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Hi folks.

We're looking to move to Tasmania next year so I've been looking at ways to improve the off road capabilities of my car. For Australian 3G Sportage owners wanting a bit more ground clearance:

SL, SL Platinum (04/10 on) | Dobinsons Spring & Suspension ? Official Site

These springs will give you a 40mm lift. I had Dobinsons on my old Forester and they were great with a 30mm lift. I'll be looking to install these on my Sportage very soon.

Just need to find a better wheel/tyre combo.....
 

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G'day mate. Great news, though I'm having trouble getting their page to load. Do you have any idea of pricing?

Bruce also in WA
 

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Hi Bruce
I rang Malaga Suspensions who sell Dobinsons and they quoted $950 fitted with wheel alignment. There was a guy getting his Sportage done when I rang!

Please note there are two different sets of springs available, one for AWD and one for 2WD
 

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nice keep us updated. is it just replacing the coil springs and an alignment or are there more parts to install?

i'd be interested, for surf fishing at the gulf.
 

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Interesting. Hope someone here will provide personal experience on this kind of lift kit. I've heard that lift springs can make the ride stiffer.
 

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I've not had mine done yet but I spoke to a guy who had his Sorento done and he loved the ride. He did say that taller tyres would be preferable though.
 

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Just curious, but why buy a sporty SUV and then raise it up? I get that you're moving, but I wouldn't own anything in Australia outside of an off-road capable vehicle from the start.

Anyway, I would love to see pics of this thing lifted. Good luck, bro.
 

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Just curious, but why buy a sporty SUV and then raise it up? I get that you're moving, but I wouldn't own anything in Australia outside of an off-road capable vehicle from the start.

Anyway, I would love to see pics of this thing lifted. Good luck, bro.


This is my old Forester with Dobinsons springs fitted (30mm lift) with taller BF Goodrich ATs. It's a lifted sporty SUV being the XT model with the WRX motor. It went pretty much anywhere I wanted it to go including beaches, sand dunes and rough rocky trails. The lift transformed its capabilities no end, plus it went like a scolded cat too :)

I'm not wanting to do crazy off road stuff like that in my Kia, just raise it a tad so the low front end doesn't bottom out on gravel roads or rough rural driveways. The AWD system probably isn't as good as the Subaru but it certainly isn't bad and will be adequate for what I want it to do. As for a proper 4WD truck based vehicle, been there done that and don't want another heavy thirsty lump that drives poorly compared to our Kias.
 

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That is honestly one of the coolest looking Foresters I have ever seen.
 

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That is honestly one of the coolest looking Foresters I have ever seen.
Thanks mate. It certainly was an awesome car but it had done 300000kms so i sold it.

Hey I see in your signature that you're running General Grabbers at 255/55/18. Do you find they rub on full lock or at any other time? If you could post up a pic I'd really appreciate it. I was considering putting on similar sized tyres after I'd lifted it so fill up the arches a bit but was going to go a more all terrain or ATS like the Yokohamas. Thanks :)
 

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Thanks mate. It certainly was an awesome car but it had done 300000kms so i sold it.

Hey I see in your signature that you're running General Grabbers at 255/55/18. Do you find they rub on full lock or at any other time? If you could post up a pic I'd really appreciate it. I was considering putting on similar sized tyres after I'd lifted it so fill up the arches a bit but was going to go a more all terrain or ATS like the Yokohamas. Thanks :)
They do rub sometimes at full lock, but sometimes they don't, not sure why, but it is minimal anyway, so it doesn't bother me much.

Here are some pics, if they help at all....
 

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Thanks, they look great. They are definitely the size I need. Much appreciated :)
 

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Just an update on this. Finally got round to ordering the springs, should have them on by the end of the month because they have to be made at the factory then shipped to WA. I'll post some pics when it's done :)
 

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Hello everyone, another update.

Since my last post I have had a set of 255x55x18 General Grabber ATs fitted and the lift springs went on last week. Before the springs were fitted the new tyres (being slightly taller) made the car look lowered and they rubbed slightly on full lock. However, now the springs are on it looks perfect and I have measured an increase of 50mm in ride height over all, making a total of 225mm from the lowest point, which is the plastic sump guard under the engine. That's about the same ground clearance as a Subaru XV (or Crosstrek in the US). The rubbing has just about stopped also. It only happens slightly on occasions.

I'll post some pics up sometime this weekend when i get chance :)
 

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Here are the pics. I managed to park next to a stock Sportage so you can see the difference in height and tyres size. I'm very happy with how it looks and drives.





For those who are interested, I got the springs from Dobinsons: Dobinsons Spring & Suspension ? Official Site

Just be careful if you order some as there are different part numbers for 2WD and AWD cars :)
 

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What a coincidence! I need new tires and was literally about to buy General Grabbers 255/55/18 but I was afraid of the rubbing. For a couple of hundred dollars more, I was able to buy 16" rims with 225/70/16 Hancook Dynapros ATM RF10's. Don't have them yet though...delivery next week.
 

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What a coincidence! I need new tires and was literally about to buy General Grabbers 255/55/18 but I was afraid of the rubbing. For a couple of hundred dollars more, I was able to buy 16" rims with 225/70/16 Hancook Dynapros ATM RF10's. Don't have them yet though...delivery next week.

Have a look on www.willtheyfit.com. Also if you are 4x4 you need to be careful with changing the rolling diameter. Read up in your manual.
 

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What a coincidence! I need new tires and was literally about to buy General Grabbers 255/55/18 but I was afraid of the rubbing. For a couple of hundred dollars more, I was able to buy 16" rims with 225/70/16 Hancook Dynapros ATM RF10's. Don't have them yet though...delivery next week.

Have a look on www.willtheyfit.com. Also if you are 4x4 you need to be careful with changing the rolling diameter. Read up in your manual.
I went to a similar site and figured out that 225/70/16 is identical to the OEM 235/55/18. Fortunately, My speedometer shouldn't have any difference.
 
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