ArchM suspension

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ArchM suspension

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I've just had fitted a 2 inch kit from Melbourne ebay seller ArchM Industries : http://stores.ebay.com.au/archmindustri ... 7675.l2563

They also have a shopfront. Free delivery by Toll.

I didn't fit it myself, but got my local workshop shop who does my servicing to fit it. They also run rally cars, so fitting a 4wd with some suspension was a bit more interesting than their daily routine logbook servicing!

The kit comprised of:

Tapered, heavy duty front coils (King springs)
Constant 300kg heavy duty leaf rears (Dobinson)
41mm foam cell shocks
Greasable shackles

Before fitting, the measurements from the centre of the wheel to the top of the guard were as follows:

Front left : 505mm
Front right : 500mm
Rear Left : 520mm
Rear right : 510mm

and after:

Front left : 585mm
Front right : 585mm
Rear Left : 585mm
Rear right : 580mm

I imagine the suspension will settle a little bit over the coming weeks, so I'll take another measurement in about a months time.

I fitted 15mm centre tailshaft spacers that a workmate made for me. No vibrations whatsoever when driving. You need longer bolts too.

Funnily enough, the rear brake lines were not long enough so new ones were needed to be made up. Wasn't expecting that!

Driving wise, unladen with an empty tray, it feels just the same in terms of firmness as before. Mine is an LS-M, so has quite firm factory suspension. If anything, it's a tiny little bit softer.

Massive improvement with the new shockies. There's a few roads I drive on a daily basis that have dips and holes in them. Beforehand the factory shockies must have been stuffed and the front in particular would pitch and bounce up and down a few times. All of that is gone, bouncing controlled as expected. Very nice to drive.

This is the closest to a 'before' photo:

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And after:

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Looks good mate, that's a 65mm lift on the front over stock so with a bit of settling you should end up with a genuine 2" lift. You realise now your gonna have to get bigger tyres to fill those guards don't you? :lol: it never ends... :roll:
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Danno wrote:Looks good mate, that's a 65mm lift on the front over stock so with a bit of settling you should end up with a genuine 2" lift. You realise now your gonna have to get bigger tyres to fill those guards don't you? :lol: it never ends... :roll:
I've already been told that! :lol:

And the thing is, they are already one size larger than the factory tyres! These are 245/75R16.
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Post by Turkey »

Aussie wrote:
Danno wrote:Looks good mate, that's a 65mm lift on the front over stock so with a bit of settling you should end up with a genuine 2" lift. You realise now your gonna have to get bigger tyres to fill those guards don't you? :lol: it never ends... :roll:
I've already been told that! :lol:

And the thing is, they are already one size larger than the factory tyres! These are 245/70R16.

75 profile i assume you mean?

Maybe you should buy some 265/75s, Ill even offer to take your old boots to be disposed off ;-)
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Re: ArchM suspension

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Turkey wrote:
Aussie wrote:
Danno wrote:Looks good mate, that's a 65mm lift on the front over stock so with a bit of settling you should end up with a genuine 2" lift. You realise now your gonna have to get bigger tyres to fill those guards don't you? :lol: it never ends... :roll:
I've already been told that! :lol:

And the thing is, they are already one size larger than the factory tyres! These are 245/70R16.

75 profile i assume you mean?

Maybe you should buy some 265/75s, Ill even offer to take your old boots to be disposed off ;-)
Ah yes, good pickup. I've edited my post!

I didn't go anything larger as they physically wouldn't fit before... now, no problems!
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Post by Bmax »

Hey mate how are you finding it now after a couple weeks? I'm thinking of doing the same setup. How much has it settled?

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Re: ArchM suspension

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Bmax wrote:Hey mate how are you finding it now after a couple weeks? I'm thinking of doing the same setup. How much has it settled?

Brad
Not much at all! I was planning on taking some pics on the weekend to upload, and will still do so. Still very happy how it drives and handles.
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Re: ArchM suspension

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After a few weeks of driving, the suspension has settled in nicely.

The measurements from the centre of the wheel to the top of the wheel arch are:

Front left : 575mm
Front right : 575mm
Rear Left : 575mm
Rear right : 580mm

Particularly happy with how the front springs hold the weight of all the accessories fitted and maintain that height. If anything, the rear could possibly come up a little bit higher!
mikecolorado

Re: ArchM suspension

Post by mikecolorado »

Hey Aussie
I see its been about a year since you posted this review of the suspension, but Just reading this forum now. I was wondering how its getting on and if you have and recommendations? now that you've had the suspension for a while, does it last? im just looking into a lift kit for my Colorado but just having a look around and seeing what people think of them.

Any feed back would help.

Cheers
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