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    I wouldnt think there'd be much difference in a 98 GU to a '10 GU.
    You could gain a bit with taller walled tyres, but live axles is very
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy_Pete View Post
    Thanks guys for you quick responses. The 4 Koni shocks and the Airbag Man rear booster bags were installed by Dale. I agree, he really knows his stuff. And yes, the Koni shocks are adjustable but he has them on the softest setting. And we have already fitted better padding to the front seats. So I think I will investigate the full airbag suspension. That seems to be the only hope.

    As usual you members are all too willing to help with advice. So thanks again.
    Does he also have the rebound setting on it "softest" or all the way to - , that can upset things too. As all the way to +.
    You have high quality adjustable shocks, some simple tuning might make a world of difference for the cost of your time.
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    Before spending lots of money on new suspension/new car, I'd have a look at your tyre pressures you're running. You mentioned you are running 36psi front, 38 psi rear on ATs. Personally I'd say that's way too high. I'd start by going off your tyre placard. For mine (GU3), it's 29psi front and 32psi rear. Give that a go. Of course you may need to run a few psi higher in the rear towing. Having said this, ATs have stronger/stiffer side walls, and can accept a slightly lower pressure. To test, inflate to you target pressure when cold, go for a drive to heat up your tyres, and recheck. they should read around 4psi above your target pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abw View Post
    To test, inflate to you target pressure when cold, go for a drive to heat up your tyres, and recheck. they should read around 4psi above your target pressure.[/COLOR]
    A good rule of thumb for car tyres, but for tyres of LT construction a rise of 6 psi when warm is about right, at least that’s my understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abw View Post
    Before spending lots of money on new suspension/new car, I'd have a look at your tyre pressures you're running. You mentioned you are running 36psi front, 38 psi rear on ATs. Personally I'd say that's way too high. I'd start by going off your tyre placard. For mine (GU3), it's 29psi front and 32psi rear. Give that a go. Of course you may need to run a few psi higher in the rear towing. Having said this, ATs have stronger/stiffer side walls, and can accept a slightly lower pressure. To test, inflate to you target pressure when cold, go for a drive to heat up your tyres, and recheck. they should read around 4psi above your target pressure.
    Ive always gone by 4 psi and its worked fine.
    So where are we up to, tyres pressures,driving style, suspsnsion seat, might do it, might
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    What springs are in it now.
    and how much load are you towing.
    maybe you can settle on a softer spring.

    Hazard a guess there's plenty of guys and gals here with spring siting in their sheds gathering dust.
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    +1 for air suspension, but look at your cheaper options first IMO.
    Back of my ute is On-Air replacement c/-previous owner, so can't comment on difficulty of install.
    On the rare occasions passengers are in the back off-road, feedback has been positive about ride quality! Ride has been worse in cab on the springs.
    If you're looking at going down the air path, budget for an on board compressor + controllers too, as adjusting bag pressure via tyre-type valves is annoying.

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    What about pillow air bags (brand name BOSS) that sit beside the coils replacing the bump stops, after feed back on these.

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