Foam Cell Tough Dog shocks

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 13:20
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Anyone had any experience with these, ie ride, quality etc. Just looking at all avenues to replace the Nitrochargers. I don't want gas, to stiff. Looked at the pro-comps and they are gas, and seem very stiff.
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Red Rover
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Reply By: Burnie - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 14:53

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 14:53
Hi Red Rover.

I use the Ironman Foam Cell with great sucsess Have you considered those maybe? Do you know how much the Tough Dog shocks are, to compare because my Ironman shocks were $495 for 4 fitted in their store in Clayton Melbourne.
I dont hear too much about Ironman suspension to see how others are finding their products, they seemed very good with the price compared with ARB and TJM stuff, and are good quality too.
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Reply By: Rod - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 15:12

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 15:12
Rover

Mate had Tough Dog shocks on his Hilux on our last trip to the cape. Not sure if they were foam cell. The problem was that the composition of the rubber bushes on the top mount was too soft and we could not get them to last a day on the corrugated bypass tracks. We weren't driving then hard either.

Ended up cutting new bushes from a poly breadboard which lasted all the way home. He took them back upon return to Brisbane and changed them for another brand.

Rod
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 15:58

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 15:58
My young bloke had them on his pathfinder dual cab - took the caning he gave them and then some. Also had a problem with the rubber bushes - but this was solved with a set of pedders synthetics.
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Reply By: Will - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:07

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:07
I am looking to replace my orginal shocks on 1999 NL Pajero. I have considered Ranchos, OME's, Tough Dogs and Ironman Foam Cell Elite. I've also heard a few bad stories on the Tough Dogs and been told the Ranchos arent suitable for my paj. Therefore its down to OME's or Ironmans. The ironman shocks and h/d springs will come in about $200-300 cheaper than OME's so at the moment they are on the top of my list.....unless anyone can convince me otherwise!
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Follow Up By: Will - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 17:05

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 17:05
After searching the archives and speaking to some people in the industry i wont be considering ironman suspension anymore. I'm now looking for advice on other brands...............
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:09

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:09
Had them on our patrol for 3 years given'em heaps not 1 problem.Regards Bob
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Reply By: Tony - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 07:36

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 07:36
I had Ironman shocks on a HJ47 Troopie for 9 years and not one problem, on Canning, Cape 3 times and around the block once. They were the foam cell type.

But that was leaf sprung so not sure how they would go with coils. Coils do need a firmer shock as the shocks do most of the work in the dampering department.
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 23:38

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 23:38
Found the Ironman shocks limited for travel on the Viagra otherwise very good.... Much cheaper than OME or Genuine.

nothing I couldnt work around with a change of mounting arrangement after the spring lift.
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Reply By: jason - Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 11:01

Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 11:01
red rover i have heard stories of when you use foam cell shocks over corrigations for long periods the foam will actually melt (from overheating) and form air bubbles in the foam when they cool which means the shocks are stuffed.have you considered a big bore hydraulic shock (oil only) without foam?
regard
jason
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Follow Up By: Hopper - Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 09:16

Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 09:16
Jason.
The stories you hear about the Foam braking up in Foam Cell shocks is only propoganda spread by OME and the like, because they do not stock them themselves, I have spoken to Gabriel (USA`s largest shock manufacturer) and they have never ever heard or experienced this ever, only ever heard of from the OME`s propoganda flyers.
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