suspension problem

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 13:11
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Hi all

I have jsut had a 40mm ARB (old man emu) suspension lift fitted to my diesel Prado. Now the vehical sways every time I change gear and moves across the road. Not seriously but very noticable. The effect is similar to when I had diff locks fitted to another vehical and is a result of the springs being wound up when the engine is accelerating. Has anyone experienced similar problem. I would expect an ARB product to perform better. Any thoughts appreciated.

Cheers
Hardy
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 15:35
What does ARB say about it? anything?
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Follow Up By: Hardy - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 18:01

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 18:01
My first line of enquirey was with ARB. They told me to ask the people who installed it as they are the ARB stockist. I have called them up to ask them to look at it. AT the moment I am not chucking a big sad over it if it is what I can expect. However if it is somehting out of the ordinary then I might a little less amicable. Cheers Hardy
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Reply By: Member - Mal B - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2003 at 20:16
had the same problem with my 80 series .had fitted the biggest springs o.m.e supply to the rear ,and smaller to the front and had problems with the steering wandered all over the rd.problem solved when i had fitted a caster kit. about $180. talk to A.R.B. safe driveing MAL
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Follow Up By: Wil - Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 19:31

Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 19:31
G'day Mal B
I am considering a s2000 TJM lift spring & shock kit for my 80 series. Will be looking at only 50mm of lift to avoid too much height gain. Do you reckon I need to factor in the caster kit? Existing suspension's shot.
Rgds
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 22:14

Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 22:14
50mm lift you shouldnt need a caster kit.
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Follow Up By: Wil - Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 06:46

Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 06:46
Thanks Truckster.
Would you endorse the S2000?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 19:36

Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 19:36
I had series 2000 and XGS shocks in my GQ yes Would have them again.
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Reply By: yarda - Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 14:43

Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 14:43
It certainly sounds like the front end geometry has changed because they have fitted the lift kit and not re-set the entire front end. Don't take it to a normal tyre and wheel alignment place because most of them only adjust toe-in, go to a reputable truck and Light commercial wheel alignment specialist who know how to adjust all 3 axis of the front end using shim packs etc. While they are at it, get them to dial in a little extra castor angle, it makes the steering a little heavier when parking etc, but it makes the vehicle track a lot better at speed. Be prepared to pay around $100 - $150, a $30 generic wheel alignment only gets you $30 worth of quality.
Good luck Brad
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Follow Up By: howesy - Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 17:56

Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 17:56
I used to work with a front end specialist and just had a good laugh at your post. You are perfectly correct most of them do only adjust toe and if they do (he used to) the full monty they do it as a quote job for around what you said. The reason being that you measure the front end and then if it needs adjusting we used to put it on the floor and experience tells you what size shim to fit. If you were wrong when you remeasure it it is back on the floor again. Most normal guys are too lazy because these vehicles can be very time consuming, however my advice is to wait with your vehicle while they do it. you can tell by watching their face if they have got the shim stack right. I have seen even the guy I worked for when pushed for time he once in a blue moon said oh well close enough. When you find a good guy stick to him.
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Reply By: Les- Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 10:53

Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 10:53
Hi All...
I am the distributor in Parramatta area for Lovell's Springs, I have read some of your questions and i find that the answers vary, I do not mind answering any questions you would like to ask across the board i am sure i can help with your suspension wows.
I run Lovell's Central @ 79 Grose Sreet Parramatta NSW 2150
Ph:02)9683-6770 e-mail brakeprolovells@bigpond.com

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Reply By: Member - Mal B - Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 20:02

Friday, Jul 04, 2003 at 20:02
my advise is there is no way you can adjust caster on a toyota landcruser no shims ect.made for JAPANISE rds only way to put the caster into + is to fit caster kit .go to a wheel alainment shop linked to ARB or who ever you buy your gear safe driveing mal
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