New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol




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    For interest I'm sharing some photos of my 2005 Nissan Patrol, 4.8 that I got back from Mikem Suspension last week. I have had OME (2" lift) on a previous 4.8 and had the TJM XGS Gold that this one had on it. After much desktop research including looking at some options I saw in Australia I decided to go with the Bilstein, custom made by the guys at Mikem. "Custom" sounds larny but they don't have a 'kit as OME do so they make the reservoirs, mounts etc as required for the vehicle.

    First up, I must say that these are the first guys I have met in person that have actually been able to explain to me how suspension works. They spent some 90 minutes with me made and this probably made me lean towards them doing the work. Barend in particular deserves a mention.

    I did get quotes on multiple options from 4" lifts to OME BP51 (that quote came in at R90k for a 2" lift) to the standard OME 2" lift that we often see. Overall I am delighted by the workmanship and attention to detail. I opted to stay with an approximately 50mm lift as I utilise the car mainly for touring with my young family, towing an overloaded conqueror companion and a roof rack that has always got too much on it.

    I am mostly ignorant on suspensions but opted to install external reservoirs and not have adjustable shocks. I have overheated and 'blown' more than a handfull of shocks in my life hence the former option. On adjustability - I drove a cruiser fitted with BP51's for a month earlier this year in Australia and while I tend to think more options are better, I quickly realized that my understanding of how compression and rebound work in reality (versus the manual) fall short of utilising the option to its full extent. Further - I concluded that most of my driving is not done at the limit of any application - i don't race and i don't do extreme rock crawling that requires an Xlink or something similar.

    Have driven it for about 300km and it feels superb. Bumps, swerves and pavements all elicited just one action from the suspension which is how I think suspension should work.
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    Below some pics.
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    2007: JHB-London by motorbike. 16000km, 39 days
    2014: JHB-Nairobi-JHB. 13000km, 90 days

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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    Very impressive.
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    Oh yes and the most interesting part is that it cost less than putting old man emu on. I was envisaging paying more for a custom build including external reservoirs. And they're serviceable locally, although i dont anticipate having to use that attribute too soon.
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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    Remote reservoir shocks have been used on competition bikes for decades, for a good reason. And Fox has been a leading brand since the beginning.
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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    Nice! If you use remote reservoir shocks for the right reasons, they are the bees' knees. They also look cool, which is "the right reason" for most folks, at least in the Jeep world.

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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    There’s no doubt they look good! I have blown 6 shocks in my past on corrugations so am keen to try external reservoirs. The theory seems to hold.
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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    I might have misread but what's the price? Especially the shocks. It's good to hear from Mikem again.
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    Default Re: New Bilstein suspension by Mikem - Nissan Patrol

    Quote Originally Posted by nisjeep View Post
    I might have misread but what's the price? Especially the shocks. It's good to hear from Mikem again.
    About 21k ex the dampener. I dont have specific prices on hand and won’t have until the end of august when I return.
    '05 Nissan Patrol 4.8L GRX
    '13 Conqueror Companion

    2007: JHB-London by motorbike. 16000km, 39 days
    2014: JHB-Nairobi-JHB. 13000km, 90 days

    "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."

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