Old Man Emu Suspension

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 08:53
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I have just purchased a 2006 Gu Patrol and i am thinking of putting OME 2" suspension any thoughts, are these good shocks and springs

Regards
Dave
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 08:58

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 08:58
Fantastic gear. Only second to Koni
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Follow Up By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:46

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:46
I heard you are retiring the GQ..
Which GU did you end up getting? ie: TD42T? What about the auto?

Will
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:22

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:22
Yup, retiring it.. Wanna good GQ with the works?

TD6 and the auto is on the way
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Follow Up By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:56

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:56
What auto g'box are you fitting to the TD6?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 09:07

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 09:07
Was thinking of the 4.8 box, but apparently nobody has really managed to do it as they are a nightmare to work with.
One place in Melb has been trying for 12 mths (Honestly!) to get one to work with a V8 Chev.

Going a GU Auto from Japan
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Follow Up By: GUPatrol - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 11:24

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 11:24
Good one!!
That would be a TI spec then... I don't think the japs get the ST...

I would be interested to know what you got with more detail.
You can email me via the patrol forum in yahoo
Will
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 21:54

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 21:54
NZ was the only market world wide to get off the showroom floor GU Auto 4.2's..

Weird eh!
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:12

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:12
David,

just had 2" OME fitted to my '01 GU. Very Happy so far. Totally different vehicle after it was fitted. Handling improved significantly as did the ride.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Member JD- Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:44

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:44
Hi David,
I've had the 2" lift & springs for a couple of years now ,They work very well..not to much stops me..they seem to make a noise going over carpark speed bumps thought..others on the forum say this is somthing to do with spring end shape??? someone else mite be able to explain a little better...does'nt hurt performance..I would go again with them.
Hope this helps
JD
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:49

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:49
JD,

The noise you refer to, is this like a vibrating metallic sound?

Sam.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:16

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:16
Yep JD

That seems to be what the CLUNK is in my suspension

Cheers
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Follow Up By: TJ Hach (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:24

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:24
I had exactly the same problem on the front left hand side of my 05 GU until it was sugguested on this forum that I spray some CRC at the top and base of the spring.....hey presto it worked and there has not been a sound since.

TJ
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Follow Up By: Redeye - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:14
Had the same noise with my GU. Found out it was the spacer on top of the spring worn through. Put a larger spacer (30 mm) which lifted the vehicle, removed the noise on speed bumps and reduced the overall road noise in the vehicle.

Redeye
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Follow Up By: Member JD- Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 13:14

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 13:14
Hi Sam,
The noise does not vibrate,It sounds like a weird clunk.If yours sounds like vibration investigate....vibrations will shake your truck to bits before its time..me..any noise that gets louder or changes I check it out quicksmart.
will try the CRC that was mentioned.
JD
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Reply By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:50

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:50
Dave,
I fitted OME 50mm lift with the softest option available (ie non heavy duty), since new, now have 230000kms, can't fault them, excellent stuff and ARB support is also excellent.

Of all the options I have been able to test on friends vehicles who went for other gear, OME in my opinion is the best compromise for a reasonable price.

Will
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Reply By: 944runner - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:53

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:53
I have had OME springs and shocks in my 4Runner for about 3 years and as of yet have not been able to fault them. They are a 100% improvement on what were in there before. Obviously the old stuff was not new as it had sagged rather dramatically. Find them great on dirt road corrugations
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:54

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:54
Have ome springs and shocks on my gu but in my case the front rhs spring has sagged approx 2 inches ..the original nissan rh front spring is longer than the lhs i guess to compensate for drivers weight no idea if ome are the same.but improved ride over rough stuff and never bottoms out.
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Follow Up By: brian - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:56

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:56
I was wrong after looking at this post went out checked springs and found that the company that installed the springs put the left hand front spring in drivers side still has the tag on it,
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Reply By: RustyHelen - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:10

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:10
Dave
Have the same set up on our NM Paj. Made a heck of a difference (as in improvement) in handling, ride, the lot from the original. Don't do a lot of serious off road, mainly touring with a camper and reckon it is great. Just had a thorough going over in prep for a big trip and after 50,000 kms "as good as new" is the verdict.
Rusty
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Reply By: Phil.Fehlberg - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00
Dave,
I had a 2" OME lift on my GQ and was never really happy with it. The vehicle was noticeably softer taking LH bends. I took it back to ARB in Kilsyth when the suspension engineer was over from Adelaide. He drove it and came back with the answer "That's just how it is."
I now have a 3" Ridepro/ Procomp setup and it is much better. The ride is more compliant and handling is more predictable.
Phil
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Reply By: Travelling Pixie - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:19

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:19
Have OME suspension with 2" lift on my 60 series and they have done about 160,000k's (mostly on-road) and are still working a treat
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Reply By: Pilbara Wayne - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 13:42

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 13:42
Sorry I dont have OME but instead have Lovell Springs and Koni's.

