shocks and suspension

Submitted: Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 14:30
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hi forum hope you can advise me, have 1999 petrol gas land cruiser cruiser is stock standard except for running boards and rear wheel on the back,want to put 4coils springs and new shocks.At this time no camp trailer yet but soon will have one ,off road,where to go arb or tjm or pedders all have diffrent ideas pedders say put foam filled shockers and arb say put there system wich is old mam emu gear there shocks are nitrocharger shocks , the load i will carry will be aprox 1000-12000kg when loaded ,most of the time the tojo will be a town 4x4 except once a year for 4weeks in my holidays thanks REGARDS STAN
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Reply By: beatit - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 14:46

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 14:46
12000Kg You are one serious camper!!

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:00

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:00
He takes the wife and all her gear too... hair dryer, washer etc
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Reply By: Well 55 - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 14:51

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 14:51
Go ARB springs and shocks and put air bags in the rear.

Check the fitment chart at ARB for the load carry of the different springs useing the weight of normal load as a guide, that way you will have a good ride unladen and use the air bag to assist heavy load carry.
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Reply By: floyd - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 16:57

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 16:57
I put OME springs and nitrochargers on my hilux when it was new and 4 years later with 4 people, the canopy loaded to the roof and a 17 foot boat with bikes inside it still rides level. Never even looked like sinking. Only thing that could be improved is that it is a little stiff when empty. Just feels the bumps a bit but that is the only drawback. Never used any other brands but go the ARB stuff. Bushes still good, springs still in original shape and I have given it a bit of curry in the bush and towed heavy. Good gear.
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Reply By: Peter Guy - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:00

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:00
I don't know if your weight estimate is correct, but for what its worth, my 7 yo Patrol with 220,000ks on the clock and the original stock standard suspension and after many trips on long hot rough dirt roads is still going strong. Our off road camper was a heavy duty one - but if you load it right with the weight evenly distributed there appeared to be little impact on the cars suspension-even with a fair amount of weight in the rear compartment and 4 adult passengers.
I sometimes think that big suspension upgrades are unnecessary for most people especially when Toyota and Nissan do such a good job in the first place!!!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:02

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 17:02
You wont go wrong with OME kit.

Aussie wide warranty if needed, some of the best aftersales service too.

Mention to them the weights of your car, and planned trailer etc.

Your best bet is to wait, setup your truck completely, and trailer, go to a weigh bridge, find the correct weights, tell who ever you get the suspension from these figures, they can then work out the best solution for you.

We can all guess and suggest, but yea, do it right do it once.
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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:41

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:41

King Springs & Koni Shocks are a popular combination, I've got'em on my GU and verry pleased Slightly dearer than some though. are you from Melbourne? if so give toperformance a call in Trade place Vermont there the Koni distributors, give them a call anyway and tell them what you want to achieve they'll happily give you there oppinion for springs & shocks.

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Reply By: Grumblebum and Dragon (WA) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:31

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:31
100 Series 4.5l auto running ULP/LPG. We have got ARB upgrade - medium coils, OME shocks + poly air bags....about $2000. Very happy with it unloaded, however we are planning on hauling about 3 tonne of Bushtracker. I am not sure you really need to upgrade for 1000 -1200 Kg of occassional towing. Suggest you try it first and only upgrade if required.

Regards John
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Reply By: 80scruiser - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:56

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:56
Go for the King Spring part number KTRR70HD in the rear.
Koni shocks all round.
You will have to match the front springs depending on the weight on the front. If you have nothing on the front possibly 69 or 69HD. If you have a steel bar and winch you may have to go to 93's on the front.
I run 69's on the front and 70HD on the rear and the rear is a bit raked by 1 inch or so. I am going to load it up and see how it sits and more than likely up grade to 93's. They are the same height but higher poundage.
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Follow Up By: 80scruiser - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:57

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:57
You could go with OME but IMHO overpriced for what you get.
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:18

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:18
I have Old Man Emu shocks all round, and heavy duty 50mm raised springs (don't know brand as got them 2nd hand), with Firestone airbags in the back. Works really well, even when heavily loaded with 2 months' supplies on the way home from trips.
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Reply By: stans truck - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 19:46

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 19:46
ok guys thanks fo r all your help, i will wait until i get my camper i live in adelaide and about king springs,who makes them and where can i buy them from are they run of the mill sort of thing, or are they a custom made thing. thanks
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