SHOCKERS best of best for the PAJ

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 21:24
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Hi every one ,ok it,s time for the shockers to be replaced on the paj a retailer has suggestered TJM ,s shockers are these exellant for off road work or not if not can same one tell me what is the best shock that they have came across for off road work and been happy with cheer's GRENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 22:07

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 22:07
Lovells springs and Bilstein shocks will give you the best ride for the Pajero
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:22

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:22
HI Stan i have OME shockers on there at the moment new OME springs were fitted to the back 2 mths ago i need to replace the front shocks so what do you suggest for the front and back soon i have OME srings thanks for your info cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:18

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:18
GREENDOG,

There are quite a few Prado owners that had OME setup
and it is started to sag after a month or two, specially
after Simpson crossing... They then had to get rid of
the OME and get the Bilsten/Lovells setup from
GO_OFFROAD on this list. Quite a costly thing specially
if you just bought the OME setup 2 months prior to that...

It might cost $300 more that bilsten/lovells setup, but you asked for
the BEST...

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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:44

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:44
Stan would it be a a good set up for off road work if i had BILSTEIN shocks on the front and LOVELL'S shocks on the back with OME springs as the springs are only 2 mths old i could go ahead with that set up if that is a quality off road set up for the paj, being not mechanically minded makes it hard so i thank you for your input cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:36

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:36
Biltein shocks for front and rear that way if ome springs is not
up to it under heavy load, you will just have to change the springs.
I would suggest to contact GO_OFFROAD to make sure you get
the right model, etc...
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:29

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:29
TJM (OME) or ARB (XJS) are two outlets that are probably as good as you will need for normal off-road driving Pete.

Unless the springs are nackered, you would only need new ones if you want a lift for higher clearance.

As you are in SA, you could also check out 4WD Systems (Gear to Goannawhere) at Gilles Plains.
This is where I got mine from. As was explained to me, the standard shocks on my vehicle were 30mm diam. the OME's are better at 35mm, then you can get a 41mm bore set, which are better still. The 4WD Systems shocks are a "no brand" shock imported from Canada, (i.e. no fancy label on them) but are guaranteed to do the job.

I ended up with 41mm adjustable shocks and boy, you will notice the difference straight away.

By replacing the shockers on their own, you will get a noticable improvement in ride on the bitumen and obviously better performance off-road. If you decide at a later date to lift your vehicle say 2", you only need a new set of springs, the same shockers can be used.
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:26

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:26
Thanks for the reply sandman well give it same thought i've had same good reply's it's hard to make up your mind and which is going to suit the paj the best thanks again cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:36

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 08:36
Hi Peter,
Am in the middle of researching the same issue for my NM
So far I'm favouring the Bilstiens. Middle of the pack cost wise and have a reputation second to none. Several on the Paj owners forum swear by them (not at them:-))

I'll be using King springs, 2" lift.

Bilstiens $1020
Koni $1245
OME $838
Monroe Magnum TDT $904
Rancho don't make shocks for the NM.

Previous Pajeros I've owned have used OME shocks but was finding them a bit soft on the NH LWB so am looking for something a tad firmerfor the heavier NM.

Good luck
John
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Follow Up By: old-plodder - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:03

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:03
I used to swear by OME on the NB Pajero, but they are not the same on the NK. Too soft and not enough control on rebound. Complained to OME and they sent a another pair with different valving. Not much difference.
Have tried Rancho 9000s and not too impressed either.
Thinking of Konis.
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Reply By: Disco200Tdi - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 10:48

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 10:48
Because your paj has a fairly short front shock, I would suggest you go for the largest bore shocks that will fit. This will give more oil volume and help resist fade when on offroad tracks. There are several brands available now with 41mm diameter bore.
Otherwise a set of high pressure monotube shocks, such as bilstein, will also do a good job. A thing to note, is the stock valving for bilstein's is quite hard and you will feel more of the small bumps.

Regards

John D
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:38

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:38
My formula for the Jack (doing the swap from originals in a few months) might be:
Front - Bilstein mono tube gas (a good perfromer apparently - cooler running than twin tubes - sizeable bore and not likely to get hit by rocks while in the front).
Rear - TJM XGS - good stock offroad shock with double wall for the stones.
Interested if anyone has comments on that approach..... there's money at stake !
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:21

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 22:21
Thanks Banjo well have a think about the Blistein shocks on the front. Thanks for the reply cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: allaussie - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 21:26

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 21:26
well well back to the paj again when will you all learn some thingsnever change my jero is still runing factory gear from new what can i say the handbrake drives it more than me and you all know who we have to keep happy, but it still works well offroad if towing yes then but heavier springs/coils on till then think hard about it cheers chris
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 07:46

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 07:46
Have to agree about keeping the handbrake happy! Mine is still running factory gear but when loaded up her arse sags too much (the cars, not the handbrakes :-)) so I'm fitting new springs before next trip. The shockies will have to wait a while as I reckon they're still good for a few more thou

Cheers....
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 21:05

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 21:05
The best shock is easy, Bilstien, hands down.

Good suspension for most people is something you cant explain to them, they have to experience it.

The worlds best marketed shock is of course, OME..............
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