Doetsch Tech 8000 ?

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You all have convinced me on the Doetsch Tech 8000 for the 40 - almost....(part # 8163 / 8265)

Some have said that the 3000's are way to soft....I run dirt roads the majority of the time because I live way out...

In all your expert opinions - would the soft 3000's be better for dirt roads or are you talking soft for rocks?

Summit never seems to have them in stock - so I plan on buying from Downey - I hope everyone has had good buying experiences from them

I am still open to suggestions - do not like Rancho 5000 - can not afford OME - have Rancho 9000's on my 60 and love em - but I think it is overkill on my 40...

And yes - did the search read for hours - still curious :beer:
 

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Dog,

Downey will bend you over to the tune of $52 each on these. Summit will pull them for $37 all day long and drop ship 'em direct from Doetsch... Just an FYI.

I will be ordering 8000's this week! I guess the 3000's are good for crawling, but too sloppy at speed? We'll have to hear from everyone else.

I bought Downey springs, and think they do o-k at some things. But they pissed me off on the freight quote for my springs, CA to CO. They quoted me $37-47. Fine. Actual shipping? ~$79. Not cool. For shocks, I'd go Summit. Or, if you want to pay $52/each, buy direct from Doetsch! Their website is down, but call 1-800-8-SHOCKS

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Thanks Pablo -

I will call in the morning! Did not know that I could buy direct -

I also found em at Fly-n-Hi - but it is AZ based so I have to pay tax - and I hate paying tax.

Cool!

$79 - not cool Downey! Guess I will steer away from them.....
 

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freightdog said:
Thanks Pablo -

$79 - not cool Downey! Guess I will steer away from them.....
I think they do their homework on a lot of their products, and have good stuff.

I was disappointed with the shipping.

The funny thing is, that if you read their catalog, you learn a lot, but you also come away feeling that it is either the Downey way or the dumb$hit way...

Last time I took a marketing course, it was kind of frowned upon to belittle your customers. I guess some industries can get away with it. I think their catalog COULD be an excellent source of knowledge w/out being condescending.
 

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If you know what size/model you need, order them directly from Doetsch -look up their web site. I think its Doetschtech.com. I've got them on my 60, so far so good.
 

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Hi All:

Not to steal this thread, but anyone have part number suggestions for the model of either the Doetsch Tech 3000 or 8000 shocks that would be apportiate for a FJ40, SUA, wherein one wants to limit uptravel while emphasizing droop travel?

What is the difference between the 300 and 8000 model shocks??

Thanks!

Alan
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Josie'sLandCruiser said:
Hi All:

Not to steal this thread, but anyone have part number suggestions for the model of either the Doetsch Tech 3000 or 8000 shocks that would be apportiate for a FJ40, SUA, wherein one wants to limit uptravel while emphasizing droop travel?

What is the difference between the 300 and 8000 model shocks??

Thanks!

Alan
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The search function will get you far man...

https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=38002

Measure your droop and stuffed lengths and then buy the correct size!
 
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Josie'sLandCruiser said:
Hi All:

Not to steal this thread, but anyone have part number suggestions for the model of either the Doetsch Tech 3000 or 8000 shocks that would be apportiate for a FJ40, SUA, wherein one wants to limit uptravel while emphasizing droop travel?

What is the difference between the 3000 and 8000 model shocks??

Thanks!

Alan
Seattle
I am looking at the 8163 for front and 8265 for rear - I have about a two inch lift in the 3000 series just substitute a 3 for the 8 - hence 3163 / 3265......

Another good chart can be found at - http://www.fly-n-hi.com/dtschprts.htm

Jeff
 

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dieselcruiserhead said:
Even the 8000 are pretty soft but are good shocks I think. Mine rode like a caddilac over the roughest roads with the 8000s so you will be fine... :)
Good to know Andre! I'll be ordering mine up today!
 
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dieselcruiserhead said:
Even the 8000 are pretty soft but are good shocks I think. Mine rode like a caddilac over the roughest roads with the 8000s so you will be fine... :)
Thanks - that clinches the 8000's for me!

Pablo - what price? Where? and how long of a wait?

Jeff
 
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Another stupid question Pablo -

Did you order the same shocks front and rear -

the 8163 for the front are 21 extended / 13 collapsed
the 8265 for the back are 24 extended / 14 collapsed....

how close were your front and rear?
 

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freightdog said:
Another stupid question Pablo -

Did you order the same shocks front and rear -

the 8163 for the front are 21 extended / 13 collapsed
the 8265 for the back are 24 extended / 14 collapsed....

how close were your front and rear?
Not stupid mate...

First, my 40 mods are 4 inch lift, longer wheelbase, F250 mounts (read more here )

So my rear staic height was 22 inches and front is going to be ~18.

I ordered around these #'s figuring most I would possibly get would be 8 inches droop and 5 inches of compression...

So I did 8333 fronts and 8403 for the rear.

I believe the great Wooden One has written a little bit about sizing shocks, IIRC, he had a proportion btwn Stuffed and Sagged that worked for him...

HTH,
 
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Roger that -

Ordered mine too!

8265 - gives 24/14 - which should be close enough....

Should be here on Friday!

Thanks Pablo -

I ordered Water Wetter - too = best stuff to run in the summer in the radiator.
 
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No problem guys. I sold them and ordered the stiffest shocks available, nitrigen charged Pro Comp 9000s mostly to compensate for a problem: my springs were too soft. Now that I have actually corrected the problem, I am thinking maybe I should go back to the 8000's. Pro Comps sure are stable though but they really bounce around over the stiffest thing. Like having your ranchos cranked up all the way... :(
 
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I guess when the PO put Gabriel shocks on - he was thinking they would give an angelic ride!

I can not wait till Friday when the new shocks come and I rip off the s*** - and put the new ones on!

At least the Gabriel are yellow - two people thought they were EMU!
 
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