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    Default Shock absorber replacement - when and what??

    I have a 2005 D2 ES with 130,000km on it. I know from other vehicles shock generally go after about 100,000km... so how do I know if they are fineshed and what do I replace them with, OEM (Monroe) or LR replacement? Called my local LR and they said they never replace shocks.... Let me know guys
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    LR says they never replace shocks?!
    how narrow minded! i cannot believe they would make a statement like that.
    shocks have a limited lifespan irrespective of make.
    some get dodgy by 50k km already.
    inspect for leaks.
    a leak says the shock is shot.
    bounce the vehicle up and down and if there is any ossilation, replace the shocks. i would go ahead and replace in any event. with 130 k km and 5 years under the belt, it is high time.
    do not fit britpart shocks! they are not worth the money.
    fit OME or Billstein if you have the money.
    fit Terrafirma is you want a good shock at a reasonable price.
    if you do rough roads or are often loaded, fit the heavy duty shocks.
    Gabriels and Monroes are not bad if used primarily for town driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caltrigger View Post
    I have a 2005 D2 ES with 130,000km on it. I know from other vehicles shock generally go after about 100,000km... so how do I know if they are fineshed and what do I replace them with, OEM (Monroe) or LR replacement? Called my local LR and they said they never replace shocks.... Let me know guys
    Hi caltrigger

    I had the same dilemma some months ago. After thorough research I settled for the TerraFirma shocks, they work brilliantly, especially on gravel roads. And the price is right around R2800.00 for a set of 4 including freight charges.

    Just keep in mind, if you have rear coils fitted, go for the rear conversion with the steel cylinders inside the coils (top mount), that prevent the coils from falling out when doing some really heavy offroading.

    It happened to me and I immediately had this conversion fitted.

    Good luck!
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    Dobinsons has served me very well so far.

    Like me you're going to find lots of "these are the best" opinions with a Q like this.

    First decide what you're going to do with your truck and also how you and the family like the ride to be. For instance you can buy the best extreme offroad kit available, but your going to hate it in town because it is just too firm and hard even with kidney belts on!.

    You need to enjoy your journey and not the wows from your mates imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hgbosch View Post
    Hi caltrigger

    I had the same dilemma some months ago. After thorough research I settled for the TerraFirma shocks, they work brilliantly, especially on gravel roads. And the price is right around R2800.00 for a set of 4 including freight charges.

    Just keep in mind, if you have rear coils fitted, go for the rear conversion with the steel cylinders inside the coils (top mount), that prevent the coils from falling out when doing some really heavy offroading.

    It happened to me and I immediately had this conversion fitted.

    Good luck!
    probably referring to dislocation cones.
    Terrafirma shocks those as well.
    Land-Rover-parts-shop should have then in stock.
    http://www.land-rover-parts-shop.com...cones&year=all
    under R1000 for a set delivered.

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    Thanks guys,

    Most of the driving in onroad but the family has a place deep in the Wild Coast with less than great roads and we are loaded when we go. As well as I am going into Lesotho 3 times a year for missionary work.

    I have the Es with Air bags at the rear but I take it Terrafirma would be a direct bolt on? Who are the agents, nobody here in East London?
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    Can anyone install a set? Or wouls a proper motor mac be needed? I could as my mate at the local Hi-Q
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    Would Terrafirma's be better than Monroe or Bilstein gas??
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    it is no rocket science and anyone handy enough around cars will be able to do the job.
    the back ones are especially easy.
    just remember not to overtighten the nuts as you will cause damage to the rubbers. rule of thumb you should see about 3 threads proud of the nut when correctly tightened.

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    Looks like British 4x4 are the only ones with Terrafirmas in stock. No Monroe's in SA and the TF's are cheaper
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    Quote Originally Posted by caltrigger View Post
    Looks like British 4x4 are the only ones with Terrafirmas in stock. No Monroe's in SA and the TF's are cheaper

    I ordered TF's from LRPS this morning and my local Hi-Q have got Monroes....
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    Thats east london for you... Monroes are more expensive, are they better than the TF's?
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    AndrewD - Maybe you bought the last pair...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by caltrigger View Post
    AndrewD - Maybe you bought the last pair...lol
    Or maybe they'll only arrive in months time....
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    just careful not to try to fit the TF big bores upfront inside the coil. they catch on the coil when articulating. ideally they should be fitted outboard like the P38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landyluvver View Post
    just careful not to try to fit the TF big bores upfront inside the coil. they catch on the coil when articulating. ideally they should be fitted outboard like the P38.
    Thanks LL - I didn't buy the big bores though. You had me worried for a second there.
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    what did you order?
    TF116/117 or there about?

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    TF118

    Nothing extravagant...
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    perfect!

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