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Suspension been fitted now with photos

Posted By: 4runnernomore

Suspension been fitted now with photos - 03/23/13 09:40 AM

Hi everyone,

After a long time I am finally having my suspension fitted.

Installed are:

Extended 50mm forks
40 mm Dobinsons Springs front
New front struts
Everett's sway bar link extenders
35 mm Dobinsons Springs off a jeep TJ
Rav 4 OME shocks
Adjustable pan had rod
Adjustable diff locater (off the front of a live axle hilux)

To be fitted later next week

New ball joints tie rods upper arms etc
Diff drop kit.

seen it today and man is it high. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />

No longer need to bend down to get into the car.

The Sporty looks hilarious with the standard tyres and rims fitted at the moment. The 35 mm lift TJ springs were the perfect height as the Sporty is dead level front to rear with the 90 mm lift in the front. I will take some measurements from rim to wheel arch to let you all know the height gained. does any one know the stock height? Forgot to take the it before the suspension was put in.

Took it for a quick drive around the in laws back yard and flexed her up. Pan hard is an issue hitting the shock and defiantly need different rims for offset as they had rubbed on the shock as well. I will get photos and post them up.

Have purchased a set of alloy rims off a Grand Vitara XL7 http://auszookers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=37252. to give me some more offset to stop the rear tyre rubbing on the shock and allow for the wider fitment of tyres. 16x7 is the size of the alloy rims with a + 5 offset. Not sure on which size tyre to go,235 x 85 (31.7 x9.5 wide) or 265 x 75 (31.6x 10.4 wide). Hopefully they will be here later in the week as well. They are coming with tyres already fitted 235 60 so at least
I will see how the width looks when they arrive.

looks like I will need to look at the relocation of rear shocks.

will post up photos later in the week with the diff drop fitted.

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Dryver

Re: Suspension been fitted - 03/23/13 04:27 PM

Sounds great, can't wait to see the pics!
Posted By: Runt313

Re: Suspension been fitted - 03/24/13 02:35 PM

hey chris whats an adjustable diff locater? ps sounds like ur almost there hope all goes well!
Posted By: Everet

Re: Suspension been fitted - 03/24/13 05:09 PM

Chris,
Sounds Awesome.

What you need is not offset but BACKSPACING.
Stock 1996 alloy wheels have 5+ inches of backspacing, which can cause rubbing on the shock and shock mount.
I'm running 32" tires on 16"x 8 rims that have 4" of backspacing and they don't even come close to rubbing.

Need some pictures of your rig!!
Everet <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 03/25/13 11:37 AM

Hi Chris,

it is a adjustable torque rod off a the front axle of a Toyota live axle hilux.

it replaces the rear diff locater arm. Yours been a big bum may have two. My model Sporty has one.

it is used to adjust the pinion angle to get rid of vibration. n the iPad so don't have a picture to attach

cheers, Chris
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 04/03/13 12:28 PM

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what is it with salesmen when you say you. Want all joints including lower balljoints and upper suspension arms arms and they don't order them. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif" alt="" />t

So have ordered the lower ball joints and hopefully will have them Friday at the stealers.

I got the price of the upper arms and quickly decided to get them off the net
. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> Here's hoping they fit as I have ordered them from the US <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />.. I can get both arms landed in Aus for cheaper than the price of one here in Australia. $138.90 for the pair including shipping opposed to $270 ea.
Does any one see any issues with the upper arms with the left hand and right hand drive side of things? From what can see they look identical and shouldn't change. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

The good part is my new idler arm, tie rods etc where at the Kia Stealers so
I Was able topick them up today.

My wheels arrived yesterday and picked them up today from the shipping company. ?haven't had a chance to unwrap them as yet.

Will post pics when I do. I reckon the XL7 Grand Vitara Alloys will look cool on the Sporty.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 04/20/13 12:01 PM

Picked up the Sporty today from my brother in law's place. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />

Still needs to have a full alignment, wheel balance etc; to bring everything back into spec as the whole front end was pulled apart fitting up new parts as part of maintanence.

