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Anyone tried X-ShockDakar lift kits?

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22 Aug 2018 22:44 #195373 by Caelite
Hey folks

Been browsing lift kits for a while, I have been really attracted to the Trailmaster kit, as it is obviously highly regarded on here. One of the key plus points I have heard cited is that it is specifically designed for the Jimny, meaning it is more suited to road handling than the likes of AVO or ProComp who mate general shocks to vehicles that fit. However after doing a bit of browsing I have found these guys, they trade as X-ShockDakar, they seem to be based out of a Suzuki specialist garage in Poland called Samurai Serwis.

Unlike Trailmaster however, they are very active on social media and are easily contacted, and based on a wee chat I had earlier, very open about the specifications of their shocks/springs they manufacture themselves in Poland. Price wise they are fairly competitive with the JimnyBits brands, & offer different tiers of shocks and fairly interesting parts packages. The rep I spoke to also said that, whilst they don't rebuild their shocks they do send replacements at a discount to repeat customers (something I'm not sure TM offer, because they never answered my email, or social media message).

Just curious if anyone has ran them and if they are any good, they are cheaper than the TM set, I suppose that disparity could be down to them being made in Poland rather than Germany.

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23 Aug 2018 05:28 #195374 by safari
a friend of mine have been running and competing with them for over a year now they seem quite good for their price and everything is bolt on

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23 Aug 2018 05:31 #195375 by S200KYS
I've not had suspension components from them, but I did get one of their roofracks for my daily-driver gold Jimny, and that is certainly well designed and manufactured...

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23 Aug 2018 12:50 #195386 by Caelite
Yeah, I was looking at their roof rack when I found their suspension kit.They look good, but are pricey (£260+£40 shipping).

Undecided whether to go for their full roof length XL rack or the normal one.

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23 Aug 2018 14:26 #195387 by TomDK
It's the same as with other cheap full lift kits, like raptop, 4xfourart and such. Shocks are of unknown origin, same with springs. Bushings looks to me like the rest. Cheap.

But, 1000 euro for a complete kit. What would you expect.

A full set of bushings in their shop is only about 1/4 of the price of a full set from SuperPro.

For an offroad-only vehicle it's probably fine. But wouldn't recommend it for anything that goes near other cars, people etc..

+3" Trail Master. Fox 8.0" R/R shocks. ORA HD winchbumper. Warn M8274 Ox-motor + Hellfire gears, Delta-Tek mainshaft and freespool, overvolted. 33/9.5 R16 Silverstone Extreme. 5.14:1 ratio SJ transferbox in RW cradle. OMP rollcage.

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23 Aug 2018 15:24 #195388 by Busta
Their suspension kits are the most comprehensive I've seen, with options of different spring rates, extended bump stops and brackets to stop the shocks rubbing on the springs. There's a lot more thought gone into them than most of the cheap stuff available.

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23 Aug 2018 20:58 #195391 by TomDK
Maybe it's just me.
But for all I know it could just be longer springs. And doing what others already provide. Like what Zanfi and Jimnybits do.

Yes, it's all in one neat cheap package. But again. You usually get what you pay for.

When will we see someone do a high quailty kit made with build-to-spec Fox/Bilstein shocks, good quality springs and proper rodends or at least quality bushings. That would be interesting, and of course more expensive.

+3" Trail Master. Fox 8.0" R/R shocks. ORA HD winchbumper. Warn M8274 Ox-motor + Hellfire gears, Delta-Tek mainshaft and freespool, overvolted. 33/9.5 R16 Silverstone Extreme. 5.14:1 ratio SJ transferbox in RW cradle. OMP rollcage.

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24 Aug 2018 04:45 #195393 by Lambert
That's where I'm at with mine is needing to determine the specifications for a proper suspension system using proper components. There is nothing wrong with working on a budget and getting as much as you can for it but on a heavily modified truck you have to be confident that it's going to do what you expect when you expect it. If like me that means handling 3 times more power safely on the road then that confidence comes with a hefty price tag. If however you're only pottering about in a quarry every second weekend and the car gets trailered there that allows you more freedom to not spend thousands of pounds on springs and dampers.

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24 Aug 2018 05:19 - 24 Aug 2018 05:19 #195394 by florinelu07
This means that OEM / no lift, remains the best/safest option :unsure:
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24 Aug 2018 08:38 #195399 by Lambert
I don't think it does. What it leaves you with is needing to know what you're buying and what you can expect from it and whether it is suitable for your intended use. I could buy a trailmaster lift kit for mine and I could be confident inits quality and it's suitability for my car but given what I'm planning for my car that wouldn't be a sensible choice for track days in the same way that short stiff coilovers wouldn't be sensible for a green lane car. As my car is used at the moment for commuting and farming the standard suspension makes most sense but as I change its focus into something very specific so i have to alter everything to become suitable.

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24 Aug 2018 09:54 #195405 by florinelu07
I saw a OME(mu) kit on a Jimny, and it needed spacers between spring coils and chassis to correct the car's stance... for me that isn't acceptable after paying premium price for a suspension kit.

Also I fully agree that for road use (and not only), safety should come first.

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24 Aug 2018 10:16 #195407 by safari
Having said that I have just fitted new springs progressive from a famous Italian company and had to fit spacers because it was leaning too much I was not happy for the price I paid
So this brand in my opinion is not bad at all after seeing there work and very good price especially for a full 3" lift kit

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