Prado suspension upgrade

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 18:24
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Anyone have any experience of the benefit of upgraded suspension on a Prado?
Particularly interested in recommendations on "coils & shocks package" yielding about a 50mm lift.

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Reply By: Tony - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 20:24

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 20:24

Alot of the Prado owners are running Old man Emu suspension and are extremely happy with them, another popular coil and shock option is king springs and koni shocks but if your vehicle is new or low klms may want to consider leaving the stock shocks and just changing the coils to give it a lift and fix the soft saggy front end.

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Reply By: Member - Ari - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 05:12

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 05:12

I don't he first hand experience with a Prado on OME springs but my Patrol certainly has improved by the fitment of them.
Less sagging, less sway around corners and the ride is no harsher.


Ari2001 Patrol 3.0TDI
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Reply By: Phil G - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 09:38

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 09:38

If your vehicle is fairly new, then its worth considering sticking to the factory shocks. They are more reliable than a lot of the aftermarket ones. I've got lifted Aurora springs fitted to my Prado, but others fit the Kings to the factory shocks. Both give you a realistic 35-40mm lift which is enough for a Prado. After you put the 265/75 tyres on it, it will have 245 + 40 +15 =300mm clearance under the front end and 260mm under the diff.

Phil G
Prado TD
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Follow Up By: ray91 - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 18:54

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 18:54
Fitting stronger springs to lift the car 40mm and leaving the old shocks on will make the suspension worse.the car may be higher but you have lost at least 40mm even upto 60mm wheel travel.
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Reply By: Member - Danny - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 22:37

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 22:37
hi graeme,we have a 2001 model prado towing a 21ft caravan arround oz. we upgraded our suspension with monroe heavy duty shocks and springs which gave us the extra height and stability,we were told the best thing would be to change the lot so we did and are very happy very little movement on the back with the van hitched up.also we did the job ourselves,not to hard as long as you have the right spring clamps,the front is harder than the back.hope this helps regards danny
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Reply By: paul - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:51

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:51
graeme, Phil G knows buckets about Prados, go to the yahoo 90scool website and check out the specs there. I would take his advice over Ray91 no matter how well intentioned Ray is.
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Reply By: RussellS - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:18

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:18
I put TJM Series 2000 springs and shocks on my RV6, and got about 50 mm of lift. Well worth doing, as the standard Prado is a dog. Doughy at the front and with little carrying capacity at the rear. Whether you use OME, TJM or whatever, you'll be glad you did it, providing you actually use it off road !!
Cheers. Russell S.
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Reply By: Rob P - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 21:36

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 21:36

I got the OME fitted to my Prado last year, the overall handling both on road and off road has improved significantly. If you choose OME, I would recommend to go the med-hard option, the very heavy duty would be very stiff if driving around unloaded. The first trip I did with the suspension upgrade was the Simpson with a very full load and passed with flying colours.

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