Q: How should I set up my suspension for my 4x4 vehicle?
A: The best approach is to configure your 4x4 suspension based on what you will primarily use the vehicle for about 80% of the time. Finding the right suspension kit involves striking a balance and choosing one that aligns with the main purpose of your vehicle.
Q: What should I consider when choosing a suspension kit?
A: When selecting a suspension kit, consider the primary use of your 4x4 vehicle. Here are some scenarios to guide you:
- General Driving and Off-Road Adventures: For regular driving and occasional off-road adventures, opt for a balanced suspension kit that offers a comfortable ride and reasonable off-road performance. Heavy-duty kits might be unnecessary and lead to a stiffer ride.
- Towing: If you plan to tow a caravan or boat occasionally, consider installing an airbag set up. This setup provides a better compromise compared to choosing extra heavy-duty coils, which may result in a harsh ride and elevated rear suspension height when not towing.
- Tradesman or Mining Vehicle: For vehicles that are constantly loaded due to tradesman or mining purposes, a heavy-duty suspension set up is more appropriate. This setup ensures your 4x4 can handle the consistent load efficiently.
Q: What issues may arise from choosing the wrong suspension setup?
A: Selecting the wrong suspension setup can lead to several issues:
- Uncomfortable Ride: Installing a heavy-duty suspension kit for occasional heavy loads can make the vehicle's ride uncomfortably stiff when it's not carrying a significant load.
- Negative Impact on Components: Inappropriately heavy suspension setups can put unnecessary strain on other suspension components, potentially causing premature wear and damage.
- Rear Suspension Height: Incorrectly chosen setups can cause the rear of the vehicle to sit too high or too low, affecting stability and handling.
Q: What should I consider if I've replaced the factory tub with a tray on my vehicle?
A: If you've replaced the factory tub with a steel or alloy tray, consider the additional weight factor when calculating the total load. Take into account the weight of toolboxes, tools, and equipment that will be carried regularly.
Remember, the key to setting up your 4x4 suspension lies in understanding your vehicle's primary usage and finding a suspension kit that strikes the right balance for your needs. Consulting with suspension experts can also help you make an informed decision and ensure optimal performance and comfort for your off-road adventures.
Accessories vary in weight depending on the manufacturer and the purpose of the accessories. We have put together a list below of what an average accessory would weigh.
(**please note this is for guidance purposes only**)
Bull Bar (Steel)
Bull Bar (Aluminium)
Side Step (Steel)
Rear Bar (Aftermarket)
Winch (Synthetic Rope)
Winch (Steel Cable)
Roof Tray (Steel) Full Length - Empty
Roof Tray (Alloy) Full Length - Empty
Roof Top Tent
Underbody Guard (Front)
Underbody Guard (Transmission)
Underbody Guard (Sump)
Underbody Guard (Transfer)
HD Recovery Kit
Tool Box Alloy (Empty)
80L Fridge (Empty)
Wagon - Rear Tyre Carrier (No Tyre)
Fuel Tank (Long Range)
Tray (Steel) UTE
Tray (Aluminium) UTE
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Detail: 4x4 Single Cab 4x4 Extra Cab 4x4 Dual Cab Twin Tube Nitrogen Gas charged shock absorbers
Twin Tube Nitro-Gas
Designed, developed and tested in Australia by Dobinsons Spring & Suspension, in house suspension design engineers, Dobinsons 4x4 shock absorbers are designed and tested to perform in the harshest conditions right across the world.
As Dobinsons Spring and Suspension export to over 40 countries worldwide from their Australian head office, the importance of quality is at the forefront in the complete design and manufacturing process. This ensures every shock can withstand the blistering heat and corrugations of the Australian outback right through to the subzero temperatures of a Russian winter.
Nitrogen Gas Charged
High Quality Parts
Direct Bolt-In O.E Replacement
35mm & 32mm Bore Size
Double Chromed 18mm Rod
60mm & 51mm Body Size
High Quality Fuch's Oil
NOK Multi-Lip Seals
Teflon Piston Rings
Twin Tube Big-Bore Design
Vehicle & Weight Specific Valving
Natural Rubber Bushings
Important Notes for setting up your Vehicle Correctly:
When selecting Springs to suit your lift, please Select Springs only to suit Current "CONSTANT" Loads Front and Rear.
Towing Loads are not included in your Constant Load Calculations, as they are not "Constant" Loads.
Please do not put Occasional Loads into your "Constant" Load determinations.
Selecting a load rating that is too heavy for your setup will result in Poor Flex Off-Road, Compromised Suspension Travel & Rough Ride, and will cause damage to your new shock absorbers and other components by pushing them outside of their intended range.
All lift heights stated are estimated lift heights, due to the large number of variables in each different vehicles setup and accessories.