Suspension kit choice,, OME $2600 fitted or TJM $2280

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Ok if you had the choice which one would you go for?

Both qotes are identical, they both include greasable bits and steering damper as well as the usual bits and pieces.

The fitting cost for OME is $320 and the TJM is $280.

Supply only for OME is $2270 and TJM is $2000.

Regards BooBoo

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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 15:09

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 15:09
HI Boo Boo
1 What do you want to achive
2 What is wron g with the current springs
3 Why not change just the shocks
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:35

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:35
Terry

A few years ago I changed just the shocks and didn't notice any change.

My research says that changing the springs to parabolic springs will alter the ride considerably.

Swmbo and myself wanted more comfort on long trips, so this is the way to go.

Our loads now would rarely exceed 400kg and that includes two dogs and us plus a couple of suit cases etc.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 15:20

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 15:20
BooBoo
Seems Snailbait don't know the benefits of OME, the difference in handling and ride is something only OME fitted vehicle owners would know, as for series 2000 TJM , I had a salesperson at a TJM store in ....well somewhere in Australia that his opinion of the Series 200 is not as good as OME.

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Reply By: Ozrover - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:06

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:06
Gerday BooBoo.

I've had both OME & TJM suspension fitted to various vehicles & have found that if you are only after lift with no serious load carrying, then the TJM product is fine.

But if you want to carry reasonably large touring loads & keep good ride & handling then you can't go past OME!

IMHO.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:37

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:37
I have thrown out 3 sets of OME's and replaced with either kings springs or Dobinsons.
I find the OME's too firm in the rear and too soft in the front making the vehicle feel like a rigid rear/ ifs front when it is in fact rigid front and back.
I spent 14 yrs doing commercial 4wd tours but that's just my opinion.

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Reply By: ajd - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:59

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 16:59
Would go with neither of these options.

King Springs and Koni or Bilstein shocks.

Probably about the same price, much better gear.

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Follow Up By: takenbyaliens (QLD member) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 17:39

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 17:39
Would have to agree with ajd. Kings and bilsteins. fitting new set of 24mm dia kings tomorrow replacing 21mm...pajeros drag their arse!!
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:00

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:00
After having ome, your right!
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 17:26

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 17:26
May be of interest ......... $ for $, the XGS shocks have a larger piston diameter than the EMU's.... (well they do on my 100 series fitment anyway).
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Reply By: GregF - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 18:47

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 18:47
Howdy BooBoo.
I had a OME Kitt fitted in my 2004 GU Patrol, this included all Coils , Shocks, Bushes, 50MM Lift, very heavy progressive coils in the rear, Poly airs, Caster Adjust Kit in the front, and a OME Steering Damper. $2800.00 Fitted.
I tow a fairly heavy Camper Trailer with it and Iam wrapped.
Resulted in a good handling vehicle on the road and plenty of Susp travel and good handling in rough going. I have had other brands in other 4WDS, although not a TJM setup,Iam happy with my arrangment.
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Reply By: RobAck - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:06

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:06
Nothing like a question on suspension to get opinions rolling in. We did a back to back on OME and TJM with their new gold shocks on two 120 Prado on the weekend and about the only differences were that; the OME front springs gave a higher lift when compared to the XGS extra raised heavy duty on the other car and that the rebound on the OME was softer and less controlled than the new XGS front shocks.

Apart from that I also find the OME not to my liking and we get to compare vehicles almost every week during training sessions.

The comment regardng OME being better for load carrying over TJM is something that I definitely cannot agree with. Our cars weigh in heavy, my Prado goes out at 2950 kgs for a two week Simpson or similiar and we have never had a problem

Your choice of springs also need to consider variables such as constant or variable load as this can cause challenges when you move from full to empty.

My recommendation is to ask both of your potential suppliers to give you referees who are their clients with the same vehicle as you have and then call them and compare

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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:23

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:23
I have used OME on three vehicles now and never had any dramas with them and very happy with the ride.My money would go to OME.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:28

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:28
Boo,

Ironman = value. Bloody good stuff.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:20

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:20
Boo Boo,
I don't think any of the replies above realise that you have leaf springs all round on your troopie.

OME make better leaf springs - they ride better.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 12:55

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 12:55
Phil you are probably right.


Most seem to indicate they are talking about coils.

I'm leaning to OME, but have not made a decision yet.

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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:21

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:21
Thanks for all your replies fellas, I think I now need to check a few more things before I make a decision.

Picking a suitable suspension kit is definitely not easy!

I'll Let you know the results in about a month.

Regards BooBoo
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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:48

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:48
It may be worth a look at these guys setups as well.[url=http://www.ssa.com.au/]
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 12:53

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 12:53
Squizzy

I took your advise and had a look at SSA suspension.

Although I have never heard of them or the blue max shockers it seems a reasonable setup,, just like a few others.

Its a pity I couldn,t find any pros and cons on the internet to give me a reasonable amount of info other than their website.

Have you used their stuff?


Regards BooBoo

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