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AIR SPRING ASSISTED SUSPENSION

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14 Sep 2018 @ 17:25:13 pm
EASYCAMPING
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I am considering fitting an air spring suspension system to my Toyota hikux 4x4 double cab towing a sprite tourer sw caravan. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about this and specifically, is it worth it and will it make the towing more comfortable and less stressful. My hilux is an older KZTE 3.0 diesel, which everyone advises me not to sell. I have only just bought this caravan and have only done one short trip. I felt my vehiccle may be a little small and underpowered for the caravan, so am researching various options to overcome this. The product comes from a firm known as the Air Spring Supply Company. Also considering 'chipping' the motor for more power. Any feedback on this valued also. Thanks

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14 Sep 2018 @ 19:49:58 pm
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does your kzte have the more modern common rail fuel system , or does it have the older [ more reliable ]  mechanical injector pump, i suspect the latter which means it cant be "chiped" .

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14 Sep 2018 @ 22:40:29 pm
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Hi George, Is a 2004 model, the last of its type before the new shap came out. Not sure what fuel system is has. It has been an incredible vehicle. Never had a hassle. Has only done 150,000km. But towing this monster needs power.

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15 Sep 2018 @ 00:14:10 am
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Ian it seems like your KTZ does not have a common rail injection system but the pump is electronically controlled. Also with 315Nm it should not be that under powered as the GVM of the Tourer SW is 1450kg.

The latter 3.0 D-4D engine has only about 30Nm more than your model.

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15 Sep 2018 @ 07:44:07 am
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Ian, I have had Air Riders fitted at the Air Spring Company to my Cruiser 80.

Difficult to say how much they help with the handling, which I'm sure they do, but definitely helps with the sag when the van is hitched.They only take 1.5 Bar pressure, so if the ride is uncomfortable without load, you just let some air out. I also have heavy fridges & equipment in the back at all times

Each side is independantly inflated through valves, suitably piped to the rear panel for easy access.

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17 Sep 2018 @ 07:28:05 am
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I have fitted them to my cruiser 79. When not loaded the ride can be "hard "but when I tow my commander and adjust the ride hight it's much better. Also when I use it to load only it performs much better on ride comfort. When not loaded I keep the air helpers at +- .5bar. 

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17 Sep 2018 @ 08:25:21 am
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Thanks for this.  Ould you tell me what you guys me by a cruiser 79 and cruiser 80. I'm trying to place what vehicle this is. 

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17 Sep 2018 @ 08:41:38 am
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That's the model of the vechile basically the shape. 

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18 Sep 2018 @ 07:01:53 am
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The 79 is a bakkie and the 80 is the SUV of the 1990'swith coil spring rear suspension.

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18 Sep 2018 @ 07:15:00 am
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Ian it seems like your KTZ does not have a common rail injection system but the pump is electronically controlled. Also with 315Nm it should not be that under powered as the GVM of the Tourer SW is 1450kg.

The latter 3.0 D-4D engine has only about 30Nm more than your model.

I am of the same opinion as Danie. You KZTE Toyota has more than enough power to tow your caravan.  You need not to change anything on that vehicle ............................... maybe the driver's attitude to be happy at towing at 90-110km/h.  (Just a joke and I do not intend to imply anything)

The suspention is also more than capable of handling the nose weight of your caravan and if you fit the air suspension it will only result in a harder ride than really give any value in the lift that you want.

I for one towed a Jurgens Penta with a Mazda 2.5 Tdi which had a bit less power than your KZTE and the vehicle performed fantastic.

 

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15 Oct 2018 @ 10:41:57 am
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I fitted the latest air bags to my Fortuner. They are placed between (inside) the springs. The old type used to lift your vehicle at least 50mm to 70mm. But with the new type the vehicle remains at the same height, the air bags simply become HARDER. I have found my 4x4 trips with a one ton trailer into Moremi and all the other Botswana places a pure pleasure with absolutely no bottom-outing.

The bags serve a perfect solution to the caravan now.

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