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info regarding 2009 Diesel G/V suspension upgrade or lift

(@slingshot)
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Hi,
My main problem is getting on and off beach access points due to the ruts caused by larger vehicles,
I often come close to getting through before the body bottoms out,
The car still has its standard suspension which sags considerably when loaded,
I would appreciate it if someone has done an upgrade and what they think of the results,
I have heard on the grapevine that lift kits can cause considerable problems on my model so im thinking that new springs and shocks with air bags on the rear may be the way to go, I would appreciate any feedback from people who have done this,
Dobinsons maybe?

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Topic starter Posted : 04/06/2019 5:33 am
(@greenbank-gv)
Noble Member Committee

Hi Slingshot
Another person is asking something similar and our best advice for suspension options is to talk to Jason at TJM in Brendale. He’s been in the suspension game for years and really knows his stuff.
Our little Suzuki’s will eat up sand but as you’ve found when the bigger vehicles create ruts it can be a challenge. Other options to consider can be bigger tyres, or if the room is there, to simply straddle the ruts.

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Posted : 06/06/2019 10:59 pm
(@nermz)
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i have recently purchased a SWB JT. i had the same issue with the ruts...i konw its not the best way to go but i upgraded my springs on the standard shocks of the car and it seems to be doing a treat. it says its a 2inch "lift" but probably a little bit less of course. i changed my 225/70R16 with the 225/75R16's. In the near future i will probably be upgrading the full suspension. Dobinsons seems to be the way to go from the reviews.. .applaud.

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Posted : 06/06/2019 11:21 pm
(@slingshot)
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Thanks for the replies,
I don't think many people lift these vehicles,

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Topic starter Posted : 08/06/2019 9:08 pm
 GP
(@_gp_)
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The design doesn't let you do to much, 40 mm in the suspension and a slightly bigger tyre is about tops, then just look at protection for underneath and sills

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Posted : 10/06/2019 3:13 am
(@nermz)
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The design doesn't let you do to much, 40 mm in the suspension and a slightly bigger tyre is about tops, then just look at protection for underneath and sills

any recommendations for the protection?

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Posted : 12/06/2019 3:03 am
(@fatzook)
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I'm running a 255/60 18 with 40mm Dobinson lift on mine.  Works well.  Doing a Fraser trip in august, which will be the first real test of the suspension.

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Posted : 13/06/2019 6:52 am
(@slingshot)
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That's exactly the type of experience im interested in hearing about Fatzook ,
Did you go for linear or constant load springs?

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Topic starter Posted : 15/06/2019 7:33 pm
(@fatzook)
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I'm not sure mate. Just the standard Dobbies lift kit. I'm not loaded up with accessories, so probably the progressive rate coils over the constant load.

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Posted : 28/06/2019 11:51 am
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