Rear springs for 97 80 Series

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:03
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I have been looking for springs for my 80 series and when looking at the catalogue for King Springs (Me Confused) it has been suggested that I go for KTPR 70 springs for the rear. I have LPG tank underbody wheel carrier on rear and will tow a van (approx 1500kg) I wanted a 2 inch lift as well for some off road fun can anyone confirm if these are the right springs to fit.

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Reply By: Sea-Dog - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:15

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:15
I have got the exact same springs in my 80.. it is a late 92 model which is the same as yours when it comes to springs. These are the type of spring I was advised to go with by the King spring rep and at the time he was trying to steer me away from the heavy duty springs... I shouldn't have listened to him!!

I have a draw system and fridge in the back and regularly tow the camper... I also have a set of poly airs in there for the longer trips.

What I have found is that the progressive rate spring goes from a soft ride to a stiffer ride as more weight is put in.. Problem is that when it is not fully loaded up and is sitting on the easy progession part of the spring I find it is a bit too soft for me and the car tends to wallow a little..

If I were going to do it again I would definitely give those springs a miss and go for the 20mm wire heavy duty springs with the raised profile. I can't tell you the code straight off but they will tell you anyway. With the weight of the spare wheel right at the back like that I don't think it will be too stiff and when you are towing etc you will appreciate them.

Just my two cents worth..
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Reply By: rod2101 - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:51

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:51
Put a pair of lovels " trr-47 " springs in the rear ! These springs are heavy linear
springs that lift the rear about 50 mm , they make a massive difference when
carrying a load , leave the original soft springs in the front and the ride is ace!
At $ 140 a pair its worth a try. ( The tfr-47 front springs are a bit stiff and make the truck ride like a billy cart ). The fronts of landcruisers dont need much ( if any ) lift when you have a bullbar as it is the rear that usually rubs, spare tyre and tow bar. As a bonus the front end does not need camber correcting bushes so it will steer great as is.
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 14:09

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 14:09
G'Day Rod2101,

I was just wondering (I'm not real cluely on matters springy) if I'm understanding what you're saying? My standard height '94 80 Series could be lifted 50mm by 4 lovells springs @ $140 a pair?? That sounds great! Do I have it wrong? Cheers for any more info! :-D

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Follow Up By: rod2101 - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:04

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:04
Yeah $140 a pair or $280 for all 4 springs!
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Follow Up By: rod2101 - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:08

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:08
And you can use your current shocks until you want to upgrade ( standard length ok ). It is easy to fit them your self.
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Reply By: Member - David (WA) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 14:24

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 14:24
Don't know what state your in [that's location I mean] but if you are in WA I can give you a contact that will help you with springs.
He runs his own suspension business and is honest in the way he does his business.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:29

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:29
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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:20

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:20
Mate, I agree with others here. Go for a spring that will lift the rear 50mm and leave the front as is. Although I must add that I don't agree that an underbody LPG tank and rear wheel carrier will be enough to soften the ride when empty if you get heavy duty springs !!!

Ask if they have a spring that is slightly more heavy duty than the OE, and give a lift of less than 50mm.

This is what I have gone for in my patrol and find it is great when empty, not too high in the arse end. But when I load her up, even with the camper, the ride level is spot on.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:38

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:38
Gday Snowy
Ive tried most springs on my 80, and will advise you to go the heavier linear load carrying spring and keep some weight in the back like some _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx etc if it is too hard to ride in....the progressive springs are nice on the progressive part, but wghen you load it up, the rear drops under he weight till the hard part of the spring is got it is not good for weight....
This is out of the OME book..
860 spring, progressive, 18mm wire, 50mm lift (40 with lpg)
863 spring linear load, 19mm wire, 50mm with 200 kg load in rear (75 with less)
864 spring, linear load carrying, 20mm wire, 50mm lift with 400kg in the back (100mm with none)
I ran 963's till i put a 170 litre tank in, and with a load plus fuel, it was a bit too much for in went 864's, and a Kaymar rear bar :)
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