OME Nitro Charger Sports Shockers

Submitted: Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 20:24
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Am looking at replacing my shocks and have noted that the OME nitrocharger shockers no longer have a metal top case but some flimsy looking plastic unit.

Have an aversion to cheap plastic so can anyone comment on the longevity of this new design.

The cynical in me thinks that this is a cost cutting exercise more so that a upgraded design feature.

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Reply By: Sapper D - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 22:24

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 22:24
Try and get the latest ARB catalogue,--it's got a full breakdown on the new Nitro Sport.--The plastic covering you refer to is a impact resistant polyamide or something, and the read on it looks impressive.-----------I'm doing the same as you, about to change my shocks for these
Sapper D
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 23:15

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 23:15
Have catalog and have checked out the shocker plus read the impact resistant blurb but it does look rather flimsy looks like it may rub on the inner tube
Their previous model with the solid tube felt more substantial
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Reply By: Injected - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 02:37

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 02:37
The problem with the metal shields is if they get dented they rub and damage the main body of the shock.
With the impact resistant ones the shields will flex more and return to their normal shape if impacted from a rock.
Not many manufacturers do metal shields anymore.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 07:01

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 07:01
G'day Rojac

I also believe another reason to go "rubber" is that the "rubber" doesn't retain heat as much as the steel covers do and cools down quicker enabling the shocker to perform at it's best for longer periods of time.


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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:00

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:00
I have had them for 3 years now on the 80 series and without any problems. Travelled on all terrains, corrugated, heavily rutted out off road tracks, hill climbs and loaded at 3t without fail. The Nitro's are backed up with OME springs also still doing its job.

The rear springs are rated at constant 400kg, they are a stiff when the truck is empty but when loaded and/or pulling the camper they feel and handle great.

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Follow Up By: Rojac - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:37

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:37
Thats the package that I'm looking at as well, constant at 400kg.

How much lift over stock did you get.

The set up that I have currently is hd ironman springs with monroe shocks but at over 200,000 km they are due for replacement
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:40

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:40
Forgot to add that its for a hjz75 ute

Would have edited the follow up but couldn't find the edit

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 09:58

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 09:58
Not sure what stock height was as when I purchased the truck she had 2" King Springs and Monroe shocks that were shot

I had a 50mm lift done which I think is more than enough height and it's legal. I also run 265/75/16 Bridgestone 697's fitted when I had the OME suspension fitted, again, fantastic tyres for my type of terrain driving (but not great for mud) and still have 4mm tread left on them today.

ARB worked out what rated front and rear springs and shocks would best suit for my vehicle type weight, engine model weight, max loaded weight and driving terrain.

In 3 years they still don't sag and we had done plenty of travelling and offroading.

As I mentioned before, beware of constant 400kg rear springs, they are a harsh ride when vehicle is empty and many have opted to go back to lighter spring rates due to this. I put up with the harsher ride when empty because they are perfect when loaded.

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Follow Up By: Rojac - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:16

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:16
Good to hear about the longevity

I still run the std steel splits with 7.50R16 road grippers and generally get about 60K out of them and have found them to be ok

Only issue that I have is that they tend to chew out on the right front, it has been suggested a camber correction kit but unsure about that and rotate more frequently to even out the wear.

The ironman springs developed memory as I tend to carry a heavier load on one side so its slightly loped sided so looking at getting something different

The 400Kg contsant when empty would not be of a comcern as my current set up is almost no give when empty and the ride is very harsh but comes into its own when loaded or towing ie large boat or caravan

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