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anyone know about these?

Rav4 Coil Spring Suspension Lift Kit
i saw these as i was searching and was wondering if anyone ever tried this.
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Sounds like coil springs all around, and there have been some people who have used those. The main concern would be the shock running out of travel. A big excursion event could damage the shock quite a bit if it overextended.

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hmm thanks for the info. I am currently looking to just add some clearance, like 1.5" to 2" to my 2006 v6 sport, and am trying to find a decent, but reasonably priced way to do it. I considered the rubber/steel things (forgot what they are called) under the springs or i forgot what it was, that forces it up higher, but then you get less flex. IDK, i am still contemplating everything. Thanks for the info though!
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Quite a few owners have lifted their Rav, and I remember some pretty detailed threads about the process and what was involved. Maybe try some search terms like "coil springs" or something. Let me give it a try. . .

Okay, here's a few:

New struts, springs, shocks & tires

2" Lift Kit coming 01/2012 by CCC

Suspension Lift King Springs RAV4 35mm

Old Man Emu Lift Kit '06 through '08 - please vote!

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thanks for all the info, im going to do more research on the topic and when i make a purchase i will let you guys know!
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well ive done more research on this topic and called about half a dozen companies, and none of the ones i called carry a lift kit or coil spring spacers. I saw on here through research that people do have spring spacers, but where did those people purchase them? I cannot find where and am very interested in doing this to my rav.
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I asked this place:

Coil Spring Specialties

a couple of years back about a custom set of springs. I wanted them stiffer and to lower the Rav. I think it was about $450 for the set.

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they seem very nice, but i am looking to raise my rav about 1.5" - 2". im calling more places today to see if any carry some spring spacers, if not i will have to go to a custom shop and have some fabricated.
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Sounds like coil springs all around, and there have been some people who have used those. The main concern would be the shock running out of travel. A big excursion event could damage the shock quite a bit if it overextended.
Total travel on a lift of this type does not change, therefor no damage to the shocks is possible. Where the suspension sits whithin it's travel path is jsut higher. On a bike this is discribed as setting the sag. Most trucks are set to have about 50/50 bump and drop travel. Cars suprising have more drop travel that bump. Bump is the wheels going up into the wheel wells.

The main concern with this type of lift is being able to properly align the car afterwards. Chamber angles get out of spec, and with a McPherson tpye front susepnsion set up we have it has very limited or no camber adjustment abilty. Doing a lift like this can lead you down the modifi road as you might need adjustable strut toppers.

The new ride height might also place the CV angles at an exterme and cuase premature wear.

That said. GO FOR IT. A mild lift ususaly will not hurt the CVs, and not place you into too exterme of camber angles. You will jsut need a toe angle adjustment afterwards.

To give you an idea of what you are working with, take a floor jack to the center jack point of your RAV. Measure from the top of your wheel to the edge of the fender. Measure the distance from the bottom out bump stop to the strike pad. Jack the car up till the tires are off of the ground. Take both measurements again. Subtracting the two wheel to fender measurements will give you the amount of drop travle you have. Doing some math will tell you how much bump travle you have. See where your car current sits within its suspensions travel path. Then lower the car back on to the ground and lift it, 1 inch, 2 inch, and see where your camber is relative to stock.

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There are also two types of coil spring spacers. One which sits between the coil spring and the top of the coil pad. The other sit above the entire strut assymbly.

The first type increases your springs preload which lifts the car but increases the stiffness of the ride.

The second type increases the total length of the strut and lifts the car. This keeps the same sprign rate and ride characteristics, but tweeks with the geometry. Have not studied the RAVs suspension enough to know exaclt how.

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