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My shockers need replacing with one of them leaking from a probable stone hit.

currently have the TJM XGS shocks (2nd set) and have been happy with them. I have looked at the tough dog foam and big bore shocks and obviously they look nice and strong.

Are they worth the extra $?

Reality for us is the Patrol is only used for trips away (have a cheap run about car for around town) and we are doing the Canning in 2012 and hear of people breaking shocks on this trip. don't mind spending the extra money (and neither does the wife!) but are they worth the extra money?

the TJM shocks have serviced us well doing the simpson and normal S.A. stuff but the corrugations and weight issue we will face on the Canning is swaying me away to bigger shocks.

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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:44

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:44
If you do a search on this site www.patrol4x4.com you will find that Tough Dog have had problems leaking. I'm looking at putting Bilstein or Koni's on mine
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:47

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:47
I am no shocker expert, but I have some views :-)
Corrugations are the killer.
Shocks die when the oil overheats.
More oil is better than less.
Bigger shocks have more oil (and surface area for cooling) than smaller shocks.
Gas shocks have less oil than non gas shocks.
Shocks with seperate oil resorvoirs have even more oil and cooling area.

I use big non gas shocks. They are cheap (under $100 each) and last.

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Reply By: ian zzr - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:40

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:40
hi , i have koni,s on my patrol adjustable 88 series few years old now been to the cape with these and other trips no leaks and am very happy with there performance , dampinig still good , for the price i think a very good shock , and rebuildable , and can have valving changed , i have had a few brands. and one totaly lost damping when on the old ghan line what a trip that was , just my thoughts hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: mechpete - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 18:30

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 18:30
I agree with you ian zzr .
I had konis on my old GQ and never had any problems , and the best thing is they can be rebuilt as you said . for about half the price of a new one
spend good money get good shockers .
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Reply By: wjh41 - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:55

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:55
Gossy
I have had Old Man Emu/Nitro Charger shockers on my Patrol ute for 4 years and have travelled the Simpson,Chambers Pillar,Meerinie Loop and various other rough tracks and there is no sign of oil leaks or failure.It has got leaf springs on the rear and is loaded heavy most of the time.Good luck with your choice.
Wally
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:59

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:59
After advice from our son and his rally mates we installed Bilsteins on out 100 series. Smooth as anything on corrugations and rough roads. Still noisy as is to be expected.

Worth a look. Cost a bit more but we think they are worth it.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 22:09

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 22:09
Gossy,

I have OME nitro sports on my 100 series. Noticable difference from the standard nitros I had before them. I had metal stone gards installed also, they only cost 50 bucks!
I have been in Wiluna the past 2 weeks giving her a bit of a hamering on the Gunbarrell / station tracks and the CSR and they haven't missed a beat.

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Reply By: Gossy - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:06

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:06
So basically I haven't been convinced by anyone that the Tough Dogs etc are worth the extra money.

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Reply By: Gossy - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 09:28

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 09:28
now changed my mind after seeing the toughdogs and TJM (which I currently have).
OME and TJM etc are 36mm bore (inside part which holds the oil etc). The toughdogs are 53mm bore so should handle the corrugations much better. Time will tell :)
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