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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Suspension Type: Coil Spring Front / Coil Spring Rear
Front Lift: 40mm
Rear Lift: 40mm
Detail: 40mm Bore Adjustable Shock Front Preassembled Struts & Coils
40mm Bore Adjustable Shock Absorbers
The 40mm adjustable shock brings the ability to fine tune your ride control to just about every 4WD user. The shock offers 9 different stages of adjustment, to fine tune the ride characteristics to your personal preference and application.
40mm internal bore
60mm external casing
18mm chrome-plated rod
High temperature, all weather oil
9 Stage external adjustment
Additional welding on all studs and eye rings
4 Year / unlimited km Recreational warranty (Conditions Apply)
3 Year / unlimited km Commercial warranty (Conditions Apply)
Upper Control Arms
When an IFS vehicle is fitted with a suspension lift, the original caster and camber specifications are pushed outside the acceptable limit. The vehicle loses caster which makes the steering vague, and positive camber is introduced, which contributes to uneven and accelerated tyre wear. Tough Dog Upper Control arms can help get the maximum performance and lifediv from your suspension and steering components.
This Vehicle Part No: TDCA-005
Coil Insert Airbags
When carrying varying loads or heavy towing, Air Assist coil insert kits can help level off vehicles. By increasing the air pressure, the coil insert kit increases the effective spring rate and levels the vehicle. The high pressure bag is inserted inside the coil spring and assists the coil spring when necessary.
This Vehicle Part No: TDAA-009
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.