Springs and shocks - which ones ?

Submitted: Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 14:51
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I'm planning to fit after-market springs (rear only) and shocks to better handle fully loaded off-road use, but which ones ?

There are many brands out there, and no doubt many personal opinions and experiences, but do you generally get what you pay for, or are there lemons and overpriced brands to avoid ??
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:06

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:06
this'll be good

Pootrols better than LC's

Waeco better than Engels ;-))


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Lovell or King springs

Bilstein shocks
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 08:21

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 08:21
Well I would only use .........because my mates, cousin said he heard someone tell his wife that X brand was way better then Z brand at only half the cost.

OME, TJM, and most other brands are good its personal choice.

Regards Richard
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:54

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:54
In my Gu wagon I have OME progressive rate rear coils and standard front coils as a 2" lift towing pack.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:18

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:18
I'm very happy with my Pedders springs. Extra h/duty constant load. They are excellent quality, i think they actually manufacture the springs for OME (i know monroe make shocks for them). Very stable towing loads, and minimal sag.

Go for constant load. OME are good but seem more expensive than others (even than the companies that make them). But you generally get what you pay for and you want to be happy with suspension or you will want to get rid of it soon after.

Barnesy
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Reply By: lizard - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:54

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:54
Am not happy with my Kings , one side is down 30 mm , and gets worse with a load on
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 08:22

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 08:22
Have you taken it back and asked why?

Regards Richard
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Follow Up By: lizard - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:09

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:09
Contacted them , they said this was normal to allow for drivers weight - obviously at 96kg I am not heavy enough
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 20:46

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 20:46
Get a set of load assist air bags and have the original springs re-set. As for shocks, Koni on the rear.

OT
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 22:31

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 22:31
Hi Bic,
Had OME on the 60 Series for a long time, there is a post on this site where I outlined my situation. ATM I'm not trying to find it..... sorry.

However, had a set of Blue Max put under our Suzuki and a set of HD Blue Max put under the rear of the 60. Much improved!!

OK, I'll bite.............. please tell us what type of vehicle?.... after market mods?.........ball weight of CT?....... something to help us.... to help you.

Cheers,
Wayne.

PS My/we/our 80 has Pedders suspension fitted. At this point in time we have not tried it off road or with the CT in tow.
W.
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Follow Up By: perthburts - Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 00:51

Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 00:51
I put 50mm 'over standard' Dobinson Springs, HD Dobinson Shocks and Air-Bag Man coil bags and HD Dobinson steering dampener in my 2003 4.8 GU TI. Love that ride. Total was $1400 (supply only). I fitted myself. They have been in for 8 months (with inimal towing) but look and feel great.

Jeff
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Follow Up By: Nic I (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 11:57

Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 11:57
Hi Wayne,

It's a 2007 Rodeo 3LTD, already have air Polyair bellows, no other mods yet. It carries about 5-700Kg of TT camper (no trailer), and I'd like a little more height (~40-50mm) and better springs/shocks than standard, not so much for load carrying, but for ride/compliance.

Cheers,

Nic
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