1 3/8 Body lift still has not been fitted yet so not at full height. Current lift is aprox 90 mm but look higher. I forgot to take measurements before fitting up the suspension.

IT feels a little rolly at the moment which hopefully will improve with alignment. Still need to get the bottom rear shocks fitted properly ( bottom shock mount) and will be going to Peddars in Darwin to get them to fix that up and do the alignment (recomended through brother inlaw.)

Fitted the new GV vitara rims as well which makes the Sporty look a lot better. Tyres came with the wheels and are currently 235/60 R16. She looked hilarious with the lift and the standard tyres. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Any way to the photos <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />

Kia lifted
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Needs alignment rear axle hanging left.
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Front diff drop fitted.
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Front diff drop 2
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Front diff drop 3
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Left front with 50mm fork extensions
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right front 50mm forks fitted
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Rear suspension on hoist
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hilux front diff locator fitted to rear Sporty axle
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Rubbage right rear when I flexed up the sporty on a mound with the standard tyres and rims fitted. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" /> Morale of the story if you are lifting your Sporty you need aftermarket rims fitted. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif" alt="" />
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The diff drop has definately worked on the CV angles bringing them back to an aceptable angle. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> I am a bit worried about the front diff drop moving when the front hits something hard and will talk to Runt313 about his setup. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Still not fully decided on tyre size yet but in contention are 265/75 R16 or 235/5 R16 at the moment.

Hope you all enjoy. I think the GV Rims look great. Just need to get rid of the S <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: fokion

Re: Suspension been fitted - 04/20/13 05:27 PM

Having tried 205R 16 (retreated) on suzyki steel rims <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> and I consider it top marginal.

Even in the slitest uhill I forget the 5th gear, thow on the other hand 4th is something like..... 4,1/2 that is not bad....
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 04/21/13 06:35 AM

gearing shouldn't be an issue as I have the 5.38 ring and pin ions to go in along with front diff lock <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Peabody

Re: Suspension been fitted - 04/21/13 11:14 PM

Ah!!! Now I see why the diff-drop kit you used didn't make sense to me. The front axle housing's end-cap hanger is different on your Aussie model. Here's what they shipped on the U.S. version...

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Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 05/01/13 01:21 PM

Hi everyone,

Had my alignment done today so the Sporty now almost tracks straight <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

The company identified a couple of issues which need to be addressed.

For those running 4 inch lift what did you do about the angles your balljoints on the upper A arm are on. mine is basically maxed out and is pulling on the joint <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" />. so the angle needs to be reduced.

also found out my steering box is flogged out with lots of fore and aft movement as well as left to right so I will have to replace the steering box as well soon. Not happy.

A few other little issues that aren't to bad with a couple more bushes, and sway bar rubbers perishing causing movement.

The steering idler has been replaced with a new Kia one but there is still movement in it. would this be related to the steering box having excess movement?

Also not to happy with the softness of the front struts and rear shocks. May need to still look into custom struts and shocks to get the firmer valving required. You can nearly get the front wheels to lift off the ground just by bouncing the front end by hand..

I have purchased a KMAC universal castor adjustment that still needs to be fitted at some stage once the angle of the upper ball joint has been sorted.

All ideas are welcomed.

so with these issues the Sporty is still nervous on the road which needs to addressed as my son will be learning how to drive in it.

cheers, Chris : <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> :
Posted By: fokion

Re: Suspension been fitted - 05/01/13 09:31 PM

For the Aarms you need to fab up something like the jeepbyal aarm for the KJs

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as for the play... I got used to it after changing and changing and changing parts and max after six months allover again.

now I am only changing the halfbars...
my stearing box is even dripping.....
it took 2 years to get from max to min....
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 05/02/13 09:07 AM

hi Fokion,

hanks for the info <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />

The arms look the business, it is a matter of finding someone who will do this type of work for the Sporty.

