Suspension Upgrade for Terracan

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 23:47
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Hi All

Can any Terracan owners that have done a suspension upgrade share their experiences?

I am looking at options, so far I have found TJM. Anyone else? If so, how much and who.

Thanks
Chris
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Reply By: TerraA1 - Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 23:57

Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 23:57
If your handy with your own mechanical work you can buy a kit from 4WD SYSTEMS $ 699 check out www.4wdsystems.com.au.

Don tknow how good they are as I don't know anyone who has had it installed and as yet the better half wont let me spend the money.

Cheers

Chris
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Reply By: sevo - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 08:07

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 08:07
Gday Chris,
The track and tow pack from hyundai has been developed and tested for this vehicle. Eldelbrock shocks, Eibac springs etc all tested under Australian conditions.(other brands of shock & springs tested didnt meet same specs as hyundai's tow pack)
cheers sevo
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 08:36

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 08:36
Chris,

Pedders do it and quoted me $1100.

TJM $900.

After some reearch TJM came well recommened so I went that way. I'm very happy with the outcome.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Terracan - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 22:25

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 22:25
Jim

Can I ask which TJM, or doesn't it really matter?

I assume that the front was wound up a little?

Thanks
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 07:36

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 07:36
Chris,

TJM Dandenong, talk to the Manager Rick Reeves, he did mine himself and he's a qualified mechanic.

Yes, he wound up the torsion bars and modified the bump stops.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: splatter - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 20:43

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 20:43
This doesn't answer your question but might help anyone searching for Terracan info.

Was talking to the local Hyundai sales guys yesterday and he said that Hyundai Australia were trying to convince the factory to install the new upgraded suspension option as standard on all Australian delivered Terracans (might have been diesel only as that was what I was looking at).

Your guess is as good as mine as to how successful that will be (or when it will be done)!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 07:39

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 07:39
It should be done.

Unless the standard suspension on the current model is a lot better than mine (June 2004) it an absolute necessity.

Asking buyers to shell out $2000 is nothing more than a way for dealers to make money.
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Reply By: Terracan - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 21:43

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 21:43
Spoke to a few 4WD places today.

If anyone is interested, here's a snapshot:

ARB - nothing available

Opposite Lock (Tough Dog) - about $1000 fitted (2 springs, 4 shocks)

TJM - about $900 fitted (2 springs, 4 shocks)

Ring some more tomorrow.

Chris
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:33

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:33
$1000 for 2 springs and 4 shocks?
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Reply By: dingbat - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 15:30

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 15:30
Hello
Mine's a May 2004 Highlander auto and has TJM Coils on rear, TJM XGS shocks front and rear and the torsion bars wound up with similar pricing as per Jimbo's. Current increased ride heights are 35-40mm at rear and 20mm at front. Vehicle is fitted with cargo barrier, nudge bar, 3rd row seats removed and carries a lightweight(Capral aluminium and ply) shelf thingy together with a box of tools, straps, etc. plus holiday stuff when travelling.
Is used for towing an 1150kg van with about 110kg on ball with no real sag taken care of with only two spring bars.
Front is still a bit soft but is OK, and rear, well I think it could be a bit softer but maybe progressive springs as per the Hyundai kit would be better. Total kliks now 22k with about 11k towing.
Replacement springs and shocks were a huge improvement (wife even noticed) and in Sydney yesterday parked next to another one, same age which definitely looked saggy and low by comparison. (12.25 l/100k Canb to Sydney)So am pretty happy with suspension conversion and very happy overall with the vehicle.
Question for Jimbo-how thick are your front bump stops now and was it merely a straight trim job or something more complicated and for anyone else who reads this--has anyone found a bigger fuel tank yet?? I miss the 133 litre one in the Bravo.
regards ding

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:36

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:36
Dingbat, I'm peed of with size of the tank also. Got a quote to swop the 65l stock tank with a 75l tank - $1300. Only option for a duel system was to remove the spare wheel and sling the tank in the wheel well. Wheel caddy on the back and beefed up suspension - $2300. Damned expensive fuel. Jerry cans for the Jerry can will have to do for a while.

Suspensions a bit soft and wobbly but with a low garage tilta door will have to settle for the standard.

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Reply By: Terracan - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:45

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:45
Thanks to all the advise.

I have chosen the Pedders option - using foam cell shocks. From what I could tell the Pedders and Tough Dog foam cell units are made by Gabriels in the US. Foam cell was recommended, as it is meant to have better ride for the suburban 4WD - it's the wife's car.

I'll update after 1000km, so far it's hard to believe it's the same vehicle. (for the better)

Thanks again.
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Reply By: Peter Ja - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:45

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:45
Chris,

Just be a little careful of the rear shocks, as if you do hard core off roading in this vehicle you will bend the rear shocks and they may rub on the brake line. This is easily spotted if you look for rub marks on the shock itself where the outter cover will rub against the inner cover. You will notice the shocks are a lot larger than the standard and do not have the compression travel the standard ones do.

I have seen a set of shocks that have been developed by Hyundai for their kit and was told that they are using the upside down shocks for this very reason. You may be ok if you do not use the vehicle for hard core off road stuff, but I seen this happen on one of the Diesels that had been given a hiding off road.

This makes me a little wary and I am still waiting for the Hyundai kit from my local dealer, do not want any hassles with insurance or warranty.

Pete.
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Follow Up By: Terracan - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:49

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:49
Thanks for the heads up Pete.

My wife and I do not do any hardcore off road stuff. Fingers crossed that its okay. I check the clearance with the brake line next weekend.

Thanks again
Chris
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Follow Up By: dingbat - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 08:18

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 08:18
Had a look under mine yesterday--no hardcore offroading but the outer/top cover of the XGS rear shocks is rubbing slightly on the small brackets/clips which hold the brake line in place. These clips are bolted to the diff housing and I think more clearance could be obtained with a slight adjustment by bending pipe closer to diff or even reversing the bracket thus moving pipe closer to diff housing. Will also investigate possibility of a large thick washer inserted on lower mounting. Might even talk to TJM for their ideas.

regards Ding
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