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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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Old 08-06-09
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Default Kings / Bilstein Combo

Hi all, after a hell of a lot of consideration, trawling through the search history of many a 4WDing forum and after speaking to a number of different suspension "experts" (salesmen) I have finally decided on a King springs and Bilstein shock suspension combo.

I know from doing some search's that a number of people on this forum have this combo or similar fitted to their Pajero's, I was just wondering if anyone could give a long term update on how this setup has been working for them and any issues they may have had.

My car is an NT but i'm sure it would make little difference to the way the suspension works whether fitted to anything post NM as obviously the suspension hardware has been constant all the way through.

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My Bisteins are great, but am not that happy with the King Springs. I bought the HD springs and after 14 months I am now back down to standard height. Not sure if I just got a dud set of springs or if I carry too much weight but I will be looking for another set of springs soon.
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Ditto - replaced 2" lifted pedders springs that had seen a lot of duty with 2" lifted kings. The rears have sagged 1.5" on their original installed height in 18 months. The fronts 1"..

Walker and I are not the only ones who have had trouble with sag. I'm surprised your web search didnt turn up more as I have seen many postings complaining of same.

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If it helps your decision Richo-NT I've had the Bilsteins fitted four years ago. They seem ideal for the Paj and have handled everything that the outback has been able to offer in that time and are still going strong. My springs aren't Kings but Lovells and I can't fault them either. There has been no sag at all in the four years and although I don't tow a trailer or van the vehicle has done plenty of trips fully loaded. I haven't heard a bad word about this combination on a Gen 3 Pajero. Lovells are definitely worth a look.
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Ok so maybe I need to re-address the springs I'm using... I'll see what price I can get on some Lovell's, how about Dobinson? I've used them in my old Patrol and seem to be ok, the car rides pretty stiff but I think that is more to do with the shocks i'm using in it more then the springs...
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Hi Richo,
I am just doing something similar at the moment. I broke a shocker on the weekend, so have to do something anyway, so why not the upgrade!?!! I am going the Lovells Heavy Duty Raised springs and Bilsteins on each corner. The price I have been given is $195 per corner for the billies, and the lovells are $155 for the pair. This was through Bendigo Tyre service who are an agent for Fulcrum suspension. They are even going to fit them for me as well, as I know the owner. These are all going into an NH. I will get him to crank the torsion bars and do a wheel alignment too, so all up I am looking at about $1k. That is a deal i can live with!
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Just spoke to the dealer who I am ordering my car through, he can do a full OME sport suspension kit for only $1440. Thats a price I just can't go past...

I've ordered the car with medium duty front springs and 200kg constant load springs at the back.
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The OME kit is said to be very good and is supposedly one of the few where they did some on-vehicle testing of spring rate and shock rate combinations.
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The OME kit is said to be very good and is supposedly one of the few where they did some on-vehicle testing of spring rate and shock rate combinations.
well that sounds promising, I always wonder how much vehicle specific development actually goes into shocks... I doubt very much
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