75 series Landcruiser suspension

Submitted: Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 15:18
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I have been reading alot of comments on all different types of suspension and it seems everyone has there own particular brand that they swear by yet others so are absolute junk. I would just like to hear from people with 75 series cruisers and the set up they have and think works real well. Mine is like riding a buck jumper when on rough tracks. I will be going for around 2 inches of lift and 2 inch extended greasable shackles. I am leaning towards OME springs and shocks, but i notice alot of people have Rancho and Tough Dog shocks these days and they are relatively cheap. Has anyone tried the Tough Dog leaf springs? Also Ironman is very afforadable but it just looks weak and cheap. I am after a rather smooth ride and i only carry medium loads. Any advice or opinion would be greatly appreciated as it all helps and its great to know. Also rubber bushes or poly?
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 16:36

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 16:36
If you're going to jump in for the lot- it's a good idea to have the suspension set-up 'engineered'.
My suggestion is take the vehicle to a suspension specialist- like EFS or ARB people. Having a set up for your 75- might not suit mine.
A few things to take into consideration like, Bullbar/ winch attached, size location fuel/water tanks, estimated loads and usage etc etc.
It cost nothing to get expert advice.
A lot of times, if done properly, the dampers are matched to spring rates. It's a bit of a black art- far more than just chucking bits onto the vehicle.
The setup on mine (happens to be OME) has been on for 10yrs/200000km and it still is working just fine.



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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:10

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:10
And WOW don't it handle great, predictable .

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 08:13

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 08:13
G'day Doug,
Was your comment sarcastic- or is there a subliminal reason ??
Predictable???
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 09:24

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 09:24
Signman
Sorry mate, sometimes people can't read me , I guess I type things and I know what I mean but others don't .
No I'm serious as to what I said, OME is the way to go , my Troopy has OME on each corner , and as I said the handling, feel, and ride made it feel better than a new one , Can cruise on 100 on some dirt roads with ease ...as in to the condition of the road of course, I always say.."like a rally car"
My trouble is I know where I been and I know where I'm going,

Hey I'm not sarcastic ......Am I...LOL.

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Reply By: tukka - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:01

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:01
Yeah would like to be able to do go to a pro but only have one shop where i live and all they wanna do is sell the brand they have sitting on the shelf right there and then. I understand what your saying though thats why i thought i would ask and get a few different ideas from people. I have seen far too many Cruisers with the rear sitting too high from incorrect springs fitted. What i really wanna know is which brands do people go for on there 75.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:07

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:07
OK- for your info..
My profile gives you an idea of my vehicle setup..
Dampers.....OME..FRONT N50... REAR N75E
Leaf Packs..OME..FRONT 571.....REAR 3911
Urethane bushes all around.

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Follow Up By: furph - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:51

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:51
So how is this for a thought.
Mine is a '97 trayback, I need to carry up to 4 drums of fuel plus all the other gear in there (gvm about 3300kg'), so the setup (with load) is:
Front: Monro pump up shocks 45psi.
Rear: Polyair bellows type air bags 50psi.
Gives me a level ride with that load, adjust pressures down when the load is off.
Toyota springs up to 79series are just hopeless, sagging after 20000km. at the best.
Air assist gives both carrying capacity and a decent ride.
I was told (with great fanfare) that front pump up shocks would destroy the front end in no time at all.
Well, its my truck so I suffer the results, but 10yrs. later on this one still waiting for disaster to happen. I actually originally fitted the whole kit to my '85 trayback, took them off when I sold it.
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 10:38

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 10:38
g'day tukka, my trayback is a 1998 model, last year i upgraded the suspension with old man emu, i went for the 600kg load rated ones. done a trip to cape york last sept towing kimberley kamper,the ride was excellent. the ride is a little bit harsh empty of course but as you said you will have medium loads maybe you should go the 400kg load rate. shockies are n50 front, n75 rear.
i also had old man emu on my previous trayback (1985 hj) and never had any issues at all.
hope this helps ya.

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Follow Up By: tukka - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:31

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:31
Yeah cheers mate, i tell ya nothing could ride as bad as mine at the moment, heavy duty springs with Monroe shocks. Its terrible with or without weight honestly. Brought the vehicle of my old man and he religiously put OME Nitro chargers on it and it rode fine but the day he needed them replaced the shop didnt have any so Monroe it was. They are only the basic Monroes so cant complain.Would a 400kg spring set up handle dual 90l tanks and a steel tray with two spares.
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 06:39

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 06:39
yeah tukka, the 400kg ones will handle that no worries,the reason i went to 600kg is when i do some off track desert work i carry extra fuel and water etc and also i now have the kimberley kamper which adds a bit more weight.
the harshness when empty doe's not worry me as where i live (useless loop w.a.) the roads around here are corrugated and sandy so i have tyre pressures down a bit which helps a lot.

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