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arm

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Posted: 11/18/20 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone here raised their Class B 2" to 3" and if so how did you do it?
I travel a few back roads and boondock at times and with the generator under the van I have to be quite careful.

I have considered at least 2" blocks on rear spring mounts and a 2" leveling spring spacer on the front. New AT tires have given me about 3/4" but I need a little more.

Interested to hear if you have done it, how it worked out, or if you have any thoughts/suggestions on the subject.

Thanks in advance.


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Why not swap out springs and coils?

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The spring swap or 2" block works for the rear, but just returned from the shop and they said the longer front coil would reduce the travel of upper control arm and clearance from the frame by too much (on the 2011 express). Some other years would be fine. They are looking at a drop spindle for the front. Will see what they come up with, and post it.

Spring swap is a good suggestion.

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New springs. Add a leaf in the rear.

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What about adding air leveling shocks like Firestone? You could air these up for added clearance when needed and air down when not needed. This shouldn't give you a harsher ride when at normal height.

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Thanks for the suggestion on air shocks. I will look into that and it may be an option. I have used air bags for the rear in the past.(on last roadtrek 190P)

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arm wrote:

Thanks for the suggestion on air shocks. I will look into that and it may be an option. I have used air bags for the rear in the past.(on last roadtrek 190P)
There are air bags in the back of our LTV but they are more for stiffening the suspension instead of increasing road clearance. Our LTV is on a Sprinter chassis though and it has a good road clearance to begin with. But I did drag the frame once (minor damage fortunately) returning to a road that had an uphill to the road shoulder and I drove back up the shoulder at an angle that was inappropriate. Part of my learning something new every day. [emoticon]


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