Suspension upgrade

Thinking about doing a suspension upgrade on my 2006 Toyota Landcruiser (IFS) with Lovell coils, Koni shocks and Jenkins torsion bars.
Interested in any constructive feedback from people who have or had a similar set up.
My rig is fitted with rear drawers, 50lt fridge, full length roof rack, steel bull bar (fitting a winch soon) and it get's loaded up a bit when I do road trips.
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Reply By: Roachie Silverado - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 16:34

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 16:34
You haven't said whether you're just upgrading the suspension and keeping the existing/standard height.....or are you planning a lift?

If the latter, can I recommend you go for the "diff-drop kit" so that your front end stays lined up and you won't wear out your CVs prematurely.

Lovells and Konis sound like a great choice, but I confess to having no knowledge of Jenkins torsion bars.

Cheers,

Roachie
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 17:21

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 17:21
Like Roachie I would suggest that you get the front lower control arm and torsion bar mount strengethening kits installed first before upgrading any springs. we have hit two bad ditches and we would have lost the front end if the control arm hadn't been strengetheded. Thes two kits also helped with our GVM upgrade. Keep the receipts in case you do the same.

Phil
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 01:26

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 01:26
out of curiousity how do you know you "would have lost the front end if the control arm hadn't been strengetheded"??
I thought it was only the earlier 100 series that had inadequate welding on the lower control arm?
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 07:41

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 07:41
Come on now mate. How do we know that we would break a standard shockie when we head down a very badly corrugated "highway". We don't!! We hit a big hole - Okay!!!!!

Boy I love some users on this site who always want you to justify yourself. I couldn't be bothered explaining it all.

Phil
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:30

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 09:30
The reason for the Lower control arm problem was a welding robot had a hangover and a batch had deficient welds.

If you get on Lcool from what I remember there is a list of dates and I think possibly vin numbers that were affected. It was only for a short period in 2002 from memory
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 11:12

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 11:12
That may be true Tom but we feel better.

Phil
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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 07:10

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 07:10
Do yourself a big favor and sign up to Lcool.org
Ozzie Landcruiser forums. All the info you want is in there.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 21:20

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 21:20
Mundi, it's perfectly reasonable to make irrational investments in pursuit of a hobby if you believe it will bring satisfaction and years of pleasure. However, if you are a bush traveller like most of us, I wouldn't expect deletion of the OEM suspension to confer a huge advantage on your vehicle. It's pretty good as it is, and unless it's broken, doesn't need to be replaced.
Bob
1999 IFS with 400,000 km (not broken yet).
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 10:33

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 10:33
Bob, sorry, but as you have never tried different aftermarket shocks or springs on your vehicle you would not realise your statement is erroneous...... after trying different shocks and springs on mine over time, finally found a shock that really improved the ride quality and road handling, especially on corrugations, Fox shocks are not cheap but certainly a much, much better product than that supplied as original, rebuildable if required, revalvable if required, far greater oil capacity for greatly increased fade resistance........ I am a bush traveller too.............. that likes to do it in comfort and safely
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 22:22

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 at 22:22
I stuck a set of King progressive springs in mine and did 50,000k towing a 3000kg van and tug loaded to max and it had no troubles.
Actually sat better with the Kings than with standard and didnt sink as far with van on.

Had all you have except the winch
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Reply By: Member - MARIC - Monday, Mar 07, 2016 at 21:34

Monday, Mar 07, 2016 at 21:34
Good choice, have similar
It is only when you see mosquito land on your testicles that you find another way to solve problems without violence

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