Shocks for Jackaroo...

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 13:59
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Sorry to trawl over old ground, &, yes, I have read the archives...but I would welcome
input re a set of shocks for the much loved Jack. This, as part of preparation for a trip
that will include all dirt roads from Bourke..Cameron Corner..Innaminka..Birdsville..Plenty & GCR. Car
will be lightly loaded..apart from 140L tank under the back & a 15 foot dirt road van
hanging on the towball. Polyairs fitted.
My research has me thinking seriously of a set of Lovells Gas Legends @ $450 Del.
Suspension is standard, running new BFG A/ts .
I wont go as far as Bilstein or Koni, but amenable to all other suggestions.
...cheers....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:08

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:08
Toughdog Big Bore adjustables. An excellent product that performs well and can be adjusted manually to suit the conditions. Price is good and they come in both 40mm and 45mm sizes.

I rate and reccomend them highly as do many here on the forum.


Jackaroo Shocks


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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:27

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:27
Thanks, Mick, your response is well valued...cheers.....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:57

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:57
Hi oldbaz. I was running Iron Man shocks on my Jack. I found them good over corrugations and reasonably well priced.
I'm jealous about all that dirt.
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Kevin
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:20

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:20
Yeah,thanks Kevin. I looked at them but there seemed to be a fair
bit of negativity about. I'll keep them in the mix & see what else
turns up.
Yep, all that dirt is starting to call..I just hope my confidence in the
van is not misplaced. I think a lot of careful packing will be the go.
I found BFGs on the net for $240 delivered so thats sorted. Got to
do a sealing job on the rear van door next.
cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:26

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:26
Yeah,thanks Kevin. I looked at them but there seemed to be a fair
bit of negativity about. I'll keep them in the mix & see what else
turns up.
Yep, all that dirt is starting to call..I just hope my confidence in the
van is not misplaced. I think a lot of careful packing will be the go.
I found BFGs on the net for $240 delivered so thats sorted. Got to
do a sealing job on the rear van door next.
cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:32

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:32
That looks a good price for BFG's. I have been getting prices for Bridgestone Dueller 697s and I am still in shock - and I need 5. The spare is an original so it is as old as the Challenger and has run out of years.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:59

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:59
Kevin check out Bob Jane for 697s, my young bloke just got two their for $230ea a very good price.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 20:00

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 20:00
Got some 265/70/16s 697s for around the same price from Bob Jane a couple of months ago (plus a Bridgestone rebate). Decided to go up in size after doing plenty of research and I'm happy with the decision.
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Reply By: fisherPete - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:04

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:04
Hi Baz,
I have had nothing but good experiences with Lovels gear but have no experience with theses shocks. On the old red jack I replaced the orinigals with Monroe magums and found them excellent for towing, a little hard when empty. Also fitted same to Sals much heavier Nullarbor and good all round. Avail from Repco at around $230 a pr if you bargain.
If you go the Lovels please let us know what you think of them.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:07

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:07
Lovels also do a 25mm higher then standard spring which I have found ride better then standard and still carry weight better then the ore ones. This will put your rear up to the same height as the wide tracs later models.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:21

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:21
Thanks, Pete, no issues with springs as yet..sits nicely level with
load & loaded van on..with only 20 psi in the bags.
Pleased to note your fishing now has a more sane status..:)))))
..cheers......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:29

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:29
For some reason I had to reregister, and wanted a name people would recognise me. A lot of people might think my former name was more apt. lol. Have a good trip.
By the way have you had trouble with the slid pins in the rear brakes, seems to be the only common problem with petrol Jacks.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:38

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:38
Mate ,the only problem I have had with the Jack is not buying it
5 years earlier. cheers.....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:52

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:52
Oldbaz
Just replaced mine with the same shocks - well according to the supplier they are the same, from the same factory, just without the Lovells brand sticker - $100 each fromZordos. Much more robust than the OEMs obviously. Only one of the OEMs was leaking, and not badly, so they did pretty well.

Had a hell of a time budging the top bolt on the left rear and eventually gave up until I had the brakes done and got them to crack the nut (took an enormous effort to budge apparently). Still took me a couple of hours to fit because a little Isuzu truck builder had cross-threaded that bolt about 15 years ago. Other than that they are simple to replace, although you do need a bit of muscle power for the rears.

Good luck.
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