2005/06 landcruiser 100s suspension

Hi all, can any one offer advise/ feedback on best way to set one up and/or better products on the market.
Cheers Dean
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Reply By: Member - OzGazza (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:06

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:06
Hi Dean,

I assume you are talking about an independent front end 100 Series (As opposed to a rigid 105).

I had an IFS 100 Series TD and put an ARB / Old Man Emu susension kit on it including replacement Front Torsion Bars, 4 Shockers & Rear Springs (200kg Constant load) This resulted in a small increase in front height of about 25mm and 50mm in the rear - It increased the rake of the vehicle empty but sat very nice when loaded up. Handled great and I would have no trouble recommending it.

I did 95,000kms with the set up including a simpson desert trip towing a trailer.
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Follow Up By: DEANO WA - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:43

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:43
yeh sorry guys, for the 100 IFS. heard there is some mucking around with the fronts to get 2inch lift ??
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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:19

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:19
Dean just confirming is this for a 100 series IFS or a 105 series solid front axle?
What weight do you carry/tow?
Diesel or Petrol?
Storage system?
Twin Wheel carrier?
What sort of driving do you intend to do?
What height lift do you need?
As you can see there are a host of variables in selecting a suspension setup which is further complicated by how much you want to spend. You have the choice of selecting a package from one of the big suppliers like ARB and getting a middle of the range setup that may match your requirements or go to a specialist who will customize to your needs.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Member - "The Doctor" (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:40

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:40
Gday Deano,

I got a '06 IFS 100TD. I put Bilstien shocks alround, old man emu torsion bars and lovells springs in the rear. I never had a problem with it. Hammered the car in Cape York and nothing budged on it. Done 30k with this set up now.

I got about a 50mm rise in the front and 75mm in the rear. It still rides with that nose down profile but when loaded up she's nice and level.

There's front diff lowering kits available. I didnt go with them due to the cost and it wasn't what I was after.

You cant raise the front to much though due to the angle it creates on the CV's.

All the best.

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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:28

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:28
you might find that 50mm at the front without the diff kit or a part time kit is too much. Mine had been raised 40mm when i bought it.
Got bogged in the sand and on hard lock tore the guts out of RH outer CV. You could see the wear in the unit and fully extended suspension plus full lock put it past where it could go.
Mate has a 4WD workshop and a IFS LC also. He did the repair and immediately dropped his own to 15mm over standard as well.

Had 90000km on it, not sure how long it had been jacked up.
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Follow Up By: Member - "The Doctor" (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:56

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:56
Thanks for that fisho,

I know I'm prob at about the maximum it can go without really putting it under unwanted stress. Ill check with the blokes that installed them. You may have saved my bacon....

Ill owe you one if we cross paths....... hopefully not to exchange CV'S. LOL.

Cheers, The Dr.
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Reply By: Member - David T (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:48

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:48
Hi Deano
I have a 2004 IFS which I bought in 2006 and had the suspension done soon after I got it. I had it done by a 4WD expert Peter Young of Alltrack 4WD Adelaide (no affiliation etc). We used Bilsteins shocks and Ridepro springs. I had the diff drop kit done so that I could have the front lifted about 25 mm without upsetting the CV angles too much. I also had the IFS reinforced (easy fix and not expensive when combined with rest of job).
I was completely happy with it although the ride at the rear was very firm without a load on board. Last year the rear Bilsteins both started leaking oil. They were out of warranty and I was not impressed as they had only done about 35,000 kms. I replaced them with the new Ridepro ROX shocks and I cannot believe how much better these are both loaded and unloaded.
Anyway to sum up, consider the diff drop to protect your CV's but it is expensive. Definitely get the IFS reinforced. My experience is that Ridepro ROX are better than Bilsteins but no doubt everyone will have their own opinion on the best shocks.
The bottom line is go to someone who is an expert.
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Follow Up By: Member - David T (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:51

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:51
Sorry just checked my records. The lift at the front was 40 mm not 25.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian: SA - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 09:50

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 09:50
My 05 came from auction (was Primary Industries SA) already with a suspension kit - Old Man Emu - torsion bars, coils and shocks. Front is up about 35mm, rear about 50mm from stock. I've retired the EMU shocks and fitted Bilstein mono's at the front, with TJM XGS gas at the rear. All rides very well - I'm no rock crawler, but I tow the 2.7t van across varied roads and tracks.
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