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karl_2ltGC
19-05-14, 12:52 PM
On the sound advice from my previous thread, i have picked up this beauty.

2001 Kia Sportage - November 2000 build, 5spd manual, 147k has factory LSD rear end and is in pretty good shape.

Work completed so far, unblocked one of the hardlines to the auto vacuum operated hubs to get the 4x4 working as the front hubs were not functional,oil and filter change as well as M1300 sticker.

Got some 32's on 15x7 rims that go on post RWC I will try to get on the car with as little hacking as possible.
Have some Warn manual hubs coming for $200 off amazon and RWC booked so I can transfer the reg.

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Sirius18T
19-05-14, 01:41 PM
Nice, looks neat!

karl_2ltGC
19-05-14, 01:46 PM
744447444332's test fitted... they are a bit big.

I'm DJ!
19-05-14, 10:55 PM
Look fine to me :)

willsy01
19-05-14, 11:07 PM
What's in the hole?

karl_2ltGC
19-05-14, 11:20 PM
Coal.

MRMOPARMAN
19-05-14, 11:30 PM
so this is the long arsed model? looks pretty clean.

nice property! looks like fun

MR-PUNANNY
19-05-14, 11:41 PM
What size is the trial fit tyres? Back looks perfect with say a 3" lift???

karl_2ltGC
19-05-14, 11:46 PM
Yep - Long ass model, apparently about 100kgs heavier than early models, but just could not find a early short ass model worth buying.

Tyres are 32x11.5 15's

karl_2ltGC
20-05-14, 02:27 PM
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Let the mods begin!

karl_2ltGC
20-05-14, 04:38 PM
Wheels are bit big, no too sure which way to go, the 32's might be a little bit over the top.

Not too worried about the guard rubbing, but there is body behind it that looks like it will hit once the guard is cut.
Not worried about the front bar, I can just pull that off, its the body thats worrying me.
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MRMOPARMAN
20-05-14, 11:29 PM
sledgehammer :D

E-Z
21-05-14, 12:01 AM
sledgehammer :d

this

smithbro
22-05-14, 10:51 PM
Hahaha those wheels, on this thing. So funny.

Reminds me of this;

http://i.imgur.com/f8cQ2xr.jpg

How does the sportage go off-road?

karl_2ltGC
24-05-14, 01:15 PM
So I chopped this little lip that was sticking out on the body, and then hammered a bit for some extra clearance (worked well after lip was cut), then tacked the bits I chopped together and I have mocked up a 40mm lift with a jack (King springs off ebay to be delivered next week) and I think it should clear the 32's.

Just gonna clean the tac welds with a grinder, paint and then brush on some seam sealer to make sure water cant make its way through the area.
I'm looking for some dodgey cheap guards I can chop up so I could keep my ones if I want to revert back to stock. As I reckon I would need to cut the entire lower 30cm off the guard clean off to clear the tyres.

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karl_2ltGC
24-05-14, 01:23 PM
Took it down the Merbein common tracks last week, got stuck on the first hole haha, seriously lacking clearance on stock 205/70 R15's (approx 26.3") and stock suspension with two other blokes in it (one fat cunt too). Probably doesn't help that most blokes around here are on 33's or 35's so those trenches are deeped than they seem :)

Otherwise it got up all the hills and was pretty fun.

Beached as bro.
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karl_2ltGC
25-05-14, 01:23 PM
Chop chop. Just gotta decide what to do about filling the lower part of the guard in so it looks a bit more 'factory'.

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MRMOPARMAN
25-05-14, 10:43 PM
haha awesome. didnt think you'd have the balls to cut it :D

should be deceptively capable with 32's

karl_2ltGC
25-05-14, 11:14 PM
Yea, I'm usually playing with shit cars so I chop at will, but aside from being Korean, this thing is in really good nick... a credit to its previous owner, amazing compared to the other shitbox kias I looked at.

I'm just mocking up some cardboard that will bolt in and fill the chopped part of the guard and provide as a splash guard for the door, will cover the outside in a triangle-ish shape and try to match the line of the door.

My plan is I want to be able to bolt the lower standard chopped guard back on with stock wheels and front bumper if I need to daily this thing, currently re-considering the fleet size.
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karl_2ltGC
31-05-14, 07:43 PM
Let there be lift.
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The rear lift are TJ Jeep +35mm dobinson coils and 99 Rav 4 rear shocks for the extra length +70mm chassis rail to ground that stock


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Front King springs for Sportage, lifted approx 40mm, I forgot to measure before hand
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Going by eye, the diff has moved towards the passenger side about 20mm... but I reckon i will be able to re drill a mount hole on the body end to shift it back across. Pinion angle has shifted slightly, would be wise to have adjsutable top arms and or maybe drop box mounts to lower them down as the diff has moved forward in the body maybe 20mm (just eyeballing it)
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Gats
01-06-14, 01:48 PM
This is giving me flashbacks to my Vitara before things got really crazy. From memory these were 32x11.5 on some stupidly heavy offset wheels.

vet 180
02-06-14, 02:40 AM
keen to see how capable this kia will become

karl_2ltGC
03-06-14, 10:44 PM
Got lucky with panhard rod, seems the factory upper mount is slotted with a crush tube, so I can just die grind a little bit more length to the slot and the rear end is perfect. The factory adjustment seems to have gotten it most of the way to were it needs to be anyways.

Looking to get adjustable weld in bit for the upper links as pinion angle has moved slightly upwards, that said, have noticed no vibrations at highway type speeds.

Also need to get a speedo calibrator going, as the tyres are 21% bigger than standard ;)

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Panhard rod factory adjustment, obviously good old uncle Kia had foreseen my purchase and mods.

