shock absorbers

Submitted: Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00
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I am thinking of putting a set of bilstein shockies on my pajero,i have heard that the monotube shockies work really well with ifs. Has anybody had any experience with this brand and are they worth the extra money (about $360 a pair)?
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Reply By: mich - Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00
what model and year is the pajero
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00
1998 nl 2.8 turbo diesel
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00
As others have said monotube are useless on 4WD.

I would much prefer to have two new pairs of heavy duty Monroe shocks. Bilstein are over rated and WAY over priced. You are paying $180 for the name.
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 09, 2002 at 01:00
Andrew, stay away from monotube in any brand if you are fitting onto a 4x4 or even 2WD that travels regularly on dirt roads.

With monotube the piston inside the shock is running INSIDE the tube that you can see. This means that any small dent from a stone will render the shock unuseable.
With twin tube or tripple tube a dent wont affect the operation of the piston because it is running inside another internal tube.

Put simply - monotube is only one piece of tube, twintube is one inside another and trippletube is 3 tubes inside each other.

Bilstein and also Koni both make some exelent shocks, but their monotube designs are not suited to our dirt roads where shock damage from flying stones destroys them. For any vehicle that is always on sealed roads - no problem.

Tuco
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Follow Up By: Ray91 - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00
Andrew I agree with Tuco, Bilstein are good shocks (on the road in europe) but not off road.I use rancho shocks which I find are very good
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Reply By: RussellV - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Andrew - Just to present a flipside to the current thread. I've had bilstein shocks fitted to an old Range Rover and I must admit they were the best purchase I have made for a long time and well worth the extra dollars. They travelled extensively through the Kimberley and Territory region and were particularly good on the dirt and I remember inadvertently going airbourne on a "blind" dip and what could have ended up flipping the car didn't due (in part) to the performance of the shocks. They certainly mated well with the Landrover/Range Rover vehicle - I'm not sure what they are like in a Pajero though.

Cheers!
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00
G'day RussellV, Andrews original question was in relation to monotube shocks.

Bilstein make a number of different designs including monotube and twintube. Their basic differences can be seen at:

http://www.bilstein.com/products/basics.html

Having also been a past owner of Range Rovers I can concur with you regarding shocks on those very capable 4x4's. I tried many different types but ended up back on genuine RR big oil shocks. The likes of Old Man Emu and Series 2000 were way off the mark when ride was concerned. Much too harsh!
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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:00
Thanks for your advice everyone,i am still undecided.Theirs an interesting article in septembers 4x4 australia by ron moon.It says that the bilstein monotube shockies were great on the landcruiser 100 series in the bush, far better than konis or xgs.
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