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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 4runnernomore] #866798 07/07/10 02:31 AM
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After reading this thread a few times, I moved into lifting my Grand Sporty, so I got a few of the parts.

However I'm debating about what to do in the front. What I got from reading is that you may opt for longer springs (IRONMAN or similar) or simply put a spacer on top of the strut (right?).

I was wondering what are the pros & cons of each.

The spring seems to me to "open/extend" the front shock, while the spacer seems to just extend the whole "arm" and probably forcing your tires inward (reason for alignment)

Well, that's just what it seems to me, but I will appreciate your comments and/or recommendation on one option or the other.

Thx,

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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: Gerry_CR] #866799 10/21/10 07:37 PM
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2dye4 Offline
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Im fabbing up some 2in spacers for the front.

My questions is has anyone had any experience with the rear springs from a Jeep JK, 2007-2010 4 door. Ive read they give the TJ a 1in lift so Im thinking on a Sporty it will be a 5in in the rear?

Anyone use these newer springs?
Also will the OEM Jeep rear shocks fit?

Thanks

Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 2dye4] #866800 10/21/10 10:31 PM
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What is the number on the spring? its length and spring rate.

The difference between 104's and 106's on a sportage is 1". I have never read what the difference is on a Jeep.

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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: Everet] #866801 10/22/10 03:54 PM
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What is the number on the spring? its length and spring rate.

The difference between 104's and 106's on a sportage is 1". I have never read what the difference is on a Jeep.

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Thanks Everet, these are off the new Wrangler 4 door with the tow package.

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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 2dye4] #866802 10/22/10 04:45 PM
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http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.php?85825-Lets-Solve-the-Stock-Springs-Question

lots of info on JK springs in this link.

I think Ill be going with the 255aa from a two door JK, the 4 door springs seem a bit stiffer and a tad longer.

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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 2dye4] #866803 10/30/10 11:37 PM
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4runnernomore Offline
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I have made an enquiry with a new company in australia about suspension (OFF ROAD BOSS.

http://www.offroadboss.com.au/

I was drawn to them in a magazine as the picture of their rear shock does not have a dust cover which would eliminate some of the problems we have with lifting the rear, the rear shock position larger tyres on stock rims. I looked on their website this morning and the also do an adjustable height front strut. The shocks are also valve and rebound adjustable. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> Here's hoping that they are able to assist us with our never ending urge to modif our Sporties. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />

I personally am looking at a three in lift with Dobinson Springs but if they can do four with out cv issues etc I could be be swayed that way. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Cheers Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 4runnernomore] #866804 11/05/10 06:27 AM
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4runnernomore Offline
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G'Day all,

I have spoken to Offroad Boss in Queensland Australia and sent a whole heap of photos of the front struts and rear shocks. Also sent through a few photos of the good work that has been achieved on this site in lifting the Sporty's. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> They are pretty confident at this stage from the photos that they can do something to help us out. They were also very surprised about the travel that can be achieved. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

Fingers crossed we may have adjustable dampening longer front struts and rear shocks without the problem dust cover for the rear.

I will keep you all updated as I am going to be the guinea pig on this. I need to replace the suspension on my sporty and the front struts are passed there use by date as well.

Cheers, Chris

Last edited by 4runnernomore; 11/05/10 06:30 AM.

97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.
Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: 4runnernomore] #866805 11/29/10 07:37 AM
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bingocouple Offline
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Where can I find the springs for the lift on a 2000 kia sportage, I just got one and would like to lift it. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Can I just go the the auto parts store and get them? If so, what brand and part numbers do I need? Thanks again.

Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: bingocouple] #866806 11/30/10 05:00 AM
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Sportege_Panicmech Offline
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You can't just order a lift kit for a sportage at your average parts store. There's only a couple options. They will probably look at you funny too. Everet can get your front end lifted with his custom spacers and swaybar extensions. He makes them and knows what he's doing and has all the info you'll need to put a lift together. You'll just need to search for the parts to lift the rear. You'll see his link on his signature. He had a post a few posts above here to go to his site. The parts we usually use on the rear come from rear Jeep TJ springs part# 104AA (3"lift for sportage) and 106AA (4" lift). You'll need shocks that travel farther than Sportage's OE shock. The 99 Toyota Rav 4 Shock has the proper travel and ride firmnesss to acomodate the springs.
To answer another's question, A lift WILL alter an alignment whether you use longer springs or spacers.. the result is the same.. the length from the top of the strut to the double wishbone still increases.
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Re: Lifting a kia sportage? Look here first! Also tire size recommendations. [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #866807 11/30/10 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the info, I emailed Everet but havent heard back yet.
Is there a certain year TJ that I should be looking for for the springs? How about the shocks? any certain year?

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