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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-25-2009, 06:45 PM
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I love the look of the lift. I love the low COG that makes this set apart from other SUV's.. I'm torn, but I think I'm gonna wind up just trimming Fenders and running 235's with an aftermarket wheel with a further offset. I used to own a couple R/C stadium trucks so I'm partial to that exaggerated offset look. Hey, It's hard on Bearings but who cares when you are your own mechanic. Just snugged the bearings up the other day cause they were getting some slop OEM w/ 137,000mi. Gotta get that Idler arm replaced too.

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Thanks for the pics! I bought a '95 Sporty this year for $200, put a new head on it, and am now fixing the small buggy issues (window motors, leaks, etc)...and look forward to tricking it out!
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235/75 15's don't rub on my stock 2 door running on stock wheels. A 1 3/8 inch body lift is a pain due to all the stuff you have to watch plus bending of the shifters was a hassle. 30 9.50 15's usually don't rub with a 3" suspension lift. 31 10.50 15's will rub with a 4" lift. I had to roll the fender back a little and pound the seam flat behind the front wheels. The rear tires may rub under full articulation on the rear shock due to the panhard rod.
Even a 4" suspension lift on a 1st gen Sportage doesn't bother the drivetrain parts due to different angles. (cause undo wear)
The COG does change and you need to be aware if it and drive accordingly. Your days as a 4 wheel drift road racer are over.

As far as cutting fenders and such, you can do that, I personally wanted to keep it where I could sell it easier and thought uncut fenders would help. Just my personal taste.

Also, with the 3" or 4" suspension lift, there have been no reported problems with aligning it. You may find, however, that you have some worn out parts in your front end during the lifting process.

If your interested in lifting your Sportage contact me at got lift?


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I know it's been some time since this post, but have you decided on a body lift? What size and how is it working? I already have a 3.5" Upyourkia suspension lift, and I want to put a body lift also. I thought about the 3" body lift. I know that many things will need adjustment, such as the bumpers, power steering reservoir and probably the shift levers (mine has an automatic transmission). I'm just not sure how to adjust them, and if other things will also need adjustment (steering shaft, radiator?). I am wondering if someone here has a 3" body lift and a suspension lift and could share some information.

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LT235/75R15 Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's

Just put LT235/75R15 Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's put on my 2001 Kia Sportage EX stock aluminum wheels. No rubbing at all. Fills the wheel wells perfectly. Looks great. Thank you KIA-Forums.
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hey mshamion got any pics?

thats exactly what size and brand tires I was thinking of putting on mine and someone in another link I posted told me they would rub ... thanks ... RSM
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