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UAE is easy, often when you ask parts shop for prices you get a 'local' price and 'dubai' price. You wait 2 weeks for the dubai price items. SA is more difficult.

Thank you everyone for your replies.
If you need any help from the Dubai end, give me a shout
 

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Does anyone recognise these? I assume they're remote resi, couldn't figure it out.

This is in an fj.

http://imgur.com/a/pJdJYKU
 

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One of the forum new members purchased a Dobinson kit recently - no word yet on fit or performance.
 

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One of the forum new members purchased a Dobinson kit recently - no word yet on fit or performance.
Many GX owners are on the Dobinson wagon. They like the cushy ride thanks to the OE style rubber bushings in the ends. Pretty sure they'll handle 90% of what people do here. Honestly Dobinson's current non-resi line up looks like OME Nitrocharged. And their resi version is probably some copy of the old OME resi shocks but different color. Not sure why OP is trying to obtain some random suspension that probably can't be serviced or replaced lol. Anyway good luck
 

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Many GX owners are on the Dobinson wagon. They like the cushy ride thanks to the OE style rubber bushings in the ends. Pretty sure they'll handle 90% of what people do here. Honestly Dobinson's current non-resi line up looks like OME Nitrocharged. And their resi version is probably some copy of the old OME resi shocks but different color. Not sure why OP is trying to obtain some random suspension that probably can't be serviced or replaced lol. Anyway good luck
OP is based in Kenya and choice is limited pretty much to Australian & Asian brands for local availability & support.
Some of those brands are not available in the US market, but are popular elsewhere.
 

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Which random suspension am I trying to obtain?
That picture you posted with the stock suspension/ anti roll system. Get something aftermarket that you're able to service or have a shop complete if you're driving endless washboards. That's similar to the desert terrain we have here with hard pack and soft silt mixed in.

pretty much to Australian & Asian brands for local availability & support.
Got it. Figured Dobinsons was from AU. I'm no stranger to AU parts. My Land Rover used OME and Tough Dog parts. GX owners are especially prissy when it comes to comfy rides since most are onroading to their local cars and coffee meets. 🙂
 

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Not trying to buy them, just asking what they are.

If they had ended being a locally available remote resi then yes, I'd have considered buying them. I didn't know they were oem xreas thingy when I posted the photo.
 

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That picture you posted with the stock suspension/ anti roll system. Get something aftermarket that you're able to service or have a shop complete if you're driving endless washboards. That's similar to the desert terrain we have here with hard pack and soft silt mixed in.



Got it. Figured Dobinsons was from AU. I'm no stranger to AU parts. My Land Rover used OME and Tough Dog parts. GX owners are especially prissy when it comes to comfy rides since most are onroading to their local cars and coffee meets. 🙂
Dobinson pretty much copies everything ARB does, not sure about the quality but they are always right behind them in manufacturing. I really like some of their Tacoma bumpers but have never tried them and they're hard to get here in the states.
 

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Does the foam cell pro fit inside the OEM spring on the front? Or do I need to buy their springs as well?
 

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One of the forum new members purchased a Dobinson kit recently - no word yet on fit or performance.
Interestingly Doinsons is considered a discount brand in oz, the MRR kit for an FJ is only 800 usd there. It's 2000usd here and in Dubai, and not much cheaper in the USA.
 

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Interestingly Doinsons is considered a discount brand in oz
They're similar (if not, same) to OME if that's considered discount . I'm pretty sure they just took over OME's old line of parts because OME changed to a hybrid of plastic and metal parts on their nitro charger shocks. I've had both old and new OME shocks on my land rover and they were great for the money since it seems like budget is a concern. I think if you're concerned about doing washboard roads, invest in hydraulic bump stops to ease the ride when compressing. Stock bumpstops are jarring and the next step up is Wheelers or Timbrens poly bump stops but neither of those will sort out a hit like hydraulic bumps.
 

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I've decided on the ironman with ironman A springs. In case anyone is interested in my thought process :

The fcp seems to be best in this price range, there are multiple threads on various forums without complaints while the dobinson mrr have many documented cases of failure. They are also rebuildable (cheap here) and the dealer seems good.

The profender dealer is a bit flakey and not much info on reliability. When asked about warranty he said any failure is down to installation so I feel like that will be the go to excuse in case of any issues.

Bilstein not easily available for some reason, neither of the main dealers has anything for the fj/land cruiser.

Outback armour in Australia make an adjustable twin tube 60mm but again very little info. They are used by the Australian army but not sure that counts for anything... The British army uses land rovers and bearmach suspension which isn't great. I don't want to be a Guinea pig with no local dealer support.
 

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Good choice - Ironman FCPs have been good for me the last 105,000km and with the right tires and pressure, they eat corrugations for breakfast.
I was on a pretty badly corrugated track a couple of weeks back in the Fortuner with stock suspension and it was awful. In the FJ those corrugations are barely noticeable.
 

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Finally fitted FCPtoday with Hilux struts assembled as per Zordo's spec. (Zordo is the suspension guy who helped whitey over at pradopoint with all his research before he came up with his own valving for the FCP). FJ struts were out of stock.

I set the seat height for 14mm lift (7mm higher than stock) while waiting for the correct rear spring to come back into stock (or to use a spring spacer?) but got 30mm. Hopefully it settles.

My impressions of the OEM shocks were that they are very smooth, like floating over a gravel road. Unstable around corners as the car would sometimes start to wallow while cornering, and most frustratingly, the occasional tendency to blow through the stroke without warning. Kind of like KTM bike suspension. When this happens mid corner the car would start to slide. The main reason I wanted new shocks is that the OEM shocks feel unsafe for extended driving on bad roads, especially if this is how they handle with no luggage or passenger.

Initial impressions of the FCP are good. High speed damping is a bit firmer but not harsh. Low speed damping is great. They increased my tire pressures before doing alignment so it's not the fairest comparison but if it wasn't harsh with another 7psi in the ties it should be fine. Hitting the bump stops on speed bumps and bouncing the sump into rocks on slow rocky sections has also stopped.

Thank you everyone for your help!
 
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