shock absorber advice needed

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 09:16
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Hi all, I'm looking at replacing the shocks and was wondering what others can recommend from first hand experience. Please note that I can NOT afford Rancho, ARB etc etc.

The car is a Jackeroo; used mainly in the city with occasional camping trips. I think the original shocks (240,000 kms) are still on the car. We travel alone so I don't go on extreme tracks/roads. Thanks
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 09:42

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 09:42
Shaky,
If can't afford a good shock, buying something cheap is go to cost more in the long run. Stick with the shocks that you have until you can afford a shock that will do the job and last a long time.
Good shocks on the market are
Koni
Bilstine
ARB, TJM, Rancho.

Wayne
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:09

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:09
What Watne said is good advice, save up and buy a good set, been down that road with cheap shocks, you will only be disapointed after you buy them.

Baz.
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 11:32

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 11:32
Get the budget shocks and keep the receipt so you can claim on them.Sometimes they have a 12 month warranty.You dont need to spend a $800 on shockies for the type of driving shakys doing.
" used mainly in the city with occasional camping trips."

Have you considered factory replacements?

I use Powerdown Adjustables.They were fitted not long before I bought the L/C and have stood up to all sorts of terrain including offroad fully loaded.Not sure what they cost .
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Reply By: Shaun - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 11:47

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 11:47
Have you considered Gabriel Blue Ryders from Super Cheap? I know there will be plenty of people to write them off because they are sold thru supercheap but they are @ $100.00 each with a 12 month warranty, 35mm bore, double welded eyes etc etc - seem good value to me. I have them on my d/c hilux and have done some off road work fully loaded over easter (they are now about 6 months old) and they handled it very well. I have a friend with a single cab hilux who is going to bathurst bay in May and has Gabriels on the back and tough dogs on the front - I will let every one know how they stack up. Like you I do v/little hard 4x4ing and can not afford expensive shocks.

Good Luck!

Shaun
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Follow Up By: ross - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 19:14

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 19:14
You can get Gabriel Blue Ryders for $70-%80 if you look around.
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 13:23

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 13:23
Shaky - go to a Don Kyatt outlet and you can get the same ones TJM sell at a cheaper price (rebadged). Check the Jack dealers too - sometimes they have specials that are hard to beat.
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Reply By: chubbs - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:39

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:39
Hi there Shaky

I just recently purchased front and rear set of cross country shock for my hilux
very happy with them
I am in the same boat as you as I use my 4wd for mainly 2 and from work and camping beach and bush.
You could go and save for the koni shocks which isn't that bad of a idea.
But my way of thinking is if you are not going to get the use out of them why pay the money.
The cross country aren't the best by any means
Maybe you should look at monroes magums but really if you want a really good shock then you have to pay the money.
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Reply By: NathanK - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:23

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:23
my new OME Nitrocharger shocks only set me back $140ea. while it maybe be slightly more than the cheapies, i reckon i've already been paid back with better ride quality, better off-road handling and i'll get more life outta these than cheapies.
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