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I have a 2007 FWD LE campervan and it is totally awesome. But the stupid exhaust pipe is only 5.5" off the ground, and the rest of the subframe is about 7" up front. I drive gravel roads occasionally to get to trailheads. I'm not overlanding or taking the van to extreme locations.

I call this the 90, 9, 1 principle: you drive 90% of the miles on good pavement, 9% on improved graded "nice" gravel roads, and then drive maybe 1% on something more rutted/rocky to get to the destination. Because of this, I've resisted any sort of lift. If my numbers were more like 60, 30, 10 then a legit Journey's lift with bigger tires would make more sense for me.

Plus I'm cheap and lazy. I just want to get about 2" of lift, and maybe a slightly stiffer ride for better cornering.

I reached out to Custom Spring Specialists for a quote. I asked for a 2" increase in trim height, 15% increase in spring rate, and factoring in a 300 lb weight increase in the rear, to account for a hitch, bike rack, bikes, and a little more gear. The quote came back about $300 for the rears and $300 for the fronts.

I have followed the Gen 3 thread here: Baby Got Back-Coil Spring Specialist Rear Lift
However, I don't tow trailers (yet) or load my van down with a mountain of stuff. The biggest goal here is achieving the 2" lift.

My questions are:
1. Has anyone done custom springs? How did it go?

2. Anyone know what stock springs run, cost-wise?

3. From reading posts, it seems like the 3.5" Journeys kit increases wear and tear on the CVs and other front end parts. Do you think a 2" lift would cause similar effects?

If anyone has other ideas for achieving a 2" lift on a Gen 2 I'm all ears! Thanks.
 

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Plus I'm cheap and lazy.
Sorry, I have no info to share about lifting, but I have a lot of respect for this formula of happy life :)
 

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Sorry, I have no info to share about lifting, but I have a lot of respect for this formula of happy life :)
LOL, yes indeed! I think it's a great way to go through life.
 

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I installed a 2" metal coil spring spacer in the rear. and 40 mm strut spacer . Love the added height all around. here is a pic of the rear after . I do not have of the front but I can now park at a curb and the tires hit not the underside of the van. 2nd pic is of the spacer being installed. Shown in last pic hauling a cargo trailer that is being converted to a camper
 

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