OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby Chemistry on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 1:14 +0000

I am going to be getting ARB to replace the suspension on my Hilux, they will be installing OME front and back including torsion bars etc. The question I have is around the load capacity of the rear Dakar Leaf Springs.

85% of my driving is on tar road, to and from work, the remaining breakdown is 10% on camping wherein I pop around 50 litres of water + 12v camping fridge, wood, fishing gear, tents, awnings etc on the back and the remaining 5% I spend in rather remote areas of WA that sees me transporting around 150 litres of water, + 12v fridge, esky, food supplies, 50 litres of fuel, tent, gazebo, fire wood etc for around 1000+ kilometers some of which would be on corrugated dirt roads and beaches.

The OME leaf spring ratings are as follows:
Medium load
Constant 120Kg
Constant 250Kg
Constant 400kg

As the bin is empty (with the exception of the spare wheel mounted below) most of the time, would it be sensible to go for the Medium load or go for the Constant 120kg?
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby 10 luxxxx on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 1:28 +0000

Have you considered air bags mate I'm looking at some at the moment as Well as constant 120 kg springs.
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby fgk228 on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 4:14 +0000

I have an 01 lux with the 250kg ome. They are stiffer than the oem but they handle the bumps alot better even when empty. Just remember if they are too stiff/soft you can add/remove a leaf. My car is more comfortable with the ome with nothing in the tub than the standard new hiluxs we have a work.

I dont like the idea of bag on a leave sprung car because you are changing the load point on the chaise.

Id look at your problem another way, how much does you load weigh when your doing the remote trips. Set it up for that.
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby Chemistry on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 4:55 +0000

Thanks for the feedback guys. I have added a Rola roof rack to accommodate some of the longer bits of kit like my RV5 tent & gazebo which leaves the bin for the 150kg of water & fuel + the added wood, bbq grid, containers of cooking utensils & food, fridge & esky etc.

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I was inclined towards the constant 120kg however the ARB salesman suggested the constant 250kg which is pretty spot on with fgk228's suggestion.
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby Chemistry on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 9:44 +0000

Just as a bit of feedback, I had the constant 250's fitted and they have been an absolute dream. Day to day running I don't notice them other than at traffic circles there is less of a roll and I did a trip to Red Bluff in April and another to Israelite Bay in December and have to admit that fully loaded the Hilux it very smooth indeed.

Thanks for the info.
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby fgk228 on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 4:20 +0000

Good result.

Have you noticed much fuel usage difference with the gear on the roof?
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Re: OME Rear Spring for 04 Hilux Dual Cab

Postby Chemistry on Sat, 09 Sep 2017 7:20 +0000

Apologies for the suuuuper late reply. I drop between 50 and 100km's on a tank.
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