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    Default Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    The time has come for the shocks on the old landy to be replaced. I am looking at the Terrafirma lineup and after reading many reviews I would like to get some current feedback from members.

    Three options available:

    Terrafirma pro sport +2"

    Terrafirma Bigbore +50mm

    Terrafirma 4-stage adjustable +2''


    I use my landy as a daily drive, off-road toy and overlander.
    20 000km a year
    5 trails a year
    1 overland trip a year

    Im leaning towards the pro sports just based on price but thought about big bores or Adjustable rear with front pro sport as well.

    Please share your experience with the above mentioned shocks.

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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    I have also been looking into this

    The Pro Sport kit is very well priced. I would like the 4 stage adjustable with the 5" longer travel, but that means a lot of extra mods to get it to work properly.

    I have been reading about a few people saying the shocks brake at the mount. Last thing I would want on a overland trip
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    I changed my Td5 shocks to Terrafirma Commercial HD, they looked the business and the write up was impressive but 5000km later the back right shat itself for no good reason so I replaced all of them with Genuine Land Rover dampers. Other guys have had good experience though, so it seems hit and miss with their dampers. I have heard positive things about the big bore version though.
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    Have TF +5” on the one Landy so far so good, other Landy +2” and only know one has lost oil after 8 years, STD size shocks you have a few makes you chose from but once start modifying only really have TF, unless want to pay big bucks for Fox shocks
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    I have Big bore on my 130 and am happy. The other Terrafirma on my Disco leak and I have snapped a few almost new one's at the weld. Not sure I would recommend them.

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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Make sure they are mounted correctly, Terra Firma publish good information on which way the metal spacers are to be fitted as well as the requirement for the bush cups on the lower shock mount to be removed (post '94 Defenders).

    I understand that many of the failures were for reasons of incorrect mounting
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Pieter, id consider Koni or Bilstein if its an option.

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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    I run Terrafirma medium duty on my 110 Tdi and 110 V8.

    No problems thus far and I am happy with the ride and offroad capability.
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Heavy duty work was breaking all my back shocks regardless of brand at the "eye", changed back mount to pin and touch wood no problems so far.
    As for TF, they seem hit or miss.
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Thanks for all the advice gents, TF are well priced for a bit more HD shock. I have got quotes for ironman and OME which are both substantially more expensive than TF. Konis are even more expensive but have stellar reviews.

    Ive found decent reviews of both the pro sport and big bore but as many of you have mentioned it seems to be hit and miss.

    I am aware that there were issues with disco2 shocks and also incorrect mountings. How many failures this equates to over plain bad quality is anybody’s guess.
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    Why don't you try ProComps? I run them in my D1 5-door and I am very happy with them. Price also doesn't break the bank.

    If TF shocks are anything like their coils I'd rather stay far away from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    Why don't you try ProComps? I run them in my D1 5-door and I am very happy with them. Price also doesn't break the bank.

    If TF shocks are anything like their coils I'd rather stay far away from them.
    Funny enough I heard a lot more negative stuff from pro-comp. A good friend runs TF coils and has had no issues whatsoever.
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Very interesting thread with regards to mounting of the shocks and there also seems to have been a product revision post 2014.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/176284-Terrafrima-Shock-Broken

    https://www.facebook.com/Terrafirma4x4/posts/10152322875954603

    I have Land Rover HD coils so will need to retain them with the longer shocks.
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    I've been running TF Big Bores (standard length) on my rear axle for several years now, no problems and keeps everything well under control. Just heed the installation instructions, apparently some people have had mountings breaking off due to incorrect installation. (BTW, the front has been running on Monroe Gas for ages now, no problems, previous OME's did not last as long and started leaking front and rear).
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Im running TF 4-stage adjustable shocks with HD coils rear and MD coils front - although on a disco2.
    Havent had any problems so far, ride is however a little hard when everything gets removed from an overland trip.
    Adjustable shocks helps a small bit here to smooth out the ride a little.

    Also look at the Rancho RS9000xl, really happy with them as well but finding stock can take a lot of phone calls.
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by pjf110 View Post
    Funny enough I heard a lot more negative stuff from pro-comp. A good friend runs TF coils and has had no issues whatsoever.
    So I posted the question to someone at the Landy parts supplier who used to stock TF and this was the response, copied off my whatsapp.

    "We have had no comebacks with the procomps yet. The reason we changed from terrafirmas was because of the failures"

    I'll leave it there as I would rather stick with someone who actually deal and sell shocks than hearsay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    So I posted the question to someone at the Landy parts supplier who used to stock TF and this was the response, copied off my whatsapp.

    "We have had no comebacks with the procomps yet. The reason we changed from terrafirmas was because of the failures"

    I'll leave it there as I would rather stick with someone who actually deal and sell shocks than hearsay.

    Thanks Ill definatly have a look at the pro-comps, would you mind pm'ing the supplier datails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    ........at the Landy parts supplier who used to stock TF ........
    So who would that be?
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    Default Re: Defender 110-Terrafirma Shocks

    Well I just ordered 4 X TF+5” for my Landy so ya will see
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