The first thing to know about suspension kits, is how to fit them.
There are lots of quality and compatibility things to think about when it comes to suspension kits, which when compared to body lifts give more height clearance through the elevation of the chassis. But whatever manufacturer you choose, the key to great suspension is a great installation.
If you want to fit a suspension kit, to start ask yourself this question…
Following are some essential tips should you choose to install your own suspension kit, but before you start ask yourself if you genuinely feel comfortable with all the tools and what you need to do. If the answer is no, we strongly recommend get a professional. If you’re ready to go yourself, read on!
Rule number 1 – get your suspension checked!
If you fit your suspension kit yourself, before you drive off get two things done:
Get a wheel alignment – any work you do will definitely affect it.
Get your suspension work checked – even if it’s a great job, a second opinion is essential.
Tighten the Ubolts on any leaf springs after 500-1000 km. Make sure you use a torque wrench. You will be amazed how loose they will be.
Pay close attention to your springs!
Ensure you purchase the correct front and rear spring rates for your vehicle… and remember there is a variety between shock absorber design and brand, so you need the right kit for your driving.
Don’t forget the caster or camber adjustment!
Remember if you’ve fitted your own suspension kit, the suspension geometry is altered for good. So you must make a caster or camber adjustment via bushing, the upper control arm or lower control arm.
Do suspension kits affect your drive?
Typically with a suspension lift you will be required to get new tyres and wheels, plus you may need to get your vehicle's computer recalibrated. And yes, a suspension lift will probably affect the drive experience your vehicle delivers. The higher you go, the rougher the ride… it’s a fact of life.
TOP TIP: Google the expert’s “Top 5” suspension kits for your needs
Even the smallest two inch 2″ suspension lift will change your life. There are heaps suspension kits of varying quality on the market… your specific needs should drive your choice, and a good place to start looking is googling the “top 5” list of suspension kits that have the components you need.