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Thoughts on Dobinsons lift kits?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by shumif1, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Jan 10, 2021 at 1:56 PM
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    shumif1

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    Anyone here have any experiences with Dobinsons lift kits, I was looking at all manufactures and came across this one ? How would you rate them ?
     
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  2. Jan 10, 2021 at 2:06 PM
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    I have nothing but good things to say, but only have one mild Offroad trip on them. Hopefully more next year.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2021 at 10:12 AM
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    Thanks , how was the ride afterwards ,a little stiffer? Did you need new UCA”s ?
     
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    Dobinson makes quality stuff
     
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    Stiffer, no. More “controlled”, absolutely. No more Boaty McBoatface. I don’t know that I needed UCAs for stock wheels and tire size. But since my upgrade path includes taller tires in the future, I chose to install them.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2021 at 9:51 AM
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    Crikeymike

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    Dobinsons definitely has a LOT of options, so let me know if you have any questions on them all. Hopefully more guys chime in that are running Dobinsons already and they can give you their feedback!!
     
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    I bought Dobinsons front shocks this past month, the extended travel. I used stock springs. I agree with Chris, ride is great.
    These are not stiff like a Bilstein 5100 at all(first hand experience).
     
  9. Jan 12, 2021 at 10:58 AM
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    ^ That is likely because the Dobinsons twin tube shocks are progressive, whereas the Bilstein is digressive. The Bilstein is going to probably be stiffer on the small stuff.

    The entry level Dobinsons twin-tube shocks look like basically upgraded factory shocks. So for anyone that doesn't mind the factory feel, I imagine they'd be wonderful. Coupled with a slightly stiffer spring (Dobinsons) I bet they're great. I actually wish I could go with Dobinsons but they don't offer what I want (yet).
     
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  10. Jan 12, 2021 at 5:14 PM
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    You don't need high end stuff to wheel on a 4runner. If you want a nice ride and have lots of fun wheeling what 99% do, get a nice modern twin tube, like a Dob. If you want to beat yourself up, get a small bodied monotube shock, like a 5100. Shocks aren't that much money until you get into the 2.5's and up, and thats basically the go fast stuff, these don't. I think you should try something and see what you like. If you don't, sell em and try something else. You might like what others don't. I'd rather float than hit something jarring. I've made that discovery about myself after a lifetime of this.

    This just applies to purchasing on a budget, I'm not talking about the guys that rock crawl and are real serious.

    edited for serious spelling errors.
     
  11. Jan 12, 2021 at 5:36 PM
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    I'm running Dobinsons on my 2020 and love it. Done quite a bit of wheeling with it and have been very impressed.

    My setup:

    SPC Upper Control Arms

    Front coils:
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    Front shocks:
    GS59-700 -Twin Tube fixed mount

    Rear coil configuration:
    C59-505 - Stock Rear End, 1.5" Lift

    Rear Shock Configuration:
    GS59-701 - Twin Tube
     
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    I like all this information. However, :worthless:
    I need to see it. I am a visual learner! Lol
    Ryan
     
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    I have dobinsons. Check out my sig for details. About 5k miles and loving it. Also, mike is @Crikeymike is awesome to deal with. answered every question I had and then some.
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    Not exactly sure what the part #'s mean (not looking atm). That is one nicely built truck!
    I like the Prinsu rack. What is the extended top section of the rear? Also, any wind noise?
    Ryan.
    Sorry to Hi-jack...:threadjacked:
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    *edit* spelling
     
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    My dad and I both have Dobinson's on our 4th gens. I'd say they're stiffer than the Bil 5100's I had on my 5th gen but not overly so. We both like the ride empty but they really shine once you get a bit of weight in the truck. We bought ours from @Crikeymike when he still worked for Dobinsons directly and he was excellent to work with.
     
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    Thanks. It's the Prinsu cargo basket. As far as wind noise from the rack its hard to say since the window visors are so noisy that all the other noises are drowned out lol
     
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    Can’t remember the setup we have on the 4Runner. We’ve had it for 3-4 years now. Much improved handle off and on road. Just over the Christmas holiday my son took his mom and I down some wildlife management trails. The suspension still handles good, he has complete control. Me setting in the back not so, I’m not a backseat rider.
     
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  18. Jan 13, 2021 at 7:25 AM
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    Great points. I ran the twin tube suspension on my 4runner for a bit over 3 years and I loved it, and so did everyone that rode in the truck. I could have had the MRR's no problem (the older version without adjustment) but I decided that it wasn't worth it for me and how I drive my 4runner, plus the twin tube suspension has always been a top seller, so it helps show others how nice it rides.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments and tags, guys. I'd really appreciate if you guys could throw up a review on Google for me, whether you've bought in the past or recently from me. Everyone's always asking where they can see reviews, and everyone is holding close to the forums, but a Google review goes a long way for me for recognition.

    Here's the link: https://g.page/exit-offroad/review?rc
     
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  21. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    You got it. All done. :)
     
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    Done as well.
     
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