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  • Originally posted by juz View Post
    Great stuff Mark. Getting mine fitted by Hendersons Suspension this friday! Woo hoo.

    Question. Should we be aiming for a particular ride height on installation given that it will settle after some time?

    thanks again
    Hey Justin,

    Hopefully after it all settles in you'll end up with around a 790-800mm ride height on the front. It will take a little bit of driving to settle it in, and with the IFS scaling the settling by roughly x2 at wheel position, the ride height settling from first bounce to finally settled can be anything up to 40mm, so don't be surprised to see it up high initially around 830mm or so, as it will quickly reduce.

    Best

    Mark
    2006 GXL petrol auto. ARB deluxe bar x3 HID IPF's, ARB alloy roofrack, ARB awning, BFG A/T, Safari snorkel, Piranha breathers, Pacemaker extractors, custom Ironman 45710FE 436-569mm with Dobinsons 350, custom Ironman 45682FE 383-618mm with Dobinsons 487, Firestone kevlar 60psi airbags, 30mm extended Roadsafe links, AMTS bashplate and recovery points, ABR Flyer with Powersonic AGM.

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    • Originally posted by Whitey View Post
      Hey Justin,

      Hopefully after it all settles in you'll end up with around a 790-800mm ride height on the front. It will take a little bit of driving to settle it in, and with the IFS scaling the settling by roughly x2 at wheel position, the ride height settling from first bounce to finally settled can be anything up to 40mm, so don't be surprised to see it up high initially around 830mm or so, as it will quickly reduce.

      Best

      Mark
      Ok cool. So, just slap those puppies in and all will be good.
      Prado 150 with lots of stuff on it

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      • Well done Mark on finishing this amazing group buy! Your personal effort has been incredible...
        Cheers
        Rob
        Rob.
        '08 GXL V6 Manual with: O/L Bar, Cibie Oscars, Safari Snorkel, Revalved Ironman 45710 Struts & 45682 Shocks, Dobinsons & King springs, MickeyT STZs, Eaton E-locker on rear, ScanGaugeII, InaWise TPMS, and a Tvan controlled via TowPro.

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        • I had my first opportunity to try the suspension out offroad in the Grampians region on the weekend. As expected, it handled everything i threw at it brilliantly. In fact, it temped me into a false sence of security that i was throwing the car into obstacles much faster than i probably wanted to. Was particularly impressed when i got air off a woopty, and landed on front drivers side first, and didnt bottom out the suspension. Particularly outstanding is how it handled medium obstacles and gutters etc. For the slow full articulation it was also fine; barely slipping wheels.

          What i did notice was how sensitive the handling and ride is to tyre pressure. Normally i ran my LT muddies 44 psi on road. Thats too hard for the new suspension, activating slight undulations in the road. I found 38 psi to be the magic pressure. Normally i would run 20 psi off road; as i was doing a mix of 4x4 tracks, high speed gravel, and tarmac, i ran 30 psi and the handling was just like lower pressures but without the sideways floating of low tyre pressures. That seems to be mixing the compression damping of the shocks with the effective compression damping of the tyres.... maybe Mark has some thoughts on that.

          All in all, very happy i replaced a perfectly good Bilstein setup with the custom Ironmans; which i only did because i experienced some fading in the rear in the Simpson with the Bilsteins and also had driven in Marks Prado.

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          • Hey all,

            Yesterday I re-valved the very last strut I had in stock, so it's spanners down in my garage for a while!

            The spare set I had has also been gobbled up, so thanks for all the interest!

            Best

            Mark
            2006 GXL petrol auto. ARB deluxe bar x3 HID IPF's, ARB alloy roofrack, ARB awning, BFG A/T, Safari snorkel, Piranha breathers, Pacemaker extractors, custom Ironman 45710FE 436-569mm with Dobinsons 350, custom Ironman 45682FE 383-618mm with Dobinsons 487, Firestone kevlar 60psi airbags, 30mm extended Roadsafe links, AMTS bashplate and recovery points, ABR Flyer with Powersonic AGM.

