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Lift Spacers vs. Off-road Springs?

Hello everyone, Brett from RalliTEK here again. When the question between choosing lift spacers and springs comes up (which is daily), I always begin by asking the following questions:

  • How do you plan to use the car?
  • Do you have future plans for the car?
  • Do you want to lift the car?
  • Do you tow/haul gear with the car?
  • What is your budget?

These are important questions to ask when deciding which method (if not both) you are going to need to accomplish the goals you have in mind. Some just want to remove vehicle sag, others want to tow, and some want the ground clearance.

So let me a explain a situation where spacers are ideal, where springs are ideal, and where both are ideal.

Here is an ideal situation to only use spacers. You need the clearance, you aren’t sagging, and you enjoy the OEM ride quality. This is usually the most ideal setup for light weight off-roading scenarios to tackle more complex terrain. The OEM springs are going to be softer than RalliTEK or King springs. This is for situations that need the most strut articulation to get over an obstacle and maintain grip (tires on the ground). A stiffer spring here can still work, but if you aren’t hauling a lot of gear or noticing any vehicle sag/instability, then it’s a cheaper and more effective option to stay with the OEM strut and simply use spacers to increase ground clearance.

Here’s an ideal situation to only use springs. Let’s say the back of your vehicle is sagging under load, and you only want to fix that. In this case, I would suggest to this individual to get a set of RalliTEK overload springs. A lift spacer kit on all 4 corners of the car will simply raise the car up, and you’ll see the same sag, only higher up! Now, you may ask, “Can I run just spacers in the rear to offset the sag?” Sure, but this isn’t ideal since the strut itself is still sagging meaning you’re likely that much closer to hitting the strut’s bump stop. This is where the overload spring with a higher spring rate is needed. It’s important to make note to check the health of your struts. You may need new struts and springs. RalliTEK strut assemblies are a great fix for this.

Here is an ideal situation to use both. You do everything! You load your vehicle down often, and see a lot of sagging in the rear. Even street stability seems wonky, and you want it improved. At the same time, you offroad and need the clearance to get to your next location with all of your gear. This is the most costly option, but it comes at the advantage of being able to do it all. Equipped with RalliTEK springs that are designed to improve street stability and handle heavier loads off-road, you’ll notice how the car feels stable in every situation. Even with the higher center of gravity after installing spacers.

Here’s a quick chart showcasing the benefits of each method.

Options (Front & Rear) Spacers Only Springs Only Both
Light Cargo X
Moderate Cargo X
Heavy Cargo X
Ground Clearance X
Increased Street Stability X
Comfort
Sag Prevention X
Estimated Cost $110-$589 $400-$440 $400-$1029

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RalliTEK vs. King Springs

The distinction between RalliTEK and King has appeared to be sitting on a fine line for quite some time. So the purpose of this article is to help separate the two based on their design, quality, and support. With this knowledge, we hope the community will be able to make a decision between the two that will best fit their goals, intentions, and lifestyle.

Before designing its first sets of springs, RalliTEK’s staff examined King’s products thoroughly. It was reported that King springs were not designed for daily commuters and off-road adventurers, but instead catered towards rally inspired enthusiasts who needed a stiff enough spring rate to absorb massive potholes and heavy impacts at high speeds. Thus, in order to develop a spring better suited for the overland (off-road) demographic that RalliTEK aims for, RalliTEK designed a spring with a spring rate between King and OEM. Stiff enough for a towing and street stability, but soft enough for off-road flexibility. A spring with a healthy spring rate which maintains the longevity of OEM and aftermarket struts, like KYB, without pre-mature blowouts of dampening seals.

RalliTEK’s purpose for their springs as a result is to provide an everyday solution for individuals who commute daily with their vehicle, but also enjoy adventures up to the mountain or country trail for winter sports or summer shenanigans. Springs that would not only solve relevant issues, but also improve the vehicle’s ability to perform in different climates around North America.

RalliTEK springs are also designed, built, tested, and supported in the USA (specifically Portland, Oregon). RalliTEK offers guarantees of satisfaction, manufacture warranty, and faster customer support than other off-road spring brands on the market. Each spring made by RalliTEK is tailored for the vehicle it was designed for. RalliTEK has moved to include a complete zinc premiered coat to their powder coating process. This provides an extra layer of protection against corrosion.

King springs on the other hand are developed and supported in AUS. Their powder coating process is also incomplete, since there are hanger marks from when they are powder coated. This leaves bare steel open to corrosion, potentially causing them to pre-maturely rust and even break.

Do not be mistaken though, RalliTEK appreciates the King brand (which is why RalliTEK offers them online), and often suggests them to customers who would benefit. However, RalliTEK will point customers who have King related issues or questions, to King themselves in Australia. Since RalliTEK is simply a retailer, and King will know their product better than anyone else.

TLDR

RalliTEK

  • Designed for off-road, street, and towing.
  • Stiffer than OEM, but softer than King.
  • Safe on OEM and KYB strut seals.
  • Built, tested, and supported in the USA.
  • Guarantees and manufacture warranties.
  • Custom designed springs per vehicle.
  • Full zinc and powder coating protection.

King

  • Designed for high speed rally racing.
  • Stiffer than OEM and RalliTEK.
  • A little stiff for OEM and KYB strut seals.
  • Built, tested, and supported in AUS.
  • Unknown guarantees and warranties
  • One spring fits many design style.
  • Unpainted hanger mark (incomplete).