more bloody research <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />

Oh well, it has taken 6 years together to this stage <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/notooth.gif" alt="" />

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

Re: Suspension been fitted - 05/09/13 11:28 AM

A different aproach for the A arms ( ok DONT look at the coilovers <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> )

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Its a RALLY RAID racing SPORT from Hungary

if you have facebook look for "solyom team"
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Suspension been fitted - 07/03/13 10:10 AM

[quote]Hi everyone,



A few other little issues that aren't to bad with a couple more bushes, and sway bar rubbers perishing causing movement.

The steering idler has been replaced with a new Kia one but there is still movement in it. would this be related to the steering box having excess movement?



I have purchased a KMAC universal castor adjustment that still needs to be fitted at some stage once the angle of the upper ball joint has been sorted.

Well surprise,surprise, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" /> the castor adjustment won't fit. Sent them pictures and asked them which bolt it should replace.

The only way now to get camber adjustment is eccentric adjustable bushes in the upper A-Arms. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />

considering the bushes are pressed in and can't be replaced on our A Arms here is hoping that SIDKID may have a fix with his new A-Arms. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />


Luckily the kit will fit my wife's Trajet so it's not wasted. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: finally new rubber - 11/07/14 04:28 PM

Finally had new rubber fitted today.

sporty is looking AWSOME <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />

Fitted Bridgestones new muddie D674 in a 245/75R16




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Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: finally new rubber - 11/14/14 10:05 AM

Front locker, free wheeling hubs and Ring and Pinions fitted finally. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />

Very happy with how the Sporty drives now. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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

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Posted By: 4runnernomore

Extractors and ceramic coating. - 08/06/15 11:37 AM

Well finally coughed up the coin to get myself some wild fire extractors for the Sporty.

They arrived a couple of weeks ago. I dropped them off at the ceramic coaters today. Should be ready late next week.

Now to start saving for a new mandrel bent custom exhaust <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4runnernomore

SAAS SPORTS STEERING WHEEL - 08/09/15 12:02 PM

Finally fitted my SAAS sports steering wheel today. I think it looks great.

Realised I had no photos of the new tyres fitted.

Here you go.

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Cheers Chris
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Posted By: bombardj1

Re: SAAS SPORTS STEERING WHEEL - 08/09/15 01:10 PM

I notice your Sporty dips on the right side, mine does this also, is it because of a bad body/frame bushings? I thought on mine it was because of the broken spring I had, but it is still there after the lift I just did.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: SAAS SPORTS STEERING WHEEL - 08/09/15 01:26 PM

I think it was just the angle of the photo.

Will have a closer look tomorrow,haven't really noticed it before and post up a photo of the SAAS steering wheel.

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: SAAS SPORTS STEERING WHEEL - 08/14/15 09:41 AM

Quote
I think it was just the angle of the photo.

Will have a closer look tomorrow,haven't really noticed it before:


All good, mine sits nice and flat, it was the angle of the photo : <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

PHOTO'S

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Looks and feels great. Nice to hold and the steering is now more precise.

Cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4runnernomore

EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 08/20/15 09:05 AM

Finally ceramic coated goodness.

My Wild cat extractors, coated ready to be installed.

Now just need more fun tickets for the rest of the system.

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Cheers, Chris
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Out driving "L" - 08/22/15 10:56 AM

Had my son out on a driving lesson and a side track was to irresistible to pass up.

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As usual photos don't do justice. The step up was around a 1/2 meter high. Rear tyre was just off the ground.

CheersChris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Sportege_Panicmech

Re: Out driving "L" - 08/30/15 01:32 AM

Hey guys! It's been a LONG time! thought i'd stop in and see whats happening. Still seeing a few familiar names in here still. 4runnernomore, your sportage is looking excellent!! Can I have your snorkel? Also wish I could have some AU clear front corner lenses. They aren't available in the USA. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Everett still here I see <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cyclops.gif" alt="" />
My Sportage has come a long way also. Lift, cylinders bored 50 over, port/polished head and intake, and machined out the throttle body. bunch of here's and theres. Anyway.. HI EVERYONE!!

