Two mates. Both tradies, driving Toyotas, go Tough Dog suspension!

Tough dog suspension kit

Two mates. Both tradies, driving Toyotas, go Tough Dog suspension!

These 70-series owners made a great decision and equiped their vehicles with a Tough Dog suspension kit. As it turns out, their vehicles were also near identical and required the same application of:

Tough dog suspension kit


Two mates. Both tradies, driving Toyotas, go Tough Dog suspension.


78-series troop carrier

These 70-series owners made a great decision and equiped their vehicles with a Tough Dog suspension kit. As it turns out, their vehicles were also near identical and required the same application of:

▪ Tough Dog Return-to-Centre steering damper

▪ Tough Dog constant load front coils

▪ Tough Dog 2-degree caster correction bush kit

▪ Tough Dog 41mm bore foam-cell shocks

▪ Tough Dog constant 500kg rear leaf springs

▪ Tough Dog urethane spring and shackle bushes

▪ Tough Dog high tensile u-bolts

▪ Tough Dog greaseable swing shackles

▪ Tough Dog greaseable fixed pins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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return-to-centre steer damper


(above). This is the Return-To-Centre (Coil-over) steering damper. The award-winning RTC steering damper is one of our best-selling products. The coil-over design helps keep the steering centred; no matter the road surface or terrain.

Wrapped with a tough steel spring that works on the "Return-to-Centre" principle. When compressed, the spring pushes back to the neutral position. When extended, the spring pulls back to the neutral position. For extreme applications, there is a big-bore RTC damper to suit 80/105-series Landcruisers, Patrols, and F250s.

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tough dog coil springs


(above).
The winner of 4WD Action magazine’s 19-page torture and comparison test! These shocks have a large bore (41mm) and are built for heavy-duty use and for coil-sprung vehicles. The use of a micro-cellular foam insert has produced a new breed of shocks, which are more resistant to fade. Provides more control than your regular 35mm bore product.

Tough Dog coils are not available for Commodores, Falcons and Pulsars etc. The Tough Dog team’s expertise is in 4WD suspension applications. And that is why no other coil spring brand can match the ‘intelligent design’ of the huge range of coils. They are available to suit many 4WDs from Daihatsu Feroza to mining-spec Toyotas and Nissans.

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caster correction bushes

(above). Tough Dog 2-degree caster correction bushes are installed into the front radius arms where the arms connect to the front axle. The new bushes have off-centre mounting positions that rotate that axle back from the forward rolling that occurs when adding lift height coils due to the fixed length of the radium arms. Incorrect steering caster angles can cause the steering to feel very "light" or twitchy. You tend to lose that sense of 'feel' for the road.

Some people say that you don't need a caster bush kit for a 2-inch lift, but as a general rule of thumb, for every inch of lift height on a solid-axle front end, the caster angle changes approximately 1-degree.

The people who say you don't need it for 2 two inches of lift are usually lesser-quality suspension salespeople that are frightened to quote for a higher price because they think, "If I quote too high, I might not get the sale..." 4WD1 does not operate like that.

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Tough dog leaf springs


(above). Here are the Tough Dog constant 500kg leaf springs, part number FS781HM. The springs are designed with 9 primary leafs at 8mm thick each, plus two secondary leafs at 13mm thick each.

As the spring is compressed under load, the heavier second stage leaves come into play to prevent excessive sag & remove high stresses from the primary stage.

Despite their beefy rating, these were the right springs for the job, and both vehicles were comfortable to drive and ride in with the new Tough Dog suspension fitted.

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