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As far as I have found... the two options are:

spacers (spaccer in Germany): https://www.spaccer.com/en_IN

springs (ERST in Japan): https://www.erst.ne.jp/en/parts/suspension/#parts_list5

photos of the xc40 lifted w/ the springs: https://www.erst.ne.jp/en/gallery/car/xc40_18y.html

... both are really expensive options compared to what you would get with another vehicle that has more aftermarket parts.

I'm probably going with the springs.

Why do it? I tow a camper and would like to raise the tow hitch ~1.5" higher so it doesn't scrape or hit roadkill. Also, like the overlanding look and would like to do more off the beaten path when camping.
 

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I won't lie, that looks pretty good with those wheels/tires.

I've never had the inclination for a lift, but would you be planning on putting bigger tires on as well? AFIAK that's the biggest impact on tow capacity (and how the car behaves generally), moreso than messing with the suspension.
 

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As far as I have found... the two options are:

spacers (spaccer in Germany): https://www.spaccer.com/en_IN

springs (ERST in Japan): https://www.erst.ne.jp/en/parts/suspension/#parts_list5

photos of the xc40 lifted w/ the springs: https://www.erst.ne.jp/en/gallery/car/xc40_18y.html

... both are really expensive options compared to what you would get with another vehicle that has more aftermarket parts.

I'm probably going with the springs.

Why do it? I tow a camper and would like to raise the tow hitch ~1.5" higher so it doesn't scrape or hit roadkill. Also, like the overlanding look and would like to do more off the beaten path when camping.
Wonder how much improvement the strut bar and other suspension parts would help the ride?
 

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I've thought about lowering mine a bit, however that lifted stance looks great.
 

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I won't lie, that looks pretty good with those wheels/tires.

I've never had the inclination for a lift, but would you be planning on putting bigger tires on as well? AFIAK that's the biggest impact on tow capacity (and how the car behaves generally), moreso than messing with the suspension.
I checked with ERST and their setup from their pics are BF GOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LT255/55R18. The tire sizes are pretty similar, but the BFs are much more beefy and appropriate for where I am taking my XC40.

You can see a comparison by going to: https://tiresize.com/comparison/ ... input 245/45 R20 (existing tire on my xc40) and 255/55 R18 (new tires).

Of course, this means I also need new wheels. ERST's wheels are the ES1s on their website... I used the specs there to reverse search for some less expensive wheels available here in the US and landed on some from tirerack.
 

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wow that is a proper looking lifted xc40! photoshoot was top notch too, saved a few for future backgrounds when i tire of the cyan p1800
 

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wow that is a proper looking lifted xc40! photoshoot was top notch too, saved a few for future backgrounds when i tire of the cyan p1800
I'll have to admit it looks a bit better than I had imagined when first reading the thread title ;)
That set-up wouldn't be the best for our 80% highway-speed driving in central Texas, I reckon. :)
 

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I'll have to admit it looks a bit better than I had imagined when first reading the thread title ;)
That set-up wouldn't be the best for our 80% highway-speed driving in central Texas, I reckon. :)
Probably not. But the tires are rated for 106mph :)
 

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Probably not. But the tires are rated for 106mph :)
I've actually been 106 in our C70s :) I wonder what those tires sound like at that speed!
Not going to test them, but our tires are rated for 140mph(on the C70...didn't check the XC tires...haven't been over 80 in it).
 

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Kranvagn is running the KO2s on his XC60, pretty sweet build. He also did a test on road noise, and found that they do not increase road noise substantially, and gas milage is about the same. Had mine out dispersed camping over the weekend, worked out really well- am liking the XC40 a lot!!
 
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