This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask LRO about springs for his Range Rover Classic.
My Range Rover Classic had a set of 2in lift springs installed when I bought it but they are very stiff, especially on the back, which is limiting articulation.
I was thinking of putting in police-spec HD Range Rover springs (red and white colour code), which are rated at 170lb and then add a 1.5in spacer to help it match the front. Is this a good plan? The softest aftermarket springs I could find were rated at 207lb, which I think may be too hard because they're meant for the heavier Discovery. Could I put the police-spec in the front to keep the lift but with a more supple ride?
Josh Brown, Lewes, East Sussex
207lb springs would considerably stiffen up the rear - that's probably what you've inherited. Standard Classic springs are 133lb on the front and 150lb on the rear - 170lb with a spacer to lift it would stiffen the rear a little to help counteract the effect of the higher centre of gravity for body roll.
Spring swaps for lift and/or off-roading tend to come down to personal preference - what suits me may not suit you. We always have to find a compromise between lifting the body for off-road clearance (or appearance) and the effect on road handling - a raised centre of gravity and firmer springs could easily mar your on-road experience. Your plan seems liks a good compromise.
This workshop advice appeared in the May 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.