AnswerID: 10754 Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:38
I have spent 18 years all over remote Oz in mainly L/C's in both leaf and coil sprung units. I am a big fan of suspension
improvements and are currently running a full OME (400kg) set on my Troopie - very good combination. But I must say, the best results I got was when I had a Series 80 L/C and a visit to "Ultimate Suspension" in Minto, NSW who fitted a custom made set of coils/shocks to my 80 series L/C. The secret to their success was a matched set of French made DeCarbon shocks - not cheap but sensational. That was 10 years ago and I have experienced nothing like it since. The secret (only with coils) is the fact that each wheel needs additional damping to eliminate "laceration" of tyres when on dirt roads. Leaf springs are easier to control (mounted at 8 points and with heavier unsprung weight) and, in my view need less dampening but coils rely totally on the one mount and that puts additional pressure on the shocks to keep the unsprung weight under control.
Tyres are important too and need to be taken into consideration. I have always run BF Goodies, A/T and get 80,000+ with many Simpson, Cape and Gulf trips in my travels.
The bonus with the DeCarbon's is almost zero fade. Now the OME are bloody good but after the first 20 sand dunes on the Simpson, they heat up and tend to fade, so too has every other shock I've used, except the DeCarbons. Good luck with your fix.
PHIL TURNER, Australia
IN-SIGHT Pty Ltd, PH: 0412335156
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FollowupID: 5729 Submitted:
Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:53
Thank you all for your replies. As noted, some swear by certain brands, others hate them.
The replies above confirms my original observation, that toughdog does not get a mention or review - good or bad!
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