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Hi Guys,
Have any of you fitted coil spacers to a GU wagon,
Just orderd some 50 mm spacers from 4wd1,
Any hints or tips would be awsome ;)
Cheers,
 

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Not sure what tips you're after....

Most people would say that spacers are a waste of money and that you should have just got 2" longer springs.

I do have a pair of 30mm spacers on my rear end, just to counter the heavy weights on my dual cab.

Fitting them will just involve undoing the shockies, and probably loosening the brake lines, jacking up the chassis so that the axle stays at the same level (ie: wheels stay on the ground). You may need several blocks of timber, a trolley jack would be a bonus (or even a high lift jack, but be very careful and NEVER climb under a vehicle supported only by a jack/s). Use axle stands if available. Also, If you can get hold of some decent spring clamps and fit them to the coils before you start lift the rig up, you won't have to lift it as high to get the space above the coils. Be aware, some coil clamps are pure chit and won't be capable of retaining the coils.

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Most people would say that spacers are a waste of money and that you should have just got 2" longer springs.

agreed. spacers a chit, on any vehicle.



Stoffy;
have you looked into a Polyair kit for the rear?
much better in my opinion.

Roachie;
did you decide not to go down the path of Polyair?
[and a bit of a hijack, did you get those mirrior's fitted up yet?]
 

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agreed. spacers a chit, on any vehicle.



Stoffy;
have you looked into a Polyair kit for the rear?
much better in my opinion.

Roachie;
did you decide not to go down the path of Polyair?
[and a bit of a hijack, did you get those mirrior's fitted up yet?]
Yes mate...decided to not go ahead with the air bags/polyairs (for the time being at least).

Yes, I have the new BIG mirrors fitted up and they are bloody grouse!! I don't need to use them in their extended position, just keep them in and I can see heaps better behind me now. Bloody easy to fit too; about 10 minutes each side.

END OF HIJACK... hahaha
 

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Thanks for your help guys; I’m also going coil spacers in rear due to rear end sagging under load.
Air bags would have been a better option, just cost would be the killer. ;)
Whilst everyone else is hijacking.. haha :cool:
Roachie- How much did you 6.5 conversion end up costing you, am considering when my 2.8 dies.
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Thanks for your help guys; I’m also going coil spacers in rear due to rear end sagging under load.
Air bags would have been a better option, just cost would be the killer. ;)
Whilst everyone else is hijacking.. haha :cool:
Roachie- How much did you 6.5 conversion end up costing you, am considering when my 2.8 dies.
Cheers,
first of all make sure yr spring hats arnt cracked off the chassis.

i have only fitted one 30mm spacer in the front to get the car sitting level.
 

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How much did you 6.5 conversion end up costing you, am considering when my 2.8 dies.
its about $20,000-25,000 drive in drive out.
 

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Thanks for your help guys; I’m also going coil spacers in rear due to rear end sagging under load.
Air bags would have been a better option, just cost would be the killer. ;)
Whilst everyone else is hijacking.. haha :cool:
Roachie- How much did you 6.5 conversion end up costing you, am considering when my 2.8 dies.
Cheers,
Brunswick Diesels over in WA do them for about 30k drive in/drive out.

depending if you have owned your grenade from new,
if you was going to go down this path id look at buying one already converted.
(http://www.brunswickdiesels.com.au/new/for-sale.php)
they do trade in's also. couple of good deals happening.

if i knew about brunswick diesel befor i got the 2010 ssv,
i would have picked up a GU with a 6.5 turbo chev v8 diesel with a duel cab chop.



and i beleive Roachie bought his GU with the chop and uncle sam already under the bonnet.
 

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Thanks for your help guys; I’m also going coil spacers in rear due to rear end sagging under load.
Air bags would have been a better option, just cost would be the killer. ;)
Whilst everyone else is hijacking.. haha :cool:
Roachie- How much did you 6.5 conversion end up costing you, am considering when my 2.8 dies.
Cheers,
Mate, I bought this rig in 2006 and it was already converted. Original owner did it when car was BRAND NEW. He pulled the brand new 4.2TD out and whacked in a brand new 6.5 Chev, then he got the back chopped off.....all within a month of buying it off the showroom floor. I picked it up $38K in Nov 2006.
 

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Thanks for the info on the Chev's.
One day i think i can see my GU with a 6.5 :p
 

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Not that there is nothing wrong with the 2.8, as said previously, only when it dies...
Lol :p
 

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.... He pulled the brand new 4.2TD out and whacked in a brand new 6.5 Chev, ....
oh what a sin - he should have been made to do penance on that one: oh wait he did - he sold it !

Only pulling yer plonker Roachie - you got a great deal me thinks.
 

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So ...
... back to coil spacers, i think i mentioned Chev Diesel in the wrong place! lol. ;)


Sounds like coil spacer's are frowned upon, why is this?
Does it affect certain parts of the suspension in a bad way?

Cheers,
Ben
 

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So ...
... back to coil spacers, i think i mentioned Chev Diesel in the wrong place! lol. ;)


Sounds like coil spacer's are frowned upon, why is this?
Does it affect certain parts of the suspension in a bad way?

Cheers,
Ben
unless your using them to compensate for sag due to excessive weight,
or odd balancement due to wearage of the springs..
they are a cheap mans soulution to nothing.



see these posts that i wrote for another spacer thread.

this was just for general (LWB);
just remember, even though you are only running a 2" suspension lift, by adding say a 2" spacer all the way around, your actually acheivng a 4" lift, meaning you would need to add a steering dampner, adj drag link, F + R panhards, drop boxes or raduis arms, front and rear brake lines and upend your drive shafts... etc.


if your gathering upto 2" of sag in the rear, i suggest you try some XHD springs or fit polyair in the rear!
and this is specifically for a SWB + above;
see my above comment also.

and in your case,

you would also need 15mm+ XHD lower control arms, adj uppers, depending how fussy you are, and the drive line vibes you get, u may also need to run a tans spacer (which drops the grear box down to get the pinion angles near close to parrallel) or a double cardinal join in the rear shaft.
as to your question of does it affect the suspension in a bad way,
it really depends on the way you use them?

if its to level out your patrol, to compensate for sag/weight.. i cant see it really being a problem.
if its to add 'lift' to your patrol, then IMO it would be bad for the suspension, and your rig.
 

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unless your using them to compensate for sag due to excessive weight,
or odd balancement due to wearage of the springs..
they are a cheap mans soulution to nothing.



see these posts that i wrote for another spacer thread.

this was just for general (LWB);


and this is specifically for a SWB + above;


as to your question of does it affect the suspension in a bad way,
it really depends on the way you use them?

if its to level out your patrol, to compensate for sag/weight.. i cant see it really being a problem.
if its to add 'lift' to your patrol, then IMO it would be bad for the suspension, and your rig.
Thanks for your info,
I was thinking lift, but only bought the rear spacers for height correction. lol
Cheers, Ben
 
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