'99 Frontera lift

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:36
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Hi All

I have read an archive #17636 which had some notes on lifting a Frontera.
I have been doing some light reseach on prices and the amount of lift that each kit may offer. I am now getting a little confused as the heights vary quite a bit and even from retailer on the same item from various outlets.
Vince from NSW wrote that he acheived a 3" lift at the rear with a pair of King springs but I have found from king springs that thay would only lift the vehicle by 20-30mm.
i can under stand that giving a 2 or 3" lift via rear coils will only increase the clearance of the leading edge of the fuel tank by 20-30mm can any body advise if this is the case for any of the options such as TJM or ARB.
I have also been investigating the torsion bars as I have a feeling that they have already been raised a bit by the previous owner.
Does anyone have the original vehicle heights such as the distance to the top of the front wheel arch or somthing similar.

Thanks guys
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:39

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:39
Hi Roger,

On the rear I fitted King Springs to mine (I will dig out the part number and email it to you in the next day or so), and I got a clear 60mm increase. Also added Rancho long travel shocks ( again I will dig out the part numbers for you). At the front we went for new shocks and wound up the torsion bars.

I didn't keep track of what the standard height is so I can't help with that one I am sorry. Mine needs new rubber shortly and I am going to go up a tyre size which will add a bit more height. I haven't scoped out what brand I will go for but they will be All Terrains.

Mine is a lot better since the lift although I am going to get rid of the original fuel tank and go to one behind the rear axle.

I will be in touch.

Cheers

Brian
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Follow Up By: ROGER G - Friday, Jan 07, 2005 at 18:24

Friday, Jan 07, 2005 at 18:24
Hi

Just got some further info from KINGSPRINGS. they have said to use
their KDRS-39 which wasn't listed in their online catalogue under the Frontera but they are original on the old pathfinder.
I did send King springs a link to view this forum and that was their answer
My local agent has also recommended the Monroe Magnums as a cost effective solution concidering the amount of off road I do.What aint a lot!
Can you confirm this was the coils you used

Thanks
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Reply By: Chucky - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:50

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:50
My wife drives a frontera, I know it is stock, she won't let me play with it. say's thats what my 80 series is for. I will measure the distance from the top of the wheel to the wheel arc for you 2morrow and get back to you.
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Reply By: Member - rengatt (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:27

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:27
Hi Roger,

here are some measurements that might help from a stock 2001 model,

Front,
Bumper bar to ground is 330 mm
Top of tyre to wheel arch is 135 mm

Rear,
Bumper bar (lowest point right behind wheel arch) is 415 mm
Top of tyre to wheel arch is 145 mm

Standard fuel tank is 205 mm

hope this helps,

cheers
rengatt
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Follow Up By: Member - rengatt (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:29

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:29
bit more info,

apart from the tyre to wheel arch measurements all other measurements are from the ground .
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Follow Up By: ROGER G - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 18:39

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 18:39
Thanks rengatt for the info I have just done a comparo and it is as i would have suspected.

The rear appears to have sagged by about 15mm making my measurements 400 and 135 respectively.

The fuel tank leading edge is 200mm.

The front has a slightly different story as i believe the bumper moulding is a bit different and depending where you measure from the distance is 350-380mm however the tyre to wheel arch is approx 135mm.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:43

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 10:43
Rodger
You are right about only getting 20-30 mm extra clearance for the tank. However you will be pleased at the effect this has on most tracks. Since we lifted ours we have only bottomed over VERY bad rocky sections that we were taking in low range 1st gear.
Vince
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Friday, Jan 07, 2005 at 20:44

Friday, Jan 07, 2005 at 20:44
Roger,

I can't locate the receipt for my rear springs but my son believes the ones you refer to are the ones we have installed.

Just to make sure there is no doubt, we got our gear from this guy : 4WD SUSPENSION COMPONENTS 4WD Suspension Bodylift Kits. Rancho Shocks. Experience & Service 07 3351 2692

Give him a call and he will ensure you have the right product numbers.

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: Dennis (Mackay) - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 18:25

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 18:25
If you really want a lift, check the Calmini website and find the yank equivalent to a Frontera (think it is either the Amigo or the Rodeo).

Then check 4wdusa in WA as they are the importers of Calmini stuff into Oz.

JUST fitted a 3" lift kit to my Rodeo from them, control arms and other items are very high quality, oil shocks rear, gas front. Accessories (bolts, u-bolts etc) are a bit below standard, soft metal. Lift to the rear was 80mm, got to get the front set up completed as yet, but so far it all looks good.

It is expensive stuff though, but the options for Isuzu products are fairly limited in this country, troll the US websites and there is heaps of stuff available for them.

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Follow Up By: ROGER G - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:43

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:43
Thanks Dennis

i've had my eye on the Calmini kit for a couple of years but the cost always becomes the issue and i cant justify the $2500 or so.
The king springs option above including monroe shocks fitted is a bargain price of $660 and I 'm having them fitted this thursday.
The fact is I really dont go off road that much even being a member of a 4wd club.
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Reply By: ROGER G - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 11:18

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 11:18
Well I had the lift done a week or so ago and I am more than happy.
I had Kingsprings in the rear KDRS 39 and Monroe Magnum shocks all round.

Before heights were from the ground to the top of each wheel arch (235/ 75 x 15 Tyres) 830mm and from the ground to the leading edge of the fuel tank 200mm

After heights Ground to top of wheel arch rear 890mm front as before.
To the fuel tank 225mm.

As expected the coils have given a 50mm lift from standard as I had expected the originals had sagged by about 10 to 15mm.

Have since cranked up the torsion bars at the front by another 15mm now making the front height 845mm I think the front would now have been lifted by 25 to 30mm and will leave it there. The height to the fuel tank is now 230mm.

Cost inc labour $660.00

Cant be bad.

As for the ride the whole thing is much firmer more car like less rock and roll.
Can now take the speed bumps at 50kph no probs!
Have not been off road yet.
Regards
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