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    So to those who don't know me, I'm now the proud owner of an '03 3.3 V6 D/C 4x4, and I'm itching to leave the tar. Unfortunately, the suspension's shot...

    Right rear leaf spring has snapped (1 bar), left is coming undone. Lower control arms are cracked (Right one snapped and repaired)... It's pre-owned and at 180,000km but no excuse, as all I had to do was look under the car before buying.

    Anyway, it's done, and I love the rest of the bakkie, so I wanna sort it out now. Really not knowing anything about what I need to do, I brosed the forums here and picked up all the name brands and going for quotes. But the more I'm reading, the more confused I'm getting. I'm assuming the parts I need replaced are :
    2 X Lower Control Arms
    2 X Rear Leaf Springs
    2 X Front Torsion Bar (I'm assuming each side has 1?)
    4 X Shocks (2 Front, 2 Rear)

    The control arms I've been told are agent only parts, so all quotes are without them (I think the torsion bars are also excluded, due to my not having an ARB bumper - but judging the state of the rest of the suspension, I think I'll have it looked at / replaced also).

    The 2 quotes I've gotten are OME @ R12,000 and Ironman @ R13,500. I was all set to get the OME, as from the forums they seemed highly recommended.

    However, the more I read the more Camil's were mentioned. Now from my undertanding - this is where I need the advice - the camil's are coil over's? So I should still get the OME leaf springs then?

    If I'm getting the OME leaf springs, would they be better paired with the OME shocks, or should I look into Camil's rather as the shock (The extra lift from coil over's is really appealing)?

    Your advice has always steered me in a good direction thus far, and thanks for that, but I'm afraid I need more

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    Hi Elbad

    Give the guys at LA Sport Cape Town a call speak and to Oscar he would be able to help you with all your questions.

    Tel: 021 761 0869

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    Aren't they a TJM specialist? Wouldn't his advice probably go along the lines of "Equip TJM throughout."

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    I would go for the paired OME setup. While your at it, remember to replace all the balljoints, compression rod bushes, tie rod ends and draglink. (if you have not yet done so)

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    I put Iron Man leafs and shackles on the back and Iron Man torsions on my D22. Did it myself in a few hours and turned the nosediving, bone rattling D22 Hardbody into a vehicle that loved the dirt.

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    As far as I Know the Camil is only an adjustable coil-over shock. This only replaces the shocks and not the rest of the suspension. So tortion bars will still have to be done in the front.

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    I have had an Iron Man and an OME torsion bars on before and honestly i couldnt tell the difference.
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    By the way:

    I called the place that gave me the cheapest OME quote (Safari Center - Let me know if I should avoid them for any reason?) and asked whether they were able to tell me what needed to be replaced, i.e. could they test the shocks and stuff.

    They said they couldn't. How and where can I test these things?

    Leaf Springs - cracked and coming apart, these obviously need to be replaced.

    Socks - I was told to watch out for body roll, but surely somewhere cantest this. I read somewhere that for a proper test they need to be taken off. Who does this?

    Lastly Torsion bars - How would I know if these need replacing?

    With my lower control arms (R3900 from Nissan excl fitting), the full suspension will set me back almost R20k... which I don't really have right now, so ideally I only want to fit what's required. Any advice?

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    Well you could try second hand control arms, might still be in excellent condition, and much less than agents.
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    You could try and sort out the leaf springs and lower control arms via scrapyard / 2nd hand spares shop. then do the shocks. put the torsion bars last on the list.

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    Popped in today at a place in Brackenfell called R&D Offroad. Really great service there (Got a recommendation from a client of mine). Apparently torsion bars are finished, leaf springs are broken and shocks... well, they had to get under the bakkie before they would believe it had shocks installed.

    Hopefully I can get my suspension replaced there, as they've really been of great assistance so far. More so than the other suppliers who simply gave me a quote without even bothering to have a look at the Hardbody... only problem is those 'others' seem to be coming in at much lower prices...

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    The bakkie is in today getting its shocks and springs replaced. By what I've read on the forums, I should be in for a major difference the feel of the ride.

    Took some measurements from the top of the rim to the wheel arches, before giving it in.

    Front Left = 275mm
    Front Right = 285mm
    Rear Left = 350mm
    Rear Right = 370mm

    I'll post what the new values will be, but apparently the front is already sagging, so the difference should be quite a bit.

    I'm also heading out for my first real 4x4 trip with the bakkie this weekend. Taking her to Yzerfontein to a 4x4 trail there... not sure which one. I know it's not Blombosch or Buffelsfontein. We'll see how much fun she can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elbad View Post
    The bakkie is in today getting its shocks and springs replaced. By what I've read on the forums, I should be in for a major difference the feel of the ride.

    Took some measurements from the top of the rim to the wheel arches, before giving it in.

    Front Left = 275mm
    Front Right = 285mm
    Rear Left = 350mm
    Rear Right = 370mm

    I'll post what the new values will be, but apparently the front is already sagging, so the difference should be quite a bit.

    I'm also heading out for my first real 4x4 trip with the bakkie this weekend. Taking her to Yzerfontein to a 4x4 trail there... not sure which one. I know it's not Blombosch or Buffelsfontein. We'll see how much fun she can be.
    Hi - it is a year down the line and you still need to tell us what had happened subsequent to the upgrade.

    Regards,
    George Brittnell
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    Hey georgeb,

    Its hard for me to say whether it was worth it, as I don't really have anything to compare it to.

    All I can say, is I was really happy with it and the susension gave me absolutely no problems. I did some 4x4ing with it, and it was great. I spent a lot of time on the dunes @ Atlantis, and really can't fault the suspension.

    Unfortunately I've since sold the hardbody due to too many other issues and problems that were obviously 'quick-fixed' by the dealer.

    When I get another 4x4, I can honestly say OME will be the way I go. As I said, maybe others are better - I wouldn't know, but from my experience, I really can't fault it.
    '03 Nissan Hardbody 3.3 V6 4x4 D/C
    Full OME Suspension

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    Thanks for the response. Sorry to hear that you had to sell.

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