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Hi All,

I'm about to put money down on an '04 Sorento 2.5 CRDi EX. I love these cars, and they seem to get better with age. The only thing for me is the slightly choppy ride in back. It's going to be used 99.9% of the time on road - I know, but I like the solidiy of the thing as well as the great fuel economy - there's no other combination of this value. So while I've hear about OME providing about 1.5" inch total lift + improved ride, I'm not sure I want the extra height. Is there a road-going upgrade for softer/more compliant ride that doesn't increase the ride height?
 

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I've just bought an 04 Sorento XS here in the UK and I am SO impressed with 90% of the machine, but 'Iwantone' has hit on the only weakness I have found (and i knew about it beforehand so i'm not really moaning)

The ride is fine on smooth roads, but it jiggles and copes very badly with bumps of any size. I too will only be using it on road, and for trailing my small yacht (1600kg). I suspect the rear shock absorbers and possibly the springs are just not tuned right, and could be so much better. I don't want it raised or lowered.

Does anyone know of a Spring Shock Absorber combination that IMPROVES the ride smoothness without losing the roadholding/handling. It would make this vehicle just about perfect in its peer group if there was. I gather the revised 2007 Sorento has a better ride. I'd be interested to hear from a new owner or from a KIA representative a) If it is better riding? b) How they have done it? c) Will it retrofit to older models?

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(b) spring and damper rates plus alignment angles using revised components. (Local dealer showed me some Kia documents including pictures of revised components.)
(c) Not easily if at all - according to some threads the rear chassis rails are set further apart, but not sure if that relates to suspension.

Pre-facelift UK models have self-levelling rear shocks which apparently are not fitted post facelift.
 

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Thanks for that Gee6, I suspected as much. Even so, its tempting to think that a pair of Koni yellow adjustable shockers on the back would improve matters somewhat. I've looked on a few sites and can't find a listing for Konis and the Sorento. They certainly improved the ride/body control on my Alfa thats for sure!

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