Sport Struts with Base/Limited Springs? - Neck/Back Pain Help Please
Hi, I want to put softer springs up front on my Rav4 sport and was wondering if anyone can tell me if the base/limited V6 front springs are compatible with the mounts for the struts on the V6 sport version? Also, does anyone know of any cushy aftermarket springs? I can’t seem to find an answer to this. I guess the rear springs are the same across the trim levels from what I have read here, hence I'm only planning on changing the front springs. The struts don’t have much to do with how jolting the ride is, so I just want to replace the springs on my Rav4 sport with the base/limited springs (no 3rd row version). I see that I can get a pair of base/limited springs for around $130 new.
Just a note on why I want to do this - I do a ton of driving for work on rough northeast roads and I’ve been having severe neck/back pain from long trips in my Rav4 sport that’s now sticking with me and getting worse between the moron designed stiff seats with no lumbar, an unusable head rest, and the stiff suspension. I wanted the sport for the tighter suspension/better handling, the sunroof, and the wheels, plus I got a great deal on a used one. Before the Rav4 I had a Ford Probe GT with an unbelievable stiff suspension. I was literally pooping blood after riding in that thing for any period of time, not to mention my windshield cracked after hitting a pothole once, but it never gave me neck or back pain. Part of the problem with the Rav4 seems to be excessive vibration and jolts from bumps in the road transferred to the passengers. I just got a set of 4 new snow tires with large sidewalls and put them on a set of 17” rims I had for the Probe, but that doesn’t seem to have made that much of a difference on the Rav4. I don’t want to screw around with lowering the tire pressure and screw up my tread life and fuel economy for the minimal difference lower pressure makes. I’m half debating getting rid of the Rav4 altogether.
I’m also trying to figure out what to do with the seats. I can’t believe the idiots at Toyota that designed such horrendous seats that are pretty much anti-ergonomic in every aspect and engineered to torture you just for not having the limited version. I wish there were some good aftermarket seats with lumbar. I’ve ordered a neck pillow, and if I don’t get rid of it first, I’ll probably end up ripping apart the seat to try and correct the dumb design as others have done here.