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Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 20:20
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Seen this Hilux in front of the Adelaide River BP today, I couldn't believe what I was looking at, I thought hell he must have some wieght in that, so did a U turn and took a photo, anyhow the owner comes out, hops in, starts it up , next I hear a hiss of air and the right side pops up, within a second was another hiss of air and the left side pops up and he drives away and I'm scratching my head.

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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 20:43

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 20:43
Often thought about doing something like that to the Patrol. Drive on the highway at standard height, then on the rough stuff press a button,and whoosh, a few more inches off the ground. Press another button on blacktop and back to standard height.
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Follow Up By: Gobumpy - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:01

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:01
SDG
Most certainly can be done mate my parents own a series 4 which has had an air bag conversion done with air bags identical to trucks and semi trailers no springs at all it is the best to drive very stable and just as capable off road dad runs std height on road and while towing and pumps up when off road.

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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:19

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:19
I saw a story on a couple that have a Toyota 76 series wagon. They have airbags that can jack up one side, or the other, if it gets a bit tippy.

I saw a ute set up like the one above driving down the road lowered, scaping and spitting up sparks. It might be cool, I'm not sure.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Justahobby- Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:23

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:23
Hi all,
By law your not ment to be be able to adjust the height while driving. I new of a bloke who spent 15K on a older hilux, shorten the chaisis, shaved doors and tub, full air bag set up font and back. Dam thing would sit on its belly touching the road the full length of the cab. Only had it on the road for a few days, Doing about 50km down the road bumped the switch for the front, dumped the air in one go, front hit the ground, car behind didn't have a chance at even touching the brakes..... write off.... I Guess thats why they make laws....

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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:40

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:40
Or just buy a Discovery 3 or 4, Range Rover, VW Touareg or new Jeep Grand and have the air height suspension built in.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 23:11

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 23:11
My Range Rover Sport has approx 6" of lift from access height to fully extended - just at the touch of a button. All standard and legal.
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Follow Up By: Member - Lachy T - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:13

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:13
My parents have a Discovery 3, they think it's great, except when you are on the sand. Have been on the beach a couple of times with them and it's all well and good until you put the boot in to get some momentum up a dune, then the computer goes "warning, slow down or vehicle will lower" and by the time you get to the top of the dune it's taken away your ground clearance and you bottom out, it's damn hilarious to watch it happen from my rodeo.

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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 08:46

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 08:46
mmmm

Didn't Citroen perfect this idea back in the 1950s?

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:23

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:23
Lachy T there are ways around that if you are in the know. I can drive at offroad height or above without the gong coming on at 40kph and the actual drop at 50kph.

Offroad - DSC (Stability control) needs to be turned off as it will cut power when it is needed most.

Garry
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 23:18

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 23:18
Lowriders are big in the USA.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWLqEkakGm8&feature=related
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Follow Up By: Wayne David - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:41

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:41
That was an interesting view. Americans sure love their cars.

Just watching the size of some of those folk in the cars made me realize that adjustable suspension is a pretty good idea IF you want to protect the car & the road.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:19

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:19
A couple more low riders


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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:21

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:21
Doug,
I think you are trying to do North Queensland out of the golden pothole capital of Australia. Ha.

Great ute for unloading the shopping though.
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Reply By: whisky_mac - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:49

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:49
My Range Rover does that already.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H - West NSW - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 10:57

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 10:57
Excuse my ignorance, but does the back regain its height when the engine is started.

Or do you drive down the road with a display of fireworks?

Personally I'd be reluctant to stuff about with a vehicles' suspension, you could come to grief in N.S.W. when the annual inspection took place, or when a Transport, Roads & Marine Services inspector [this is the new name for the R.T.A] decides to run a tape measure over you.

Anyway, what's the bloody point!
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:50

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:50
Doug! It makes you wonder what's going on inside that guys tiny mind if he needs to go to all that trouble to get some attention!! It serves no purpose!! Michael
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:28

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:28
Yes re the Citroens - they used to air up, before taking off - but I'm a bit puzzled as to why you can't easily hold the air in the suspension when parked - why does it all have to escape ? My caravan has Firestone air bags on the variable height suspension - once inflated, valves hold it there even when the pump is turned off. In this case though it might be a type of pneumatic security system - no air, no drive :-o) ?
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:32

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:32
Citroens used a different system - was hydraulic not a air system. Most low riders are hydraulic not air. OEM fits are mainly air and maintain their height when the engine is off.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 14:44

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 14:44
Yeh the authorities are well and truly "onto" the whole low rider thing.

for good or bad the exclusion on variable ride height suspension is tad=geted squarely at this sort of foolishness.

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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 19:44

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 19:44
I haven't got the exact rules, but the cops will defect this sort of thing because cars have to have suspension.....but when they are on the bumpstops, they haven't..

They also need to be a certain distance off the road....can't remember what, but that car would fail this as well..

If you have ever follwed a lowered doof doof car, you will notice how bouncy the rear is....too hard and no compliance......which means they handle like sh# t.....which really makes them unsafe......spend the bucks and do it properly....
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21
Doug,
Those utes always remind me of a blue cattle dog with worms.


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