shock absorbers

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 19:03
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Hi Folks,
I have a 2005 patrol 3ltr with Cooper ATV's fitted and was thinking of replacing the shockies before our next trip through the centre. The local suspension shop suggested i fit Dobinsons shocks but i have never heard of them. Can anyone tell me if they will do the job ok.
Thanks
Bill
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Reply By: Tony - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 20:55

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 20:55
I would proberly go with the old shocks and put new ones on when you get back.
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Follow Up By: Geepeem - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:55

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:55
What is a quick way (if such a thing exists) of testing whether you need to replace chockies?
Or
How do you know when they need replacing?
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Glen
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Follow Up By: Tony - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 23:34

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 23:34
You need to take them off the vehicle. Test them by hand ie push them closed and see how they extend open again on their own accord.

How they feel on compression will give you a fair idea whether thy have lost gas/oil.
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Reply By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:10

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:10
Is there a reason you are replacing them?
Which dobinsons shock absorbers?
what does "through the centre" mean? What sort of tracks and from where to where?
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Follow Up By: lc_120man - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:27

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:27
And how much you expect to spend? ;)
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Reply By: Member - Stephen F (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 22:45

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 22:45
Bill, do you really need to replace them, if new shocks are a safety issue just take a spare front and rear. Shocks are expensive and so is fuel.
Sorry don't know much about dobinsons But heres there link dobinsons. Personally i use koni did put some cheap $100 jobbies on. Spend a little more and get quality.

Regards............Stephen
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Reply By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 00:04

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 00:04
Do the bounce test on each corner of the 4x4...not scientific, but will give a good indication .......compare them and if they all feel the same ( especially rebound ) then they are probably OK...
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 07:16

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 07:16
I go along with most others here and ask why you think you need new shocks. I reckon that some people make a lot of money selling new shockies to people that don't need them !
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Reply By: bill- Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:54

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:54
Hi guys, thanks for all the replies. I suppose the main reason for wanting to change the shocks is so i can get rid of the harsh ride i get in the patrol on the black stuff.
We will be going from Perth to Alice on the Central Hwy and then on the Plenty Hwy To Qld but still enjoying planning it all at present

Thanks again
Bill
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 14:07

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 14:07
If you have standard shocks, then changing them won't get rid of a harsh ride......sometimes the opposite......if anything standard shocks are usually on the soft side to give a nice ride on the blacktop !!

The Patrol is a truck.....and the harsh ride may be normal ???

I think some aftermarket shocks are a bit too hard !!!! A shock is exactly that.....to take out the shock of the spring going up and down.........not to "stiffen" up the spring.....thats what stiffer springs are for !!!!
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Follow Up By: MARIC - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:34

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:34
Hi Bill, I have a 1999 patrol cab chassis 4.2l diesel, with coil springs.
I changed my shockies and coils almost immediately. I put on ARB stuff, springs were progressive heavy duty springs, and shockies were LTR ARB shockies, they have a seperate canister for the nitrogen gas and the workshop can work out what pressure you would require. Another good thing with the shockies is that they are servicable and not throwaway. Price wise expensive to start off but you save in the long term. Just recently I also put airbags in the rear shockies and performs well. Even when you get airborne by mistake and about to cream your pants very soft landing because of the progressive compression of the springs. I you want more info send us a email hrk84@hotmail.com and can call you if you like regards Ric
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 14:50

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 14:50
You really need to stop wasting time asking forums and learn to use Google.


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Follow Up By: bill- Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:27

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:27
Well excuse me Wizard ...All i did was ask a question, you didnt need to answer if you are so pushed for time
Thanks to all the others
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:40

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 18:40
Wizard1
I don't think Dobinsons are going to tell Bill if they have any problems, That's why people ask on forums.
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