Two things - Shocks and GPS

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 16:32
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Hi All, getting the 80 series ready for a outback trip.

Issue 1. Currently running OME shocks, but looking for something a bit better, the OME have done about 15K and have faded more than expected. Have heard reports that Bilstein are a good quality shock. after opinions on these. The 80series currently has 400Kg rated HD springs in rear, may go to 600Kg though as carrys a bit of weight, Draws, 2 fridges, 80ltr water tank, 220ltr fuel tank etc etc.

Issue 2. The Haicom USB GPS used to connect to the netbook for oziexplorer has died after 5-6years of reliable service. I have seen a few tourers running white Garmin Dome (mushroom) style GPS antennas mounted on the bullbar. What are these and are they better than reg USB mouse style GPS

thanks in advance

cheers Aaron
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 18:50

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 18:50
Hi Aaron,
Issue 1. Tell me when you find out - I'm also looking to replace my OMEs.

Issue 2.
The BU353 is a good GPS. I think this site is selling them pretty cheap. Mine works well in the thickest Karri forest in the SW of WA, even when its wet forest. Has a magnetic base for the roof, etc. Easy to unclip when parked so that low-lifes don't nick it.
Only criticism is that it could use a longer usb cable, tho an extension is easy to get.


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Reply By: ian - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 19:45

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 19:45
I have an 80 with 2" lift.
Its the holiday truck - use it just for desert (corrigations!) and high county. I also carry a lot of weight. Often tow trailer as well.
4x4 workshop I use told me Koni are best, bilstein are next best. I put on Koni.
Had one front rebuilt at around 75,000 kms as it was misting a little (cost $100 or so to rebuild), other 3 are still fine at 100,000 kms. Koni have updated with a better stronger model now, but I still have the old ones. No need for me to change at this stage.
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 20:14

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 20:14
Koni for solid axles
Bilstein for independent

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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:45

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:45
I run Bilsteins & OME springs on my patrol live axle and have never looked back, any speed is a sweet speed on couragations with them and on road handling is just great. The harder I work them they seem to just get better, the ABS seems to like them also.

What makes you say they are better suited to independent and visa versa?
not having a shot at you I would just like to know thats all.
Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 07:18

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 07:18
No worries.

Koni have adjustment on the rebound stroke and are well suited to controlling suspension where there is a large amount of unsprung weight moving around. They are also very fade resistant. They will however not works so well where there is not (they tend to 'hold' the suspension down and stiffen it unnecessarily) and I have found them prone to leaking in high frequency bump situations such as found in independent appplications.

Bilsteins are excellent in high frequency bump situations (independent) where the speed sensitive valving comes into play but lack the rebound control in low frequency applications (live axle).

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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 07:35

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 07:35
Thanks OBT
Gives a well answered insight to the pros and cons of them both.
Thanks again, Colin.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:48

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 21:48
G'day Aaron
I have an 80 series Standard that I have had Bilstein shocks and Lovells springs in for the last 150000k's and with most of that over pilbara corrugations. I cannot recommend them high enough as I have never had an issue and they are as good as the day I bought them..........
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 23:08

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 23:08
Another vote for the Koni's.

I have the 90 series RAID shocks.........

These things are huge. Have found them to be excellent on all types of terrain.

You will probably fall over at their retail price though... 8-0

Just be aware that the Bilsteins are MONOTUBE shocks and will not tolerate dints in the outer tube. One decent rock strike will kill them.



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