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Terrafirma +5" adjustable shocks.

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by neilly, Aug 27, 2020.

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  1. neilly

    neilly Well-Known Member Full Member

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    So last August I fitted 4 of these little beauties.

    Terrafirma Adjustable +5" dampers.

    Apart from the fact that fitting the was a rigth PITA getting the nyloc nuts to even engage on the thread was a fight . They seemed to work OK but were only really usable on the softest setting. Otherwise too harsh for driving on Greenlanes.

    However I found the bushes started to crack due to the fact they were being too compressed to get the nyloc to actually engage on the thread.

    Then I heard one making a noise like it was blown. When I got to do a greenalne post lockdown in July.

    So after approx 1200 to 1500 miles at max. I decided to change them for a set of OME +5" shocks from a Gwyn Lewis.

    What I took off looked like this after 5 minutes of being compressed.

    Basically,
    1 front shock is Ok ish. does have damping and rebound.
    1 front has slightly less damping and the rebound feels notchy on the end of the stroke.
    both rear shocks are completely fubarred. one of them I cannot even pull open once it was compressed.

    So , beware of these units. I did not give them a massinve amount of abuse, yes they went over some terrrain that maybe a lot of LR owners may not drive in their daily driver, but certainly not winch challenge extreme.
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    Cheers
     
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    300bhp/ton Well-Known Member

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    What do you think of the OME shocks?
     
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  3. neilly

    neilly Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Well they were certainly much easier to fit, will have a play this weekend in Wales fingers crossed and see how they go and report back after that. I went for the mediums.

    But after a brief drive around they seem to have nice handling, But due to the old ones locking up after compression it is difficult to compare the two.I certainly will not waste money on the TF stuff again.

    Cheers
     
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    Al2O3 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    An honest review backed up with real time practical experience and genuine pictures. Nice! :)
    Shouldn't your dandelions have flowered by now?
     
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    RangeRoller dt Well-Sprung Member

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    What were they fitted to?
    +5” is extreme
     
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    No supprised. TF shocks are **** poor.
     
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    Hicap phill Well-Known Member

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    @neilly Quick Q...
    Have you got different rear brackets on the rear to make the shocks pin to pin?
    Or are TD5 different ? Thnx
     
  8. neilly

    neilly Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I like dandelions, they taste nice, but these ones tasted of dog pee??

    D90, with +2" Extreme 4x4 springs. Is not too extreme.
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    Yes I got the TF adaptor plates with the shocks. Changed from pin / ring to pin / pin.
    Is not a TD5 , it is a 300tdi , but chassis is 1987.

    Cheers
     
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    Hicap phill Well-Known Member

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    At least with having all the shocks the same you only need to carry 1/2 the spares:eek:

    Are the brackets straight bolt on & replace the top ring mount?
     
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    Was one of the reasons I did it, makes spares carrying easier for longer trips.
    Yes, unbolt old bracket and bolt in the new one. Nice and easy.

    Cheers
     
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    I'd fitted some terras on the '38 and popped the lower threads out on a week-end offroading.
    They replaced the full set and then a front shock started leaking after 8mths and they replaced them again!!!
    Two full sets in two year's.
    They stiffen the ride quite nicley on the twisty roads but lose the plushness. Small trade off and react quite well off road and slow. I may not replace with the same again.
     
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    That’s because you’re growing it up against a wall, you amateur :rolleyes:
     
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    +1 popped threads on a rear.

    You will get same again, for free under warranty :rolleyes: again :cool:
     
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    I have been told by the supplier , that they will replace them, but they are on back order. But I will only fit them if I have a failure on the OME as a get out of jail fitment. The OME have a 3 year warranty so I shold be OK for a few years.

    Cheers
     
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    Back up set or sell them on
     
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    neilly Well-Known Member Full Member

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    So After fitting them and then doing a 470 mile round trip to Wales, Including a lot of Greenlanes. I would say they have stood up well. Very good on the Welsh back roads, when driving at speed. The damping has been great when driving the more technical routes on the greenlane sections.

    So a big thumbs up, these are the medium shocks as defined by GL.

    So , I am happy so far.

    Cheers
     
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    Thanks for feedback, appreciated.
     
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    A quick youtube vid on the shocks before they get sent back, Heard today they have finally arived in stock at the supplier.



    Cheers
     
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    Why do you want some more? :confused:
     
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    They 3 will look pretty on the shelf, I can always carry one as a spare, just in case.

    Cheers
     
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