Just a heads up for the guys in WA, may work for other states as well as im sure they freight stuff around the country everyday.
After getting the ARB long range tank installed, combined with an alloy factory bar, Dual Battery setup, canopy and rear drawers etc, i have decided to upgrade the suspension.
After looking around at whats on offer from the big brands, i came across Westcoast suspension in Bassendean.
Looked online for reviews etc, and to my surprise these guys seem to be the sleeping giants. No review was bad or poor. In fact it was positive.
So after a chat over the phone, stipulating my requirements of a lift of between 40-50mm, but something that would hold up on miles of corrugations, give me my factory balance whilst being comfortable, reliable, and not get flogged out we settled on the following.
Front struts with 60KG constant coils
Rear shocks, with 250kg constant leaf springs
Greasable shackles, new bushes, etc etc.
A plug and play system basically.
Jessie from Westcoast delivered the items to me the same day and we had a good chat.
This guy lives 4x4 offroad driving and has had everything from Prado's to Patrols, to Hummers, and beats the crap out of them.
The company dates back to the 1920's. Manufactures their own springs in Freo. Tests every product for quality control and fits out/does the GVM upgrades for the WA police paddy wagons, mining companies, etc.
Real world experience, and took me through the product. Twin walled, oil filled with gas. Completely rebuildable.
Have you ever seen foam or polystyrene heated and return to its original state again?
What was of particular benefit to me was their dealer network.
Kunnanurra, Broome, Derby, Halls Creek, Alice, Albany.....Any out of the way shithole where if you are going to break something there is a network to support you with a 3yr warranty on parts excluding labour.
The price, $1300 for a current model/shape Hilux SR5 + fitting.
Fitting will take place at the mechanics just a few units up from me, who told me about them and have installed the kits before.
If they are crap, you'll certainly know about it. If its the case of the "poor man always buys twice", again you'll know about it.
Anyway, i'll keep you posted as to what my thoughts are after the install.