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Old 10-11-2004, 14:09   #1 (permalink)
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Lovell springs

Anyone got any horror stories (or good ones) in regard to Lovell springs? How much stiffer than std can I expect them to be? I'm just going std height as it's my tow car.

They're heaps cheaper than Kings (whcih I've used in the past) and really there's very little to a spring - the rate is the only aspect that affects them. I expect they're just standard not rising rate.
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Old 10-12-2004, 00:10   #2 (permalink)
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I had some Lovell lowered springs in my last car, an XH ute and was very impressed with them.
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Re: Lovell springs

I have lovells in mine, tho there 2" lowered and they ride better than my standard height xr springs, and dont crash as much either..tho i found them more expensive than king springs..
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Re: Lovell springs

I've used Kings, K-mac, Pedders, Selbys, and Lovells.
I find lovells better than the others because they aren't progressively wound. I prefer single rate springs.

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Re: Lovell springs

Ive also used lovells, and was very happy.
What sort of car?
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Old 10-12-2004, 15:05   #6 (permalink)
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So it would appear they're not a rising rate spring - that's interesting. I shall have to ponder the advantages for me with a rising rate considering I'm using the car primarily as a tow wagon.

As for cost - they're much cheaper here than Kings. Retail for Kings is $120 each! But I can get Lovells for $150/pair.
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Re: Lovell springs

I'd still prefer a single rate spring even in your application.
Progressive springs sag too much initially because of the tight windings, then they rely on the rest of the spring to keep things level.
IME, it doesn't work as planned.

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Old 10-12-2004, 16:22   #8 (permalink)
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Point well taken. I think you're right. I couldn't really justify the price difference - and who knows - maybe the Kings for this application aren't rising rate anyway - I haven't seen them.

The lovells are listed as heavy duty so stiffer than OE. I think for my application they'll be fine. Coupled with the KYB shocks it'll ride a lot firmer anyway. I don't mind a firm ride but I don't want it driving like a go kart. I still use it without the boat attached, on the goat track we call State Highway 1.
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Old 10-12-2004, 17:42   #9 (permalink)
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I've contacted Lovells & Kings. Both say their springs are not progressive. So although I'd rather have the Kings (better the devil you know!) I think based on cost I'll have to go the Lovells route.

I'd be interested to know what you guys in Aus pay for them.

Kings: Front: KFFS-17 Rear:KFRS-18 (or KFRS-28 for 50% stiffer than OE)
Lovells: Front: FFS-17 Rear:FRS-18
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That's wierd, I have a set of Kings right here and they are progressive, anyway.......

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