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Where do I find front strut / rear shock extenders for L322? I can do a electronic lift using my GAP dial tool, but I want to be able to drive in the event of a suspension failure w/larger tires. I plan on running 295/55/20 or 305/55/20 on Sport rims.
 

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So you want spacers for the struts??
New one on me, and for good reason, it would be dangerous.

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First thing that springs to my mind is that you do not in any way extent shock absorbers. If you want to add 2" to your shocks then go purchase proper length shocks. If you plan on running tyres that are so oversized you have to worry about access mode then go with a coil spring conversion for you added 2".
 

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Lucky 8 is a retailer, not a fab shop per say. No idea on the other company being American or not, never heard of them.
They are also listed as bump stop extensions, NOT strut/shock extensions. They achieve the lift, best I can tell, by extending the arms for the height sensors.
So again, they are not spacers for the struts, but for the bump stops. And also again, screwing with the mounts for the air strut is stupid in my experience and opinion.
If you want to mess with the MkIII suspension, either do it right or leave it be. People a lot smarter than yourself designed it to work the best, under as many conditions possible.

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They call them bump stop extensions, but they are exactly as I described them. Obviously the height sensors would just adjust the height back to standard (despite the 2" extension) if different length rods were not used. People a lot smarter than yourself designed the strut spacers to deal with the fact that Land Rover has a undefendable "fail to bump stops" tendency rather then just throwing a fault and keeping the suspension inflated. How do I know? Because I've experienced it in three different land rovers, once at 10 below zero in the middle of nowhere towing an enclosed snowmobile trailer. In my experience I would rather screw with the suspension than be stranded in the middle of nowhere by a manufacturers ridiculously poor decision making.
 

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To be fair land rover didn't design the car with the intention of lifting the vehicle to accommodate oversized tires. Basically this is a solution to a problem that didn't exist before you chose the wrong tire size. As far as how the suspension faults, when the suspension hard faults it disables the system in an attempt to protect the components... If it just tossed a code and attempted to keep the system inflated it'd likely just damage parts and you'd probably be in even worse shape. It also only deflates because there is a leak, it doesn't fault and just purge the system on its own.

I ran larger tires for a season on my 2004 when I had it and just added larger bump stops, if the suspension does fault the larger bump stops inhibit the larger tires from rubbing. Modifying the strut mount seems like just a more labor intensive/expensive way to accomplish the same thing while also adding more complication to an already complicated system.
 

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Fair enough, but try towing a trailer 50 miles off of a mountain on the bump stops (stock tire size) - all because of a bad sensor. I just wish it would fail and no longer try and inflate. I can't defend deflating the entire system. I assume you had a P38, the L322 doesn't have conventional bump stops that can be extended. They are in the strut, so the spacers effectively raise the bump stops. Maybe I will have to give up on running larger tires.
 

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Fair enough, but try towing a trailer 50 miles off of a mountain on the bump stops (stock tire size) - all because of a bad sensor. I just wish it would fail and no longer try and inflate. I can't defend deflating the entire system. I assume you had a P38, the L322 doesn't have conventional bump stops that can be extended. They are in the strut, so the spacers effectively raise the bump stops. Maybe I will have to give up on running larger tires.
I feel like it was a bolt-on to the l322 to extend bump stops but I could easily be wrong, could be thinking p38 (it has been a LONG time since I did that). If extending the strut is the l322 way then I suppose it is what it is, fit em and no longer worry about bottoming out. It is a real issue if you're running big tires and the thing ends up on bump stops causing damage etc. Maybe just swap it over to coils?

As for the suspension faults/faults in general I keep a diagnostic in every landie I've owned. Most recently came in handy in the white mountains @ high altitude. Got reduced engine performance (due to altitude) and the truck would NOT yield the power necessary to travel those roads. Had to pull over and clear the code. I've also been stuck on bump stops and unfortunately the diagnostic can't always bail you out of low riding. Sometimes it can save you though.

But yeah, if you're going to run the larger tires and those strut extenders are the l322 way I see where you're coming from... I'd want that type of insurance too.
 

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I had 285 section tires with standard diameter on my old L322 when the air suspension failed. The fronts were fine but the rears were destroyed by rubbing on the outside edge. You may be ok though as my rims had a fairly large offset.
 

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Where do I find front strut / rear shock extenders for L322? I can do a electronic lift using my GAP dial tool, but I want to be able to drive in the event of a suspension failure w/larger tires. I plan on running 295/55/20 or 305/55/20 on Sport rims.
Ok so I’ve recently put 275 55 20s on my rrs my11 I got 2.5” lift rods. It’s all worked out great however because the suspension is raised 2.5 inches the ride is a bit more firm. It can be very harsh at times. I would imagine that doing the strut spacers and the rods would put the suspension back into “stock height” while getting the 2.5” lift. Thus eliminating the harsh ride?
 

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