There are so many different after market suspension kits out there, all of which claim to be the best – so how do you choose?
The thing with suspension kits is that it is really subjective. Do you prefer a suspension so that you can feel every bump, or do you prefer to have something soft so you can glide over terrain without feeling a thing? Do you carry heavy loads? Do you tow? These are all things to consider when looking at suspension kits.
In my case, I run Dobinsons suspension. I decided to go for the Dobinsons Suspension Kit for three main reasons. Firstly, they are an Australian Family Owned company based in Rockhampton in Queensland. Secondly, while researching their products, I could not find any negative responses on my Google searches and thirdly, they manufacture their own product – not “re-label” someone else’s product and sell it as their own.
My vehicle setup runs coil springs in the rear and Torsion Bars in the front for the Independent Front Suspension. The first thing I noticed when the kit was installed is how well the vehicle sat. It was no longer “nose down” which seems to be a common “fault” for the 100 series Landcruiser. The rear handled the constant weight much better and the whole stance of the vehicle seemed so much better! I decided not to go for a huge “Lift” on the suspension kit, but instead opted for 50mm in the rear and about 30mm in the front – but because of the better quality springs, I actually got more of a lift than I expected!
So now that the car looked better, how did it ride? It was a completely different car. It stopped wallowing around corners, the bumps were reduced and the vehicle just felt great. What about off road? I definitely felt a difference in the handling and articulation of the wheels.
A word or advice – when getting your suspension upgraded, always make sure you go to a reputable suspension specialist to have your work carried out correctly. Most “tyre and accessories” workshops know how to sell you these products, but when it comes to the correct firing and “fine tuning” they seem to get lost. Sometimes saving a few dollars on the deal can cost you thousands in the future – believe me, I found out the hard way! Initially my kit was installed by a “Tyre” shop – their installation methods “looked” right, but after putting a few miles on the vehicle, I had realised that the job they did was not correct. I just recently spent my hard earned money on repairing and replacing parts that should have been protected by correct installation on my suspension kit. Than goodness Peter from All-Terrain 4×4 found these issues before they became problem.
Dobinsons Springs and Suspension not only manufacture and sell suspension but have also branched out into 4×4 accessories that are available all around Australia.