Lift please?

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - LETTERS -

I own a 2009 Land Rover Defender 110 Puma, and have been con­tem­plat­ing do­ing a bit of a sus­pen­sion lift just to get more ground clear­ance. When do­ing a 50-mm sus­pen­sion lift, is it as easy as merely re­plac­ing coils and shocks? Yes, you can get away with a sim­ple coil and shock re­place­ment, but it will af­fect your ve­hi­cle’s han­dling. With a 50-mm lift, you do run the risk of chang­ing your steer­ing geom­e­try and it is ad­vis­able to fit off­set cas­tor cor­rect­ing ra­dius arm bushes. With­out this, you will feel that the steer­ing is loose and falls into the cor­ners. The down­side of the bushes is they don’t last for­ever and need to be re­placed from time to time. To over­come this, I would rec­om­mend three de­grees cor­rected ra­dius arms at the front on a 50-mm lift. If longer shocks are fit­ted, to add bump stop spac­ers to pro­tect the shocks from bot­tom­ing out be­fore the axle hits the bump stop. Larger rear axle travel can cause dam­age to the rear anti-sway bar, with the short arms flip­ping over. To cor­rect this, add a 50-mm spacer to each mount­ing bracket where the anti-sway bar is at­tached to the chas­sis. Some driv­ers re­move the anti-sway bar for in­creased axle travel. When do­ing this, it is ad­vis­able to fit coil lo­cat­ing cones. Ter­raFirma prod­ucts are avail­able from LR Ser­vice Cen­tre in Cape Town as well as on­line from lr­partshop.co.za. – Ian Theron (tech­ni­cal edi­tor)

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