Still fits, got a bit worried post lift that I would have trouble getting it in under the roller door.
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GTV
03-06-14, 11:17 PM
21% increase in gearing? might need a bigger engine!

karl_2ltGC
04-06-14, 04:16 PM
1st is very short so should be all good in low range. Will find out this weekend.

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irsa76
06-06-14, 03:10 PM
There used to be abit of an aftermarket for these things in the US back in the day. Iirc Kia entered them in the Baja a few times as well.

karl_2ltGC
09-06-14, 08:46 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1un_pIssM2Q

The second hole that I stopped in was the one i got stuck in as 100% stocker, but its dried out due to lack of rain unfortunately.

The car went really well, even pulled a hilux out of a hole.

karl_2ltGC
09-06-14, 08:55 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4wZ-PMnlFM&feature=youtu.be

Snatched a hilux. Edited to protect the innocent haha. I didnt try to go through were he got stuck, just as well too as he had a fair bit of water and mud in the cab.
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Sirius18T
09-06-14, 10:10 PM
Nice - looking good!

karl_2ltGC
19-06-14, 09:10 PM
Started on bumper bar, just a bit of RHS and I had some scrap checker plate to fill the hole and mount the plate to.
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GTREA
19-06-14, 09:16 PM
Please tell me thats Gbanger in the Hilux?

How does it handle the Highways with inclines?

MRMOPARMAN
19-06-14, 11:49 PM
that looks mad. like a 4x4 rollerskate lol..

karl_2ltGC
19-06-14, 11:50 PM
No idea who this Gbanger you speak of.

Inclines are all good, the gearing is obviously much longer, so you just hold each gear longer, was never a ball tearer to begin with. Has ample power for 4x4 stuff and 1st gear low is still pretty short.

Next step is a snorkel so I can get across the cutaway at Merbein Common (water is usually about 3-4 foot deep) and maybe a winch down the track, I have made the front bar so that there is winch room and the winch will fit direct to front chassis, seperate from the bar that I am trying to keep lightweight.
On the lookout for a early models rear lsd centre as they are 26 spline and supposed to be able to be dropped into the front diffs (post 98 as 28 spline rear lsd).

Mr Purple
20-06-14, 02:08 PM
Started on bumper bar, just a bit of RHS and I had some scrap checker plate to fill the hole and mount the plate to.
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You do realise your dog looks like your car?

E-Z
20-06-14, 05:02 PM
you can turbo these easily, they have the fe3 engine from the european mx6s

karl_2ltGC
20-06-14, 07:38 PM
You do realise your dog looks like your car?
They are both good runners haha


you can turbo these easily, they have the fe3 engine from the european mx6s
Have thought about it as they are fairly low comp for US market and their shit fuel.... but I cant be assed with the tuning side of it... have thought about an T25 off an SR on a log manifold and using a safc and some bigger injectors... but I reckon the outcome would be fairly ordinary due to the lack of tuning, and I can be assed with the time and expense of a standalone ecu.

karl_2ltGC
22-06-14, 07:31 PM
Finished the front bar off for now. Once the paint dried went out for a bit of a drive, went by myself so didn't go through anything too exciting.
Snorkel and winch next.

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smithbro
27-06-14, 03:39 PM
They are both good runners haha


Have thought about it as they are fairly low comp for US market and their shit fuel.... but I cant be assed with the tuning side of it... have thought about an T25 off an SR on a log manifold and using a safc and some bigger injectors... but I reckon the outcome would be fairly ordinary due to the lack of tuning, and I can be assed with the time and expense of a standalone ecu.

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCYQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.diyautotune.com%2Fcatalog%2Fm icrosquirt-c-35.html&ei=YfWsU6LVJMH2kAWGsYGYAw&usg=AFQjCNF5h554G-aXO0zdWEiVx6z8emwYgg&sig2=K0R0u9hOUMGCbO3_IH4alw&bvm=bv.69837884,d.dGI

??? ;)

E-Z
27-06-14, 07:29 PM
Needs more fuckenwhoosh

E-Z
27-06-14, 07:29 PM
Ps, you can run them on a standard f2t computer and loom.

karl_2ltGC
20-07-14, 12:30 PM
Went down Kings Billabong, just 5 minutes out of Mildura, some really cool tracks with some nice little hills, fairly sand soil with alot of wash outs, was me an another bloke in a suzuki sierra, the Kia went alright up the hills, but would definitely benefit from a front lsd.


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Heres were it is on the map
https://goo.gl/maps/5C3zg

karl_2ltGC
20-07-14, 01:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJFz9rklDnw&feature=youtu.be

karl_2ltGC
31-08-14, 10:52 PM
Bung a new rocker cover gasket on this bad boy, pretty impressed with how clean the engine, has almost nil blow by too. Got a pcv valve an seal ordered at my local Kia dealer as I smashed the brittle plastic original trying to get the hose off it.

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Also fitted some driving lights and cb onto front bar. Trying to get some lift forks out of Korea at the moment, they will replace the factory item and add 50mm, that will fix my scrubbing issues on the front end.
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da9jeff
22-07-16, 12:05 AM
How's this thing going? How weak/strong is the engine/gearbox and transfer in this compared to suzuki stuff?

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emp
09-09-16, 05:15 PM
How's this thing going? How weak/strong is the engine/gearbox and transfer in this compared to suzuki stuff?


they are a fair bit stronger than the suzuki stuff

ls400x
02-10-16, 08:07 PM
I think I'll be keeping an eye out for gumtree Sportages now. That is cool!

karl_2ltGC
02-10-16, 09:18 PM
I sold this about 18 months ago, put it back to stock. Was mint the entire time I had it.
Be wary though many of these cars are so badly mistreated they are not worth buying. But if you can find a good one your're on a winner.