Shocks + airbags

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:36
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Looking to beef the LC100 up. '98 model, still standard gear with over 120,000 ks. Phoned the local 4x4 bloke who quoted $1100 for OME + Airs in the rear then rang Pedders who quoted $1355 for the same, but using their "foam" shocks. I do 80% blacktop often towing the van but anticipate a bit more off-road and a lot more dirt/corrugations. The bloke at Pedders sounded convincing - but $255 extra on top of an already pricey exercise?

btw, I've done a trawl thru the archives but nothing conclusive. Advice please.
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:51

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:51
Pedders = Repainted Monroe's, give them a miss IMHO
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:46

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:46
and so are OME shocks
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Reply By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:56

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:56
If yours with IFS front, I would go with bilsteins or Ridepros
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:00

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:00
If you still have the original shocks etc on then things will get much worse from here on in.
I can recommend OME stuff. Cost me around $1200 for new springs, shocks and steering damper. All of which was badly needed. (97 80 series at 200K).
I bought OME because I only wanted to go through the exercise once. I couldnt afford to get it wrong.
I can honestly say that despite being expensive, its probably the best thing I've ever done for the vehicle. Ride and handling are now vastly superior...mind you I didnt know how bad it was !
Vehicle occasionally gets a decent dose of outback touring so it has to be right. With the OME thats one thing I dont need to worry about.
I have no affiliation whatsoever with them, except for being a very happy customer.
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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:02

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:02
Give Koni & Bilstien a ring. They both have shocks available with valves to match the airbags unlike OME & Pedders. Just had my Koni's rebuilt after about 250,000 KM & they have revalved the rears to allow for the additional rebound of the Polyairs. I wouldn't touch either of the 2 you're looking at if using on a lot of corrugated roads.
Cheers Craig...........
HZJ105 Heavy front springs, Med rear springs, Polyairs, Koni adjustable shocks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:22

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:22
Found the same thing.
Need good rebound control with the air bags and heavier springs in the rear.
And lighter bump control so the suspension can work.

Settled on konis for the samer reason, more of a rebound shock than bump.
Pajero of course, so slightly different, but have run OME, Rancho and shocks from Fulcrum suspension. Sticking to konis now.

Only done 50,000 on the konis and still going strong, most of the others only lasted 50 to 80,000k.
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:51

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:51
should've mentioned, mine's the live axle model. Not saying I do a huge amount of corrugations cos i don't get away that often and I'm a townie for about 300 days of the year. I'll do 80% blacktop. Still, I'll be running over a few bumps and it's time I had an upgrade. I'll give a Koni and Bilsteein supplier a ring tomorrow. The guys at the local 4x4 joint seem reasonably priced and do the main brands, (I'm tempted to go OME and airs) but can't help feeling the suspension specialists would have more expertise. Then again, they'll probably find a million reasons for me to spend $3000.
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Reply By: Member - JEFF - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 09:04

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 09:04
Steve,

I own a 2000 Troopie which had the usual flattened jap springs. I needed to fix the problem but didnt want to spend a lot of $$. So after looking around at various combos I installed 4xRancho shocks and purchased a set of Air Bellows ($700) installed them in about 5 hours. This gives me the ability to "lift" the vehicle from 0 to 125 mm depending on the load I'm carrying. Result great handling now (by comparision to before) and flexability in lift capacity.Total cost $1175.

Cheers Jeff
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