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    My 2011 Fortuner has 142000km on the clock. Hi-Q tell me they can't test them but it's time!! How do I know they stuffed? Don't want to replace if not necessary. If I do, do I go for gabriel safari or Monroe or what? I don't need fancy lifts etc
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    For the money replace them. Monroe is a better shock. Don't fit the Gabriel shocks they are cheap and I will say you downgrading from oem that way. I know a lot of guys will have something to say about that comment but that what I would do...
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    I also just wanted to replace the shocks on 120k, but ended up replacing coils as well due to the replacement bullbar in front and long range tank at the back. I fitted Billsteins
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    Hi Bartman71 I sent you a pm regarding the shocks

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    I have the same vehicle r, I ended up doing a full EFSfitment, cost more than I wanted but been very happy with it. VERY


    One concern was that it raised the height a little, many would consider this a plus, I was trying to avoid the ‘plank’ look but alas!


    I would do the same again.
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    I fitted those green Gabriels. They are gas filled, and gives a sporty ride. At the price I think it is a proposition. http://roadsafety.co.za/2011-06/gabr...-requirements/
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    I have a 2008 Fotuner. Replaced the shocks front and back last month for the first time. On 136 000 km. Fitted Monroe's front and back as well as a 20mm spacer kit on the front.
    It made a massive difference for me!!!!!!!!!

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    Tks guys for all your comments. I eventually fitted 4x Monroe's. Was looking at Amada but no stock and I needed it done before the weekend.
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    Fortuner rear shocks are suspect to say the least. On my 2007 the first 20mm on bump and rebound there was nothing so they were effectively 40mm shorter. The FT was a roll over candidate of note! After fitting Monroe Gas Magnums all the nonsense was at an end.

    Fitted Monroe on the 2013 FT I bought 2 weeks ago immediately! Wobbly bud fixed! This afternoon I played with the old shocks (80k km on them) and the one is half the pressure of the other. Both date stamped 31-01-2013.

    Edit: see tube thickness difference in pic
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    We all know that the std shocks are crap. Even the oem manufacturer of the shocks has replaced his vehicles with the Monroe Gas Magnums.

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    Oem shocks are often a lesser build size than the aftermarket ones. As the shock manufacturers believe the shocks should be bigger than the OEM engineers spec..

    However the shock manufacturers all reckon a shock should be replaced at 80k km due to plain wear and tear. With the detail that a shock oscillates about 2000 times per kilometer on tar, it has to wear out some time, and component durability can only be so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    Tjm!
    I made that mistake, they are way to stiff and the ride is overly hard. Plus TJM don't make rear FT shocks - only Prado 120 that fits ( well that's what I was told and sold). And they made in China, and they compare crap against similar priced products.

    Never again. Rather Koni, Bilstein or Tough Dog (definitely TG!) if you going to spend the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedjudd View Post
    Oem shocks are often a lesser build size than the aftermarket ones. As the shock manufacturers believe the shocks should be bigger than the OEM engineers spec..
    not a believe, it's proven.
    People lost their lives because of OEM engineered (financially engineered) specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Russell View Post
    People lost their lives because of OEM engineered (financially engineered) specs.
    Nice read that, I'm surprised that Rancho done better than tjm. I was thinking of using them on my tuna. I know that Rancho has updated the model they used.

    Would also like to know how near this test is to our tuna, as the one they used is a lot more heavy than the tuna and it's solid front axel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Russell View Post
    I made that mistake, they are way to stiff and the ride is overly hard. Plus TJM don't make rear FT shocks - only Prado 120 that fits ( well that's what I was told and sold). And they made in China, and they compare crap against similar priced products.

    Never again. Rather Koni, Bilstein or Tough Dog (definitely TG!) if you going to spend the money.
    I have TJM Gold allround on my FT, very happy offroad.

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    Following this thread with interest. Fortuner coming up on 180,000km and still running on factory shocks. Haven't thought about replacing them until reading this.

    I see no mention of the Mikem progressive suspension setup with Bilstein shocks. Anyone here with first-hand experience of this setup on their Fortuner, and what kind of money it would cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp007 View Post
    I also just wanted to replace the shocks on 120k, but ended up replacing coils as well due to the replacement bullbar in front and long range tank at the back. I fitted Billsteins
    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStroke View Post
    Following this thread with interest. Fortuner coming up on 180,000km and still running on factory shocks. Haven't thought about replacing them until reading this.

    I see no mention of the Mikem progressive suspension setup with Bilstein shocks. Anyone here with first-hand experience of this setup on their Fortuner, and what kind of money it would cost?
    when Mikem removed the coils, there were some worn bushes on the suspension which was replaced as well. It was not cheap at R17k, but I'm happy thus far.
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    Thanks tp007. How did the Mikem kit change your Fortuner's ride characteristics? Did you notice a harder or softer ride, more or less small bump compliance etc?
    Also, how much lift did the setup give your Fortuner?

    I'd like to upgrade and gain some (minimal) lift, but without creating a harsh, uncomfortable ride.

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    I had the same concerns, however my experience thus far is that the suspension is fermer (as in better handling) but can't say that I sacrificed any comfort.

    Did seven passes route yesterday and handling on gravel was good. Did Vleesbaai today and there was a lot of ruts and it handled very well. Don't expect air suspension, then you will be disappointed.

    The progressive coils does feel a bit softer compared to the oem coils when start loading it, but they settle quickly. I don't tow heavy trailers/caravans though.

    The lift in front was a bit higher to correct the weight of the bullbar at around 50mm. The rear was 35mm.

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