We got our first real dump of snow here in Ottawa this week, just in time to test how the Compass behaves in snow with the lift kit. I went down an unplowed, unmaintained concession road with 12inch deep puddles and I had no problem at all. I loved the comments I got from co-workers for all the frozen muddy ice all over my compass: "that's how a car is supposed to look!"
I had a lot of broken concrete from home reno work. I thought, well I'll just load whatever I can in the Compass - so I loaded until the rear end sagged slightly. No where near the tires but just enough that it was a bit lower than normal at the rear. I scaled in and out at the transfer station and it was just over 1,000 lbs difference. I thought that was pretty good for a small SUV.
I had to replace both Rear outward control arms due to loose inner bushings. The Alignment shop would not do the 4 wheel alignment without new control arms.
I got a great price on a pair of control arms for $C128.00 and they were a piece of cake to replace. three 18mm bolts, and one 13mm bolt.
The alignment shop wanted $C138.00 per control arm, and 2 hours labour to replace at $85.00/hr.
Everything in the front was perfect.
While I had the wheels off, I painted the brake calipers black to match the body color.
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