Ironman vs Dobinsons

Started by LK, December 09, 2019, 05:36:06 PM

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LK

Hi,

I have a Grand Vitara, LWB, 2016 and I am in the process of deciding on a suspension lift of 40mm and have narrowed down my options to Ironman and Dobinsons. I would really appreciate if you have an opinion as to which might be a better brand.

I have heard some people say that the Ironman gives a harsh ride compared to OEM and that Dobinsons may be better. The Dobinsons option will cost more. the gear alone cost $208 more but with fitting (based on the quotes I have from Fourbys and Dobinsons) it will cost a total of $431 more. Since, I neither have the technical know-how or equipment to fit them myself i will be reliant on some else for installation.

I am keen to hear your opinion and or experience between these two brands, based on which I will consider the price deferential.

The following are details of both brands

Ironman
Grand Vitara 8/2005+ Front Strut - Nitro (12721GR) - $427.68
Grand Vitara 8/2005+ Front Performance C (SUZ019B) - $213.84
Ironman ICAMBER14 Camber Bolt Kit (ICAMBER14) - $23.16
Grand Vitara 8/2005+ Rear Shock Absorber (12722GR) - $261.36
Grand Vitara 8/2005+ Rear Performance Co (SUZ020B) - $213.84

Dobinsons
COIL SPRING (C57-116) - $252.34
GAS STRUT (GS57-622) - $435.35
CAMBER ADJUSTMENT KIT (14MM)-PTCB-14 (WA57-506K) - $87.36
COIL SPRING (C57-065) - $252.34
GAS SHOCK ABSORBER (GS57-623) - $321.94

Folks, I am really keen to hear our experience or opinions between these two options.

Thanks

James R

Hi mate
Both brands have had mixed responses, although the Dobinsons seem to have more in favour. Bear in mind that most suspension lifts will result in a harsher ride.

Unless you get a good package deal for installation along with the purchase, you could talk to Tim at Boland Auto Electrical and Mechanical or Jason at TJM Brendale,  they may be able to help with fitting at a good price.

Depending on where you are and when you're looking at doing it, you can always post up for fitting assistance too, although this time of year can get very hectic.
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