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Where the rubber hits the road. Discussion about drive train; (locking) diffs; wheels; hubs; suspension and, of course, tyres

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Gday ... I have a NT and have just been told one shock has leaked alot of oil and needs replacing.
Its done 180000 kms so that not a bad run from original shocks.

Options are put in a single fresh MM shock as you can but then singular but pricey.
Or do both fronts , or the lot.

My preference is to do the lot but dollars come into it but putting in one or two new shocks with the rest at near 200000kms can lead to issues.... prefer to do the lot.

Im not running a lift and all stock, no heavy offroad and tow a decent sized boat.

Mechanic likes KYB shocks and they seem reasonably priced.

Any other current suggestions ?

Im in Sydney , Southern Suburbs if anyone has any recommendations of a joint around here that is decent.

Thanks for any responses.
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At 180,000kms all the shockers and struts will be tired and since you do tow and presume you are using a WDH, the rear coils will have sagged. Front strut top mounts, rear suspension lower insulators will also be worn and require replacement.

Factory ride heights, measured from centre of wheel hub to underside of wheel arch in a vertical line is 503mm front and 533mm rear.

If you are happy with the factory suspension then why not fit a system that has been removed from a new NX where someone has upgraded there suspension from new or at low kms. You should be able to pickup coils, struts and shockers for about $300, if the front struts are completely assembled with top mounts and ready to bolt in, this will add another $200.

Aftermarket, Monroe and KYB are decent shockers and struts but for similar money OzTec are better than most of the more popular mainstream 4wd brands, with excellent warranty. Oz TEC are available through GSA suspension in Qld. Front struts cost between $300 and $600 a pair. Rear shockers between $250 and $500 a pair depending on brand and what deal you can negotiate.

Front coils, chances are these have not sagged too much, so if the ride height is ok and you are happy with the ride and comfort then why not reuse them? Chances are top mounts will need replacing, newtop mounts are between $75 and $100 a pair.
If you want to replace the front coils then King KCFS-34 around $200 a pair.

Rear suspension top and bottom coil insulators, top might be ok but lowers will be worn out. Forget using genuine or aftermarket rubber replacements this will wear out quickly. Poly Tuff urethane will last a lot longer, Lower insulator PN MC0148K, Upper insulator MC0147K. About $70 a pair for each position.

If the rear coils have sagged in ride height and you wish to fit an aftermarket coil then King KCRS-35 is a standard height to 10mm lift, progressive rate and higher spring rate. These will ride slightly firmer than factory but will handle cargo and towing loads much better. $200-$250 a pair.

You can save some money by shopping around both online and by phone on parts.

Your mechanic should also check all suspension adjusters to see these are moving freely through the adjustment range, even better is to remove the adjusting bolts and coat with anti seize. If an adjuster is seized then you cannot do a wheel alignment correctly. Replacing or freeing up a seized adjuster can take anywhere between 15 mins and an hour, this is where cost can easily run away

Labour to fit?
Fitting new shockers, struts and coils about 4 to 6 hours for someone that knows what they are doing and has the right gear. Pre assembled front struts and coils saves about 30 to 45 minutes.

You will need a 4 wheel alignment done, otherwise tyre wear and handling will be effected.

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Gday Old Jack.

Thanks for the excellent reply and definitely some great info there.

A member has suspension from a NX for sale here currently.

https://www2.pajeroclub.com.au/forum...ad.php?t=65719

I'm no expert but would if all fit my NT RX ?

Appreciate your expertise if this would fit.

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Yes all Gen 4 suspensions for LWB are interchangeable.
I saw your post re the giveaway suspension. At 70,000 kms the suspension would be mostly likely better than yours but it will depend on how the suspension has been used, towing, cargo loads, bullbar/winch?aux batteries etc, etc.
Labour is expensive so I would think about not spending too much on using a 70,000km suspension, better to pay $300 for a newish suspension off an NX.

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