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Posted By: Dave Scott

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 10/11/15 02:43 AM

Originally Posted by 4runnernomore
Finally ceramic coated goodness.

My Wild cat extractors, coated ready to be installed.

Now just need more fun tickets for the rest of the system.

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Cheers, Chris


Ok, I want this. I know it's not going to be legal running it in the US unless I still have 2 cats. I think it will boost HP and torque regardless. I will run 2 generic hi flow cats after it and rewire so the O2 sensors can reach. Will wildcat sell it to me? Seen it on eBay Australia. If I order it, I will get it, right? It's $320 USD, that's why I ask. That's a little rich for me. And running 2 cats after, with the O2 sensors in the right places should get me smogged correctly, shouldn't it? Now, they don't normally check your tailpipe in TX, but, I just want to make sure I don't fail in case they do.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 10/11/15 04:58 AM

Dave, I bought mine online from Best mufflers based in Sydney. Contacted them direct. Here is there site https://www.bestmufflers.com/bshop/...;osCsid=c18d9b4a5529b4b0ac4a2527b354f784

I found them very helpful.

If no joy Genie Australia manufacture the wildcat brand. Try contacting them if you have no joy with the online guys.

I can't see why it wouldn't pass your EPA as it still has the 02 sensor position and running performance cats best of both worlds, legal and more horses.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: Dave Scott

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 10/11/15 02:32 PM

Well, because mine is a 2000 model with the pre-cat. The first O2 sensor is after the pre-cat, so it's sensing exhaust that has been catalyzed once already. So, first things first, I'd have to cap that O2 sensor bung and put my first one in the exhaust pipe after my first hi-flow cat.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 05/07/16 03:17 PM

Been a busy couple of months. Had my Sporty off the road having a full cooling system replacement.

Whilst it was all pulled part I finally fitted my 1 3/8 body lift and new body mount rubbers. WHAT A MISSION this ended up been. I did not have enough thread exposed after fitting the body lift so had to order bolt extensions. These ended uP been slightly to long on the shank and I could not tighten uP properly so had to get some additional spacers made up. Will post pics up later.

I also still need to finalise the centre console mods to allow the transfer case lever to be able to shift into 4wd. It never ends.

Drove it home today from the BIL's place nearly all done. Car is drivable but Still have some more finishing bits to do to finalise the body lift. The rear bumper has been raised and installed properly. Pretty happy with the end result. Need to make some new brackets for the rear upper mugs guards and I am waiting on some new fittings to come in from the stealership. That should finish the rear.

I purchased a winch bulbar off runt 303 a while ago and tried to fit it up the other night. I don't know if he had some chassis mods done or there was a major difference between the front chassis Of the 97 to a post 2000 model with airbags but there was no way it would bolt up. So
I am running with out a front bumper at the moment. Will need to see if
I can get new brackets made up to fit the bar.

When I get some time I will be collating my experience into my other thread for the body lift on what needed to be done so others can learn and hopefully be better informed if they decide to complete a body lift.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: Kiamad

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 08/18/16 10:27 PM

Hey Chris, first off, loving the build, looks good :-)
Secondly, I'd love to know a bit more about your suspension lift and have a couple questions answered, would you maybe be able to pm me?
Cheers, Desmond
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: EXTRACTOR'S WILDCAT - 08/19/16 08:48 AM

Desmond,

Pm sent. cool

Been a busy work period and had a minor issue with the Sporty.

My young fella was out driving and was pulled over by the local constabulary. They defected the sporty for no front bumper and tyres sticking out. mad He wasn't doing anything wrong which is even more frustrating.

