Suspension lift for Navara D40

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 10:41
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SWMBO has a Navara D40 STX 2.5TD which she absolutley adores.
Right now it is on standard factory suspension which tends to bang and scrape, especially at the rear when we join our 4WD club on outings.
She mainly uses the Navara to commute around the city, but we do bush weekends, sometimes towing a camper trailer (max weight 750kg). The ute has a canopy and gets loaded up with camping gear including fridge, when we don't take the camper.

What is the forum's consensus regarding the best way to go?

ARB / TJM charge $1,700-$2,000 for a 50mm lift . This includes new shocks front and rear, new front struts, new rear shocks, plus associated shackles etc. from what I've read on the forum both systems are very good.

I have noticed on ebay where a specialist 4WD company advertises a lift kit comprising 2" alloy spacers for the front (no front shocks included though) , plus extended shackles and new Rancho RS9000X shocks for the rear, all for $846.00.
Quite a saving.
My question is "what's wrong with going the latter route?", especiallly with regard to longevity of drive shafts due to increased angles and suitability of this lift system.
Like I said, SWMBO loves her ute and I'd be dumb to choose the wrong option solely on saving a few dollars.



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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 12:32

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 12:32
I had the D22 STR and I presume that the front suspesion system is still of the same type in the D40. I went with a complete swap out of the torsion bars and shocks with something offering a bit more rigour. The ironman kit comprised front and rear shocks, rear springs and thicker torsion bars. This gave an immediate improve of about 35mm without compromising front end travel between the stops and without changing wheel camber. I also changed tyres from the 255 70 R16 to 265 75 R16 which gave another 15mm extra clearance although it did put the speedo out by 4kph. The ironman system was great and performed exceptionally well over a 40,000 km round Australia trip towing a Tambo camper trailer. The ute was also heavily loaded for a canning trip. Great option and under $900.

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Follow Up By: beelzebug - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:22

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:22
Cheers Mick O.
The D40 has coils and struts in the front, rather than torsion bars. But from what you are saying we would be better off going the full monty with upgraded springs and shocks rather than just spacers.

Appreciate your comments.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 10:47

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 10:47
Front ends on these type of utes are not designed to be lifted. I have a new hilux which is basically the same front end but with more wheel alignment adjustment.
After it was lifted(ARB) it started wearing tyres badly. They(ARB) couldn't get the wheel alignment right, but they charged me for each try.
It ended up at fulcrum where they put in offset bushes to try and fix it.
Still not real good but better. Fulcrum told me Navara is even more of a problem than hilux.
Check it out before you hand over the hard earned
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Reply By: WorkingNavara - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 23:29

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 23:29
I have a D40 TD2.5.
I have had mine lifted by changing the coils, HDuty leaf packs and shocks all round with an Old man emu kit. Lift obtained was about 30-40mm when completed.
This cost $1900.00 installed with alignment. This was a full kit but not sure witch one, I left that up to my mechanic.

Have not noticed tyre scrub as mentioned by the other guy. But I will keep an eye open now.

This has made a huge difference off road. Even though the suspension setup has limited travel as compared to solid axel - Within its limits it's great.
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