Rich, could you comment a little further ? What type of AB springs (Standard or 2" lift HD) ? what shocks you used ? I'm interested because when I bought my Rangie it already came with Standard AB coils, and it was awful. I swapped to AB HD + bilsteins, and it's better (ie: no bottoming out) but the ride is harsh. I always wondered if the standard coils where faulty, or badly fitted, or perhaps weren't a good mate to the OEM shocks. I find that the HD coils are to tall for me. If only I could lower it an inch I'd be happy.Rich998a said:I've fitted an AB coil spring kit to a p38 last year and took it for road test. The owner was over the moon with it, but it didn't ride as smoothly as a fully working EAS vehicle. It also sat at a height that I (personally) wouldn't be pleased with.
Oh sheesh, here we go...Rowant said:Why people install a lift kit on anything is beyond me.
The lowest point on a vehicle is the diff so it doesn´t matter how much lift is put into the suspension or body - the diff will still be the lowest point. Only larger tyres or geared hubs (Merc Unimog) will increase that.
Another thing to think about, when raising, is the raised centre of gravity, altered steering angles, prop shaft angles and other things that I can´t think of right now. Not to mention the handling when you must take evasive action on the road - sharp veering/swerving actions.
I see many raised 4wds on my travels as a truck driver and can only put it down to too much ´personal lubricant´.
If a driver needs to install a lift kit then maybe they should learn to 4wd properly first. By that I mean learn to pick driving lines, get out and read the terrain and don´t do stupid things. You won´t get it right every time but will definitely feel good when overcoming an obstacle without stopping, or becoming bogged or scrapping the bodywork too much - then you can jeer at your mates who get it wrong. If your mates want to break things that´s their business but if you can get home and only need to give it a bath you are better off - and not so poor $$$.
I agree fitting airsprings is easier, if only because you don't even need a jack if you don't want to, simply raise the suspension, put supports under the chassis and lower.TheoR said:It doesn't get mentioned much, but air springs are much easier to replace than coil springs. Coil springs, you have to get a compressions tool, and forcefully compress the springs. As you may know, if you do the spring compression wrong (more so w/ mcpherson struts), the thing might pop right into your face, pretty much disfiguring your face for the rest of your life.
With air springs, you can compress it with your hands. I personally think it is much, much easier to replace air springs.