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Old June 9th, 2016, 10:02 AM
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Suggestions for new shocks / steering damper

Hi, I am new to this site and purchased a 1987 LR 90 RHD 2.5 petrol about 8 months ago. It has about 138k miles and I believe the original shocks. I am looking to replace all four of them along with the steering damper. I use the vehicle mostly for driving around town and the beach so I do not need any crazy off road setup. It is riding on a set of NAS 16" alloys with BF Goodrich TA KO2s so these are beefier than the stock steelies. What would you suggest I put on as far as shocks and damper? Should I go with heavy duty due to the wheel/tire combo? Thank you for your feedback and I look forward to using this site a lot more!
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Old June 9th, 2016, 10:12 AM
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Hi, I am new to this site and purchased a 1987 LR 90 RHD 2.5 petrol about 8 months ago. It has about 138k miles and I believe the original shocks. I am looking to replace all four of them along with the steering damper. I use the vehicle mostly for driving around town and the beach so I do not need any crazy off road setup. It is riding on a set of NAS 16" alloys with BF Goodrich TA KO2s so these are beefier than the stock steelies. What would you suggest I put on as far as shocks and damper? Should I go with heavy duty due to the wheel/tire combo? Thank you for your feedback and I look forward to using this site a lot more!
Here is my 2 pennies. Wait for 4th of July weekend when Rovers North has the free shipping weekend and buy HD OEM springs and the Bilstien shocks and stabilizer. Call ahead and get all your part numbers so you can enter them in correctly. Sign up for the spam that Zack sends out in advance.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 01:26 PM
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What size tires are you running? I'm assuming your your Ninety came stock w/ 7.50 x 16 tires which are pretty beefy considering whats pushing them. If you're currently running stock suspension and have no intentions of off-roading I'd stick w/ the OEM shocks & damper. Check out Trevor at the Rovahfarm when you get ready to buy.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:58 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Tires are BFG ALL-TERRAIN TA KO2 LT265/75R16 and the wheels are stock NAS 16" alloys
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I vote for getting non gas-charged emulsion shocks. cheap ones like rs5000's. the softer the better =)
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Based on what you state, I would just get some stock shocks.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 03:25 PM
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I would recommend Bilsteins I can get the part numbers if you would like.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 04:44 PM
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I would recommend Bilsteins I can get the part numbers if you would like.
I have bilsteins from shock warehouse dot com. Cheapest place around. I used disco Spring isolators to give a little more compliance to the ride.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 10:48 AM
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Thank you all for the feedback. It looks like I will be going with a set of stock shocks, damper and springs. For my needs, I just don't think I would see much benefit from a more pricey set. I'm sure I will see an improvement in ride quality considering these are probably from 1987!
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Old June 27th, 2016, 12:22 PM
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other than the springs, I say NON-GAS steering damper, stops that wandering feeling, OME my main choice. Drive the landie with-out the steering damper for a while and it will show up any slop in the front end that needs tightening up. The Damper is only really needed in off-road driving.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 12:29 PM
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Since you aren't looking for springs, go with Bilstein shocks.

That said, if you decide to change the springs, sticking with stock set up for your engine type will likely work well. Once ready to replace shocks, springs take very little extra work.

If your front shock towers have seen better days, this is a good time to replace them.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 12:31 PM
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Bilstein. Just the stock replacement. Don't worry about HD this or that as you aren't hauling any weight other than the truck and that's what those shocks are setup for. They are a decent on road and off road upgrade.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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Bilsteins seem to be preferred for street duty. Do a search to look for a good price.

Also consider adding spring isolators while you are in there. That could probably also help with the ride. Will give you a touch of lift as well.

If you are going to wheel it, I've got OME shocks that work great.

No need to go HD...anything...unless you are carrying a bunch of crap. Keeping a 90 light is the way to go.
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