"Being dissatisfied with the very rigid ride from the original suspension on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, and following discussions with yourselves, I decided to have the suspension changed to The Ultimate Suspension Gas Shock Absorber System.
Following completion of this I was amazed at the outstanding improvement to the ride, handling and comfort of the vehicle.
The ride is now firm but without the hard "Truck Like" feel, allowing very good control of the vehicle.
I would also like to say that I consider your Product Knowledge and Service to be excellent.
It is for these reasons I have taken the time to write this letter and advise that I would be more than happy to recommend your company to anyone seeking the best suspension for their vehicle."
Michael Hall (2006 Nissan Pathfinder)
"My wife and I would like to thank you and your staff, for recommending the type of suspension for our Landcruiser to comply with our requirements. The installation of a complete Ultimate Suspension Kit to protect our vehicle, by increased vehicle height, comfort, and above all load carrying capacity under adverse conditions.
Our travels of 30,000km consisted of 15,000km rough dirt roads and tracks, and 1500km of very soft sand which encompassed some of South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia.
We were a little apprehensive at first considering we were travelling alone, heavily laden with provisions for remote area exploration of up to four weeks and towing an off-road camper trailer.
The roughness of any road or track was smoothed with the comfort of our suspension.The suspension and shock absorbers performed beyond expectations, with no adjustment or repair being necessary.
As a matter of interest our BFG Goodrich AT tyres were new to start out travels and they endured all that was thrown at them with no punctures and wore evenly.Howerver, they are now worn out.
It is our belief that no punctures and even tyre wear is in no small way attributted to the quality of the suspension. Like wise our Landcruiser has suffered no rattles and the rest of the vehicle has only nominal ware, if any.
Trouble free motoring in remote areas adds up to happy and enjoyable travelling and getting the suspension right is a big, big start."
Robert Fisher (Toyota Landcruiser 80 series GXL)
"I am writing to thank you for all of your help and assistance in rectifying the suspension problems I had with my NK GLS Pajero.
The history of the car was that it originally developed a problem with the torsion bar on the right hand sade sagging, which Mitsubishi eventually fixed after several visits. The front end of the car then proceeded to drop and again despite numerous attempts with Mitsubishi to fix it, the job was always second rate.
It was at this stage I made contact with your company and you advised that the torsion bars be replaced by your product.
I must admit i was very sceptical that the "simple fix" of replacing the torsion bars would make a dramatic difference to the vehicle, but from the very first drive of the car after their fitting, it was obvious I should have done it sooner.
The car handles far better in corners, and basically sits much "flatter" than it ever did. The other most noticeable difference is in the braking, where the car now pulls up in a much shorter distance and feels that it is braking firmer.
I normally renew my car every 3 years, and rest assured that upon the renewal of this vehicle, I will again be on your doorstep to have the same job done on my new car.
Once again thank you for your advice and the torsion bars, and please feel free to show this letter to any future customer, as testament of how much a difference your torsion bars really make."
Mark Hudson (1997 Mitsubishi Pajero GLS)
Delving into the distant past...
Like most people, when i bought my first 4WD some years ago I thought, being 4WD, they'll go anywhere. I soon discovered that it wasn't the case, and started to buy the various 4WD magazines and read about the various aftermarket modifications and additions that were available to improve the vehicles performance, such as suspension changes and replacement and additional lights.
I was somewhat sceptical, but joining a 4WD club soon showed what a difference could be made to a basic vehicle, in terms of ride and performance on the road and in the bush. I then started to visit various companies and 4WD shows ect to see what was on offer.
Having a Daihatsu Rocky diesel meant that there wasn't a great deal of choice in suspension systems. While visiting a 4WD show I discovered THE ULTIMATE SUSPENSION, and found that you not only had a system for the Rocky, but a number of variations to suit the user!
You took the time to explain leaf suspension and shock absorber design and how it all works together. I was more than impressed and paid a deposit fo a complete system.
Some weeks later, with the slight feeling of am I doing the right thing? I made the trek over to Minto early one morining and stayed while the Rocky was being worked on. At the end of the day, you went with me for the first test-run of new system. To say I was impressed would be an understatement! Better cornering, better ride, better everything - and that was only on the bitumen!
I left totally convinced that it was the best decision I'de ever made. In the following weeks I went bush and was even more blown away. The wheel travel was enormous and the ride quality fantastic!
A few months later I decided it was time to upgrade the Rocky's lights and fitted PIAA inserts and a new wiring loom. This made the old lights seem like just a few candlepower in comparison. The light output was bright, but not glary with good cut-off, and had an even distribution over the road.
I later fitted a set of PIAA fog lights and driving lights, which certainly turned night into day
While the PIAA products were a lot more expensive than others, their performance and quality certainly made it worthwhile.
