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    Cool Fortuner suspension upgrade

    I need to upgrade my "very Soft" suspension on my Fortuner - "big sag" when loaded.
    What is the best suspension to install - Old Man Emu - Tough dog - Camil - EBS - Iron man please if anyone out there has any positive experience with this problem please help, your comments and suggestion would be most welcome - "very confused"
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    I like my tough dog, quite comfy
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    Default Mikem

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    Mikem, Adrenalind on Forum, real name Darrell, Eloff St Ext.

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    they were my first choice as well, alas still waiting for their call back after 2 emails and 2 phone calls
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    Quote Originally Posted by sakush420 View Post
    they were my first choice as well, alas still waiting for their call back after 2 emails and 2 phone calls
    Darrell has Alzheimetic OCD with ADD... Call him again.
    I usually just pop in whenever I go collect a case of illy nearby...

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    Sigh, another one...

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    Look at Mikem. I looked into the various upgrades for a while before deciding.

    The problem with the Fortuner's standard suspension is that, when unladen, it tends to be a bit bouncy.

    The Mikem rear coils are progressive, so when the vehicle is unladen, the suspension is a bit softer (and copes better with undulations in the road), than the standard suspension. When you load it, the resistance in the coil increases, and it firms up without dropping too much.

    Lift wise, I got 35mm in front and 40mm at the back.
    Last edited by swimma; 2013/06/14 at 10:01 AM. Reason: added info
    Pajero Sport 3.2 donkey with some Stofpad protection and a software upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfus View Post
    Sigh, another one...
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    Default Mikem

    Hi Guys.
    Im as guilty as charged not having the greatest week in terms of customer service been taking some strain.If I have not replied im sorry I do apologise its just been too hectic need to get my office in order and get some more hands to help out.
    I just launched my new website please check it out and any feed back is good I also got a video on how we test shocks etc.
    Now that's out the way you have my full attention send me the queries please.
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    Smile Mikem

    To complete my Fortuner 4x4 D4D suspension upgrade I had Eibach front coils fitted at Mikem this morning.

    Previously fitted: Koni Heavy-Track shocks / Mikem progessive rear coils. Then a ONCA bar which dropped the nose, leading to the front coils being required.

    Result: 45mm front lift (from the dropped state) - which nicely matches the previous 37mm achieved at the rear with the progressive coils.

    Service was great - thanks!
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    Glenn, I have the old Fortuner (2006), the one whose soft suspension on corrugations caused the vehicle to choose the path less travelled -- off the road and down the cliff. From advice on this great forum I went for OMEs and complemented this with ensuring the right tyre pressure according to the terrain. It made a huge difference to the vehicle's stability. I have yet to see a negative comment about OMEs, and after 80,000 ks through some rough stuff they've been great companions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimma View Post
    The Mikem rear coils are progressive, so when the vehicle is unladen, the suspension is a bit softer (and copes better with undulations in the road), than the standard suspension. When you load it, the resistance in the coil increases, and it firms up without dropping too much.

    Lift wise, I got 35mm in front and 40mm at the back.
    Question:
    Is it possible to when you come to shock replacement, go the Mikem route, without the lift?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    Question:
    Is it possible to when you come to shock replacement, go the Mikem route, without the lift?
    I'm sure it is. The Bilstein front shocks have an adjustable coil seat, which means you can keep the front height the same. I would confirm with Darryl regarding the back shocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    Question:
    Is it possible to when you come to shock replacement, go the Mikem route, without the lift?
    Yes JacoE, then your skirt won't tear whenyou try get in.

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    Hi guys - thanks for this - need to "upgrade" my Fortuna's suspension as well! Any idea what it will cost me? (rough figure)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snelone View Post
    Hi guys - thanks for this - need to "upgrade" my Fortuna's suspension as well! Any idea what it will cost me? (rough figure)
    R12 - R15k

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    EFS has got an excellent warranty (5 years/100,000 km...me thinks) and a fair price. Often on special at Safari for +/-R12k.
    Ironman has a good price. Seen a few specials for +/-R10.5k.
    I quite like the idea of the progressive coil (Mikem).

    I think i might be going the Camil route thou...

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    [QUOTE=I think i might be going the Camil route thou...[/QUOTE]

    Why? What is your reasons?

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