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Reply By: charlie - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 16:50

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 16:50
Sorry pressed return instead of TAB.

The question I wanted to ask was about spring spacers/packers. I have just had my 92 80 series td GXL raised. I asked for 3 inches and it seems to have gone up that much at the back but the front still looks low. I got EFS (kings) springs and Rancho 9's. The measurements from the centre of the wheel hub to the flare over the wheel arch vary by about 40mm front to back. I would have thought that they would be pretty similar not over an inch and a half out. Where can you buy spring packers in Brisbane to change the difference? This was the third set of springs they put in. The first two times they put in Carrolls enforcers which are cheaper than the EFS. The back was always up more than the front with all of them - why?
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Reply By: brett - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 17:26

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 17:26
Charlie,
Try Wizard Performance he is a specialist in kings and rancho's. www.wizardperformance.com.au
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good luck
Brett
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:06

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:06
how you going charlie
what might be happening is they are fitting a heavier duty coil in the rear wich will give a little more lift in the rear but when loaded they wont sag as much.
mind you 40 mm seems a little to much.
if im fitting a set of coils to a 4wd there is usualy only about 15/20 mm diference between front and rear.
rathere than going out and bying spacers as there not cheap.
go back to the place that fitted them and ask them what happened
if i need to fit spacers for different reasons for a customer i get mine throu pedders they have a cpl of difrent heights to suit l/c.
hope this is of some helpeaster fun at jamison
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Follow Up By: charlie - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:17

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:17
Thanks for the help guys.

Diamond, I have just about had enough with the people I got the springs done with and seeing as this is the third set of spring they have put in I don't think they know what to do or why it isn't working.

The company I went to has one of the best reps in Brisbane but they really couldn't help with getting the suspension right. I asked for a soft ride and the first springs were the same hight as the current ones but hard as rocks. The second set I realised were the same brand as the first (cheaper than what I paid for, mind you) and they were too low. The third are at least the right brand and the ride is a hell of a lot better, I am sceptical as to whethter they would do any better or make it worse if I went back. Just goes to show that nearly $1900 doesn't buy good quality and advice.
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Follow Up By: charlie - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:19

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:19
My brother is looking at a very similar 3.0ltr patrol at the moment. How has yours been going.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 22:26

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 22:26
I think Diamond is correct.

You see MANY MANY MANY 80s with the old Sandman look, of low front and high rear.

When you load up the rear it will level out. thats how it should be. If you lower the rear now, when you load up the back to go away, the rear will hit the deck, and pi$$ you off.
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:54

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:54
gday charlie.
ive had my 3lt for about 2yrs now.its done over 300000ks and have had a cpl of things go wrong but you get that with anything you buy.
from gearbox back same as 4.2 gearbox/diffs/transfer case so bullet proof.heres a list of the things ive had trouble with.
1 under the carby there is a little steel cylinder that atomises the fuel.piece of it broke of and bend a cpl of valves.2nd hand vl commodore motor $250 just had to change a cpl of things sump/manifold.
2 little spring inside dizzy broke and sent timing hay wire.$5.
ive got it booked in for next week to get dizzy remapped so should go a little harder.
3 vacume seconderies not working and butterflies were seized.a little carby cleaner and a little time loosening the butterflys fixed it.and i also got rid of vacume secondaries and made it manual by fitting a spring.that made heaps of diference really pulls now after 3000rpm.
they are a little down in power compared to bigger motor but i fitted extractors sports exhaust system and that alone made a big difference.friend of mine was down from qld the other week he has a 3ltr hilux diesel that he is about to sell and looking at getting a patrol he was a little woried about the lack of power in a 3ltr gq from what he had been told but was quite surprised when we were away(hes now going to bye one.)
4 broken engine mount $30 repco
5 rear calipers seized up $20 for caliper kits
and thats about all ive had to do.i love mine and if i had to bye another i would probly go 3ltr again.
4.2 head rebuild about $1200.mines on gas.
3ltr head rebuild who knows if you get a whole motor for $250 lol.
hope this helps.
easter fun at jamison
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Reply By: Rognet - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 08:27

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 08:27
I have just fitted lovells springs and Koni shocks to my 3ltr GU, The height increase was a bit more than I expected but I suppose when it is loaded for taravel it will be good. The front lifted by 45mm and the rear by 70mm. The vehicle handles brilliantly. potholes and ruts in the tar seem to just disappear. Can't wait to try it loaded on the dirt. The ride comfort is very similar to the factory setup on the tar.
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