Ok, so my project is now complete on my 2019 Outlander PHEV. Thanks again for the inspiration.
Here is the link to the Tema 4x4 lift kit I used. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BB ... UTF8&psc=1
I chose the polyurethane kit instead of the metal kit as it is supposed to give you a slightly softer ride (and it’s cheaper at only $128). Also, I ordered via amazon vs. off eBay because they allowed for faster shipping (for an extra $35 it arrived in 2 weeks). Shipping on eBay was going to take 3 months!
I then had the kit professionally installed at a local 4x4 specialty store and boy was I glad I did. It took them about 5 hours and they had specialized equipment and know-how. It cost me about $350 for the install. I had to go back after it settled a bit and they fixed some pops/squeaks for me. Silent as can be now and rides like OEM.
As far as tires, I researched a ton of options. My 2019 came with Bridgestone Ecopia 225/55/ R18s (I was wrong on the weight in my earlier post…they actually weigh 28 lbs). I also weighed the stock tires with stock rims on them while they were installing the lift kit (total of 53 lbs). That means the stock 2019 “million spoke” rims weigh 25 lbs. I couldn’t find that anywhere on the internet so hopefully, that helps some people out.
Ultimately, I decided to go with Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV 235/60R-18 for the tires. These are ultra-low resistance snow tires and are made especially for electric vehicles (Tesla owners swear by them). They weigh 30 lbs, so not a huge difference and shouldn’t impact range (TBD). I was averaging between 27-35 miles of pure EV range with the Ecopias, so sustaining this was my #1 priority in upsizing. I also decided to keep the stock rims and just Plasti Dip them black for now. It looks decent but is a bit of a pain in the butt to do yourself. I’ll likely install lighter custom rims next season when I move back to all seasons.
The one clear drawback is that the speedometer is impacted…you will be traveling 3-4 miles per hour faster than it reads. I have a radar detector that tells me my speed, so this is verified.
Total ground clearance is now 10.6 inches. Will be great for the many storms that dump several feet of snow being that I live at 8000 ft. in the mountains.
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