Defect is off crazy had to go over the pits. frown I now have to go through the engineering process here in the NT Australia. blush It is called TAC. it will need to be completed before my rego is due again next April.

Have a few things to get checked off. Need to get the welding signed off where they fabricated the mounts to bolt up the bullbar.

I just make it in overall height. The sporty sits at a lofty 143 mm over standard height. 150mm is the absolute max in Australia. In the NT anything over 100mm requires TAC approval. Most other states it is 50mm before engineering is required.
They checked my front window tint. All good I presume as no mention of that. Brakes were fine etc.

Check list I presume will be:
Body lift
Suspension
Chassis mounts for front bar
Front forks
Tyres and wheels
Speedo ( it is accurate with e gearing change).

I have the bullbar fitted and finally fitted up my Flairs that I have had for a few years. Fitted up some Sr5 hilux mudflaps for the rear to cover the tyres which spoils the look in my opinion and ensuring it was no higher than 30cm from the ground (legal standard here in Oz) but I guess that is was attracted the popo in the first place with the originals on and the tyres exposed.

Funnily my oldest son drive around in the car the way it was for 18 months and never got pulled up (admittedly he had a front bumper on). I put it down to the the P plate my son had displayed on the back. My oldest son ran a PPlate in the back window and you couldn't see it very well where my youngest has a metallic one displayed on the back hatch wich really stands out against the dark blue.

Also kick myself for not been more proactive in getting the bullbar fitted quicker.

Will get a pick up soon of the new look. smile


Have to start filling in the TAC approval paperwork and get it sent off the NT Motoring organisation board to assess my application and give it there blessing hopefully&#128561;

Cheers, Chris &#127867;
Posted By: lipauto

Re: Suspension been fitted - 09/09/16 02:03 AM

Hi,
If you need 5.38 set & 50mm front long fork,
Please contact us anytime.
- email : picorp@hanmail.net
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Thanks.
Michael.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

aircon issues - 10/15/16 08:27 AM

Well the little sporty has been performing learner driver duties again, this time for my nephew with my wife supervising. I do not know how that clutch is still holding in there. crazy

The aircon stopped working the other week. Dropped it off yesterday thinking the gas had leaked out again and that I had a leak in the system after I had fitted the body lift and mucked around a bit with the aircon piping during the fit up. I thought I might have cracked a pipe near the filter housing at the front of the car whilst the body was lifted off the chassis. eek

Got the bad news sick Turns out the head on the condenser unit had blown. During the testing the guys saw that the main engine fan was not locking up and they could stop it fairly easy whilst it was running. Lucky I had recently replaced the rest of the cooling system s no engine overheating damage cool

Any way a new condenser has been sourced and on its way to Darwin, the evaporater is going to cop a good clean out the best they can without pulling the dash apart and the guys are going to fix the clutch fan.

They are going to to use a couple of tubes of the Toyota silicon into the clutch hub. Hopefully this will fix it like new again. wink a common fix over hear in Australia to add additional Toyota silicon into clutch fans to allow it to lock up better.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Transfer case lever mods. - 10/15/16 10:47 AM

I wanted to fix my transfer case lever as it would not stay in 4high due too hitting the rear of the console,the boot rubber bunching up due to the lift pushing the lever forward, along with the leather gear lever cover contributing to the clearance issue. I did trim away some sound insulation foam making it a bit better.

Now I had not refitted my console properly since I had fitted the body lift. This would come back to bite me later. blush

I didn't want to modify the console so thought about it for quite a while. Decided to mod the lever by cutting and adding an S bend to raise the lever and bring it forward. Even before I lifted the body I always thought the transfer lever was to low.

I measured thrice whistle and then took it to the engineer workshop. Spoke to Nick the engineer / welder and gave him my measurements 30-35 mm up and 20-25 mm forward. Wish I could weld. frown

Nick did a fantastic job and the measurements were spot on 35 mm and 25 mm. He also was able to keep the boot rubber bush and not damage it with the welder heater wich allowed the rubber boots to be placed back over to allow some water proofing which was fantastic. End result was exactly what I imagined.

