HJ61 Sahara Leaf Springs

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:12
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I am looking at purchasing a HJ61 Landcruiser Turbo Diesel Sahara.The springs require replacing. Can anyone suggest a company in SA that sells quality leaf springs. I have had experience with OME suspension for this model and would not fit them to my vehicle.

Thanks in advance

Alex
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:17

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:17
Alex, have a look at my reply to post 54428, may help you out. John
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:21

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:21
Hi pafc,

Had a saggy 60 series and (had) fitted a Blue Max spring pack, with an extra helper spring... for towing the CT.

Much better all round and worth the $600.00 to do so.

Ummmmm............... I'm not in SA, though I hope the product info helps!

Cheers,
Wayne.

PS Have had OME suspension under the 60 for the last 10 years and have had no need to replace any of the other components.

Cheers,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:39

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:39
Have Blue Max shocks, springs front and rear of mine as well as steering damper.
It runs up and down the Gibb and Duncan 10 to 12 times a year, only problem so far has been a couple of shocks leaking. They have a three year warranty so they replaced them at no cost.
Basically you get what you pay for.
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:43

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:43
G'day Squizzy,

Nice truck you have there.

Cheers,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:46

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:46
Have thought of replacing it ...But what with is the question. Dual aircons and icemaker fridge between the seats, everything stills works and am used to it after 430000 klms.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:45

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:45
Gday Alex,
I'm guessing you've changed jobs :-)))

Industrial Springs on Port Road are one of the biggest springmakers in Australia, have been there for a million years and its the place I've gone for springs for the past 25 years. My BIL had his 60series springs reset with extra leaf 20years ago and they are still good!

Cheers
Phil
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Follow Up By: pafc - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:01

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:01
Hi Phil

Yep I am at Norbar Torque Tools, I sold my RA Rodeo as I now have a company car. This next vehicle will only be driven when we go away. I can't find a Diesel Troopy. My father might sell his 1988 61 Turbo Diesel Sahara with 188 000 Km, never been off road and full toyota service history. Needs a view mods before we head off road. I normally like OME, but had issues with the 60 series springs saggining on one side or both.

Alex
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Follow Up By: pafc - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:08

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:08
Hi Phil

I am at Norbar Torque Tools. I sold the RA Rodeo as I have a company car. I am looking for a reliable 4x4 only to be used when we go away. My father has the sahara, never been off road, 188000km, full toyota service history needs a view mod before i take it off road.

Alex
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:49

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:49
Alex,
The HJ61 Saharas are one of the best 4wds ever put on the road. I owned one myself. I'd be twisting your father's arm pretty hard if I were you :-)
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Follow Up By: pafc - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:57

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:57
Thanks Phil

On the net looking for springs, what have heard of EFS Suspension. I had my old 60 series spring reset with an extra leaf, didn't last lto long.

Thanks for your advice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:23

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:23
I haven't heard a bad word about EFS, but I don't know anyone who's used their leaf springs.

The other option I forgot about is the Terrain Tamer gear from Adelaide Truck and 4wd Spares on Regency Road. Their springs used to come from a well known manufacturer, but that info is a few years old.
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Follow Up By: Geepeem - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 13:08

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 13:08
Alex,
I agree with Phil - the HJ61 Sahara is a great 4X4 - in my opinion better than the early ones of the 80 series. Cheaper on fuel and tyres than the 80 series for a start as they are not constant 4x4. I have one and am very happy with it (1988 model).
Reluctant to upgrade although vehicle is 20 years old this year and if I did what to?
If I were you I would grab the opportunity with open arms. they are a great vehicle and you will always have a good resale value - at this stage of their life depreciation is basically zero.

Cheers,
Glen
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Reply By: harlequin - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:45

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:45
hi alex i am in sa just did my hj60 ended up using efs springs shocks shackles f&r stated that i tow 1 tonne bmt and carry 100kg tools i got medium duty i think they seem ok not to harsh were the best price after getting quotes from ome and couple of others fitted myself i use it mainly for sand/beach work so no real extreme stuff from memory about $1100-1200 was gonna go the ebay ones ironman $800 i dont really know whats best got ome on me runner for last 3yrs & they are still good but i dont do harsh stuff rock crawling hope this helps andrew
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:26

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:26
Alex,
Had my springs on our HJ61 Turbo Diesel set and an extra leaf put in the rear by Industrial Springs on Port Road. Go with them.

Peter
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:05
Hi Alex,

Pedders replaced my HJ61's sagging springs the day before I set off across country on a month long journey and found 10mm between axle and bump rubber after loading the cruiser up. I thought this was not very good!

They did the job quickly and the ride was terrific loaded. Bit hard unloaded but I put up with that. Pedders standard springs are supposed to be 30% stronger that Yota standard at the same ride height. National warranty, I'd use them again.

Tim
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