Suspension upgrade for GU Patrol wagon.

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 13:46
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Im looking for some insight on suspension upgrades for my 2002 GU Patrol. I have looked into OME shocks and springs and Im not sure whether to choose between medium or hard. Can someone also give me some feed back on this system or any others available on the market (good or bad). My car is reasonably accesorised which include; dual battery, steel bull bar, cargo _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, steel full length rack and a family of four. I also mainly travel on the black top with a fair bit of gear and go bush in terrain up to grade 3. Your insights will be appreciated.
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 14:30

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 14:30
I'd suggest OME hard (contant 200kg) with all that gear. I'd also so a search as this is a very common topic and you will find many differing opinions on suspension! I personally have this suspension and do find it a bit on the hard side when the vehicle is unladen but then I don't have _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx or roof rack.

Leroy
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Reply By: DeanoNSW - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:55

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:55
Suggest you shop around. You will find that your dollar will go a far bit further if you go to a specific suspension supplier and fitter. King springs are good, and so are koni shocks.

I have a 2003 GU 3lt and from your description run a similar use and set up. I have Lovell springs - extra heavy duty, and Koni adjustable shocks. I got this for the same price as the base model of the OME suspension upgrade.

I am extremely happy with the setup, which provides me with 50 mm lift.

The ride is firmer but not too extreme.

I think I am $400-500 better off by shopping around. Lovells and King Springs have been around for years. Koni shocks are one of the few shocks that can be repaired.

For your own sake, I suggest you shop around. There is plenty of info on this site (archives) on GU suspension upgrades.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:56

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:56
sagatarian I've got TJM medium duty springs in my Patrol (with XGS shocks), dual battery,winch and bar up front and full of crap in the back. It rides really well, I was going to get the Heavy duty springs but the guy who did mine recommended trying the meduiums and suggested he would change them to HD if I wasn't happy. His advice was spot on IMO.
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Reply By: Groove - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:18

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:18
Just had King Springs and Bilstein Shocks installed on my GU and am very happy with the results.

50 mm lift and all is good $1200 supply and fit.

I had the same suspension combo on my NG pajero and it had a hard life, the suspension was on the car for 110000 KM with no real sign of problems.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:53

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:53
have a squiz at Post ID 21082; recent dialogue on this topic.

Also have a search on RidePro, which I am utilising (no vested interest0. I did find this setup cheaper, as has been suggested, than TJM (used previously) or OME.

My system, all up will be:

Extra heavy duty coils +
4 x shocks +
fittment +
castor bushes +
alignment

for $ 1580. ( fittment of all above & wheel align = $511)

I also have a Return to CenterTough dog steering stabiliser, cost $ 154, fitted myself in 30 mins.
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Reply By: warthog - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:03

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:03
Cut out the middleman and ring industrial springs in adelaide. Most suspension suppliers with the exception of iron man that just order their srings from a spring maker and sell them on with mark up attatched. You can then shop around for some reputable shocks.
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Reply By: warthog - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:04

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:04
Cut out the middleman and ring industrial springs in adelaide. Most suspension suppliers with the exception of iron man just order their srings from a spring maker and sell them on with mark up attatched. You can then shop around for some reputable shocks.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:41

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 18:41
50mm HD Lovells, Koni's and a 4Way RTC Damper. Castor kit and new panhard rod bushes too.

Huge difference off-road - simply no comparison to standard.

On-road, comfortably getting it fully sideways it in the first rains of the season today or in other words, it handles fine;-) (shouldn't have watched the Dukes of Hazzard yesterday lol)
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Reply By: fourstall2000 - Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 08:42

Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 08:42
If you are in Victoria and feel like a drive to Healesville, I have 3 sets of ARB rear springs medium,heavy, extra heavy,all less than 5,000 ks each.
You can try before you buy at half the price .
Regards
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