SUSPENSION upgrades are essential for off-roaders who prefer the rough and tumble of the Outback or High Country.
Shocks improve ride quality, making the 4x4 more capable and more comfortable. Here we’ve listed adjustable shocks that’ll soon hit Dobinsons catalogues, as well as new TrakRyder Extreme adjustable coilovers from Pedders.
Gear Guide 2019: Off-road essentials - Suspension
Dobinsons Springs & Suspension MRR Adjustable Shock Absorbers
The team at Dobinsons Springs & Suspension will soon release a new adjustable shock (coming April/May). The shock features a huge 50mm and 60mm bore (56mm and 66mm outer body) with a robust 3mm wall thickness.
The aluminium piston is a CNC-machined high-flow billet jobbie. The shock has high- and low-speed compression dials, a rebound adjustment dial and an upgraded three-stage sealing system. The bushings are natural rubber and the hoses are Parker stainless steel braided. The external remote oil reservoir is also built tough and the shocks themselves of a fully rebuildable, direct bolt-on design, making the fitment process straightforward.
Some versions of the shock (vehicle-dependent) will feature a height adjustable spring seat and a single-piece lower leg. There’ll be limited vehicle model versions upon release, with more to come.
4x4 Tuning: Adjustable bypass shocks
Pedders Trakryder Extreme Adjustable Coilovers
The suspension gurus at Pedders have produced a new range of adjustable coilover shocks for a number of the most popular 4x4 dual-cab utes, including the Ford Ranger (PX onwards), Mazda BT-50 (2011+), Isuzu D-Max (2012+), Holden Colorado (2012+) and Toyota Hilux (2016+).
The coilover includes high-grade spherical bearing mounts and seals, adjustable rebound damping, 54mm-bore inverted monotube, height-adjustable front assembly, a remote canister for optimum oil capacity and cooling, 20mm hard-chrome piston rod, and top-notch alloy steel coil springs (on the front only).
The kit includes two front adjustable coilovers, two rear adjustable shock absorbers (with remote canister and the same beefy 54mm-bore inverted monotube design as the front), a fitting kit and adjustment spanners.