ARB vs TJM vs Local Mechanic

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 17:34
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What is the opinion on the following. I want to replace the suspension in my 1991 hilux. Is it better (not just cheaper) to go ARB (OME at $2500), TJM (XGS at $2800), Midas (monroe at $1800) or local mechanic?
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Reply By: scottm - Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 21:26

Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 21:26
After the drama I'm currently having with my local mechanic & 4WAY components I'd go for the ARB[I've a Vitara] I'm at the piont of demanding a full refund, is your 'Lux leaf sprung? Cheers Scott.
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Reply By: pjd - Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 22:19

Saturday, Aug 07, 2004 at 22:19
you can by a full kit. thats springs,shocks,bushes,u-bolts,ect for $800 bucks from ironman 4x4 suspension on 1300 731 137 & with a handfull of spaners & not much mechanical no how you could do the job in a weekend pretty easy & if you shop around you can get a kit even cheaper
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 09:49

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 09:49
Ironman are traders on this site and offer discounts to members here. I have had their suspension on my GQ and found it to be excellent, give them a try.
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:00

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:00
I would second that.

They were the only ones interested in developing a 2.5" kit for the longbody Sportage. They did the R&D on my vehicle, and listened to my feedback. Call Kristian and tell him that Gary with the Sportage referred you.

Note: I have no financial or business interests associated with Ironman, just a satisfied customer.
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Reply By: Savvas - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 00:15

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 00:15
It all comes down to the person doing the work and the person running the operation. It doesn't matter if it's ARB, TJM, Midas or the local mechanic.

I'm getting a an ARB suspension installed in my Jackaroo in the next couple of weeks. After ringing around half a dozen places including Rancho, Lovells, Carrols/EFS and Pedders, I settled on ARB at the local 4wd service center.

These guys just happen to be the ARB distributor in the area, the deal was good at $938 for 4 shocks, 2 coils, torsion bar adjustment and wheel alignment.

It comes down to who you're comfortable with and who you think will do a good job for you.

Where abouts are you located? If you're in Sydney, I can quite happily recommend the 4WD Service Centre at Taren Point.
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Follow Up By: Foss - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 07:22

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 07:22
"I can quite happily recommend the 4WD Service Centre at Taren Point"

Me too.
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Reply By: Foss - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 07:28

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 07:28
$2800.00 typical over the top pricing.

Go with the ARB stuff if you have to get it do at a workshop. Another place worth the money is carrols springs.

If you have the knowledge and ability buy the parts and do it yourself.
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Reply By: brian - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:35

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:35
I had great after sales service from ironman in qld in the past as well
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:08

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:08
Iam with Foss - the after sales service and back up from the guys at 4WD Service CXentre, Taren Point is hard to beat and a welcome surprise...
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