King Springs

Submitted: Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 17:32
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I am looking to purchase King Springs for my 3L TD Patrol. Looking for extra load capacity and about a 50mm lift. Are these better than Lovell springs? Any comments appreciated.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:11

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:11
JD,
They is not much between them.

I have had both sets on the 80 Series at diffrent times, and if pressed for which one is better I would go for Kings.

King Springs have been supplying ARB and TJM with springs for a long time

Lovells have been supplying the railways and Mercdies- Benz for as long.

I did hear that Lovells were going to supply TJM with springs but I can't confirm that.

Kings have more outlets so if a warrenty problem should accure than KIngs might be the go.

Wayne
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Reply By: DeanoNSW - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:38

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:38
JD,

I have lovells on my GU III and they are fantastic. I asked the delaer why he recommeded Lovels over Kings, was that in his experience Lovells are better on 4WD (in terms of longevity) and Kings are better on cars for towing.

Not sure if thats has any relevance.

I have not used king srpings before, but I am extremely happy with the Lovells on my 4wd. They are great both loaded and unloaded.

What is the price difference?

Deano
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Follow Up By: jdpatrol - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 10:38

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 10:38
Deano
Checked some suppliers in Adelaide today. Prices are about the same, $160-170 a pair.
JD
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:59

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:59
We used to do around 30 sets of springs a month, Kings, but chasing all the warranty claims down,a nd arguing with the King makers made it to hard, so we now sell lovells, and havent had a come back as yet.

The King springs we got that were even designed wrong, and coil bound was astounding.......
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Follow Up By: Hilly - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:49

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:49
Excuse my ignorance but what is coil bound?

Hilly
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:56

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:56
coil bind is where the springs coils when all touching add up to more than the distance between the bump stop and diff housing, meaning the bump stops dont work, and the force the bumpstop is designed to absorb is transmitted via the spring into the spring seat, and diff housing.
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Reply By: Hero - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 08:36

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 08:36
I think you will find that Kings design their coils to be very short and stiff, and they are used to making springs to suit the queensland pig shooters, which means they are good for load carrying, they seem to have trouble making flexible offroad springs. Shop around, make sure you get exactly what you are after.
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Reply By: Austravel - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 12:41

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 12:41
Had Kings and Opposite Lock springs and wasn't fussed. Went to Dobinson's spring and shocks in a GQ and found them to be very good. Did many trips in the GQ including, the cape, gulf, simpson desert etc and with big loads. As soon as I got the GU went in and got them again, with a 50mm lift and air bags to suit. Give them a ring they are more than helpfull and prices should be similar or better.
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