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hi i have a 84 hj6o station wagon i have had it since new done 492000klm doing cape york in the near future also thinking of doing the canning stock routcan any body give me some ideas for a lift kit.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 19:52

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 19:52
G`day John,

I have the same vehicle but an `85 model with turbo, it has a 50mm lift.

I am very happy with OME, the heaviest kit I could get, after it being recommended by "Barnsey" the mechanic at the Birdsville Servo.

I have tried "Piddlers" suspension and found it to be an absolute waste of money, their product didn`t last one trip and when I got home they didn`t want to know me.

Keep asking around there may be other good brands as well.

Scrubby.
I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 20:21

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 20:21
thanks scrubby i will look into the ome there are a lot of rubbish out there i think ome are about the best but very exspensive but if you wont the best you have to pay.

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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:23

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:23
I had EFS suspension on my last troopy. I actually took it off my previous troopy when I sold it. It was an excellent suspension and tough as. I did go to OME shockies at one stage but had 2 buggerup on the central arnhem highway once so never again..
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Reply By: Life Member - Terry 80FTE - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:00

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:00
Freds 4WD conversions would be my pick, using a coil spring to lift it a bit and soften it for a better ride. depending on how your leaf springs are, you may be able to remove a couple of leaves to help flex.
I did a similar thing to my 60 series cruiser years ago. and with Koni shockers it was great.
I assume they still do older model vehicles, give them a call.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:05

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 21:05
thanks for that i will look into that its interesting with the coil spring
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 00:38

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 00:38
Was Fred the partner to the owner of Outback Suspension who doe's the coil spring over leaf suspension lifts. I looked into it years ago after they had a write up about their kits in a 4WD mag I think they use an 80 ser coils looks like a good option. Also I've had 2 x 60 ser over the years and one had OME 2" lift and it rode pretty good for a leaf sprung 4WD but going coils and Koni shocks would improve the ride out of site.
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 20:24

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 20:24
Had OME.
had 3 front springs break in around 2years.
ARB wanted nothing to do with me or a warranty claim... or why it was failing every time at the same spot.
on either left or right.
no more OME in future.
ULTIMATE suspension for me.
good name and can even do custom work.
they even do armoured vehicle suspension and build that sort of gear.
better springs than OME just by looking at them
thicker main leaf.
jyst one less to a pack.
never ever OME again.
spent a fortune in their stores and wouldnt even help me with a broken spring... stranded. And I needed my car for my job !!
That was an effort
Never again
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Terry 80FTE - Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 22:47

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 22:47
That sounds about right Batt.
I used HQ rears in the rear and ke70 corolla rears in the front, also used it's rubber over-ride springs. (some call bump stops, but they are convalluted and hollow) with my own mounting fabrication.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 20:47

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 20:47
John,

We had an '84 HJ60 for about 6 years, bought 2nd hand, and the springs were almost flat. Put up with it for a couple of years, then put a full set of Lovells springs on it.

Vast transformation, comfortable and good articulation. Was money well spent! Even the kids were able to throw away their ice-cream containers......for car sickness. :-)

Definitely recommend the Lovells.

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Follow Up By: madfisher - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 20:05

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 20:05
Yes Bob,
Lovells are the only springs I have been more then happy with.
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