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Old 11-12-2016, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey mates,
I have a 2012 SX 4 down here on the rugged island of St john USVI.

We installed a lift kit to get some more ground clearance because of the many rough dirt roads we drive on.

WE didn't get more than two thousand miles before we sheared the left front strut ; the car has less than 12,000 miles total.
My mechanic thinks that the increased angle of the front end components put too much strain on the strut.

Any ideas or solutions? We don't want to have to replace them again after only a couple of thousand miles.

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If you have raised the vehicle the original strut would be too short...

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If you have raised the vehicle the original strut would be too short...

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That would depend on how the vehicle was raised - spacers can be fitted above the strut.

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Any ideas or solutions? We don't want to have to replace them again after only a couple of thousand miles.

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The first place to seek advice from should really be the supplier of the lift kit.

Having said that - Philip has made a very valid point - depending on how the vehicle was lifted, you could be topping out the strut and that will destroy it rapidly, we are not in a position to offer advice, because we have no idea what was in that lift kit or how that vehicle was lifted.

As you've discovered, lifting a vehicle is not as simple as slapping in longer/stiffer springs or spacers - tell us exactly what was fitted and we may be able to make a few suggestions.
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