Imho there are 2 ways to make your Nissan Rogue more aggressive. Either lower your Rogue with springs to get a more sportier speed racer look or lifting your Rogue and adding beefy tires.
The oem present rogue as is, represents the perfect height as your typical grocery-getting mommy mobile.
I chose the latter but they don’t make lift kits for the 1st generation in America. Moreover, I didn’t want to use those universal kits for those people who like using big rims on their sedans you see on the street all the time.
They do have this European company that makes aluminum spacers but it cost nearly $1,500 to get the package I would want, so not very cost effective.
Anyways, I finally found a lift kit made in Russia. 40 mm front, 45mm rear.
So my month long project began. I’m taking my time because nobody has done this on a Rogue that I could follow with their advice.
After much research, I felt I could handle this installation.
I’m a small puny guy, so it was a slow grueling process trying to install the spacers on my front struts, but with a little ingenuity I completed the front. It’s best to have a second pair of hands but unfortunately I did not.
Well I thought the rear would be easier, BOY I was wrong. All I needed was more droop in the rear which I couldn’t do.
So after being ignored by a couple of mobile mechanics, I got one who was sympathetic to my situation.
I soon realized all these mobile mechanics are scared of dealing with springs because it’s too dangerous of a job that you need a car lift, blah, blah, blah!
I guess ignorance is bliss because my puny a** already took care of that issue and removed the springs for these mechanics with decades of experience to my ZERO BACKGROUND.
Well after the mechanic helped me put the spacer on my right rear coil he couldn’t get the last bolt in and left with his service fee. He then calls me a few days later saying this is not his type of work and left me hanging and said to put it back to normal.
Well I can’t return it back to normal when it took both of us to where it’s at now.
Eventually my 10 yr old daughter drove the bolt in while I aligned it with a crowbar. The irony of it all.
I am taking a break from the project until I find a brave mobile mechanic to help me. But I did start the left side but after a few days trying to remove the sway bar bolt with heat from a candle flame and tons of penetration oil and wd40, I finally got that off but not until I smashed my face on the rotors. Pissed me off but happily I got the right angle while lying on my back using my legs for leverage and brick stairs behind me to push against.
Holy crap that was the bolt from hell
Now I have my left coil off. Right now I’m just relaxing until I’m ready to move forward.
I’m just ranting because my puny 100lb weak old a** has done over 70% of the installation and even gave these mechanics a job on a silver platter without doing the dangerous springs but they can’t be bothered. Springs will kill you.
I know that, but I was safe and I did it for them already.
They must want to make the big bucks on oil changes or brakes from the public but not do any hard back breaking repairs I assume.
Anyways, I’m really close to completion.