Now for the positive.
The ride quality is fantastic. This was something I was quite concerned about due to the fact I had read so much about the LR3's 'superior' air ride compared to coils. My wife puts on some serious highway miles so I wanted to retain a comfortable ride. I would say that it is as good, if not better than it used to be. It soaks up bumps and pot holes nicely with no vibrations or rattles transfered to the cabin. Certainly a much better ride if you compare it to the spine jarring 'Off Road' setting of the EAS, I never liked that. In my view a suspension should be more compliant off road, not stiffer!
No noticeable increase in noise, harshness or vibration levels. This was another thing that I had reservations about. Again, because the wife uses the LR3 on the highway a lot, often early morning and late at night, this can make a huge difference in fatigue when driving long distances. The vehicle 'feels' the same as it always has.
The handling is not too bad at all. There is a certain amount of increased body roll as previously mentioned but I can still drive aggressively if the need arises without any issues. It is still a heavy SUV, and has limits.
The "magic" orange box works exactly as it say's on the tin. All the TR functions still work properly and the adaptive headlights still work with no warning lights or error messages.
No more EAS faults! While this may seem like an obvious statement the amount of security and piece of mind that comes from no longer being concerned about a temperamental EAS system is great. No warning lights, no more bouncing' at traffic lights and no more 600Km round trips to the dealer or nearest LR specialist to get it calibrated on the LR Testbook. Nice!
So now the big question..............if I had to choose to do a coil conversion again, knowing what I know now, would I still go ahead?
That is a hard one to answer as my situation is unique to me, as everyone else's will be to them, so what I want/need/expect out of my vehicle may be different to the next guy but I will answer the question this way.
We have a 2006 LR3 HSE with over 240,000KM that is mostly driven by my wife. She is not into off roading. It regularly (twice, three times a month) shuttles her 300KM to the city, she has a full day at work then it shuttles her home (300KM return journey). It hauls the family around, five of us+ the occasional extra. It is large enough to use as a delivery van for the wife's other business. It is small enough and maneuverable enough to park anywhere. It works in +38C weather and -38C weather. It travels dirt roads and is used every single day of the year. We live a long way from a LR dealer or LR specialist with the relevant computer diagnostic equipment. We don't like trading vehicles every three years.
The only thing wrong with it is the EAS and to be honest nothing in the above list of requirements demands that the vehicle we use has to have it. Sure, I would like to tell you that I am a regular on the Rubicon Trail and I take this vehicle off roading all the time but it is just not true. I have a nicely built Range Rover Classic for that sort of thing, so my answer is yes, I would do it again.
The only real problem I have with the Atlantic British kit is the Low ride height. I believe this to be an error or defect on their end and hopefully I can get that resolved quickly. If the vehicle was indeed sitting at the 'Normal' ride height I could honestly say that I was 100% satisfied with the product.
I hope reading my experiences will help those of you considering such a conversion make a more informed decision.