This all occurred around fifteen years ago.
Over the years since I've had three suspension systems fitted to Daihatsu Rocky's (I liked them , as you'd know) and PIAA lights on all of them. All my comments above have certainly continued to apply, and if anything the suspension and lighting systems have improved over this time making the best, even better.
Some months ago I finally made the move from Rockys and purchased a Mitsubishi Pajero(LWB Intercooled Turbo-Diesel).
I was very interested to see how a front torsion bar and rear coil sprung OEM system behaved, as I'd only had experience with leaf spring systems. I didn't get much of a chance to test it out, as I (advance) booked the Pajero in with you within a week of its estimated delivery.
I found that the Mitsubishi suspension seemed to behave fairly well for OEM product.
When I came out, you again took the time to explain how the torsion bar and coil spring suspension systems work, the original design limitations, and what changes you make to improver the performance, with a new system. I was interested to see that you took measurements and tested the OEM product, finding that there was some sag on one side (straight from the showrrom), and that the shock absorbers had compression control, but not much rebound control.
While i was expecting differences between the OEM and you systems, I was absolutely amazed at the changes in behaviour (even with only a few days with the old!) The change in ride quality is fantastic, the handling and cornering is vastly improved - in a word BRILLIANT!
I didn't get the opportunity to compare the two in the bush, but have found your design makes the most of toersion bar limitations, and performs exceptionally well.
Many of my friends have commented on how well the Pajero rides (such as heaps better than my car) and one had his "shorty" Feroza fitted out by you, and is also extremely impressed.
One of them works for an opposition supplier, and has expressed comments of how good it is, asking how you can offer a lifetime warranty on the springs (they don't) - my answer is quality, and faith in your own product.
I have since fitted PIAA fog lights and PIAA replacment headlight bulbs. The Mitsubushi headlight design isn't too bad at all, but the super white bulbs have vastly improved them - twice the output, with the same wattage as the original.
To finish up, I have to make the comment about your staff - they are an absolute asset to your company. When my friend got his Feroza Fitted, they went out of their way to explain how things worked, and the differences between systems etc.
I write this letter totally unsolicited - when a product is worth comment, I'll endorse it. Both The Ultimate Suspension and PIAA lighting are the products that i swear by, not at.
Jim Hooke (Numerous vehicles)
We have had a steering & suspension problem with our Suzuki Swift for some time that no one seemed to be able to rectify satisfactorily.
I had heard about the Ultimate Suspension but thought that they would only specialise in 4 Wheel Drives.
After being fed up with the lack of service we were getting elsewhere, I called in & spoke to Ken who diagnosed the problem very quickly and also located the source of a fuel problem that nobody else could find.
We had the necessary repairs done. The car now handles perfectly & our fuel problem has also finally been solved. The cost of repairs was also a pleasant surprise considering what we had been quoted elsewhere.
The level of knowledge & caring of Ken & his staff is second to none.
We would have no hesitation in recommending The Ultimate Suspension to anyone.
The Ultimate Suspension gives the Ultimate Satisfaction
Nigel & Karen Eade (Suzuki Swift)
Tri State Safaris operates 4WD tours Australia wide in our Mitsubishi Canter All Terrain Warrior 4WD coach. The vehicle is only 12 months old but has always been in need of a better ride. We recently gave the job of making our Warrior ride better to Ken O’Keefe at Ultimate Suspension, with our only requirement a simple one – to make the vehicle one of the most comfortable vehicles to travel in on both highway and off-road use.
Ultimate did a custom and complete upgrade of the original suspension which included re-working the front and rear springs, matching shock absorbers to the springs and adding a rear sway bar.
The improvement to the highway ride was noticeably better, with the bump and chop gone. The vehicle now drives through curves without the old body lean that reminded one of riding a motor cycle.
Once off-road the difference was nothing short of remarkable. The vehicle now travels over corrugations and wash-outs as if they weren’t there, with rough terrain smoothed out beyond all expectations. Our passengers all comment about the comfortable ride. In difficult terrain the vehicle displays plenty of wheel articulation, driving over some obstacles that many other traditional 4WDs would baulk at.
Ultimate Suspensions upgrade of our Warrior has been a huge success. In all of my years of 4WDing experience I have never seen such a remarkable change in a vehicles ability to traverse difficult terrain in complete comfort.
I did put the Warrior through it’s paces last week in some the areas I use for 4WD training, and I was amazed at how sure footed and comfortable it was to drive. The change has been remarkable – so I am not making anything up.
4X4 Aust want the story as soon as I get back from LA, so will make sure you get a copy of the story. I may even call for some tech info first.
Again, thanks for doing the job you did – your enthusiasm, professionalism and kindness is very much appreciated. You have won us over and we will support and recommend you every chance we get.
