Old Man Emu LTR Shocks

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:37
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Hi Everyone,

I am currently planning a trip up to Cape York for the first time. I have a 100series T/D with a few mods. I am looking at changing the shocks to the OME LTR's, with new springs etc. Has anyone had any experience with these shocks v's the Nitrochargers. If anyone has any info on other shock setups that have worked well for there 100series, would like to here comments.


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Reply By: Member - Peter A (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:48

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:48
Spoke to a bloke at Dalhousie Springs and he had them on his hi-lux and he swore by them, not as heavy as the 100 series but he was happy.

Peter A.
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Reply By: cowpat - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:34

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:34
Matt, I think most people are happy with whatever upgrade they have chosen...anyway I have a set of Koni "Heavy Track" shocks on my 100 series std wagon (with 50 mm lift King springs, rear with Polyairs). They have fairly soft compression damping and adjustable rebound. Note the "Heavy Track" series are bigger (and more expensive) than the standard Konis.

The rebound adjust is a very good feature and lets you set the damping rate to suit the springs, although presumably ARB sells their shocks and springs together as a kit, suitably valved (?). The LTRs have externally adjustable compression damping but remember that *in general* compression damping should be at a minimum unless you're bottoming out the suspension any more than just infrequently. I note that ARB advertise the adjustability of their LTRs as though it can provide you with an adjustment more generally useful than that.

If you do for some reason go with Konis do keep in mind that the installer will probably not set up the rebound damping critically, and will probably err on the safe side, ie a little firmer than desireable. It takes a little trial and error to get it just right, but they are relatively easy to adjust (only the lower end of the shock needs to be unbolted).

Best of luck, it is a hard decision as you can't try them out first...Casper
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Reply By: tuck 01 - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:43

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:43
Thought I was the only one to be sold a set of LTR's. Bloody expensive, but good shockers.
I have 'em on my 100TD.
Our Simpson trip in May saw me very heavily loaded. An 80 series with us had Nitrochargers on.
Even though roads throughoyut were pretty good, the Nitrochargers were fading a bit over a days driving. My LTR's were performing the same at the end of the day as at the start. No fade whatsoever.
My rear springs were too soft though. Don't ask me about them as I don't know much apart from them being OME. Soon to put heavier set under the back to deal with twin spares on Kaymar, LongRanger tank, and the load of stuff my bride "needs" on a trip.
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Follow Up By: MattMcCarthy - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:39

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:39
Thanks Tuck,

I have just added the ARB rear bar, carrying 2 spares and an ARB long range tank. I was thinking of going only the medium springs, but based on what you have said I will be putting on the heavy duty.

In terms of the bride, as long as these keep her looking good, happy and placing a cold beer in your hand at the end of a tough 4wd day, it has to be good. Ha Ha.


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Reply By: Beemer - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 15:20

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 15:20
G'day Mat,

I am running LTR's on my Defender TD5, also had them on a previous 300TDi Defender. I have had only good reoprts. I am running 100psi in the and 80 in the front. Have done many trips in the high country and will be heading off to the Kimberleyt shortly. I am very inmpressed and believe the expensive was well worth it.
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Reply By: bigmal - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:16

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:16
I have LTR's on a 4.2TD Patrol. Rear bar, roof rack, 170lt tank etc... and they have been outstanding on trips. I had one which had a small leak and ARB replaced when they were just on the wrong side of warranty without an issue which was great. I use them with a set of heavy duty springs and polys in the back.
Yes they are big dollars but you pay for what you get.
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Follow Up By: MattMcCarthy - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:41

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 21:41

I was thinking about the Polys, do they work well when you need to bit more support in the rear end when you have a heavy load.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:23

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:23
Got them on the GQ, would love them on the GU, but went Konis..

They work well the LTR's with the remote reservoir, which keeps the oil cooler in the same way bikes have for 25+ year... and thats how they are designed.

They are an investment in, you can go and buy $50 shocks but when they die in middle of nowhere, you will be pist you didnt buy quality
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Follow Up By: cowpat - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:47

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 20:47
Just for the record, I believe that the primary motivation for the remote reservoir design is to separate the oil from the nitrogen (either via a piston or bladder) to prevent "foaming" of the oil and hence rapid fade. The cooling effect is secondary and could more cheaply be acheived by using a larger diameter outer casing. Casper
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Follow Up By: Hero - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:25

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 16:25
And even more pist when your $200 let go. and the $50 units dont.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 30, 2006 at 23:08

Friday, Jun 30, 2006 at 23:08
Yes.. you regularly hear of $50 shocks outlasting quality ones.
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