Lift, Panhard Rod & Fuel Economy

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 23:38
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Hi,

I am planning to buy a new set of heavy duty Dobinsons springs which according to Dobinsons should give my Surf a modest 20mm lift.

For that amount of lift, do I have to worry about changing the Panhard Rod ?

Also, with the lift which is going to increase the angle of the drive shafts, should I expect any increase in drivetrain noise and vibration, and also an increase in fuel consumption ?

Any experience will be appreciated. Cheers.

CC
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Reply By: Member - Scooby (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 16:25

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 16:25
CC,
My previous vehicle was a Surf. I had a 50mm lift with heavy duty springs in the rear and the torsion bars wound up. I had no problems, did not change the panhard rod, no vibration, no change in fuel consumption. Was a bit firm when not loaded.
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Follow Up By: CC - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 17:42

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 17:42
Scooby,
Thanks for the info. It makes me more confident to go ahead with the changes.
Cheers.
CC.
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Reply By: Member - Scooby (WA) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 09:39

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 09:39
CC,
I forgot to mention in my previous post. If I was going to upgrade the suspension in a Surf again I would not use h/d springs, the ride is too hard without a load.
I would go medium duty and Polyairs. Much more comfort and adjustment available by varying the air pressure in the Polyairs.
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