Im 6’4″ tall, but the D2 is taller!

Posted: June 3, 2012 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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Wow! We did the install of the tires and lift on the Discovery 2, and it is tall! I took measurements before and after the installation to see what we gained. The Treadwright 265/65/18 Guarddogs were put on first. The measurements showed a 1″ increase in ground clearance. This was a little disappointing, as I anticipated more…The next day, Bernard and I drove to the Fort Gordon craft shop. We tore into the lift kit and began installing it. We chose a 2″ Ironman 4×4 Heavy duty lift kit from www.camel4x4.com . The 2 inch kit was best for our application to avoid having to make further modifications (ie. brake and ABS extensions, control arms, etc). We also went with the Heavy duty spring with Ironman’s foam cell shock. This was the premium combination to accommodate our intended uses and to carry the extra weight of the roof rack, tent and gear. We were able to have the complete lift system installed in approximately 3-1/2 hours start to finish. Everything was labeled nicely, and instructions were easy to follow, though it was pretty self explanatory. A couple of tips for those who may be considering installing a lift themselves. A 13mm ratchet wrench makes removing the shock bolts mush easier. Secondly, I recommend dropping the cross member below the front drive-shaft. This allowed the front end to drop low enough to install the new coil springs without a compressor. All in all it was a great experience and the final product was amazing! I love the look. Even with the weight of the rack and tent, the lift holds great. After measuring, we actually gained 3 more inches of ground clearance in addition to the tires. This netted us 4 inches total! This was one of the most transforming features so far. We will be testing this equipment on our travels through South America Check it out now! What do you think? Any suggestions for future modifications?

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Ironman 4×4 lift kit & Treadwright tires

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Comments
  1. dcroyle says:

    Looks good! How much clearance do you have under the diffs now?

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