gaustin70
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:15 am

USA 2018 PHEV GT

BCbackroader
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:45 am

My local off-road specialty shop has just ordered one of these for me, I believe from that same source. His order girl says they're having some issues with translation, but got it dealt with.

I'll post my impressions after it arrives and gets installed.

minical
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:40 am

BCbackroader wrote:My local off-road specialty shop has just ordered one of these for me, I believe from that same source. His order girl says they're having some issues with translation, but got it dealt with.

I'll post my impressions after it arrives and gets installed.
Let us know how the outlander handles "off road" with these risers installed.

Never had much good experience with these kind of kits in terms of ride quality/handling improvement. Not much different then ye ol' hockey puck lift kits I've seen on friends' vehicles back in high school. :lol: I'm sure these are a lot safer though!

BCbackroader
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:46 am

minical, I'm not looking for any kind of improvement in ride or handling, just a bit more ground clearance to avoid getting any more rock dings in that very vulnerable tailpipe under the battery box, and improve the approach and departure angles to protect the front and rear bumper covers. This modest 40mm lift, and tires with another 20mm larger radius should do the trick for me. That combo worked very well on my '05 Chev Trailblazer.

BCbackroader
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:10 pm

The lift kit was installed on Thursday. The shop took 4 hours for the job, including a 4 wheel alignment and road test. I like the result, the stance looks much better now, and the car sits more level, with less nose down attitude than the stock suspension. The front spacer is an "inside the strut" type, which requires that the struts be disassembled, so it's not a DIY project, unless your comfortable using a spring compressor. I find entry and exit easier now, and with the front a bit higher, I see more of the hood while driving.


The highway handling seems identical to the pre-lift feel. I'm sure that in extreme cornering, the slightly higher c.o.g. would come into play, but since I don't drive it like a race car, I don't think I'll ever find that limit. I plan a backwoods excursion tomorrow, so I'll report back on how the improved clearance affects that aspect of handling.


The next step will be slightly larger dia. tires, for another 1" of clearance. Those will come in a month or 2, when I've saved a few more $, to get them on before the nasty winter weather hits. I'm planning on a set of Yokohama Geolander G015s in 235/65R17, mounted on 17x7.5 CRA Axion wheels, including a 5th one to carry as a spare, as going out in the backcountry here in BC without a full size spare is really asking for trouble. These tires are a fairly aggressive all terrain type tread, with real all weather capability, having the tri-peak mountain snowflake rating symbol.

johnnypajero
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:30 pm

Hi BCbackroader, may I suggest BF Goodrich All Terrain in size 225/75 R16 ? :idea:
In the Netherlands you can get the PHEV with 16" rims.
So the stock rims can be used.
I have very good experience with BFG All Terrain.
Strong tyre, good grip, long life, snow-flake symbol.
Only negative is that the tyres hold little stones, and fling them into the wheel-arces.
A 75 series tyre has a higher sidewall is better off-road, you can even air them down in muddy or sandy conditions (without risking damaging the rims).
I do not know if there is enough clearance for this larger tyre.
Maybe problem at the front ?

BCbackroader
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:09 pm

Thanks for the tire suggestion. I chose the 65 series 17s for their ready availability in my region, and I feel that the jump from a stock 55 series to the 65s will give enough sidewall to allow airing down when needed. The change from 18" wheels to 17", plus the higher section ratio will give me 2" more sidewall, and 1" more clearance, which, along with the lift, will add almost 3" underbody clearance, That's all I need for the trails I want to travel.

BCbackroader
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:21 am

I got out for a 4 hour test run on logging roads with the lift kit today. The extra clearance made a big difference in the car's ability to traverse the cross ditching used on the older dis-used trails, which was the point of the exercise. I'm very pleased with the results of the mod, and so far have seen no negatives to the on-road handling, which feels exactly like it did before.

Since the vehicle is marketed as a SUV, I feel it should have come from the factory with the extra ground clearance and all terrain type tires, so that it would be both "sporty" and "utilitarian", as advertised.

minical
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:16 am

Glad to hear the mod was a success. Any pictures? :D

Mitch
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Re: Modding the PHEV

Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:45 am

My modding list is already long:
  • no emblems on the rear
    no chrome on the rear
    scuff plades
    bumper protection
    floor illuminations front and rear
    all inside lights in LED
    additional LED light in the trunk (at the bottom)
    hood lift (gas damper)
    wheels spacers
    fender extensions (at the rear)
    some ETACS coding like alarm system
    HDMI enabled (on SDA)
    FireTV and mobile hotspot behind glove box
    red GTI (GTE) strip at the front grill
    front and rear body kit from Mitsubishi
too much pictures to share here. Please have a look at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/p7hNPx39ZFPZa3ir6
Greetings
Markus :)

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