Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

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Reaper_247
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Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by Reaper_247 » June 23rd, 2013, 6:51 pm

Hey Guys

Tough Dog have finally released the suspension set for the new Dmax and I am going to order mine next week.
Should I spend the extra $200 odd and get adjustable shocks or are they more of a gimmick than anything else?
I have not had them before but was told the normal ones would be like a 4 setting on the adjustable ones.

So are they worth it?
Is there a benefit to them?
Do they last as well as non adjustable?
Are there any tips to using them?

Cheers
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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by fishwenican » June 27th, 2013, 11:23 am

I just recently had tough dog adjustables installed on my ranger.
I don't think its a gimmick, I drive daily on setting 4, there is difference
on the settings but I were advised to feel any change , set at 2 ,4 ,6 ,8 to notice it.
I am not one to change the settings every day, however I thought I now have that option.
For the sake of a few dollars I have that option.
I will see how I go with this set up for the next couple of years.
When I am due for new shocks I will see how these performed and decide on them again or
some other brand.
So far I am very happy with the ride on road and off.

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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by ymy-88u » June 28th, 2013, 6:50 am

mate just get normal shocks... ive got adjustables and even fitted the wireless controller on my tough dogs and still don't change them... just more crap under the car to get snagged and the fittings break all the time id love to get rid of them if I had enough coin for some decent normal shocks
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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by Reaper_247 » June 28th, 2013, 4:41 pm

Thanks for the replies guys.
I ended up getting the adjustable ones so we will see how it goes.
They are all in and fitted and happy with the result so far but have not tested them offroad as yet.
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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by 953 » August 21st, 2016, 5:12 pm

Thought I'd bump this 2yr old thread.
Hows the shocks after this time?
Anyone else with experience/thoughts on these.
Cheers Dean.

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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by 953 » August 29th, 2016, 7:19 pm

Anyone ?
One for & one against, surely there must be more with these or at least, opinions ?
I don't want to be constantly shifting settings but ......
The theory seems very practical to me and surely it makes sense to have adjustable shocks for varying loads, situations etc ?
My loads vary from very little to GVM.
C'mon guys, I want to listen to you rather than a salesman with a vested interest.
You're my source of real life info.
Im looking to upgrade my sus so,do they really work & will they go the distance ?
Cheers Dean.

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Re: Adjustable vs Non Adjustable Shock Absorbers

Unread post by Nissan on Patrol » January 17th, 2018, 10:29 am

I had tough dog adjustable shocks under my GU Patrol and can honestly say that I never once changed them from the setting I ended up settling on. And it was easy to do with the 4" lift to stick your head underneath and make the adjustment. Have since replaced the tired and worn out adjustable s with non adjustable s and I have to say I do not notice the difference at all. But hey I am just one man with one opinion.............
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