Fitted everything up . Bloody measurement was out mad only my self to blame. Won't engage low range now as the lever goes to far forward. Other wise the height for the transfer lever is perfect. By fitting the console properly I found another problem.

I now also need to put a slight bend forward at the bottom of my gearshift lever to stop it hitting the rear of the console or cut and shut to lift it 30-35 mm so the large body of the lever clears the console (that is what is hitting). Will post the photos when I finally put together my body lift post with steps and photos for future reference.

With the centre console not screwed in that allows enough movement for the main gearbox lever to operate properly without hitting anything but still cannot push forward enough with the transfer lever to lock in low range, sit at neutral.

So when I get a chance 'all head back to the Nicks and do some measuring up. Will post the results. wink

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: rxinhed

Re: Transfer case lever mods. - 10/15/16 11:02 PM

Any chance to turn the t-case lever 180 degrees? I've done this on Mitsubishi to solve clearance issues.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: aircon issues - 10/18/16 10:37 PM

Originally Posted by 4runnernomore
Well the little sporty has been performing learner driver duties again, this time for my nephew with my wife supervising. I do not know how that clutch is still holding in there. crazy

The aircon stopped working the other week. Dropped it off yesterday thinking the gas had leaked out again and that I had a leak in the system after I had fitted the body lift and mucked around a bit with the aircon piping during the fit up. I thought I might have cracked a pipe near the filter housing at the front of the car whilst the body was lifted off the chassis. eek
Got the bad news sick Turns out the head on the condenser unit had blown. During the testing the guys saw that the main engine fan was not locking up and they could stop it fairly easy whilst it was running. Lucky I had recently replaced the rest of the cooling system s no engine overheating damage cool

Any way a new condenser has been sourced and on its way to Darwin, the evaporater is going to cop a good clean out the best they can without pulling the dash apart and the guys are going to fix the clutch fan.

They are going to to use a couple of tubes of the Toyota silicon into the clutch hub. Hopefully this will fix it like new again. wink a common fix over hear in Australia to add additional Toyota silicon into clutch fans to allow it to lock up better.



Sporty is all fixed again. New condenser new dryer and a thorough clean of the evaporator. Couple tubes of Toyota silicon into the clutch fan and she is as good as new.

Car sound different now, you can really here the fan roaring when accelerating through the gears. Aircon is working great lovely and cold.

Cheers,
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Quick update gear shift fixed engineering underway - 01/27/17 01:48 PM

Quick update! smile
Took the shifter levers back to Nick and he fixed them up for me.

We put a slight bend in the main gear lever and took out about 1/2 of the forward measurement so total forward on the transfer case lever is approx 15 mm or the width of the transfer case lever.

This time worked out perfect. wink No more hitting and I can select low and high range no problems at all. Best thing I didn't have to modify my centre console at all. I like the way the leather gators fit the way they are. cool

Forgot to take the bloody photos blush. Will have to get a couple next time I have the console apart again. Probably will be when I work out the fitting up of my extended breathers for the gearbox and transfer case.

I have started the engineering process, TAC application is submitted and approved in principle just before Christmas. I have engaged the services of an engineer. I love his business name Rustycan engineering laugh The motor authority want he extended forks tested. I have a second set on the way and will be providing one of those along with an original set of forks so the engineer can perform structural testing on both.

I have had a wheel alignment and bump steer test completed and they came up within spec so very happy about that. Just have to wait for the company to fix their machine so I can get a print out out with the bump steer measurements included to submit as evidence for the engineering process.

Last Thing will be the swerve test which I think will be fine as the sporty handles just as good if not better than standard height.

I a have to get a couple of good photos of the sporty with the bullbar fitted. I only have a couple of crappy phone shots which are not really clear. Will have to ask my sister in law as she takes great photos and will post up.

