LC80 suspension change?

Submitted: Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:14
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Thinking about changing the suspension in our '97 LC 80s series (has done 200k kms). Reading through some previous posts, there seems to be some different thoughts out there. Looking for experiences from others.

We are planning trip through the centre (Flinders, Oodnadatta, Dalhouse, Uluru, MacDonnel Ranges, Lichfield and Kakadu) and next year a trip up along the west/north coast.
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:33

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:33
How old is the suspension on it ? Springs can go off over time (as well as shockers). I changed mine to OME shocks, springs and steering damper at 200K. It now drives like a 4wd instead of a horse and cart.
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 20:56

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 20:56
We have just done our 80 (1994 with 253,000km) and got 2'' in the front and 3'' in the rear . We have a roof rack and so we load it up instead of towing...hence the 3'' to take the weight...

We got the heavy duty king springs and unltima big bore shocks and they are going really well...

we have only had her loaded up twice and there was jack all movement in the height and it handled really well!!!!

We are doing the Ood track,dalhousie,Alice,uluru,Plenty Hwy,birdsville etc in 12 weeks.....

We are really happy with our choice and even though we've had her fully loaded once -it went and travelled really well....

just got to remember that we only just fit under 2.4m things!!! Got to Yass servo and went to park in the under cover area and all of a sudden heard a scraping!!!! the we went to take it through the car wash at work ad the top of the roof rack got scratched a bit!!! then we only just fit nder the haging bar going into the loacl shopping centre!!!

We paid $750 for it including putting it in....I think is a good price....

Hope this helps...

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 20:57

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 20:57
Forgot to add....we need a steering dampner put it but will wait till next wheel a lignment....

Laura B
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Follow Up By: bombsquad - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 22:13

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 22:13
Shopping cantres can be a trap. Afew years ago a mate with a fairly high lift picked up some cement for another bloke. They transfered the load in an undercover carpark, and he couldn't get out. Had to remove roof bars, let tyres down to virtually flat and get a couple of strangers in the car - bloody funny

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:24

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:24
Yep ol Footsy says it right, OME the way to goooo ,Troopie handles like rally car ....well nearly, umm errr not the one in the pic below, thats my weekender
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Reply By: Cruising - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:28

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:28
I found that Dobinsons Springs in Rockhampton provide a great spring and shocker combo. Mine were on the veh when I bought it about 2 1/2 yrs ago. Have since travelled aprox 60 000ks towing 3 caravans (not at once) around aust. One van in particular weighed about 2 1/2 ton laden and NO loadlevellers were used. also had drawer set loaded with tools etc, 2 1/5kva gen set, REAL heavy 9 draw toolbox, roof rack fully loaded etc. They will freight anywhere in aust as well. My setup is the middle of the range with a 2in lift.
Hope this helps.

Regards Bob H
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Reply By: FZJ 80 - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 18:38

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 18:38
Velz.

I fitted King springs 50mm lift and Koni shocks to my 80. Fantastic. konis are top notch and somewhat dearer than the cheaper American or Aus based shocks marketed by many. If you want premium quality go with Koni.
Mine is an 80 series 94 petrol.

Regards

Greg
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