OME shocks for GU patrol

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 20, 2003 at 22:03
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Just wondering if anyone has replaced their standard shocks with OME's without doing the springs as well on a GU patrol.

Did the change make a noticeable driving change to vehicle?

I don't think I want to lift ride height, but wouldn't mind a better (Softer) on road feel without compromising off road ability???

Any comments???

cheers
Andy
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Reply By: Lyds - Sunday, Jul 20, 2003 at 23:09

Sunday, Jul 20, 2003 at 23:09
Try post id 5981Cheers,
Stuart
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Reply By: tristjo - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 00:18

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 00:18
Andrew,

Generally, just changing the shocks won't change the way a vehicle rides, unless of course, your shocks are completely cactus!! When a shockie is worn, though, it cannot control the movement of the axle, resulting in harsh, uncontrolled ride and handling charicteristics.

From my experience with GU's, when they have a few klms under their belt, the ride tends to soften because of the fact that the springs are sagging and softening slightly, so if you have been unhappy with the ride since new, it will be most likely nescessary to change the springs, as springs will usually dictate the firmness of the ride.

However, if your vehicle has only recently become uncomfortable, it is most likely due to worn shockies, because like i said above, with a few kays on them and a shock in good condition, GU springs usually ride fairly comfortably.

Did that all sorta make sense?? I'm sorry, it's getting late, probably not the best time to be writing an intelligent reply!!

Hope it helps, though!!

Tristjo.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 00:26

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 00:26
Makes sense

Only done 25,000k's. might wait and see if it loosens up a bit.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:07

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:07
I have done 35000 and havent noticed any loosening up in my GUSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Reply By: jeelan - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 04:05

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 04:05
i thought OME shocks were longer than standard shocks and so you needed to replace springs as well if you're changing from standard shocks to OME otherwise they're too compressed???

or was it the other way round....?!?!?!?

Either way i got OME kit fitted to my GQ Patrol and it's a beaut to drive around.

Jeelan
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Follow Up By: Tony - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 07:12

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 07:12
You can get different length shocks to fit std springs, replacement springs that give you the same ride hight and of cause 2" lift springs.
But as said earlier replaceing shocks will not do a lot if the springs are sagged.
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:42

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:42
Replaced front shocks with OME, which improved the ride somewhat and allowed an additional 25mm down stroke. Fitted them at Kalgoolie, drove home to Bendigo and the are now stuffed. (leaking) Replaced them with Rancho, far better ride again, more travel and also adjustable. Springs remained standard throughout.
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Reply By: member-skippyking - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 20:33

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 20:33
Andrew,

A couple of things..........I am about to replace the shocks on my Jack. These are the ones my Jack came with from new. I live in the bush, on rough gravel roads, the Jack's done some serious 4wheeling and has 210,000 km's on the clock. Now I don't know if I am just lucky, or whether people think they need to change their shocks when they don't. It is a mystery to me.

A previous post mentions shocks leaking and being 'stuffed'( ?) going from Kal to Bendigo. I would be asking for my money back especially if it is OME, sold by ARB nationwide.

As an alternative to OME, might I suggest Cofap. It IS the same shock, from the same factory in Brazil, with a different paint colour. Got a price today from my local bloke, all 4 corners, $418.00. Now I just looked up OME in an ARB catalogue from 2001, $540.00.

Anyway, the Cofap's are going on the Jack as I am about to travel the Anne Beadell Hwy and don't need breakdowns out there. It will be interesting to see how stuffed the originals really are when they come off next week.

You've done 25,000 kms, maybe you could give them a bit longer.

As an aside, I thought I read somewhere that new shocks sometimes let a little oil out, especially if they get hot?? Not sure on this, just something that came from the dark recesses of my brain.

SK

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Follow Up By: TJ - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:22

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:22
skippyking,

i'm not sure where on earth you get your information from but OME shocks are made here in australia......not brasil and ARE NOT the same shocks AT ALL!!!!!
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Follow Up By: member-skippyking - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:40

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:40
G'day TJ,

Fair enough.

I still trust the source but maybe he was fed a pup.

SKMost human problems can be solved by an appropriate charge of high
explosive."
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Follow Up By: Billowaggi - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:54

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:54
Hi skippking OME shocks are most definately made in OZ it is stamped into the body of the shock Cofap are a cheap 'no name' dont trust them on a desert trip! Stock Route trip in May this year all 4 vehicles had OME's 1700km of shockie torture, no failures.
Regards Ken.
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Reply By: choppa - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 10:13

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 10:13
Have gone through two sets of OME's, learnt my lesson, just replaced them with Rancho RS 9000,s what a difference! there is no comparison.
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