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Not all suspension kits are designed for raising the height of your vehicle. In fact, some drivers look for better suspension while wanting to maintain the standard manufactured height of their vehicle. If you're in the market for a suspension kit at standard height, here's what you need to know.
If you want better suspension at the standard height, there are a few considerations. Achieving better suspension at the front is relatively straightforward, as the ride height is determined by the coil spring used. You can simply apply an assembled strut that includes a lower coil spring manufactured at the factory ride height.
However, when it comes to vehicles with leaf springs in the rear, the situation is a bit more challenging. There is limited demand for heavier-rated leaf springs at the standard height, so aftermarket manufacturers do not mass-produce leaf springs to suit this setup. As a result, any suspension kit with heavier-rated leaf springs at the standard height will likely be more expensive than a lifted leaf spring kit.
The VMN body lift raises the body of the vehicle 50mm above the chassis by inserting 50mm spacers between the chassis and the body. We do not manufacture any other height. To achieve a 50mm body lift, a number of other components need modifying and the most difficult of these is to extend the steering shaft in such a way that it remains safe by ensuring recommended spline engagement is maintained, universal joints are not overextended and this critical vehicle steering system remains compliant with government regulations.
We include radiator drop brackets to ensure the radiator remains centered on the fan, air inlet extensions and fuel filler extended brackets and longer fuel filler hoses if required. We also include radiator bottle relocation brackets to prevent damage to the radiator overflow bottle from the air conditioning pulley if required. As part of the product family we also offer mud skirt kits to prevent mud from the wheel arches entering the engine bay. For vehicles with top mount intercoolers, we have a spacer that raises the engine cover so it seals around the bonnet scope to retain airflow through the intercooler. This has been designed to allow the mounting of an intercooler fan for additional cooling under extreme offroad conditions.
Please be aware of inferior competitor products. We know that if you don't extend the steering when fitting a body lift, there is a high probability the steering shaft will snap from constant flexing offroad. Also be aware that zinc coated or welded steering extensions are not permitted in any Australian state due to the risk of failure. To this day, the VMN steering extension remains the only one we are aware of that meets Australian Design Rule (ADR) requirements and is backed by independent engineering analysis. That's why we issue a certificate with every body lift kit we sell so that vehicle engineers Australia wide can be confident that our body lift kit is compliant and safe to fit where engineering approval is required.