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Unread 01-18-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
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So what would the pros and cons be with the coils and the springs? If i bought bigger springs would i need bigger shocks?

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Unread 01-19-2011, 05:25 AM   #17
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So what would the pros and cons be with the coils and the springs? If i bought bigger springs would i need bigger shocks?
There are no upgrades made as of yet for the struts (shocks). With the spring upgrade you just change the existing coil spring in the factory strut with the new spring (you need a strut compressor tool to do this). Some upward travel in the strut is lost but people that have the springs seem satisfied. They have said that it has been fine on the road and the vehicle handles quite well and even better than stock.

The spacer lift (RRO lift) uses metal spacers that fit between the strut and the body. The strut remains in it's stock configuration and just "raised up" the desired amont by the spacer being used. Just like a "budget boost" is used on a Jeep Wrangler. pretty simple to do. I would recomend an alignment after either of these lifts were installed.

Either of these will lift the vehicle and add the ground clearence that is desired. They both work and help for the off roading of one of these type vehicles. Not to mention it makes them look how they should have come from the factory in the first place. The decision comes down to what you want. Look at both and see what fits your budget and needs.
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Unread 01-19-2011, 05:32 AM   #18
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Pros - some dealers will still cover the warranty, sway bar extensions not necessary, better ride (subjective opinion).

Cons - more expensive to buy, installation a little more difficult (spring compressor required and knowing how to use it safely).

The springs have a different spring rate and are made of a new high tech steel, new shocks not required. This setup just doesn't "bottom out" as low as the stock suspension.

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Unread 01-19-2011, 06:31 AM   #19
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Thanks guys, thats exactly what i wanted to know!

Well i guess ill have to go with the spacer option, because i do not have a coil compressor! Could you guys guess the shop cost of the coil install?
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Thanks guys, thats exactly what i wanted to know!

Well i guess ill have to go with the spacer option, because i do not have a coil compressor! Could you guys guess the shop cost of the coil install?
No idea, but it would pricey. If you know a mechanic or someone that is able to do the job that would be your best bet. I think you can a rent strut tool but you should know what you are doing since you will be working with compressed coil springs.

Here is a link to the spacer lift:
http://www.rocky-road.com/patriotsus.html


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