Blackberry Life

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Engine size/power: 1.6 CR TDI (102bhp)
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Re: Blackberry Life

Post by Papa Bear » Sun May 10, 2020 9:12 am

Just taken my headlining out. Still surprises me how big the back of the maxi life is. Going to dye the headlining next week. Running the av and power cables while it’s out and fitting lights etc. Going to diy a screen in. I have converters from RCA to vga and hdmi so have a a good choice of screens to use but not got one yet, still deciding on size and how to mount.
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Re: Blackberry Life

Post by Crustyrat » Tue May 26, 2020 9:18 pm

Hi, fanatastic information , cheers for sharing.
I have the same colour caddy and am taking the plunge on the suspension, just wondered if you would do anything differently looking back, is it still handling the same? How are the front shock coping with the reduced ride height , it looks spot on you must be real proud of your effort!

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Re: Blackberry Life

Post by mark1a » Wed May 27, 2020 12:54 pm

Hello @Crustyrat, and welcome to

The ride height is fairly conservative, as it’s a daily and so while it looked like a monster truck as standard, any lower would be totally impractical for speed bumps, ramps, etc.

Front suspension is absolutely fine, as the H&R kit is a complete replacement spring pair. I didn’t replace the shocks at the time as the van was fairly new and lowish mileage, but when the time comes I will probably go with an upgraded shock, just for the sake of upgrade rather than necessity. As it is, it turns in nicely and is not too hard. It’s never going to handle like the cars I’ve had anyway, so no point in trying.

Rear suspension, I think is fine with the flip kit and standard leaf springs. Only issue possibly is that I think I may have slightly softer springs and shocks due to it being a Life model, and so it’s probably a little more compliant than I’d like and can bottom out sometimes. Not a massive issue as most of the time the only load over the back is a pedal cycle or two. However when I look at the front I may also look at upgraded shocks at the back and investigate a higher rated leaf spring set.

Only other consideration with a Maxi (LWB) is that you need to watch how low you go - I think the 60mm I’ve done is about as much as I’m comfortable with, in terms of “beaching” the middle of it over ramps and driveways. It’s very close to the ground in a multi-storey on the ramp or on my sloped driveway, due to the fact that a lot of the 470mm extra length on a Maxi is between the axles.

All that said, you can’t go wrong with the H&R front and Darkside flip kit. There are a number of better and more expensive options, all of which are installed on numerous vans on this forum, but for me, this is fine.
2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Brescia Clubsport 18” | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Vanstyle side bars | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter
Android HU | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
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