Lots of good reviews and comments on Van Compass 2" lift kit, Anybody rides on Foes Racing kit ?
I’m considering the same decision and visited Foes on the way back from Baja in January. I’m leaning towards the Foes kit because of the design which includes a new suspension arm that seems to keep the geometry better.Lots of good reviews and comments on Van Compass 2" lift kit, Anybody rides on Foes Racing kit ?
Not many people can give their real-life experiences as not many have bought the FOES kit yet. I’m a certified mechanic though, and have made an educated guess based on the pictures that I’ve seen of both kits installed on vehicles.Can anyone discuss their real-life experience with the Foes solution? Do they experience unusual tire wear or have they had any strange tendencies to roll?
The difference in price isnt massive for the kit, but the labout costs make a big difference where I live, where labout costs are off the charts.
Much appreciated folks.
I really can't see how it's a "much more complex install" We at VC used to do our full kit install in 5-6 hours. I don't see the Foes kit being much quicker. The most time consuming part is pulling the struts off which you still have to do with either kit.Not many people can give their real-life experiences as not many have bought the FOES kit yet. I’m a certified mechanic though, and have made an educated guess based on the pictures that I’ve seen of both kits installed on vehicles.
The VC lift kit does add more weight then the FOES kit because of all it’s spacers. It is a much more complex install as well although it would not be brutal. The VC though, lifts the van up, but the front subframe, remains the same height above the road unless you put taller tires on. So you do not actually gain ground clearance. What you do increase is your approach, departure and break over angles.
As for the bushings, VC is correct when they say they may wear out faster or the FOES KIT. what is not factored in though, is that the larger tires needed to actually gain ground clearance in the front on the VC kit, will actually cause strain on the suspension bushings/ball joints, even if they’re in the neutral position. Not to mention, the speedo, odometer, abs function and fuel economy will be affected with the taller tires.
IF you’re not going for massive tires
IF you’re not hauling heavy loads
IF you’re not doing crazy off roading (it’s a van)
IF you want your ABS function to Be unaffected
Then the Foes kit will be just fine and will probably go the distance. Should you ever need to replace the bushings, the labour saved installing the foes kit, compared to the VC kit, will probably pay for some new ones.
Just my opinion, but I think both kits are equally awesome.