I took the Konis off the other day as the GU seemed a "bit soft" in the suspension. It was rolling a bit too much and bouncing too much on the gravel between Nullagine and Marble Bar and close to bottoming out on some of the creek crossings. I adjusted them up two half turns and took the GU for a drive around the streets and down a local track. It was like new.

Instead of having to purchase "shocks" all I had to do was spend two hours taking them off, adjusting and replacing. So for me, even though the Konis cost more, I think I've now saved more by not having to purchase a whole new set.

Its all up to what you want to do.
Cheers

Wayne

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:41

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:41
I have the same setup too Wayne & have done likewise adjusting them up after about 150,000 KM to bring the ride back to near new. Having recently reached nearly 250.000km (Fitted to 3 different cars) I have just had them rebuilt at Koni revalving them to suit the Polyair bags & about to head into the Simpson for the 6th time on them. Very few shocks will last as long with such rough treatment.
And you don't need to take them right off to adjust either, undo the bottom mount, push them up into the slot, rotate (1 turn is normally plenty) & bolt up again. 30 minutes to do the lot.
Cheers Craig.........
HZJ105 Vic
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Follow Up By: Pilbara Wayne - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:05

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:05
I only took them right off as the instructions said to place in a vice to adjust. The vice wasnt needed, but it was too late.

It would have saved hours, the rear drivers side top nut is a bugger to get to.

Will do as you suggest next time!

Thanks
Cheers

Wayne

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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:56

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:56
David, although OME sell a reasonably good suspension, they are IMHO just middle of the road in both performance & quality. When compared to most standard set ups they are a huge improvement but there are far better systems available that can be tuned specifically to your car giving better road holding, reliability, wheel travel & load carrying ability. It just depends at what point you are happy with the performance, for most OME fit the bill particually price wise.
Cheers Craig........
HZJ105
Lovell springs/Koni shocks.
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:23
Have had:

-Standard springs/shocks
-OME (HD) springs/shocks
-Bilstein shocks/Lovells springs

(all on 90 series Prado)

Standard shocks were ok for a while, but I needed the clearance - OME were great for a couple of weeks - until I went over the Simpson - heaps of shock fade, and when loaded, dragging my bum, and hitting the bumpstops. Put the Bilstein/Lovells combo on, and it was outstanding - never dragged my bum again.

-Standard springs/shocks
-Bilstein shocks/Ridepro springs

(on 100 series cruiser)
The Bilsteins once again are magnificent, and pretty happy too with the ridepro.

For me.. I will never go near OME again - I went to ARB, and all they did was pump my tyres up...
Cheers,

Ivan
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 20:13

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 20:13
Had OME on three different vehicles. Been to Cape York serveral time on OME it has just eaten up everyting I have thrown at it. Run it on my GU ute and love it. Just did a real quick weekend run of 1600km on OME in an IFS 100 series thru outback QLD and it impressed all onboard, they did not think you could get such a big vehicle with IFS to ride and handle that well at high speed.
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Reply By: Patrol_Driver - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:48

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:48
Hi,

I've had the OME Medium 2in spring and shocks on my 2003 GU Patrol 3.0Tdi since new and have been very happy with it. Have done the Simpson and also the Vic High Country and they have held up well and provided a very comfortable ride. The suspension and D-Tronic are the only two mods I've made and both have been money well spent in my opinion.

Got the clunking sound reported in the forum when doing tight right hand turns and sometimes on speed bumps. Sprayed the top of the shock mount with silicon lubricant and the sound has disappeared.

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Reply By: Joombi - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:52

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:52
Yep, have OME springs & shocks for 2 years on my GXL, best thing I ever done to it
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Reply By: marcus - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:47

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:47
Yep OME with 50mm lift on the disco and couldn't be happier.
Mark
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Reply By: Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:04

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:04
Before you decide, check out Ironman.

I've just had a full kit fitted to my Terracan and it is better than the TJM job I had put in first. They also offer excellent value for money.

I'm not suggesting OME isn't any good (I've never had it), but you may be paying a "brand name" premium.
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Follow Up By: Joombi - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:28

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:28
Jimbo, thats good news coz I was thinking of fitting an Ironman kit ($749) to my Cruiser Ute
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