diy suspension install GU Patrol

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 14:11
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Hey all,
Just bought new shocks (tough dog) and springs (2" lift) for the GU i got a great deal from Duncans 4wd in oakleigh Melb for $950 inc Tough dog return to center steering dampner, and i wanted to do the install myself i am a little mechaniclly minded but just wondered if any1 had any tips or a step by step procedure used, just wanted to get to know the car a bit better incase i need to work on it out in the scrub, Many thanx Pete

Im just a squirell trying to get a nut
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Reply By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 14:42

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 14:42
Peter,

You obviously didn't need the adjustable panhard rods and drop down plates/eliptical bushes???

If not, the process is relatively simple. You'll need at least 2 stands rated to take the weight of the vehicle and a trolley jack. If you are lucky and have a big shed, we found 2 jacks better. What we found best was to drop off the sway bar connects, the trailing arms and shocks, brake lines etc. We put the trolley jack under the diff and jacked one end of the axle up until the spring dropped out. We then put the other lifted spring in and reversed the process. Same with the back. Best to leave at least 2 trailing arms on at any given time.

My best advice: Don't rush it and leave at least 4-6 hours for the job. With a GU the nuts should be relatively easy to ease off.

Have fun mate!

Cheers

Chris.
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:44

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:44
Thanks Chris, sounds easy enough will give it a go, cheers
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:21

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:21
Peter,
You'll be right, make sure you have enough clearance to drop the axels, take the wheels off, bit of drilling if you do the stableliser extensions, let both sides go at the same time it's easier you don't have to deal with the flex in the bar. Let the front brake block go on the front axle otherwise you tend to stretch the flexible line, you may even break it. When you drop the rear axle make sur you have enogh clearance on the near side around where the exhaust is, should be OK, I've changed mine exhaust to a 3 inch system it gets a bit close when fully articulated. Hope some of this helps.
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:29

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:29
Thanx mate it helps me heaps
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Reply By: srowlandson - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:33
jack up the rear end enough to get the wheels of the ground (both)

put axle stands under the chassis.

remove both wheels.

undo the bottom shock mounts,
under both sway bars.
lower the diff down far enough to dilodge the springs (brake lines are long enough if only doing a 2" lift.

remove the top shock mount and replace(this is a pain!)

re fit in opposite way.

front i do the same method...

Did my brothers about a month ago in about 2 hours (front and rear)

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:24

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:24
Steve why do you replace the shock the other way?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:57

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:57
yup easy as pie to do, just think, and take your time.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:21

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:21
where abouts are you?

If your in the western side fo the city and the time is right i might be able to pop over and give you a hand
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:47

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:47
Ok Thanx im in the westn subs Avondale Heights you can call me on 0411 609 508 ill be doing it Friday morning
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Follow Up By: srowlandson - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:15

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:15
bugger.

I am east keilor but i am working tomorrow.

sure you don't want to do it tonight ;)
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:28

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:28
start work at 4:00pm mon-fri
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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:22

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:22
One more small butcher tip-----lock some vise-grips on to the bottom of your front shocks so you can undo the nut. lock 'em where the shock is welded to the spindle thingo so you dont obstruct the bore inside the tube. not sure of the proper way.
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:29

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:29
Thanx for that will do
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Follow Up By: Peter Sirellis - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:35

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:35
Thanks all for the advice everthing went well, took just over 4hrs, the car looks and handles great, once again thankyou
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