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            • Well done that man!
              My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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              • All I can say is WOW. Had my new "Whitey" suspension installed today. What a difference. Was worried about harshness but damn, what a ride. Firm but smooth at the same time.
                Cornering is pure fun. My Prado is a totally different beast now. Can't wait to head out bush again. Dude, you nailed it. Thank you.
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                Prado 150 with lots of stuff on it

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                • Hey Justin,

                  Great photos, Prado in the wild, plenty of timber there for a nice camp fire!

                  Glad you're enjoying the Prado in our great outdoors!

                  Best

                  Mark
                  2006 GXL petrol auto. ARB deluxe bar x3 HID IPF's, ARB alloy roofrack, ARB awning, BFG A/T, Safari snorkel, Piranha breathers, Pacemaker extractors, custom Ironman 45710FE 436-569mm with Dobinsons 350, custom Ironman 45682FE 383-618mm with Dobinsons 487, Firestone kevlar 60psi airbags, 30mm extended Roadsafe links, AMTS bashplate and recovery points, ABR Flyer with Powersonic AGM.

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                  • Originally posted by Whitey View Post
                    Hey Justin,

                    Great photos, Prado in the wild, plenty of timber there for a nice camp fire!

                    Glad you're enjoying the Prado in our great outdoors!

                    Best

                    Mark
                    Haha, not quite the wild mate. Just out the front of my joint. Having said that, my unsealed, steep, rutted out driveway is a great test for any car.
                    Prado 150 with lots of stuff on it

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                    • double post, sorry
                      Prado 150 with lots of stuff on it

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                      • Yet another positive result from Whitey's Group buy! I was the lucky recipient of one of the last sets of shocks due to a cancelled order. Thought I had missed the boat but the shockie gods were on my side. The result? The same as what everyone else has stated in this thread. A total transformation with handling beyond what I expected. Thanks goes of course to Whitey for sharing his knowledge and hard work in developing what is a bloody good, strong shock into a bloody fantastic shock. On Whitey's advice we opted on the Dobinson 352's up front and we replaced the Grande Airbags in the rear with amts 120ABHD Coil conversion springs which Andrew shipped up to me in record time (Thanks Mate) We also installed the Firestone airbags to assist when carrying heavier loads.
                        A few pics of Whitey's handy work...

                        Old Vs New (big difference...)
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/e2567he3r/OldVsNew.jpg

                        Fronts in with a touch of bling by way of Superior Eng sway bar relocation blocks...
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/n9xeo6dg7/FrontSetup.jpg

                        https://s5.postimg.cc/guydrsotj/FrontStrut1.jpg

                        amts Rear Coil Conversion springs with GXL Bumpstops which the diameter of the cone needed to be trimmed to fit into the spring. This will also be used as a spacer for the airbags
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/ernyjtjs7/RearSpring.jpg

                        Rear Coils in place
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/jca4z2o5j/RearCoil1.jpg

                        All installed and sitting pretty...
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/6yxarzb9z/IMG_8692.jpg


                        Flex Time!!!! (how many Grande's out there that can flex with the best of them?
                        https://s5.postimg.cc/cltnpm64n/Flex1.jpg

                        https://s5.postimg.cc/rujl3e7iv/Flex2.jpg

                        https://s5.postimg.cc/w3ob5l5nb/Flex3.jpg

                        https://s5.postimg.cc/tmcjyb6bb/Flex4.jpg
                        Last edited by amts; 10-05-2018, 09:20 AM.
                        2004 V6 Grande. BLACK -

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                        • What a legend! I'll pop over one day to grab the Spanner

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                          • Hey all,

                            The final vehicle on the list was fitted today, so the thread will now be closed for comments.

                            Thanks to everyone who took part in the group buy, and I hope you're all out there enjoying your suspension!

                            Admin please close the thread, that's a wrap!

                            Best

                            Mark
                            2006 GXL petrol auto. ARB deluxe bar x3 HID IPF's, ARB alloy roofrack, ARB awning, BFG A/T, Safari snorkel, Piranha breathers, Pacemaker extractors, custom Ironman 45710FE 436-569mm with Dobinsons 350, custom Ironman 45682FE 383-618mm with Dobinsons 487, Firestone kevlar 60psi airbags, 30mm extended Roadsafe links, AMTS bashplate and recovery points, ABR Flyer with Powersonic AGM.

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                            • Next 100 sets?
                              My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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