Shock-absorbers

Submitted: Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 15:33
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Hi folks simple question I hope, I have a 2007 Toyota Land cruiser Workmate Wagon VDJ76R (Wagon not a Troopy) with leaf springs on the rear currently has Old Man Emu Shock's on it, ones in the rear are on the way out and would like to know a good alternative to the Old Man Emus as I can not get them from local Parts dealer. I tow a Twenty one and a half Ft Caravan with this vehicle when we are touring . hope the above info helps
Thanks Terry
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 15:45

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 15:45
Hello Terry
I have a 2007 cab chassis with an aluminium canopy and tow an ultimate Camper.
I have Koni shocks
Dobinson 150kg. front coils.
Sax 3SDS leaf springs.
The koni part numbers are below.
Stan

FRONT: 82 – 2347SPI

REAR: 88 – 1687
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:35

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:35
Terry
Once you get the Konis you will think you never had shock absorbers before.

If you use the part #'s given by Pinko to find out the cost and maybe an inquiry to Eshocks USA re supply and shipping to your door may be just over half the $au.

I purchased some for a smaller vehicle and the total was less the 1/2 price $au. Ex rate not so good now though but worth a check all the same. No warranty in Aus with that so consider that as a factor in a purchase.

Ross M
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Reply By: bluefella - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:41

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:41
I reckon Bilstein are very good shock
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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:54

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 16:54
toughdog foam cell shocks are very good
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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 18:03

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 18:03
Terry,

I'm running the 2010 VDJ79 Cab chasis and have found Tough Dog big bore adjustables to be an excellent shock and good for all conditions. I've been down the OME road and never again.

As a couple of gents have indicated, if your wallet can stretch, you won't get better than Koni big bore shocks but at less than half the price, the Tough Dog are a bloody great option.

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Follow Up By: Member - Terry. G (TAS) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:25

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:25
Thank you gents for your much appreciated feed back so far just browsing the web looks like the Tough Dog Shoks are between $400.00---$500.00 plus fitting not sure on the costs as yet on the Konis .My previous knowledge on shocks was that Old Man Emu was the best yes been a few years thanks so far for your advice
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:25

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:25
Cheers Terry. The T/D Big bore adjustables should be $400-500 a pair. The Koni Raids were $1200 a pair last time I checked about 18 months ago...they could be cheaper, they could be dearer, I'm unsure.

All the best,

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Follow Up By: Member - Terry. G (TAS) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 23:42

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 23:42
Mick O Not sur that the bank manager would part with $1200 for a pair of silly old shocks beside they are not as important as a new set of PINK GOLF CLUBS no disrespect to all you golf players
Seeing as if the rear ones are on the way out you can bet the fronts are not far behind
Terry
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 07:41

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 07:41
Go Koni. I use the big bore all oil with no gas
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:16

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:16
Hello David and Justine
I have just been to your site and read your blogs.
If anyone is qualified to say what lasts and what falls apart, what to buy and what not to you pair should.
An enormous wealth of accumulated knowledge and experience there.
Not to mention the variation of people and equipment that would travel with you.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 07:02

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 07:02
Hi Stan

Thank you very much for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the blog.
Our main tour blog is at http://olsenstours.wordpress.com

David and Justine
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 08:40

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 08:40
Konis
FRONT: 82 – 2347SPI $250.00 EA. May 2011

REAR: 88 – 1687 $320.00 EA. May 2011


ULTIMATE CAMPER :

82 – 5020 $153.63 EA. July 26 2012
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:04

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:04
I suggest that you seriously look at Bilsteins. I have been checking them regularly on both heavily corrugated and "undulated" roads and tracks. I have not at any stage had to remove my hand from them because they are hot. They may cost more but you get your dollars worth. We are not going to mention the G?M of the car but we are over it so they are getting a beating from the intertia the heavy car puts on them.

We don't dawdle along either. We do push it along a bit. Mainly because we usually have a long way to go and only a few weeks annual holiday to do it in. You try to get from the ACT to the Tip and back in three weeks and "see" the place as well.

I will not sacrifice quality and reliability to save a dollar and buy something because it is cheap.

Phil
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Follow Up By: allein m - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 14:29

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 14:29
friend of mine just put some EFS XTR shocks on his landcruser there are new and massive
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Reply By: Will 76 Series - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:18

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:18
Hello Tony,

I have the same vehicle as you but a 2008 model. I have been running Koni's and they are excellent. I also tow a large van so have also put bellows air bags in.
Travel to date has included extensive 4wd trips on all surfaces and the Koni's are fantastic.
The only critiisisim is they are a bit hard on the black top but once off road or towing they are excellent.
I looked into the Bilsteins also but was advised for this model to go with the heavier Koni's.

Regards Will
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