Best Lift Kit for 76 Series 2017 Landcruiser

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Hi everyone, this is my first post, there is a lot of opinions and views on different brands. I'm wanting to know which will improve my ride on road and capable off-road, therefore adjustable suspension i.e. fox/kings/tough-dog is likely the best option?
I'm after a 2-2.5" inch lift as im wanting to keep it legal.
My car is set up for camp trips nothing too serious, bull bar, winch, roof rack, awning, so nothing over 300kg?

Tough dog seems like a great value for money, are kings/fox worth the extra money?

Cheers Ben
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 05:59

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 05:59
Join the online landcruiser forums. They will have numerous opinions on how to set up your rig and what works well.
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Reply By: GarryR - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 07:02

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 07:02
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Reply By: andrew t - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 13:54

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 13:54
Plenty of good options available dobinsons springs and bilstein or koni shocks are a good combo. as are lovells springs and shocks Bluemax are also pretty good value and all perform very well. qhat is your budget
First thing ypu need to do is visit a weighbridge fully loaded and get some weights front and rear then talk to a suspension shop and find out what your options are. are you looking to fit it yourself or are you looking for a kit fitted. if your in victoria call spicers springs in knox and have a chat with them.
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Reply By: OBJ - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 13:59

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 13:59
Hi Ben.
The advice from the previous posters about the LCool Forum is good, and you will get some excellent advice there.

I also have a 76 Series and I upgraded the suspension in preparation for a couple of desert treks I would like to do. It is also my camping car. I went to a couple of those 4x4 shops where they all wanted me to buy lift kits in their various permutations. Nobody asked what I wanted. They all suggested big wheels, big rims, massive lift ... yada yada yada. They failed to impress.

On this forum I asked about Koni shock absorbers and was given a stack of helpful advice, mainly suggesting I go for Koni. (This is a bit of a long winded response to your initial enquiry).

I was eventually steered to a suspension specialist in Thornton (NSW). I told him I did not specifically want a "lift kit". I would however accept in increase in height if fitting a good suspension system provided that.

He sent me out to have my 76 series weighed at each wheel. Subsequently he fitted Koni adjustable shock absorbers and King springs (coil front, leaf rear), and I could not be happier with the results. It is a bit higher but I have what I was after.

My suggestion (FWIW) is to not just ask for a lift kit because that is all you will get. You may be nicely surprised if you talk to a suspension specialist rather than some of these weekend warriors that seem to lurk in these 4x4 shops.

I hope this is helpful.

Cheers, safe travels and happy camping.

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Reply By: mountainman - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 17:03

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 17:03
Koni are by far best for vehicles that carry weight and see hard use and tow.
Bilsteins are more for city folk who dont tow and zip around town , give a good ride

Koni are built to take the abuse and towing.
Wouldnt touch the others..
OME are ok..
But their leaf springs are quite woeful
They do a nice coil .
Ive had 3leaf springs fail from OME
All front, doesnt matter if left or right.
I certainly wouldn't buy the expensive bp51 remote shocks

Money better spent on koni stuff
And quite a bit of change left over to do other stuff

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Reply By: ian - Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 18:32

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 18:32
I have been through this issue more than once, and agree with others that Koni were great. Did everything I wanted and did plenty of rough kms without a problem. I just put them on my latest Toyota.
I found Guests 4x4 in Melbourne very good if you are in that part of the world.
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