100 series suspension

Submitted: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:01
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Hey everyone just wondering about jacking up a live axel 100 series have seen packages for 4inch and 6 inch. Im leening towards 6inch but with going that high what sort of drama would i run into and the same for 4inch. Would proberly go with an OME package. ?? if anyone has some opions it would greatly be apprieciated
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Reply By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:11

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:11
Dont see any major issues if all fitted up correctly except if the other half takes it to undercover shopping centres and dont forget about insurance. I know your general ones like NRMA etc wont insure anything over 2 inch lift. Bloke around the corner from me has 5 inch and only spoke to him on monday arvo as hes only had it done in the last 4 months but said he has had no dramas what soever except for his wife whinging cause she cant take it to Penrith plaza and now wont fit in the garage so she is spewing cause now he wants a carport which the 2k lift will turn into 6k including carport and gates. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 19:50

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 19:50
Hi Stephen.

If its a 100 ser Live axle could you ask him if he is happy with the set up as I'm about to do the same except with a 2" kit , I'm just not sure what brand to go with I'm also a Penrith guy ( Cranebrook ) and I would love to know of some local shops with 4x4 know how that wont talk up a brand simply because their mark up is better if you know what I mean LOL

Regards J.B.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 20:47

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 20:47
Hi J.B. will see if he's home tommorrow arvo and let you know the set up and what brand. Yes its live axle front end. I am having OME fitted to myn by ARB who have now moved from Minchinbury to Just off Batt street. Turn lef off Mulgoa rd in to batt st where Dick Smith is then first left again there just up on the lft hand side or there is TJM at Emu Plains but they usually push there own brand or Bilstein. I have ridden in a prado like myn with Bilstein in it and was like riding in a gocart so will not be fitting that to mine but would probably be ok in the 100 series been a heavier vehicle. 120scruiser has it fitted to his 120 prado and loves it but again is a heavier vehicle then mine. Will follow up for you. I work just on castlereigh rd next to holden at Fort Dodge. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 08:09

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 08:09
Hi Steve ,thanx that would be great and I'm thinking about tough dog and spoke to a guy at Hi Tech off batt st and was a great help and seemed a genuine bloke and sure seemed to know his stuff but I will look forward to your input also so please keep in touch ( hey do you know how many times I have wanted to BORROW !! that big Fort Dodge sign out the front of your work ...I am building a 1938 Dodge Sedan at home LOL )

Cheers John.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 19:54

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 19:54
Hi John, I havnt forgot about you but the buggar hasnt been there must be away. As soon as I see the cruiser there I will find out for you. As far as the sign goes just take it I wont tell anyone LOL. But if I do find any banners or anything laying around I will ask if I can have them and will pass on to you. You can just cut the fort off at the start of it. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:14

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:14
Hi Luke. Depends what floats ya boat, but mine is about 3 inch and I reckon any higher would have more negatives than positives. Obviously I don't know what you do with you truck so it might be needed. The cost for that sort of a lift would be probably double that of a 3 inch lift because of all the other things you sudenly have to modify - brake lines, castor correction, uni joints, sway bars, possibly longer tailshafts, fold down ladders to get in ;) the list goes on...

Certainly talk to a 4x4 shop that has done this size lift, for all the other things that need modding too.

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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:33

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 19:33
It's simple heavy duty King Springs it lifts it 65mm, you can leave your original shocks on, no adjustments needed drive in drive out 1 hour $500.

Anything else is a waste of time and money IMOA, I have 3 100 series had an 80 series all with the same, I wouldn't use anything else.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 22:35

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 22:35
The set up I have is simple.

My trucks do 325 km per day for 180 days a year, I change my springs and shocks every 18 months.

Work it out it's not hard.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Crackles - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 21:51

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 21:51
Luke what type of driving do you intend to do (desert touring/winch challenge/beach/street cruizing) & what size tyres do you intend putting on? I ask as there is no point jacking the car up unnessesarily as it effects the stability, handling & insurance to name a few. Generally a minor lift will have little overall negative effect but at 6" I'd suggest speaking with a suspension expert who can set the car up correctly.
I have a 3" lift on my 105 cruiser which gives me zero castor angle and noticably poorer handling from standard. Any more lift & I'd have to put in castor correction kit just to keep it on the road.
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 19:56

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 19:56
Too high = misery. Great for boy racers, hard corers or people who don't go anywhere, but the on road handling is horrible.

I lowered mine down from a 4" to 2" lift and it is WAY better but still not great. Yes I have castor correction, yes I have the geometry right etc. 4x4Monthly mag built up a 105 a while ago and went birko with the lift, it was not a popular vehicle and I think they even described it as 'scary' to drive.

Each to his own of course, but I like to actually go places in mine, not just play on tracks near home. Drive one that's too high and after a day of travelling 1,200km's you'll be bleep tered one way or the other. The novelty wears off very quickly.
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Reply By: Middle Jeff - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 21:22

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 21:22
Hi Luke
I have a 5" lift on a 80 series, and it took a lot to get it right. The way it is set up now it handles better than most 2" lift jobs. It is nearly all snake racing stuff, it has the Tuff dog adjustable shocks with in car kit, caster plates, adjustable everything with air bags in the rear springs that are also adjustable from inside the car. The sway bars had to be corrected with spacers and plates. Don't forget with that much lift you will have to push the rear axel back or the springs won't sit right. I have done everything from rock hopping and ledges to out back NSW and Cape York and lots of touring. It is great on corrugations with the CD never skipping and the shocks are great, on good surfaces you can push the air up and the thing sits flat around the hardest corner. But once again it was a lot of mucking around and I don't think I would do it again.

It is also all engineered so insurance is no problem as I just got quotes with NRMA, GIO and a few others and all OK as long as I had the paperwork.

Have fun

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Reply By: chardthechippy - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 22:25

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 22:25
Hi Luke, I have put a two inch lift in and it lifted the rear 5 inches and the front 3. The older live axle cruisers have sagged a fair bit especially if they have been around the block towing. Now when the back lifts on speed humps the whole car moves to the side because the panhard rod is no longer level. It is awesome to have more height and see over the traffic but I am glad I didnt go for anything higher.
Regards Chard
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