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Westy suspension rebuild

Postby jes*b » 21 Mar 2018, 17:38

This is due on the Westy as still on Old rubber and dampers / springs . Options ? Brickwerks have a HD bilstein and a choice of two trailmaster set ups . A modest lift either way is desireable. Who's done what recently and to what effect ? Can will be mostly tarmac and some soft laning etc but don't want to sell myself short in this regard
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby silverbullet » 21 Mar 2018, 19:46

I went B4 with oem spec springs, but not carrying cupboardry or appliances.

Phil's krankenwagen rides really nicely on the same kit. Dehler roof, bulkhead unit with fridge, full r&r.

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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby philyoung » 22 Mar 2018, 09:30

I’ve got B6s Ian, but oem springs. Works very well. Empty, the van was 1580kg - with the bulkhead unit, fridge, r&r, leisure batteries etc., I would think more like 1900kg.
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby silverbullet » 22 Mar 2018, 19:58

Actually, I think I went B6 (light blue dust covers) because the dampers are twin-tube and higher quality.

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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby bikermike87 » 26 Mar 2018, 09:37

I went for Trailmaster HD's on my petrol westy syncro, springs and dampers. I'm really happy with the set up, but it does cope better when my camper is packed up for a trip. I have a generally "light westy" most of the time, running on motorways. So you can notice the difference.

I will be sticking with these for our longer trip. They have had good reviews from people on the road and as long as you stick to the ideal weight tolerances, they work well.
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby PetenAli » 15 Apr 2018, 08:07

Hi Jes - sorry, its 3 weeks since you texted me.

We have Andreas Lidil springs all round with Futbus ball joint spacers on the front and shock extenders on the rear. When we fitted the springs we also got new standard shock absorbers from Baxter. That gives 555mm exactly from hub centre to bottom of wheel arch which is quite a big lift and out of the range of the helpful data on the Brickyard for wheel alignment on lifted syncros.

Initially I wasn't happy with the handling until I found someone who really knows about setting up wheel alignment. The first people just made a mess of it and it handled worse than at the original settings. Now its really good. Like Mike, its best when fully loaded for a long trip.
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby jebiga41 » 16 Apr 2018, 08:16

PetenAli wrote:Hi Jes - sorry, its 3 weeks since you texted me.

We have Andreas Lidil springs all round with Futbus ball joint spacers on the front and shock extenders on the rear. When we fitted the springs we also got new standard shock absorbers from Baxter. That gives 555mm exactly from hub centre to bottom of wheel arch which is quite a big lift and out of the range of the helpful data on the Brickyard for wheel alignment on lifted syncros.

Initially I wasn't happy with the handling until I found someone who really knows about setting up wheel alignment. The first people just made a mess of it and it handled worse than at the original settings. Now its really good. Like Mike, its best when fully loaded for a long trip.

Mmm interesting I've been playing around with the Lidl springs and various shock set ups
At first had trailmasster fronts with ball joint spacers and standard rear shocks but was under too much tension at rear and trail master fronts were too bouncy then went 16 front shocks and 16 rears which worked well but still the springs were under too much tension so went with rear shock extenders and seemed to be too high and issues with cvs currently back to stock and will give it a go again with shock exteders on the 16 fronts and smaller extension on the rear and see how she goes. The 16" shocks seem to be more suited for lidl springs as have higher damp rate weell at least that's what came out when we compared similar vans running Lidl springs trilmasters had more bounce then new 14s and new 16s having the least echo. Sorry for thread hijack Jes
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby jebiga41 » 16 Apr 2018, 08:20

On another note Jes supposedly the trailmaster rear shocks don't fit petrol vans due to the eyes being to big for the top mounts so I've been informed can other people confirm that? so that may help you to decide
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby lloydy » 16 Apr 2018, 19:39

Lidl springs would be great if they gave 60mm less lift.
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby jes*b » 16 Apr 2018, 19:53

All good gents . I have opted for OE springs and the Billie B6's . Will be as close to factory as is available . Will save any talk of a lift until it's settled in and I know more
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Re: Westy suspension rebuild

Postby silverbullet » 16 Apr 2018, 20:22

Well done, seen sense after all.

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