GU, 3", whick shocks?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 16:56
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Who makes a shock for a 3" lift? Found a range of options for 2" but struggling for a true 3" travel shock. i have a coil sprung GU cab,wish to lift 2-3", after it settles, and planning on running king springs. Over the shelf rancho, bilstein, ome, tough dog, im told only suit a 2" or 4" lift ... or will these still work fine on 3" springs?? ive read panords should be fine, just 2-3 deg castor bushes and maybe break lines?? Plenty of people seem to have a 3", please help.
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Reply By: brumac - Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:13

Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:13
I have a GQ with Kings springs [3in front 4in rear]. Old Man Emu make a shock to suit which I have used since installing the springs two years ago. I have had no trouble with these since installing. The shock does not top or bottom out.
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Reply By: jdpatrol - Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:30

Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:30
I have a GU3. For what its worth I ordered 2" lift OME springs and shocks almost 2 years ago. I did the load sums and might have over-estimated it (actually I was careful). Anyway, it's still at 3" despite having done a fair bit of offraod work under load now, and I reckon its great amount of lift. No hint of a problem but I did need castor kit. Probably load rating of springs was just a bit high - I don't have winch or LR tank but maybe they assumed I would get those.

So, all in all I wonder why you cant go about it this way - ie order 2" but go up on spring rating. PS dont forget the law.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:36

Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 18:36
I have extended Konis with 3inch lift in my GU, and they work well too :)

Panhards are fine, caster probably not needed, I havent touched mine, check the brake lines, as every car is different.. and some 3inch lifts lift your car more than that dude to sacked out old springs etc...

out of your list, the only one I'd touch is OME... Also have a look at Ironman, they do some good stuff these days since Ads is in QA..
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Follow Up By: Nick R - Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 20:14

Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 20:14
Got my ironman gear installed 2 days ago with a 80mm lift (will probably settle 5mm to make it 3inch). Haven't been in a situation to fully compress the springs but they look good for it.
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Reply By: AMack - Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 19:48

Thursday, Feb 08, 2007 at 19:48
I have just fitted a 3" lift to a GU. Bought from Dobinsons suspension in Smeaton Grange in SWSydney, the proprietor was very helpful, the kit I used raised the front 4" and rear exactly 3". The front was originally sitting low as the car has steel bar, winch, and battery, so probably a genuine 3" at front. It is sits a touch higher front to rear to look at. Forget what anyone else says by fitting castor correction until after you have driven the car, because with this lift, on this particular car it steers and handles sweet. Fitting is very easy, just remove the brake junction blocks at each diff. as this allows the fixed pipes to flex up a bit and you won't strain the individual flexible pipes, y6ou do not need to disconnect the actual brake lines. The diff. breathers need to be disconnected before lowering and the front breather has enough length at full extension when finnished but the rear does not, so a couple of inches extra hose is needed. (I suspect this would also be the case with 2" lift) I checked full travel with shocks only at both ends to make sure.
Check the Dobinsons web site as they also show a 60mm front spring which may be more suitable if you don't have such a heavy front end.
4 springs and shock was $800 and I had the choice of gas or foam cell. springs are made in Aus. and shocks are imports. I was also offered the option of bringing the springs back (provided i hadn't run them for too long) and exchange for shorter if it didn't sit right.
Hope this helps.
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