Getting closer. cool

Cheers, Chris wink

Posted By: 4runnernomore

ENGINEERING UNDERWAY - 02/25/17 07:18 AM

Received the TAC approval in principle for my mods in December.

I have engaged the services of a MVR TAC approved engineer and completed the multiple lane change test today. grin we are still on all 4 wheels so it must be good wink I all seriousness the Sporty handled it quite well, went through the slalom quite flat and composed.

For those who don't know what the test is here is a UTUBE link to a lane change test. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TJl4yqvrPE. You enter the witches hats at 100km shocked

Also had the wheel alignment and bump steer measurements completed this morning. Two steps closer cool

Just need to wait on the reports for the engineer and tyre alignment company, forward them to the TAC committee. They will review and hopefully give it their blessing and then down to the registration authority for 100 % compliance smile
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE ISSUED & TAC APPROVED - 03/24/17 12:06 PM

WOOHOO,

TAC APPROVED.

Just needs the final MVR inspection. Won't be an issue seen as it has been through there twice in the last six months. Couple of small maintanence issue to fix and she is good to go back over the pits. Had a CV boot let go last week.

Have to post a couple of photos soon.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE ISSUED & TAC APPROVED - 04/10/17 11:27 AM

WOOHOO.

Final inspection today at the MVR and all passed. The Sporty is fully engineered and compliant for the NT.

Here is a crappy phone photo during the inspection.

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Don't know why my iPhone won't focus. Will have to get some better ones.

Cheers, Chris



Posted By: 4runnernomore

Some better photos - 04/11/17 01:37 PM

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Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Some better photos - 04/21/17 10:37 AM

Gave the mighty Sporty a good run this week down the highway.

Just over 600km round trip.

Here in the NT on the open road we have 130 km (80 miles) per hour speed limits.

Sporty ss at on that reasonably well. Did lose a little speed on some small inclines.
I let some air out of the tyres on the return trip as she was a bit nervous on the way down with 40psi in them. Made for a tiresome trip requiring a lot of concentration on the rough roads.


Dropped down to 33 psi on the return trip and it was a lot better.

Now just need to sort out my fuel economy, averaging around 14-15 litres per hundred at the moment giving me a safe range of 350-380 km per tank instead of 500-550 that I used to get. So before any one suggests it's the modifications my fuel economy had gone bad before I started modifying it but as it was running around town I didn't worry about it to much.

Sporty is running a bit rich and I am not sure where to start. You can smell fuel from the exhaust fumes when you first start it up and it is idling

Could it be a semi blocked cat or bad O2 sensor or possibly another sensor somewhere. There is and has never been a engine light showing signifying a fault.

Was going to wait until I have fitted the new extractors and 2.25. Inch mandrel bent exhaust to see if that fits the issue first. Don't want to pour money into parts trying to find what could be causing the excess fuel economy.

Cheers Chris





Posted By: 4x4Wire

Re: Some better photos - 04/21/17 12:32 PM

A blocked cat should not affect fuel economy as much as it would affect overall performance. An engine has to breath in order to work.

The O2 sensor could lead to rich mixture.

Does it have an OBDII diagnostic port that you can access to reset the on-board computer to compensate for tire and gear changes??

Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Some better photos - 10/17/17 11:24 AM

Well a while ago I had the coolant system refurbished. Only thing that wasn't done was the heater core. You guessed it a couple weeks ago I had the dreaded internal drip of coolant.

New replacement Hester core ordered, came back off holidays and then with my youngest son we set out to rip out the old and refit the new. Decided to rip the whole dash out to do the replacement. Three very long days later and walla, all back together only to find it still leaks.

After lots of panicking thinking we had cracked the heater core reinstalling it we noticed that one of the heater hose clamps had lost its tension so off to get a new hose clamp and get rid of the factory one. Tightened up and no more leaks.

Decided to fit a low coolant Alarm as well. Finished wiring that up on the weekend. How good are the fuse double adapters. No more splicing into other wires.

