Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Mechanical questions about the Toyota Granvia
Thenortherner
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Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby Thenortherner » 05 May 2015, 10:17

Grannies are not sports cars in the first place, but after 300,000km I think mine is definitely getting a bit saggy, I am just looking to do a bit of a spuce up without spending too much. I have searched the threads on here and searched google but not finding answers.

Wheels - I currently have standard 15inch steels 6Jx15 ET29 6x139.7 but I am thinking some 16inch alloys would be good if I can find some cheap enough, Does anyone know how important the offset is? there seems to be lots of 4x4 wheels at the same PCD but different offset, how much different can you get away with?

Springs and shocks, does anyone now what other vehicles use the same springs and shocks or are they specific to Granvia. Lots of people are saying Hiace powervan springs but I am in New Zealand and we do not have Hiace powervans here, only standard cab-over engine hiaces which are different. Is there anything else out there with the same setup?

The cheapest I can find parts here is $650 for the parts only (4 shocks and 2 heavy duty springs), and that is trade price from Repco! Toyota wanted over $1300 just for the parts! Anyone one of a cheaper source of springs/shocks in NZ

V6vanman
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Re: Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby V6vanman » 07 May 2015, 13:42

Hi, have you tried http://www.amayama.com . It is a japanese company that specialises in exporting parts at a reasonable price. I got a brake servo at half the dealer quoted price.
Good Luck.
2000 3.4 V6 Granvia - camper conversion

Thenortherner
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Re: Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby Thenortherner » 11 May 2015, 10:22

V6vanman wrote:Hi, have you tried http://www.amayama.com . It is a japanese company that specialises in exporting parts at a reasonable price. I got a brake servo at half the dealer quoted price.
Good Luck.

Thanks for that, I have had a look but it is about the same price as the parts are here by the time they are shipped etc. Have done some more hunting around now though and have found some possibly cheaper options.

Thenortherner
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Re: Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby Thenortherner » 16 May 2015, 11:59

Just to give a quick update.... in the end I have gone with 15inch x7inch alloys from a Mitsubitishi 4x4 with 215/65/15 tyres and wow the handling is instantly much better. Didn't think it would have that much effect. Looking forward to putting in some new springs and shocks now. Thinking I am just going to do the back first to save some $
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Smiddyshaw
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Re: Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby Smiddyshaw » 10 Mar 2016, 20:52

Any updates on the new springs ?

Thenortherner
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Re: Shocks, springs, wheels and handling

Postby Thenortherner » 12 Mar 2016, 02:02

Not yet............ it's one of those jobs on the todo list!


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