leaf springs comment

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 29, 2002 at 01:00
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I just saved myself over $600 recently. The back end of my HJ47 dropped down after I had a bit too much fun on some sand dunes.
I visited 3 suspension places. The first guy said I needed new leaf springs and quoted me $650 to do the work. The second guy said new spings and shocks, over $1000.
I decided to get one more opinion. ( from Pedders in Newcastle)
The people there explained that I had dropped the truck too hard and wound the shackles over. They lifted the back up and simply levered the shackes back to vertical (they had been lying horizontally back to the rear). All I had to pay was a bit of humble pie and promise not to jump in my truck any more.
Just some info hope it helps any other sillies like me.
:-)
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
It is great to find someone that is honest and has high ethics. It's getting to be a bit rare amongst repairers. They could have played the same game as the others and you wouldn't have been any wiser.
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Reply By: Scott - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Jo,

Great to hear that you got some valuable advice from Pedders in Newcastle, but I must admit that I am in a bit of a delema. Yesterday I took my 1993 Troopy (259,000km) into Peddars at Alexandria in Sydney to have the suspension looked over prior to my planned 12 month trip around Oz commencing in January. To my horror the 28 point inspection revealed that I needed front and rear leafs suspension replaced approx $1600 replaced, front and rear shockies, front left hub replaced, steering dampers various bushes and a couple of U bolts and a couple of other minor jobs coming to a total of $3,400. I was naturally shocked as I know the previous owner and he only recently had it serviced prior to selling it to me.
So today I took it to ARB Northside at Artarmon and the guys there said from what they could see (only a visual inspection in the carpark) that the leaf suspension was OK, the shockies needed replacing as well as the front left hub and the various bushes. They said the suspension job would be about $1200-1500. So I am concerned that Peddars may be trying to rip me off with work that isn't required.

Has anbody had experience with Pedders at Alexandria and/or ARB Northside as I am concerned that the ARB inspection may have been too superfiscial and that other jobs that Pedders indicated may come out once they get the troopy into the workshop. Any advice would be great!
Cheers
Scott
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Follow Up By: Cashy - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Scott,

I take my car to be serviced at T4/ARB Northside always. I have always found them to do an excellant job and never to do anything that doesn't need doing. I have no problem trusting what they say, unlike when I used to go to the Toyota dealership service. They know the vehicles and drive them in the conditions you will be experiencing. I would always go to a 4wd specialist rather then to a general service center to get my vehicle checked and serviced.

Cashy
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Follow Up By: Rod Watson - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Scott,

I'm on the other side of the country, I also have a 93 Troopy. I didnt go to the 4x4 shops as all their prices for anythihg starts at $1,000 plus. I went to a reputable spring maker and saved heeps with the springs being made to suit the weight (including two additional L/range fuel tanks).

A sure sign that your springs (leaf) are bugger is when the shackle end is not standing basically up right, with the vehicle unladened ofcourse.
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Reply By: Scott - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:00
Cashy,

Thanks for the advice, it is good to get a recommendation.

Cheers
Scott
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