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Old July 9th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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D90 not level after Terrafirma kit - HELP!

Just recently ordered a light duty Terrafirma springs/shocks kit from Lucky8. I have never messed with suspension stuff before, so I had my shop put them on for me. Now the back passenger side is around 3/4"-1" higher than the driver's side. I talked to Justin at Lucky8, and he said the springs are supposed to be marked "driver" and "passenger" side, but I see nothing on the coils. Any other ideas/clues much appreciated before I spend money to start randomly swapping stuff around to find the problem...
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Old July 9th, 2011, 11:30 AM
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They're definitely sided. Not sure where they're marked on the Terrafirmas though.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 11:36 AM
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I suppose swapping the springs would be easier than converting to RHD...
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Old July 9th, 2011, 11:41 AM
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I think you mean fronts are different from rear.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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KevKon, that would seem to make more sense, but Justin did say "drive & passenger" -- maybe he just misspoke. I am a suspension novice, just know engine stuff.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 01:30 PM
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I think you mean fronts are different from rear.
No most aftermarket springs are meant for a specific corner to compensate for lean/list. From Expedition Exchanges website :

"Old Man Emu springs are normally "handed". That is, there is one driver-side spring and one passenger-side spring per pair. This usually results in a listing vehicle toward the passenger side on most Land Rovers. To prevent this, we "match" our springs into two DS or two PS springs per pair."
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Old July 9th, 2011, 01:47 PM
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Yes, but all the handed springs I have seen have a stamping or a wrapped label on them. I don't know about Terrafirma. That's why I wondered if it wasn't a front-rear issue.
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Yes, but all the handed springs I have seen have a stamping or a wrapped label on them. I don't know about Terrafirma. That's why I wondered if it wasn't a front-rear issue.
I didn't see that on OME's. Generally you figure it out by just putting them next to each other. The same would work on Terrafirmas I would assume.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 02:11 PM
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I believe the OEM marked the springs using different colored paint (just a dab). If you know you have the front and rear springs at the correct end, I'd try swapping the left to right... You've got nothing to loose except the hour or so it takes to do it.
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Thanks for all the ideas. I looked on the springs but did not see any obvious markings or labels as to driver or passenger side. I will try swapping the back ones and see what I get.

Cellulararrest, I guess you are saying if we would have taken the OMEs and stood the rears and fronts side-by-side, a slight difference in height would have been obvious -- then done the same with the Terrafirmas, and viola!
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Old July 9th, 2011, 05:53 PM
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Yes it's fairly obvious. Unless you get them from a supplier that matches them.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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When I changed out the springs myself (old man emu) you could defeinatly tell which is taller and which is shorter. Use to be a list of spring colors on old orphanage site. Might try that 110 dedicated site.
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Okay, so I measured and on level ground with no people or other weight inside the truck, the passenger rear sits 1 1/4" higher than the driver rear. Removed rear springs and swapped 'em -- now driver rear is 3/4" higher than passenger rear (better, but still not level). So, swapped the rear shocks (just in case manufacturing issue) -- no change.

Interestingly, there are no markings whatsoever on the Terrafirma light duty kit (that I can find) indicating driver or passenger side. They are just solid gray/silver painted. Came from Lucky8 but were in a non-descript plain box (unlike the shocks which were in Terrafirma packaging) -- is that typical? Anyone know?
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