Sporty has been performing well doing quite a few highway miles of late sitting on 130 easily here in the NT whilst my Disco was off the road much to the disgust of my son (no car for him).Still having high fuel consumption issues though. Will be following that up once the hip pocket recovers.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: logansportage

Re: Some better photos - 11/06/17 11:50 PM

When was the last time you changed your timing belt? If you change it now before it breaks, it will be much better because last time I did mine I got the timing too advanced and I have no top end power. Consumes more fuel now because you need to floor it just to keep speed.

Logansportage
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Some better photos - 11/08/17 08:48 AM

Timing belt was done last year.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Extractors finally fitted with 2 1/4 " exhaust. - 01/30/18 11:15 AM

Well, finally had my ceramic coated wildcat extractors fitted along with new exhaust. 2 " hi flow cat into 2 1/4 exhaust with hi flow muffler fitted along with a new O2 sensor.

Impressions so far power delivery feels smoother and it feels like it comes up to speed easier with less throttle input. Exhaust note at idol is nice and deep however it is bloody loud inside under power and drones. Going to see about having another straight through resonator or muffler fitted to quiten itdown and hopefully the shop can tune the drone out.

Will see over the next few weeks if my economy improves with the new bits fitted.

Also trial fitted my custom rock sliders purchased a couple of years ago. Wasn't able to fit them until I had the exhaust mounting point changed at the front. They look the goods, taken back off for now. Just need to clean them up and have them recoated before fitting them up permanently. Tossing up between paint or powder coat.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Extractors finally fitted with 2 1/4 " exhaust. - 02/16/18 10:48 AM

2nd straight through muffler fitted today. Quite d the Spotry down nicely, but still has a nice deep growl at idle.

Just need to fix my leaking rear pinion seal and will then do a couple of trips down the highway and see if economy and range has improved.
Posted By: 4runnernomore

Re: Extractors finally fitted with 2 1/4 " exhaust. - 05/04/19 01:18 PM

It has been a little while between updates.

Sporty has been running quite well apart from the fuel consumption.

I tried three different O2 sensors and they all caused The CEL to come on requiring me to refit the old factory one. Last time I priced a,factory one through Kia they wanted over $400 for one.😡

I have replace the starter motor after over20years of sterling service. Who said Sportages were unreliable😜.

I also replace my SAAS sports Steerig wheel as the foam fell apart. Have a much better one now that is full leather. It is a Autotechnia Targa . Great steering wheel, lovely feel and has a padded leather horn button. Should have got this one from the start. Feels somuch better than the SAAS one.

Replace the Airflowmeter as well which led to a slight improvement on my economy issues which leads me to believe I might need to stump up the dollars for a factory 02 sensor from Kia. 😰 if Iwant my economy to improve.

To combat my limited fuel range one my mates has modified my spare wheel carrier to include a jerry can holder. Looks great and works really well. The spare tyre carrier was moved over as far as we could on the rear rack to accomodate the installation. I am very happy with the result and after testing it for a while with a full 20litre jerry can I am happy to look at having the rear carrier powder coated now.

Also fitted new stereo speakers as the factory one had crapped out ages ago. So good to have clear music again in the car.Just need to get a new modern stereo now with blue tooth. Going to look at installing a double din unit. I purchased a double din fitting kit awhile ago. Can’t rush these things.

Unfortunately with photo bucket crapping out I am unable to post pictures of the new sports steering wheel and the jerry can holder or haven’t tried in a while as I diont want to pay for something I hardly use.

Well that about it for now. Hope to see some more use on the site again as it has gone extremely quiet.

Cheers, Chris
Posted By: rxinhed

Re: Extractors finally fitted with 2 1/4 " exhaust. - 05/04/19 10:53 PM

Good to see you stick with this rig. Our Mitsubishi often operate better with OE parts.

Try Imgur.com and replace your photohosting.

Cheers,
Russell
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