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    Cool Advice For Springs and Soft Ride

    Years ago I had a 78 Range Rover with the BEST suspension "ride" I've ever had in a 4x4. It had an inch or so lift springs in it but I never knew what brand springs they were. The gas shocks fitted were Bilsteins.

    What I'd like to know is do you think it's possible to emulate that soft ride in a 98 300tdi Disco?
    It doesn't have the centre ride leveller but otherwise the suspension set up is much the same.
    Presently I have a 2" lift with Dobinson Springs at 235lbs/inch in the rear with Gas Shocks fitted.

    I'm considering buying a 2" lift springs for the rear at 175 lbs/inch. If I get that close to what I want 'ride-wise' I will get a set for the front to match.

    I broke my back 18 months ago and believe me, I'm needing as soft a ride as I can get. Can anyone give me any advice or share your experience good or bad??

    Thanks from Oz

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    You should be able to get a range of springs from the importers.

    My 110 had a 2-inch lift but was absolutely AMAZING on a rough dirt road.

    A lift doesn't always imply a harder ride. As you have alluded, it's the combination of coil length AND a thinner coil that combine to provide a softer lift.
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    One other thing: a softer ride means a reduction in load capability..........so those trip into the Outback with the kitchen sink might be an issue
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    Thanks Jelo.

    Yea I'm aware of that. I already have a 2" lift but I'm after a softer ride. I'd like to keep the lift if I can but get a softer ride. If I get the soft ride I'm after I am accepting/assuming that it may sag when I put the camper trailer on so, I would get a set of Firestone Air Bags to even it up. That's the plan.

    Presently, mine rides OK when I have a Trailer hitched on the back but it's too hard without the trailer which is how I generally drive the car. I have a bad back these days and a soft ride is a goal worth chasing.

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    Peppercorn, what about replacing your coil springs with air springs? You guys have a very nice range of after market goodies available in Oz!
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    Default Re: Advice For Springs and Soft Ride

    Mate, I haven't even thought of that.

    Do you have any suggestions or know of any of these after market options you mentioned??

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    I have only seen what is fitted to 4x4's Down Under. If you look at Ronnie Dahl's videos on Youtube for instance, or Patriot Trailers, they all replace the rear springs on the Land Cruiser pick ups with airbags. Have a look and you will probably see manufacturer names you can follow up on. Or speak to off road supply shops.

    I'm pretty sure there will be something available for Discos.
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    On my defender I just gone back to standard coils. if I want lift, I'd rather go the route of spacers with standard coils, as it is pretty hard to beat the progressive coils. Makes for a more pleasant ride and helps with articulation in the rough stuff.
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    Default Re: Advice For Springs and Soft Ride

    Here is one company I saw
    https://allair.com.au/
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    Thanks Francois,
    I'll check them out.

    Also, Jakkals,

    I have been wondering if that may be a smart choice in the long run. You obviously had a lift before. Did you find going back to the original springs better for the ride?
    What was your experience and what did you have fitted?

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    Just a point - springs alone do not make a soft or hard ride. The shocks that you match them with are just as important - especially on a coil spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppercorn View Post
    Thanks Francois,
    I'll check them out.

    Also, Jakkals,

    I have been wondering if that may be a smart choice in the long run. You obviously had a lift before. Did you find going back to the original springs better for the ride?
    What was your experience and what did you have fitted?
    I had HD coils infront to help with the load of the winch & bullbar. Ive swopped the winch cable for plasma rope now. and install new standard coils. I've also swopped out the tired safari shocks for monroe gas magnums. The ride is a lot more pleasant on the road and the new shocks also helped with less body roll.

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