2002 XS Challenger Suspension Lift

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:04
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I have had a 50mm suspension lift in my XS Challenger. However I got caught up once on a track with a high centre. The front dug in a little. I was wondering what I could do to give it a little more height between the wheels particularly in the front.

I did make it through though. I couldn't have my brother in law in his new GXL Landcruiser have the pleasure of pulling me through.

Any ideas??
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:50

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:50
Bigger tyres
the torsion bars can maybe wound up a bit more but you lose a little travel but most fitters leave more than enough room for height.

your call.

will effect front alignment so get a pro to do it

anything to beat toyota !
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Follow Up By: XS Challenger - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:23

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:23
Thanks Toonfish,
I think the bigger tyres may be the go however just concerned on the insurance side of the house as the tyre placard and owners manual only lists the 1 tyre size.
I did want to tweak up the torsion bars more, but I don't want to loose to much travel either. Do you know of a way I can increase the travel and tweak the torsion bars up another 50mm at the same time??
Probably asking the impossible.
Thanks again

Richard
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 12:04

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 12:04
I assume you mean the diff centre bottomed out on the track? In that case you can try larger diameter tyres, if you can fit them under the guards. This will affect the accuracy of the odometer and speedo - don't know if you can get them recalibrated. Maybe someone else can help with that.
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Follow Up By: XS Challenger - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:10

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:10
Thanks Jiarna,
I had thought of bigger tyres but looked into it and the only problem was Insurance. No one wanted to cover it. When I got the suspension lift I had to find another insurance agency as the one I had said no way. AAMI came to the party and said they will basically insure anything as long as the Queensland Department of Transport approve the modifications. I believe I can only go 15mm bigger than standard tyres by QLD law anyway. But hay I will look into it cause 15mm is 15mm.
As for the speedo it has been out since day 1. It reads 10km slower than what you are doing so on the highway with speedo reading 100 I am actually going about 90 - 92, pending on the camera which reads it.
Thanks again for the input.
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 18:36

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 18:36
Hi XS
you might be interested to know that according to the car comparator on Carpoint.com.au you have 5mm more clearance that the brother in law to start with! Challenger 215mm; LC 210 mm.

Tessa
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Follow Up By: XS Challenger - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:18

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 21:18
Thanks Tessa,
I did know that, and I rub it in whenever I get the chance.
I think what happened is he went through first and he has Cooper ST's on his Cruiser and being the V8 model he likes to spin his wheels a bit to see the mud fly. He has probably dug the trenches a little deeper.
Mind you I run the Cooper AT's on mine (cause they were the most aggressive tyre which maintained my reuired load rating and size)
Those AT's have been awesome. I have gone everywhere the cruiser has gone and never looked like getting bogged.
Anyway I could go on forever.
Thanks for the info

Richard
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 00:06

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 00:06
always interesting when you go up a tyre size as some have a totally different rolling diameter?

as for another 50mm in travel on the torsion bars , sorry champ no go there, maybe 30mm if you cut the bumpstops and get some imported upper control arms from some suspension guys but like me you will have to make do and just outdrive the brother in law with superior driving technique and a good line on the hard parts

cheers
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Follow Up By: XS Challenger - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 14:10

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 14:10
I was thinking of cutting down the Bump Stops but I was worried as to if was legal in QLD to do so and if I would still be covered for insurance??
Do you know??

Thanks again Richard
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Reply By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 22:10

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 22:10
Hi XS, so there is another XS owner out there :-) I was beginning to think I was the only one. Have you done many mods with it? I'm still contemplating what to do and how far to go with mine.
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Follow Up By: XS Challenger - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 10:26

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 10:26
I have only raised it 50mm and put new Cooper AT tyres on it.

Both have helped, I think.

Richard
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