I recently had the pleasure of installing a set of quality aftermarket suspension springs. This Range Rover Evoque suspension lift kit by H&R Springs provides a increase of about an inch & a half of ride height. Since the Evoque is similar to the LR2, this lift kit may work on an LR2. Please check with H&R springs before installation on a LR2. This definitely should be installed by a professional! Please do yourself a favor and do not try to install yourself. Coil over springs are under a great deal of pressure when mounted to a strut assembly. Use a quality strut spring compressor to remove and install these springs. Check out Branick Industries for a high quality strut spring compressor. Now that we are on the same page, I share with you some important things to consider before installation.
PERFORM A THOROUGH INSPECTION
Now this may seem obvious. Check for worn brake components, steering tie rods, and worn control arm bushings. All of these parts of your Evoque will be removed or adjusted during the suspension lift installation. To save yourself some time, order any worn components ahead of time. Worn control arm bushings will not only add additional costs but prevent an accurate alignment. Save yourself from aligning your Range Rover Evoque more then once. Perform a brake inspection as well. The complete steering knuckles at each four corner will be removed from the vehicle. Since your brakes mount to the knuckles, replace any worn out parts at this time. Check each strut for leaks or damage before starting this job! You will have each strut removed. Replace any high mileaged and leaking struts.
USE A HIGH QUALITY STRUT SPRING COMPRESSOR
As mentioned earlier, invest in a strut spring compressor. A Range Rover Evoque suspension lift is not the only job you will use this spring compressor on. Majority of cars made today use a coil-over shock design which means you will need a spring compressor to replace most shocks. Once the strut is removed and mounted within the spring compressor, draw an alignment line with a paint pen from the lower end of the shock, on the spring and on the upper spring mount. This way you will have the upper mount in the same position once the new spring is installed onto the shock. Remove and install your new springs onto the shocks/struts.
Complete the job with 4 wheel Alignment
Install all strut assemblies back on your Range Rover Evoque. Double and triple check all steering joints, control arm mounts, wheel hubs, and axle nuts are fully tighten to factory specs. Correctly fit any external and interior trims removed for access. Install your wheels and perform a test drive. Pay attention for any abnormal noises & changes in the steering. Sometimes removing suspension components can cause an unexpected steering wheel alignment which common referred to as steering wheel off center when driving straight. 4 wheel alignments correct this concern. If your test drive is completed without any new noises and the steering is centered, I still recommend an alignment. This will correctly load suspension bushings for the new ride height, fine tune wheel toe-in and toe-out & prevent pulls while driving.
Below & after pics below of a Range Rover Evoque Suspension Lift
Notice the increase space above the wheel. Net increase is about 1.5 inches to the ride height of this Range Rover Evoque. Thanks for stopping by & checking out what British Autoworks can do!