Comments from 80 Series owners on Lovells/Dobinsons suspension. Also Ironman.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 09:48
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Hi all,

Easy question, I'm just after comments from people who have run Lovells springs and Dobinsons shocks - particularly in an 80 Series. How did you find them? On & off road.

I'm also keen to find out why you chose them, for thier performance or price?

I've been in a mates 80 with OME suspension and was very impressed with them - however I've been told the Lovells/Dobinsons combo is equal to them and a fair bit cheaper.

I'd also look at Ironman too but I'd need a bit of convincing as I don't know a lot about them.

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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 13:15

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 13:15
Hi Scoey
I run Lovells springs and Biltstein shocks (with about a 2 inch lift) in my 80 series and have found this combination fantastic for the type of driving that I tend to do (lots of k's on corrugated roads, and a bit of slower stuff that gets a bit of flex happening). I dont know about the Dobinson Shocks...(or Ironman)
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Reply By: The Esplanade - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 15:58

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 15:58
I am running Ironman on my 100 series and all is great. Have had them on now for 3 months and they are exactly the same height as fitted.
I am mainly on the black top and towing and have been very happy. Good prioce as well.
Do a search on Ironman. User called crazy would be a good contact to talk about Ironman.
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 21:09

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 21:09
Scoey, I have XHD Raised Lovells springs and Ultra Ride Shocks. The lovells springs are so much bigger (and heavier) than the toyota springs its not funny. They lifted my rig higher than 2 inches but since I now leave all the drawers and stuff in the back it sits nice and level and rides suprisingly well. I definately wouldn't recommend the XHD ones unless you had a fair bit of weight in the rear all the time. The ride is still quiet acceptable when empty but would definately be more comfortable with just the HD springs. Even though I have a 100S the springs are for an 80S I don't have the model of spring off hand but in the Lovell brochure it comes under the 80S. I'm not overly impressed with the Ultra Ride shocks...shouldn't have spent a bit more and gone with the Lovell ones.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 00:33

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 00:33
Firstly, decide what you need them for...there are linear springs that are more suited to weight carrying and there are progressive springs aimed more for comfort. Put a load on progressive and they drop height till the heavier coils are supporting....where as the linear will not go down as much. Lovell are a great brand, ome are made by king, which is another brand worth looking at. Iron man is also a king spring, not sure of their shox....most shox are again made by the same place with different sticker...there is monroe, who do ome, and there is rancho who do ironman i believe....tjm shox ive heard r not that good in the quality stakes...Billies are lovely but pricey....whatever you get, look at warrenty...ome is 24 months replacement warrenty on shox...hard to beat that.They are also longer travel than all the others...
Andrew hdftvx
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Reply By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 13:53

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 13:53
Thanks for all the advice! Lots of quality info for me to consider!

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