Dobinsons IMS Monotube Shocks for 80 Series - Internal resi Monotube Shocks (1 Viewer)

SmokingRocks

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I'm saving up for a set. Need to replace my OEM L's that are beat up and ride rough.
 
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'93 S/C'ed 80, Slee front bumper with w/ winch & synthetic rope, WK sliders. Unidentifiable (so far) ~1" lift (including a 10mm spacer), OME N73 shocks of indeterminable age, 315 Procomp tires. Rough ride on dirt roads, even with tires aired down as low as 10psi.
I'm doing suspension changes piece-meal style, because I want to see what each component is doing...

Step 1 was changing the front shocks to the 0-3" version of the Dobinsons monotube shocks (the non-reservoir version). Significant improvement in ride quality & handling on dirt roads (18psi in the tires); all the 'rough road' feedback now comes from the rear.

Step 2 will be finding the softest front spring that'll give me 2" of lift.
Then I'll tend to the rear.
 
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Installed: IMS 1.75” Springs 220v in front and 223v in rear. + delta vs 2” arms.
I’m chasing a power steering leak so have put a lot of miles on mine in the last two weeks but, so far they are great. They are really impressive, burley beasts.

I have a little dirt loop in the hood that I use as a test track . It’s lumpy and thumpy. This kit has very much tamed this “track”. Able to go a lot faster than before, the rig isn’t rattling and no harsh shocks from hitting the irregular features. I’m not airing down either. There was so much less interior rattle, that I freaked out when I heard a banging from the roof rack, then realized it was just my shovel bouncing inside my roof top box....hadn’t heard that before. (Now I’ve secured the shovel).
On road, corners, braking and high speed is all well mannered, and confident. Ride is firm, but not harsh. quality is top notch. Best thing I can say is the truck feels new. Really want to see how it does loaded out with all the gear.

Next trip is in 2-3 weeks should have a better report then. Heading to Mendocino Forrest stuff, wish we were heading to Death Valley, would like to try these out on the washboard hell that place can be :)
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UPDATE: just got back from the first trail ride. About 80 miles on dirt fireroads and some slightly choppier dirt trails, in slushy, mud and snow, and about 200 on the highway, and 80 miles on twisty back country roads. Fully packed out with two kids, food water, gear, etc.

Initial impressions from above hold true, only its better. Off road there was nothing remarkable to say, the rig just felt planted and confident. The ride was not jarring, there was zero fade, hitting the unexpected rut or bump at speed was absorbed well and did not translate into a shockwave like it did on my old suspension. Ride at highway speed was as good if not better than stock height. I'd like to think that some of the ride quality also has something to do with the @Delta VS arms too. Twisty mountain roads were actually fun vs a nail biter. The rig stayed pretty level in turns, I didn't notice any wallowing or dive. I think Dobinsons nailed this kit. Happy camper here.
 

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UPDATE: just got back from the first trail ride. About 80 miles on dirt fireroads and some slightly choppier dirt trails, in slushy, mud and snow, and about 200 on the highway, and 80 miles on twisty back country roads. Fully packed out with two kids, food water, gear, etc.

Initial impressions from above hold true, only its better. Off road there was nothing remarkable to say, the rig just felt planted and confident. The ride was not jarring, there was zero fade, hitting the unexpected rut or bump at speed was absorbed well and did not translate into a shockwave like it did on my old suspension. Ride at highway speed was as good if not better than stock height. I'd like to think that some of the ride quality also has something to do with the @Delta VS arms too. Twisty mountain roads were actually fun vs a nail biter. The rig stayed pretty level in turns, I didn't notice any wallowing or dive. I think Dobinsons nailed this kit. Happy camper here.
That's great!!

Yeah, having the right alignment parts in place makes a massive difference on ride and drive quality. Glad to hear it worked well for you!!
 

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