98 100 series shocks

Submitted: Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:15
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Hi all,
the old girl needs a new pair of boots again,I fitted new springs a RTC steering damper and 9 way adjustable big bore shocks on all 4 cnrs I whipped off the front shocks the other day and when I pushed them in they had no resistance and didn't return,its all tuff dog brand and TBH Im not all that Impressed,I will have to work out how many Ks I've done but still abit peeved about having to change them after what seems like a few yrs so any other brand advice would be great I think I'm up for 4 shocks and a RTC again.

Cheers John.
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Reply By: turbo 79series - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:29

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:29
Gday mate i run Dobinsons have had many cruisers all with dobinsons suspension, shocks ,springs and leaf suspension and steering dampers.Im not a suspension expert but i give my vehicles a hard time they have not let me down you have the choice of many variations with ur suspension with Dobinsons
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 23:19

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 23:19
Hi Johny Boy,

on my 80 series I have Old Man Emu springs and shocks.
With heavy springs in the back and mediums in the front, and ARB sports shocks (made by OME) they handle really well loaded.
Off road they still give me plenty of travel and have never failed me.

Hoo roo,
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 08:47

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 08:47
We have Bilsteins.

Couldn't resist them after the performance they gave on my sons rally cars.

And after a few thousand kilometers of corrugations without them getting hot I am satisfied that they were the right choice.
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Reply By: GT Campers - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 13:34

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 13:34
Maybe that's how that are tuned/set-up when new. They may have much firmer rebound resistance than bump. What setting (1-9) did you have them at? You didn't mention the vehicle had any problems before you removed the dampers for a look-see...?
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Follow Up By: - Johny boy (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 16:13

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 16:13
Hi again all,
I have bought 4 new boots I went Maxxis 751 and I did start noticing a bump noise when I reversed out our driveway the last few weeks so I thought I would have a look and yes I flicked the dial from 1 to 9 and the shocks just did not return at all when I compressed them,the rtc has had a leak for a while so I new that was shot so how many kms should it be between replacing shocks, it has had about 80% on road driving and towing of van and the rest off road IE dirt roads tracks and dunes just a rough estimate for a guide?

Cheers John.
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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 19:44

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 19:44
John for average quality shocks like Tough Dog or OME many are lucky to get 50,000 km out of them or often they are starting to fade by then. A higher performance shock like a Bilstien should go to 180K+ or a Koni 250K+ & even then can be rebuilt intead of throwing away.
Toss the RTC damper away & fit any quality plain damper. If your castor is set up correct the return spring is not required.
For good quality at a reasonable price I'd go withRidepro Rox Shocks being a big bore with velocity sensitive valving.
The trick with shocks is to look past the advertising. Quality shocks sell by word of mouth not full page adds ;-)
Cheers Craig...............

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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 20:57

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 20:57
You write from good experience Crackles :)
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Reply By: - Johny boy (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 08:37

Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 08:37
Thanks Craig, that's what I was hoping to hear it sounds like mine have done there job if that's the case as I only just found my service book last night and I wrote the Ks I fitted them it was 105000km ago so I have nothing to complain about as I did tow the van for almost the whole of 2010 around OZ, I will just have to decide what brand to go with this time as I found I didn't hardly touch the 9 way valve so maybe it was not needed,and I like the idea of being able to rebuild the shocks as well and T/D is a throw away shock to my understanding ,thanks againmate.

Cheers John.
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 09:00

Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 09:00
well 105,000km is a good innings from your Tough Dog dampers so as you mentioned, you have nothing to complain about!
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