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Old February 9th, 2016, 07:26 PM
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Stock(ish) ride-height suspension upgrades

Completely overhauling my 87 110 and am a bit flummoxed on spring/strut upgrade options. Anything is fair game, as I'll be replacing all bushings, mounts, all of it.

What do people recommend for stock-ish ride height, but something a little more beefy? This is both a spring and an absorber question. Any and all advice is requested.

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Old February 9th, 2016, 07:54 PM
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I did that last year on my 90 and went with factory HD springs and new standard bushings all around. I run 235/85R16 BFG tires so I don't need any lift to clear oversize tires. I do have an ARB with winch, roof rack and roof tent so I needed the extra capacity of the HD springs. I got about a 1/2" to 3/4" taller stance with the HD springs. I currently have Bilstein shocks but eventually want to upgrade to Koni Raid shock absorbers since I've broken two rear Bilsteins.

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Old February 11th, 2016, 10:01 PM
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Other recommendations?
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Stick bushings.
Bilsteins
Google Jim Allen Land Rover spring rate page.,
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I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Stick bushings. Bilsteins Google Jim Allen Land Rover spring rate page.,
Here: http://www.red90.ca/rovers/springinfo.html
Never a problem with Bilsteins. OME is an alternative
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I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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How in the world do you break rear shocks? At least in a way that would be prevented by buying new shocks?

Something sounds very wrong with the way your truck is set up....
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How in the world do you break rear shocks? At least in a way that would be prevented by buying new shocks? Something sounds very wrong with the way your truck is set up....
Off road + wrong bump stops can bottom them out.
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Old February 12th, 2016, 09:22 AM
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How in the world do you break rear shocks? At least in a way that would be prevented by buying new shocks?
Broke the top mount off one on a long section of rocky trail in North Georgia when the shock overheated - ugly noises ensued as the top end of the shock tried to beat up the underside of the wheel well. Bilstein replaced that one under warranty.

Broke the bottom mount off another at MAR in 2009 - don't know how that happened.

Look just ahead of the rear wheel in this picture I took as I was just about to leave Eastern Virginia for the 11 hour drive back to Georgia. I bought a used replacement off one of the parts trucks they had there that year.

Koni Raid shocks are much heavier duty.

You can also see the difference in the standard duty versus heavy duty springs in the two pictures.

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Yeah...that sounds like a bump stop issue. No shock will withstand the abuse of bottoming out, regardless of brand name.
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Looks really good with that spring and tire combo!
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