Michael & Joanne McCulkin
Tri State Safaris
Hall of Fame - Inland NSW Tourism Awards 2008
Silver Medal - Adventure Tourism - NSW Tourism Awards - 2008
Silver Medal - Tour & Transport Operator - NSW Tourism Awards 2008
Winners - Adventure Tourism Australian Tourism Awards - 2007
Winners - Tour & Transport Operator category - Australian Tourism Awards - 2006
Winners - Adventure Tourism - NSW Tourism Awards - 2007, 2006
Winners - Tour & Transport Operator category - NSW Tourism Awards 2006
Winners - Tour & Transport Operator category - Inland NSW Tourism Awards - 2007, 2006, 2005
Michael & Joanne McCulkin (Mitsubishi Canter All Terrain Warrior 4WD Coach)
I mentioned to a mate that I was going to trade my SR5 Hilux on a Hilux cab chassis so I could have the best of both worlds. A great work truck to which I could add a slide-on camper unit to have fun with on holidays/weekends.
He told me I was nuts because I wouldn’t be able to get the suspension right.
He reckoned that when fitted with the camper body it would be dragging its bum on the ground and be rockin’ and rollin’ due to the suspension being too soft. Or if I stiffened the suspension then with the camper body removed, it would be a dog on the road. Harsh, skittish with heaps over steer.
The body fully loaded was going to add 600kg so I knew I was going to have to do something about it.
I didn’t get much encouragement from the major 4WD suspension players, that was until I spoke to Ken Okeefe at The Ultimate Suspension.
Boy what a difference it makes when you speak to a specialist.
As the photos show, Ken has provided a kit that gives me the lift I needed with the firmness and stability for even the harshest off road conditions.
When I remove the camper body then the softer comfort springs come into play. The SR cab chassis actually handles better than my original SR5.
When it comes to suspension don’t muck around. If you want an average kit see an average supplier, but if you really want your vehicle to handle in all conditions, then see an expert….and I’d strongly recommend that expert be ‘The Ultimate Suspension’ at Minto
Vince Williamson (Hilux SR Cab)
Once I discovered you can get a lift kit for the new model Hilux I was very keen. So
in May 2006 I bit the bullet and booked in for the 3.5” IFS Smart lift by The Ultimate
There was a few teething problems but nothing the guys from TUS weren’t going
to fix, the front drive shaft was replaced with a double cardin joint which fixed the
vibration, the next step was to do a really good wheel alignment and now the end
result is excellent. As I was one of the first few to have the lift kit fitted, I do believe
that the little problems encounted have been ironed out.
If anybody asked me is it a good idea to get this kit I would say, Yes, but be
prepared to upgrade the brakes, I have noticed that with the larger tyre this lift
allows you to fit, the Hilux has suffered a loss in the breaking performance, but
once again this can be over come.
The drive-ability of the Hilux with the kits fitted is far better than standard, the Hilux
rides, breaks and steer better, just performs better allround.
Another positive with the lift kits is that it makes the Hilux look even better.
Thanks again to all the guys at The Ultimate Suspension for an awesome product
and superior service.
Dan C (Toyota Hilux with 3.5 inch IFS Smart lift)
In April you upgraded the suspension of my Prado as I was taking the vehicle through a few deserts including the Simpson and the Gibson.
I was referred to you by Mark Sheath.
Anyway I need to tell you that your suspension was fantastic! It certainly provided a great ride on the desert roads, and as you can see from the accompanying photo, a lesser suspension may have led to a disaaster.
Thanks for your help on this.
Craig Dermer (Toyota Prado)
We just spent 3 weeks touring Vic & Tassie and the car handled and towed (off road camper trailer) brilliantly. With or without a load the handling is 100 times better than standard!
Thanks to the team.
Justine House (Mitsubishi ML Triton)
Qualmech Pty Ltd have been using the Australian Ultimate Suspension for the past 4 years and have just recently had our two newest Toyota HiLUX SR Single Cab Utes fitted with Ken’s heavy duty suspension.
As a mine maintenance company, we have had all of our six vehicles fitted with upgraded suspension to carry close to the GVM weight all the time. With toolboxes, tools and mine equipment parts in the back of our vehicles the OEM standard setup just sagged.
We found the Australian Ultimate Suspension could cater for our needs for a strong and reliable suspension. We can certainly see and feel the difference after every upgrade. We find that the vehicles sit higher, they have a smoother ride and the handling has improved quite a significant amount.
Safety is a large focus point in all mining activities and Ken's improvements to the stability of our fleet both on the highway and in the mine pit give us confidence that we are providing the best vehicles possible to our people in the field.
I would like to thank Ken and the Australian Ultimate Suspension team for their skill, knowledge and most of all their hard work.
Mal Boardman - CEO of Qualmech Pty Ltd (TOYOTA HiLUX)
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