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Sportage Newbie Questions

Posted By: Shaar

Sportage Newbie Questions - 03/31/08 04:58 AM

My girlfriend and I picked up a 4x4 base model sportage for rather cheap, and i'm now interested in doing a few things to it. Which brings me to my questions that i couldn't find when i searched:

1) For a small lift (~2 inches), what parts do i use and how do i go about doing so. DIY somewhere?

2) I would like some fender flares for the wider wheels and tires i'll be putting on this summer, where do i get some? If they aren't available for the sportage, is there another vehicle's flares that fit the sportages?

3) Front grill guard/bull bar... I've seen many with them, can't find them online. Is there one that is made for another vehicle that will fit the sportage?

4) Wheels: Is there a preferred offset that I should shoot for? Or any 5x5.5 wheels? I want to fit some 15x8 wheels with 30x9.5x15 tires. Will these be ok for daily driving around town?

I think that about covers it all, i apologize for the novel. smile Can't wait to have fun with my sportage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: wyodriver4

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 03/31/08 05:23 PM

Posted By: Hydra747

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 03/31/08 05:51 PM

Wyodriver4....You got Cake <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Happy 21st! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: wyodriver4

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 03/31/08 10:13 PM

thanks hydra! cept its 19th not 21st lol. for my birthday my dad and i are installing the lift i bought off jaybur ages ago. its a blizzard out or i would be taking plenty of pics. will post the end results though.
Posted By: Everet

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 03/31/08 11:35 PM

thanks hydra! cept its 19th not 21st lol.

PUPPY!!! (what day was your bday? mine was sunday)

Not to hijack the link but how do you like the Kumho's. Was looking at their mud ones but settled on TreadWrights.

Posted By: wyodriver4

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/01/08 01:40 AM

birthday was today. i really like em. havent actually had a chance to get them on anything more than muddy dirt roads but they handle snow and ice excellent. my dad had em on his work truck and they kicked butt, only thing they couldnt handle was deep clay and even then they did ok if you used 4lo.
Posted By: wyodriver4

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/01/08 01:54 AM

sorry to not really answer earlier, was in a rush and just wanted to point you in the right direction.

(1)dunno what you would use for a 2" lift, like the sticky says a 3" is just as easy and looks better and is more functional. there is also a body lift kit here http://4crawler.com/4x4/ForSale/KiaSportageBodyLift.shtml what exactly are you lifting for?

(2)cant find any fender flares for my ride yet, working on fabbing some up. its a ways down the list though.

(3)http://www2.partstrain.com/store/?N=10924+1646+4294967269+9357 this is a universal grille guard, i think it looks pretty good. i know there is a bull bar out there as well.

(4) i got some 15x8 rims with 4 inch rear spacing, and i havent had a problem at all. no rubbing at all. i think anything aftermarket with a 5x5 1/2 lug spacing should work fine.

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/01/08 03:20 AM

I found a brushgaurd @ the local dealership & after a year traded it to a friend when I installed a custom bumper.

The Stealership gaurd is on the red 4 door Kiwi
The Custom one installed on the Rokia was originally made for a Samurai welded to the frame with a 9000i Warn

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A more closeup photo of the brushgaurd

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As for a mild lift to fit some larger tires = check out the previous threads on the body lift, this is the most cost effective - cheap modification along with some trimming of the front bumper & fenders. You can go bigger with suspension mods later.

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Posted By: DennisThompson

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/02/08 12:35 AM

I can build you a 2" lift that will clear 30x950s. I build the upyourkia spacers that alot of the guys here run. I have a combination of Eibach springs and upyourkia spacers front and stock Jeep TJ springs rear. Send me an email for more info and prices.

Thanks, Dennis (upyourkia@yahoo.com)

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Posted By: Shaar

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/02/08 07:59 AM

Dennis that sportage looks great smile I am buying a set of 15x8 ford steel wheels and coating them black and also have a set of A/T 30x9.50's to toss on there. According to the sticky, i should be able to run these tires without a lift, but i'll have to cut out a section of the front bumper.

What is your price for a 2" body lift? I will be using this for light offroading and don't want to have to modify much.

Thanks for the pic btw, yours is almost a clone of what i have in plans for mine. Mines even white with black wheels too!
Posted By: wyodriver4

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/02/08 04:26 PM

watch those ford rims, alot of them wont fit due to the center holes being too small
Posted By: jaybur

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/02/08 04:36 PM

watch the OEM or stock ford rims. After market rims work fine, as they do not bore them to the same size as the OEM wheels.

you an normally pick up a set of 4 chrome or black F150 steel rims for under $100 used. thats what I did, actually had 2 sets for $100 ! I know that a brand new set of 15x7 or 15x8 can be had for about $180 NEW online, just depends on your needs. (well , wants anyway) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: DennisThompson

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/03/08 12:56 AM

Thanks for the compliment, I have had a lot of fun with this little thing.
My wheels are 15x7 American Racing (62 series) Outlaw II wheels that I had sand blasted. I then applied 7 or 8 coats of gloss black Crylon and 4 or 5 coats of clear crylon. I did them before the the black wheel craze was started and they have held up well. On most factory ford Wheels the center hole is to small for the Kia hub so measure before you put down money on some.
My lifts are strut spacers not body lifts. I sale them for $85.00 for just the front or $170.00 for a front and rear kit plus $15.00 shipping in the U.S. for both. I can make the front to lift from 1.25 inches to 3 inches and the rear 1.5 or 2 inches.

Posted By: Shaar

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/03/08 05:54 AM

Yea i was worried about the hub hole and fitment, but i believe the ones i'm buying should fit. They have a HUGE center hole that almost reach to the lug holes... Here is what i'm working with (this is an older pic. now they are already sandblasted and cleaned and ready for paint soon):

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Posted By: Shaar

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/03/08 05:57 AM

Oh, Dennis.. will i need to modify anything else as far as suspension or steering or anything if i want to run your larger of the kits? And does it just space out the strut/shocks? And if you have pics of some installed that would be awesome <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: DennisThompson

Re: Sportage Newbie Questions - 04/04/08 12:50 AM

Nothing else needs modified, Just longer rear shocks. I send instructions and all front hardware. I also send new rear bumpstops. I don't send hardware for the rear because there are 2 differant ways to install them and I let you pick. I work 10 hour days so I do my welding on Saturdays so if you are interested email me at (upyourkia@yahoo.com) for payment instructions. I check my email every day and I don't get here as often so my email works best. This Saturday is out though I have S&R training all day.

Thanks, Dennis
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