkia

4" lift: Great for getting the MAX lift and most available clearance for the stock IFS front. (any higher and you'll need to go SAS = straight axle swap). Consists of replacing the front stock coil springs with new lift coils. This is a true 4" lift up front. You need different upper spring cups to accommodate the bigger springs (available in kit, or separate) You will need drop brackets for the sway bar as well). REAR you could run TJ springs, but remember the TJ springs are only a 3" lift. For the best results run the new lift coils which are about 4.5" of lift for the rear. As of now this is available as a kit through dave scott, consisting of 4 coil springs, 2 new upper strut mounts, 2 rear shocks, 2 new sway-bar drop legs, new adjustable rear panhard rod, Grade 8 hardware look here for the rocksport gear parts:

CLICK HERE FOR Daves rocksport gear page

You WILL need an alignment after install.

All versions of the lifts are subject to availability, since this is a custom lift, and not off the shelf stuff from a huge company, please be aware it could take awhile to have the parts made.

I Should also add that there are a few body lifts available as well. 1.4" - 3". (expect extra work on anything over 1.4" ) I don't have much info on these, so I will edit this when I get more info on it. (I do not have the body lift myself).

Since I hope to get this stickied, if anyone has anything to add, feel free to either PM me to edit it, OR reply below and I will try to get it edited asap.

Last edited by jaybur; 02/06/08 06:46 AM.

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#866509 - 02/04/08 06:52 AM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: jaybur]  
jaybur  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 394
ashland oregon
TIRES:

stock size is a 205 75 15.

the size most people end up going with is a 30x9.50x15.
I run that size and it feels like its a great size for this rig. You still have decent power and you gain an inch of clearance under the rear axle. "30x9.5 and larger will need a lift, and will also require the rear of the front wheel arch to be trimmed back and the adjacent seam on the firewall to be folded flat..( I run this size of tire on mine)

235 75 15 is also a good choice if you are running a 2" lift. its a very common tire size, so there are many options and styles available. Fits on standard rims, no lift required, although some minor trimming of the underside of the front bumper will be needed (~0.5" x 6" strip)..."

another option is a 31x10.50.15. You will sacrifice power, but gain a little ground clearance. would recommend the 4" lift for running these, or a smaller lift AND a body lift. But if you are running tires this big, why wouldn't you want a suspension lift?

the rim bolt pattern is 5x5.5 . After market rims for an f150 (1996 or older) will fit perfect. The F100/F150/Bronco rims need to be off a 4WD model, the center hole is not big enough on the 2WD models. Suzuki Sammy rims are not suitable as there is too little backspace... (I run a set of after market ford f150 wheels)

some run the 30x9.50 tires on stock rims, its not recommended as the tire will wear more in the center. The recommended width rim for this size tire is 6-7" to get the best life span, and the most tread on the ground where it belongs!

PLEASE feel free to add to this or PM me with anything that should be added.


Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes

#866510 - 02/05/08 06:31 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* *DELETED* [Re: jaybur]  
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#866511 - 02/05/08 07:23 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* *DELETED* *DELETED* *DELETED* [Re: hoosiersporty]  
jaybur  Offline
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ashland oregon
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Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes

#866512 - 02/06/08 06:29 AM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: jaybur]  
Everet  Offline
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Rear Bump Stops from Energy Suspensions are 9.9143 found at Rear Bump Stops
These use a 3/8" allen bolt. Drill a hole into the frame thru the existing hole where the the old bump stop is removed, and then tap the hole and install the new bump stop. If it is too long, just cut it to the proper length.
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WWW.UPYOURKIA.COM White 96,4x4, man.hubs,K&N filter,3row rad, twin 16" fans, 3" body lift, 4" UPYOURKIA LIFT KIT,265/75 16 TreadWrights on DC2 wheels,140 amp alt. dual batts.

#866513 - 02/06/08 04:26 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* [Re: hoosiersporty]  
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The Kia Sportage: When I grow up, I want to be a "HUMMER"

#866514 - 02/06/08 04:26 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* [Re: Hydra747]  
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The Kia Sportage: When I grow up, I want to be a "HUMMER"

#866515 - 02/14/08 08:22 AM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* [Re: jaybur]  
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Louisville, Tennessee
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'02 Sportage 1-3/8" body lift 4" suspension lift 235/75-15's on stock rims

#866516 - 02/14/08 03:45 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. *DELETED* [Re: tnyankee]  
jaybur  Offline
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Posts: 394
ashland oregon
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Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes

#866517 - 02/17/08 01:58 PM Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: jaybur]  
DennisThompson  Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,396
Utah
Jaybur sugested that I post the prices on my upyourkia spacers.

Front and rear $170.00

Front only, $85.00

Rear only $85.00

Shipping $15.00

I still have some 3/4" aluminum that are $75.00, When thay are gone if I get some interest I might make some 1" aluminum level kits. The best way to get in touch with me is my email (upyourkia@yahoo.com)

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.

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