This LRO reader emailed LRO.email@example.com seeking help with a lift kit on his Defender.
I’ve fitted a new galvanised chassis and a two-inch lift kit to my Defender 90, and now the front is about 1.5 inches higher than the rear. When I lifted the springs out of the box I noticed that two were longer than the other pair; there were no markings on them so I assumed the longer two were for the front due to carrying the weight of the engine.
Some people have told me the longer ones go on the driver’s side; somebody else said the longer one goes to the driver’s side on the front and the other to the passenger side on the rear. You can see why I need your advice!
Luke Mackerman, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Yes, I can – you seem to have been given every bit of wrong advice there is. As a rule of thumb, the longer and stronger springs go on the rear to deal with the load-carrying capabilities. That said, if the springs aren’t a ‘matched’ set (ie you have asked for softer springs at one end, for some reason) it could be different.
I’m a little surprised the supplier doesn’t mark the springs, because if you’d driven the 90 with the springs in the wrong places it would have been quite dangerous. It may be worth ringing them to suggest they do mark them in future.
This workshop advice appeared in the December 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.