80 series lift kit

I am looking at replacing the original stock standard suspension on my 1997 80 series cruiser with a 2" lift kit. Am after peoples opinions on what brand to go for ie west coast suspension,tough dog,iron man or any other,and whether to go with soft,medium or firm. Only really load up with weight when going away camping with the wife and kids (which aint that often) and only tow a 4.2m tinny with it. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated ie steering dampner,castor bushes.

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Tough Dog

Mon, 2015-02-23 12:41

fitted a 2 inch kit to my Cruiser years ago and it has been awesome, went medium light set up in the back and complimented with a set of poly air bags for when she is loaded up. This way you still get a smooth ride when it's not loaded up. I fitted a dampener at the same time to assist with the soft sand stuff.

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 Whats your budget? Mine had

Tue, 2015-02-24 12:46

 Whats your budget?


Mine had dobinson coils

Touch dog adjustable at first then swapped out for king remote reserviors.



I think they were a meduim rated spring and was great on and off road and towing was fine. This was a 6 inch lift though

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Tue, 2015-02-24 13:45

 Dobinsons combo on these work great malaga suspensions are the state distributor for them

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Wed, 2015-02-25 15:21

Looking at spending around $2000 including new steering dampner and fitting. Was looking at an ironman kit. Anyone run there suspension kits and have any feedback?

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 I had foam cell shocks and

Wed, 2015-02-25 15:56

 I had foam cell shocks and didn't like the ride they gave, found them to be very harsh on rougher roads and in off road use in general. I now use double acting nitro charge shocks and find they handle a lot better on & off road, a lot smoother and over all ride quality to be a lot better.  I use the old man emu nitro charge sport, for the 80 series I would say you would be looking at $1600 to $1800 maybe? They do rated springs for what your carrying... For your car you can get the old man emu nitro LTRs shocks which look pretty cool but cost $$$ lol... 

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Dobi kt

Thu, 2015-02-26 08:42

 I know you can get the dobinsons kit with steering damper fitted for $1700

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79 series.. Ive got dobinsons

Thu, 2015-02-26 16:46

79 series.. Ive got dobinsons springs and bilsteen shoks, medium duty and airbags. have had them over a year now happy with the ride.
got them from malaga. top job.

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Sat, 2015-02-28 14:15

thanks for the replies guys