On Road ride comfort with suspension

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 11:44
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Hi All,

Looking a suspension upgrade to my 08 Duel Cab Diesel Hilux. Im looking for something that will give me at least a 2 inch lift for better clearance but also a as good/ better ride on the road. I have a few weight additions to the car such as Steel bull bar, winch up front and have added a canopy with draws and a fridge in the back adding a fair bit of weight. I want something that will perform well on the road as it is used 80% Road and 20% off road or touring. Im open to suggestions or any advice you could give on the matter.

Ive been looking into OME and Tough Dog to date.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:09

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:09
for all things hilux this is the place to askhttp://www.newhilux.net/

but to cut it short for you if you are in nsw then Ultimate Suspension always gets good feedback
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 22:22

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 22:22
Good advice
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Follow Up By: peteC - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 16:52

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 16:52
good advise X 2

Ultimate do send there suspension nationally so a local mechanic ( if they cant recommend one in your area ) can fit them easily. You just need to give them your weights and discuss what you are looking for.

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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:11

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:11
I have a 2013 Dmax dual cab and had OME installed last year. I opted for the 300kg load and find it gives a very good ride around town with approx 100 odd kilos in the tub.
I am very happy with it so far.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 22:04

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 22:04
Hi
I've got an O8 diesel Hilux extracab, on which we carry a steel canopy fitted out with drawers, fridge etc. Have bullbar and side rails, long range tank and so on, and also tow a TVan. So a pretty weighty unit when we are on a long trip.
Have had the ARB (OME/Dakar/Nitrocharger) suspension, set up for 400kg with the 2inch lift, for the past four years now and it's performed extremely well in places such as the Cape, Kimberley and Simpson etc - and perfectly comfortable on the bitumen when we are loaded for travel. Also have airbags which give some additional adjustment depending on load.
But of course when the canopy is not on and the flat tray is just carrying a set of golf clubs around in Tassie, it feels a bit like a trampoline....can't have everything I guess, but a great touring set-up.
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Reply By: ctaplin - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 00:04

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 00:04
Hi, I would suggest that you visit a public weigh bridge to get some idea of what your Hilux weighs with all those accessories. A couple of years back, I was quite surprised when the ferry operator made me go on the weigh bridge and I found that my '09 single cab Hilux weighed 3200kg, the GVM for the vehicle is 2875kg, so nearly 400kg over the GVM.
I have the heaviest OME springs that are rated and constant 400kg and I knew the thing was heavy from the way in handled. I've since refitted the inside of the canopy with aluminium framework and plastic boxes rather than the previous heavy steel draws and managed to shave over 300kg from the vehicle weight. I've also fitted Ironman Load Plus helper springs to help out the poor Old Man Emu leaf packs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDm51G70sJA

Chris
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