New Shocks

Submitted: Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 16:05
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After 7 years and about 240,000klm, I have decided to give the Koni shocks a rest and try the new Cell X 9 shocks from TJM.

They are a long travel shock, 40mm longer than original Toyota and 15mm longer than the Koni they replaced. They have a 9 postion adjustment on them just like Tough Dog and Rancho. As a matter of fact they all come from the same Monroe factory in America.

Over the next few months the new shocks will get a good work out, but in the mean time I will get the Koni cheked out and will probley put them back on again.

The old Konis have a few dents from flying rocks but do not leak oil. Compressing the old shocks is still hard but the return is getting a bit light.

Wayne
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Reply By: Andy - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 16:32

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 16:32
Wayne,

I reckon I'd get the Koni's serviced and put them back on.
Better quality.

cheers

Andrew
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 17:18

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 17:18
If the Cell x 9 is longer than a Koni, I'd be concerned about bottoming the shock out on full compression of the bump stops as this can blow the foot valve out.
I certainly doubt they'll last 240,000 KM but can you let us know in 7 years if they do. Good luck. Craig.................
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Reply By: Moose - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 17:51

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 17:51
G'day Wayne
After having a set that lasted 240000 kms you're going to a different make! I have never heard of anyone doing that sort of mileage on any set of shocks - what a great ad for Koni. Go talk to the distributor - you may get some paid advert work out of it!
BTW - from your other posts I suspect you're with TLCC Sydney. If so hello from a northern cousin - TLCC Qld (Brisbane). If I'm wrong please ignore me!
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 18:00

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 18:00
240,000 thats pretty good remember that saying "when your on a good thing stick to it" but having said that "a change is as good as a holiday" (boy that took it out of me i think i'll go lie down now ) Baz.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 19:51

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 19:51
Moose,

Sorry to disappoint you buy I don't belong to any 4WD club any more. I was a member of the Blue Mountians 4WD club for a few years, up until I started working for Great Divide Tours. Didn't have time to do both so I had to make a choice between the two.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 18:25

Friday, Mar 12, 2004 at 18:25
Hi Wayne
Get the Koni serviced and put back on, much less expensive than new. Also did you adjust the Konis back up, after 240000 on the Bronco, they were taken up 1/2 tuen and they were fine for another 125000. The Bronco'a motor wore out before the shocks
Ray
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 09:18

Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 09:18
Wayne
Thats amazing mileage from a set of shocks. I reckon its a combination of good shocks and good driving. I am sure if you drove the TRUCK like a magazine journalist you could stuff them in 20,000 km. If you slow down on the corrugations and don't overload you get much better service life.
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Reply By: Bob et Joëlle - Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 16:15

Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 16:15
Wayne

We are doing a trip with your co in July. We have a 100 series turbo diesel landcruiser and tow a camper. Only about 80,000 kms so far but with the original shocks she sits down a bit in the rear. We were thinking about changing the shocks before we go - those Konis sound good - what do you think - are they expensive.

Bob and Joëlle
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 at 15:02

Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 at 15:02
Bob. Yes Koni's are a bit dear. Should get them for around $200 per corner but where they are better than most is they can be ajusted up as they wear out then rebuilt after that at a fraction of the cost. Fiting new shocks however will not fix the car sitting down. New springs or Polyairs will be needed for that. Craig......................
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 15:42

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 15:42
Bob and Joelle

The Konis are good, but the springs should also be changed. With the weight of the extra camping gear and fuel on the rough roads the standard springs would be working very hard.

Because you have torsion bar front end the shocks for the front have to work very hard. I know people in the aftermarket industry who are still trying different shocks to find a good set up.

The Konis are not cheap,About $230- $240 each.

Wayne
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Reply By: Harry - Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 21:16

Saturday, Mar 13, 2004 at 21:16
HEY WAYNE,
I can see from all the replies that changing over to TJM shocks when you got such a good run out of your Koni's isn't a really good idea, but then that's your decision.
Now here's one for you. I drove on my Koni's on the Troopy for 320,000k
Absolutely no problems.
Bought a new 78 series Troopy and shocks wouldn't go on new truck because of new coils on front etc, so bought a set of new ones to suit, and had the old one's checked. Guess what guys, there was nothing wrong with them , so I sold them for $100 each.
I wouldn't change shocks even if you gave them to me and I'm still smiling.
Cop that one Possum.
Harry.
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Reply By: Patroleum - Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 at 19:10

Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 at 19:10
Forget the rest, Koni's are the greatest. Have had 3 sets now on 3 vehicles and
all have been great. On the other hand anything from Monroe is what you should
expect for the price. You get what you pay for. Konis may seem dear initially but is it so if they last 3times the life of some others?
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