How to Get Your SUV Ready for the Outback
In Australia, there are more unpaved roads than there are paved ones, and if you are the adventurous type, then you are sure to encounter them in your daily life. In fact, you may actively seek out the loose surface track as part of your quest for fun and may have bought an SUV specifically for that purpose. Yet before you get too carried away and venture too far off the beaten path, you need to ensure that your vehicle is ready. Why do you need to consider some modifications to raise the suspension?
Upgrading from Standard
Most SUVs have a higher ride height than a conventional car or ute. But don't forget that these machines are largely designed for use in an urban environment these days and tend to be used by parents as they take their kids to school. Consequently, the standard suspension may not be suitable if you intend to explore the outback in any significant way. You need to think about fitting a suspension lift kit that will make it a lot easier for you to deal with the challenge.
First of all, don't confuse this type of kit with other alternatives in the market. A straightforward lift kit may simply raise the body of the vehicle on top of the frame. You are looking for a kit that lifts the suspension components up so that you will have greater ground clearance and can protect the underside of the vehicle at the same time.
As you can imagine, you will be able to drive over those rough riverbeds, sizeable rocks and some deep holes without any complaint. You'll be able to add larger wheels and tyres, and this will make your covers more resistant to damage.
Don't forget, however, that you may have to make some adjustments to your dynamic settings so that the vehicle will be stable on a paved road and when travelling at speed. The SUV will, after all, be a lot higher off the ground with an elevated centre of gravity, and it may tend to lean when driving around a curve. You may need to make some changes to your suspension mounting points and to the location and orientation of each wheel. Don't worry though, as you will typically get some instructions with each kit.
So before you head off into the dusty sunset, talk with your component supplier about options like the Hilux suspension lift kit.