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Old 25-09-2019, 22:02   #1
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Default Spring assisters

As we do a lot of caravan towing with either of our two LWB Terrano's one thing we have noticed is a tendancy with the loadout we have (Awning and Poles along with anexe and it's poles behind the front seats along with ground sheets for both, two folding bikes behind the back seat and the noseweight of the van), to squat a bit at the rear, which is more noticeable at night with the headlight setting. We are thinking of perhaps fitting a set of the wedge type of spring assisters. our last two Granadas had these and they made quite a difference.
Anyone any thoughts or have actualy done this?
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Old 25-09-2019, 22:17   #2
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Might be better getting a pair of HD rear springs with a higher compression rate
I've used the round rubber ones that fit in the coils in past which worked ok.
https://www.demon-tweeks.com/graysto...sister-277238/
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Old 25-09-2019, 22:32   #3
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I would go for higher rated springs... They are actually pretty easy to swap out.

I fitted them to mine, and never looked back, although I did go for a 2" lift, so fitted longer shocks as well.

When towing, we usually fold the rear seats down, then load it up with 12 ferrets, in 2 cages on a custom made shelf, a 3Kw Genny, 40Kgs of Ferret litter, 40l of Petrol, a Mobicool Freezer full of the Ferrets frozen food, a portable Aircon unit, and other bits that fit in... We then have the 8foot long roof box, which we put lighter things in, like spare fleece ferret bedding, and clothes for us. I just drop the head lights down with the switch, and never had a problem with them dazzling.
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Old 26-09-2019, 15:19   #4
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I know Paul has added this spring assists to his rear springs with good effect.

I upgraded my factory springs to get a 2" lift and as a consequence, it has worked well for supporting the caravans weight.

Another option is to go full hog, get some airbag assist on there!
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thanks all for the replies.
Where would I be able to get a couple of sets of HD sproings for standard ride height?
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https://www.japanese4x4parts.co.uk/n...air-8029-p.asp
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Old 26-09-2019, 20:42   #7
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That's Rob and Heidi's outfit mate in Honiley half way between my journey between work and home If you drop my name and say that I recommended you called up to see if you had any in he may, just may give you a bit of discount.
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Old 26-09-2019, 20:48   #8
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Nope I was wrong, same company name near enough. These are my guys;
https://www.japanese4x4spares.co.uk/

Looks like they stock 20% stronger springs and a better brand too, but for that you do have to pay a bit extra but I'd rather the OBK ones

http://www.japanese4x4spares.co.uk/n...0-uprated.html
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Nope I was wrong, same company name near enough. These are my guys;
https://www.japanese4x4spares.co.uk/

Looks like they stock 20% stronger springs and a better brand too, but for that you do have to pay a bit extra but I'd rather the OBK ones

http://www.japanese4x4spares.co.uk/n...0-uprated.html
Dare I say it but Milners also sell the OBK springs.
That's what make my +3" rear coils are.
Not sure if the standard length are OBK though.
These are what I have on mine
https://www.milneroffroad.com/produc...-007252/007252
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Old 26-09-2019, 21:55   #10
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Dare I say it but Milners also sell the OBK springs.
That's what make my +3" rear coils are.
Not sure if the standard length are OBK though.
These are what I have on mine
https://www.milneroffroad.com/produc...-007252/007252
I doubt they are OBK, OBK ones have a stamp on the last coil on each end of the spring on opposing sides I think from memory.

Unless their product picture is just for "illustration only"
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I doubt they are OBK, OBK ones have a stamp on the last coil on each end of the spring on opposing sides I think from memory.

Unless their product picture is just for "illustration only"
Just had a look and the standard springs are a Milner product,only the longer coils are OBK and yes mine have it stamped on the spring and also had a sticker on them until i stripped them and powdercoated them.
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The first set of 20% coils for the rear of the Patrol were supposedly OBK certainly had a sticker but do not recall being stamped, anyway they failed so got a refund, Rick
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The first set of 20% coils for the rear of the Patrol were supposedly OBK certainly had a sticker but do not recall being stamped, anyway they failed so got a refund, Rick
Had mine on for about 4 years now and still going strong.
Granted I don't do much heavy towing or carry a lot of weight all the time.
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Old 27-09-2019, 20:18   #14
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There are airbag kits that fit inside the spring, pump them up when towing, let them down when not, that way you still get a normal drive when not towing
I've seen a kit for 100 somewhere.
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