Kings Springs progressive coils

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 14:30
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Howdy, would like to hear from anyone with personal experience of Kings Springs quality generally and in particular, experience with progressive coils as I'm seriously considering them as replacement for orig. on our '92 Mav LWB td42.
We use the car mainly around town with a couple of trips away annualy when we load her up as you do with lots of stuff incl. ally dinghy on ally r/rack, extra spare wheel/tyre,water,boat fuel (when remote),engels, small gen.,hand winch/rec gear,food, etc.etc. and hitch up Jayco swift offroad camper.
Car has 70l aux fuel tank,alloy b/bar (no winch), dual batt, Koni adjust shocks which are in ok cond.and polyairs.
We are not every weekend hardcore offroaders but ask quite a lot of our veh. when we do get away. Question is will the progressives provide enough support with help of polyairs as the orig. springs have had to until now? I suppose I am looking for a compromise because we don't want our bones rattled too much in the car as there are better places to do that ! Can I say that ?

Cheers DRC
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 16:01

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 16:01
Its like someone else was saying with their Yota.. Once or twice a year they pack their buggy with 1+ ton extra, but for 350 days a year its the daily driver...

"we don't want our bones rattled too much in the car"
The way I see it, set it up for the most driving you do. Why have it like a rough old 40 series when you dont have to!

Then if need be, get some Extra Heavy springs for that 'other' week you use the car for, its $400 for a second set of springs, less second hand to be comfortable all year round... To change a set of springs, is 1/2 a day including drinking beers while at it!

To have a set of springs that do everything is like the tire arguement of wanting somehting with the grip of swampers and the klms of HT's, hard to get!
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Reply By: Jarrod - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 18:21

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 18:21
Michael, I had Kings progressive rate coils on my 92 patrol. LWB diesel. Loaded up similar to yours but with with 8000lb highmount winch. (commercial bar weighs a bit more too). - Also my daily driver, i found them a great compromise between comfortability and loaded capability. Ride height was up a bit in the back when unload but not enough to look silly. I also ran them with Koni Adj. shocks.

- The good news- When i was deciding to trade the car in, I stripped it to the bones, (dealers didn't want to give me any extra $ for my extra bits!! - surprise surprise. ) and i have them in my garage at home. ( all 4 ) I reckon they did about 10,000 on the truck b4 i sold it. from memory they were about $300 or $320 a pair, - you can have 'em for more than half that price !! - I'm in Eastern suburbs of melbourne - email me if interested.

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Reply By: DesF - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 20:13

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 20:13
Hi, Micheal, I have King's Progressive rear coils on the NF Pajero, they were on there when I bought it and the previous owner said they had been on for 8 years ( 200.000ks and he towed a van around Oz twice . I have a 12ft Jayco and they handle it well . last year we went to Finke with all the gear ( camping ) and the back dropped 25mm , since I have fitted Polyairs and now it stays level. I checked with Kings before I got the Poly's about fitting H/D ones but they give you 35mm extra lift and I didn't want that empty , so got the P/Airs. Tha price was only $190.00 for the springs . They have their own site & were very helpfull. Cheers "D"
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Reply By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 23:23

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 23:23
I have replaced the Foresters OE coils all round with Kings/Fulcrum springs. As you would imagine the originals didn't cope that well with all the camp gear,frig etc and I didn't want to go for a lift kit. The new coils have a 30% higher rating and hold up great with the load and give a slight lift as well. The first set fitted were too long on the front and were 'topping out', Fulcrum ordered a new set with altered settings and fitted them and alignment for free. Great follow up service, good price.Colin - Subaru Forester
- size isn't everything - weight is ! -
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Reply By: Kevin - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 14:39

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 14:39

I had Kings and Bilstein on my first GU Patrol although they did the Job I feel the new set up is so much better. On my New GU I had fitted OME and the ride and handling is much better. I beleive these set-ups like OME and Series 2000 are setup with the whole package in mind, that is Shocks to suit Springs and they all work together. The new set up confirms that belief with better compliance off road an excellent handling on road.

There is more R&D that goes into these pakages as well.

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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:27

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:27
They're good if you want cheap lift to prevent damage, but long term there's sets with better ride. I'd like to find a better option than my king's springs - while they work the ride is too damn rough.

I'd recommend speaking to a suspension specialist if you wanna do it right the first time.
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