80 series suspension advice

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 10:11
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Hi all, wanting to upgrade my suspension, wanting to have heavy towing in the rear but want a smoother ride also.

Would love input and suggestions please
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 10:46

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 10:46
Hi Iarsy, probably your best advice you would get is from the members on Lcool forum ,some one would have did it and give you correct info .I know some vehicles cannot be upgraded
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Reply By: TomH - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 11:57

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 11:57
What year is you vehicle Prior to 1996 80 series only had a 2500kg towing capacity whether or not they had a 3500kg towbar.

Toyota refused to uprate them despite hardly anything changed between year models.
If you harden up the suspension it wont give a smoother ride I wouldnt think
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Reply By: maurice b - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 12:23

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 12:23
Seems like anytime anyone asks a Toyota question they get sent to Lcool when many of there members a here on Exploroz. Any suspension place could advise you on this .Depends what your current suspension is and what your gvm is now .You would only need moderate rated coils and a set of air bags ,heavier coil if your vehicle is over 3 tonne now with lots of accessories .Run min 5 psi unloaded and then pressure to suit your load and height. I have never heard of a coiled toyota bending a chassis with coil airbags.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 17:42

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 17:42
They get sent to LCOOL, because the INFORMATION IS ALREADY THERE, in spades

main reason for airbags bending chassis is because when fitted to a leaf spring the chassis is loaded between the points that are supposed to take the load.
Coils, the airbags bear on the same point
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Reply By: mountainman - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 14:17

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 14:17
DAZ at AUTOCRAFT in geelong.
depends on where you are in the country but he can recommended a kit package to suit your budget and requirements.
he actually has owned and still owns a 80 thats fully decked and kitted out.
its really good gear and he stands by his stuff than OME and ignore your 3failed leaf springs which is a bad design compared to ULTIMATE.
anyway a phone call is cheap advice as he is very generous with his time.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 20:49

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 20:49
larsy : when we had a 80 series few year ago how .
I put king springs in , they have few different setting ~ height's
with standard shocks it gave a fantastic ride with a bit extra height .
this obviously is a cheap option .
Now we have 100 series we got the air bags that mount inside the rear coils , they do a good job aswel
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Reply By: Member - Dave63 - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 21:30

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 21:30
Hi Larsy,
I put a 2inch lift in my 80 series (OME). I towed a camper just under 2 tonne with a towball weight of approx 260 kg, rear drawers and a fridge and tools. You can get progressive rated coil springs that help with the ride (soft ride) when not fully loaded and and take the weight when loaded. The ride height really didnt change (ie saggy rear end) when the camper went on and did not bounce you around when light like my new truck does. When you find a suspension person talk about progressive ratings as well as knowing how many extra kgs you need to account for before deciding on anything. Although I have never had a set, air bags are good too. ie my 79 series has 800 extra kg rating in leaf rear springs

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Reply By: ian - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 00:28

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 00:28
I agree with Dave 63,
I still have my 80.
progressive springs to match your load and good quality shockers will give you a level ride and comfort.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 07:45

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 07:45
Ive had OME Nitro shocks and springs for 4 years now, 2" 400kg constants in the rear & 1 3/4 up front. Sits level when towing. My 80 weighs in around 2650kgs unloaded. Also have the OME steering damper.
It is a harsher ride when unloaded but when loaded she handles better and rides smoother, same with towing the camper.
It would slao be worth joining offroad80s.com its a dedicated 80 series Aussie website. Heaps of info and very knowledgeable people with 80 series's.
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Reply By: Member - larsy - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 08:10

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 08:10
Hi all, I like all the ideas, I will chat to the suspension guys, but it's good to know what's available before I head in. My cruiser currently has 2inch with Monroe shocks, I won't be pulling more than my camper, which she handles well.
I will
Look at some good shocks and springs to suit, but also investigate these airbags that go in as well.
Thanks everyone!
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 08:43

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 08:43
I fully recommend OME, my 1994 Troopy was badly sagged by 2004, I had OME fitted at Rockhampton early 2005, the system is still performing and handling A1 today .

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