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    Question Fortuner shock absorbers which replacement brand?

    Hi Guys, i have decided to replace the shocks on my 2008 3.0d4d 4x4 Fortuner, for safety reasons. Please can i ask for advice on which brand to fit? OME would be first choice however Ironman, Koni, XJS, all appear to be good brands. Only want to do the shocks at this stage mainly due to cost and the fact that i do not want to raise the vehicle.
    After the shocks have been replaced will wheel alighnment be nessesary?
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Can't get over the fact of having to spend 8 to 10K on a new vehicles suspension, then again i'll then have a great vehicle with 'decent' shocks! not the rubbish the factory fit!
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    I fitted rear OME's yesterday - got them second hand from a member with 2500 km's on them. Made a big difference, specially when serving to avoid something. Standard length, no lift, with standard coils! Can recommend it. No need to do the front.


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    Hi Guys

    You will be surprised at the differents the front shocks make when replaced, the body stability changes totally and you will have a vehicle
    that has very little body roll than previously.

    I have replaced my shocks with OME's and can recommend them.

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    I don't disagree with you Stoney, I can imagine that it makes a big difference! I am merly say that if you are on a budget, you only need to replace the rear to prevent gatswaai!

    But I see your point.....


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    After the shocks have been replaced will wheel alighnment be nessesary?
    No !

    But if you lift it -- YES -- your camber changes with a lift of an IFS vehicle
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    I'll go with XJS as they get supplied with a 3year guarentee. The Ausies makes them good!

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    Thx for all the advice/imput guy's, no LA Sport here in DBN, OME more readly available here, Safari Centre going to supply and fit OME's for me.

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    You only need the rear shocks to make the Fortuner safe. Ome's back Shocks fitted will set you back R2360 incl. Vat. We fitted numerous of these and can say it is the remedy for all the fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlux View Post
    You only need the rear shocks to make the Fortuner safe. Ome's back Shocks fitted will set you back R2360 incl. Vat. We fitted numerous of these and can say it is the remedy for all the fuss.
    Where are you guys situated.

    I would like to get mine done as well.

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    Good Day Hendrik,

    We in Pretoria Hendrik, I hope I can still help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornel Prinsloo View Post
    I'll go with XJS as they get supplied with a 3year guarentee. The Ausies makes them good!
    No use if they pack up within the 3 year period and they are waiting for stock and you desperately need them. Now on Kubus's which are a bit softer. At the rear the OME's are almost 7 years in use.

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    A few things...

    1. XJS / Kubu dont make shocks for Tuna, you maybe able to replace with Cruiser/ Hilux, derivates if you insist on either one of those brands. Incidently, that is what Koni and Bilstein are doing.
    2. Doing just the back is fine, but the combination of all 4 will be far better.
    3. Nothing wrong with OME

    The reassurance of having a safe vehicle far outweighs the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    No !

    But if you lift it -- YES -- your camber changes with a lift of an IFS vehicle
    If the coil-over-shock struts are changed on the Fortuner's front suspension, the suspension has to be partially disassembled, do it probably is a good idea to have the alignment done if the front shocks are changed, even if the suspension is not lifted.
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    For your information Monroe heavy duty gas shocks are also widely available for the Fortuner at very competitive rates.
    It is unnecessary to do the rear wheel alignment after fitting new shocks, but it is recomended for the front spring-pan units - this goes for standard suspension and raised set-ups.
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    For your information Monroe heavy duty gas shocks are also widely available for the Fortuner at very competitive rates.

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    Monroe man, how does Montoe compare with OME/Ironman/Koni? I thought that Monroe is the OEM supplier for the Fortuner, if this is the case I would be hesitant to replace?
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    Hi, try Camil Suspensin, much cheaper, locally manufactured. Between all our vehicles of our friends and family (Landcruiser 70'sr, Hilx, Fortuner and Colt), we all fit Camil. The fortuner is +- R8000.00 for front and rear shocks and coil springs. The rear suspension is also a coil over Shock and fully adjustable, and increases the load capacity and improves the road handling, go on their website, www.camilsuspensions.co.za, all their contact details is on there, speak to Piet Weideman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alchar View Post
    Hi Guys, i have decided to replace the shocks on my 2008 3.0d4d 4x4 Fortuner, for safety reasons. Please can i ask for advice on which brand to fit? OME would be first choice however Ironman, Koni, XJS, all appear to be good brands. Only want to do the shocks at this stage mainly due to cost and the fact that i do not want to raise the vehicle.
    After the shocks have been replaced will wheel alighnment be nessesary?
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Can't get over the fact of having to spend 8 to 10K on a new vehicles suspension, then again i'll then have a great vehicle with 'decent' shocks! not the rubbish the factory fit!
    Alchar please let us know what you decide on fitting. I am in the same boat wanting to go the Koni way but gosh its crazy to spend that for a 6 month old vehicle!!!

    PS. Also not wanting to lift!
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    Hi Speedy, i have just gone through a very stressfull and frustrating time the last few days after having OME shocks fitted (by an acclaimed quality fitment centre). Firstly i experienced greater vehicle instability, after 2 return visits to the F.Centre it was found that the left front shoch was fitted 'back to Front' i.e. the coil over springs were working away from each other and not together! After having the front shocks taken out and refitted 3 times, they now look like they come out of WW2, my suspension taken apart 3 times, you can imangine how stressd i am at this stage as i am quite particular with my vehicle. Any way after all this i still have a 'see saw' motion in my FT ,and very unhappy at the moment. OME's appear to be too soft.
    My advice, go with Koni, if i had the money i would change right now.
    Camil will give you a lift and enable you to load more, bear in mind the extra load will be on the shock mounts and not nessesary on the coil spring where it should be.
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