OME shocks Prado 120

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 21:42
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Hi,

I am getting ready to do a suspension upgrade, a respected contact( proffesional 4wd specialist) has had leaking problems with OME shocksin the past which has resulted in them being replaced a number of times under warranty. He runs the previous model Prado(90 series?)

I always thought ARB were the quality market leader and would love some feed back from others to help me make a decision
Thanks
Joe
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 21:47

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 21:47
What does the "expert"

1) sell
2) recommend that probably has more markup
3) have you tried elsewhere to what they recommend..?
4) Try the Prado list on yahoogroups

I have personally had Ranchos fail miseribly within 6-8 mths... Which are supposed to be "the Shiat" for comp trucks etc...

Im going Konis when I win lotto.
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Follow Up By: Joe - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:41

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:41
Hi Truckster,

The 4wd expert is a regular contributer on the Prado list at yahoo groups, providing very indepth posts to help people with their concerns.

He supplies a "variant" of the shock that OME,ARB and Manroe use for a more basic solution. So I need to get further clarification on what "variant" really means

For complex solutions he uses Koni or Bilstien.

He has not clarified what brand of springs he uses.and explains ARB use an add coil size that limits you only to ARB.So do I assume that has a down side long term?

The local ARB agent of course has recommended his OME/Nitro product, but due to supply difficulties, I followed up on the yahoo groups contact.

So feel free to give me the benifit of your experience as it is much appreciated
Regards
JOe
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 23:01

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 23:01
Ahhhhhh you mean Darren again..

Koni are THE best, cost more, but yea Im going with them soon, my ranchos are fubar again...
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:29

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:29
Hi Joe
I had the same problem with OME and replaced them with Koni's could not be happier, adjustable and also Koni's are rebuildable. The set on the Bronco did 350000 klms with no problems
Raywanderin' in retirement. victor 2010
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Reply By: ianmc - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 13:17

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 13:17
I used a set of OME on a coil sprung Bundera and they lasted less than 3 months.
Question, are they only Monroes with diff. paint?
Had a set of Konis on an 84 Troopie which did a few heavily laden trips including the Kimberleys & they never needed adjusting & were as new when the truck was sold.
Its easy to get roped in to those who spend big on advertising but may not deliver.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 17:03

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 17:03
Check out Tough Dog they work for me.Regards Bob
Where to next
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:04

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:04
Gday Joe,Ive got OME shocks and sprngs on our 4Runner and find them really good.Last year we toured the Big Island for three months and done 18000kms atleast 3/4 on rough roads(Cape,Gulf,Tanami,Oodnadatta to name a few) fully loaded and they never missed a beat.Also had them on a Sierra years ago and they preformed well.Next vehicle we get they'll be the first mod(polyair air bags no 2).
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Reply By: Andrew - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:53

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:53
When yo find a respected 4WD professional, as you have, take all of his advice on board and thank him regularly. In fact whatever $ he saves you, spend 50% of it buying him #6 UDLs.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 22:06

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 22:06
better make that JBs not JDs......apparently :)
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Reply By: Joe - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 19:47

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 19:47
Hi,
Thanks guys, seems Koni are excellent overall from posts and other reading I have done. When they come available for 120 I may have to do it over again...what a pain, for now I will run with the OME which are the only supplier with stock for 120 , as I leave in less than 2 weeks time.
I will be checking them every 10,000km and keep OME up to the mark on their 2 year 40,000km warranty.

Thanks
Joe
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