• Independently adjustable for both rebound and compression
• Hard anodized, aircraft grade (6061 T6) aluminium body, reservoir and components
• Adjustable spring preload/ride height adjustment
• High pressure nitrogen reservoir with aluminium, anodized floating piston
• 19mm hard chromed ground shaft with impact resistant, replaceable shaft guard
• Dash 6 high temperature Teflon® hose with high flow fittings
• Large Teflon® lined spherical bearings on coil over applications
• Each coilover comes pre-loaded with a coil, set to the appropriate height for bumper/winch combination
ARB 4×4 Accessories, the company that revolutionized the 4×4 world with the Air Locker selectable differential, has now transformed the suspension world with the introduction of the Old Man Emu BP-51 High Performance Bypass Shock Absorbers. Bringing racing technology to your adventures, the OME BP-51 shock absorbers feature revolutionary, patent-pending technology developed by the Old Man Emu engineers to deliver unparalleled on and off road performance.
Developed and tested extensively in some of Australia’s most rugged environments, these big bore, position sensitive bypass shock absorbers with remote reservoir are designed to be fitted without any need for vehicle modification. This design combines considerable ride comfort around town with significant amounts of end-zone damping for exceptional chassis control and handling off road. In addition to the velocity sensitive damping which used in most shock absorbers, where the faster the piston moves, the higher the level of damping is generated, BP-51 shock absorbers also generate damping dependent on the position of the piston within the shock absorber’s body via their internal bypass design. This bypass design results in an ability for the shock absorber to provide the best of both worlds, a comfortable and compliant ride during normal driving and a more controlled ride over challenging terrain. With greater levels of damping generated at each end of the stroke, the piston slows as it approaches full compression and extension, preventing harsh topping out against the bump stop and allowing large bumps and corrugations to be easily absorbed.
Damping performance is easily adjustable across a wide range in both rebound and compression, allowing the user to alter the vehicle’s ride performance and cater for different road conditions and vehicle loading scenarios. The body, reservoir and components are all made from aircraft grade (6061 T6) aluminum, with a type 3, 40 micron hard anodized finish, ensuring exceptional heat dissipation and resistance to corrosion and stone damage. Designed, developed and tested entirely by ARB’s team of Old Man Emu Ride Engineers, all BP-51 shock absorbers are manufactured in-house by ARB. In order to achieve this, significant investment has been made in state of the art machinery and hard anodizing equipment, allowing ARB total control of the manufacturing process to ensure the highest possible quality.
Shock absorber and coil over assemblies will be competitively priced with vehicle specific fitting kits at an additional cost. These fitting kits will allow the mounting of the external reservoir in vehicle-specifc location, creating a clean and straightforward solution to a traditional challenge of other reservoir systems. The coilover applications come pre-loaded with the appropriate coil spring and are adjusted to the proper height for vehicles equipped with a bumper and winch (heavy load). If a vehicle does not have additional weight on the front end, the preload on the springs can be adjusted to the appropriate levels. ARB recommends that this is done using the BP- 51 Spring Compressor Tool (VM80020001). Some applications will have side specific part numbers (left/right) due to the location of the external reservoir.
In North America, the initial applications of Jeep JK Wrangler, FJ Cruiser (2010-2014), Toyota 200 Series and HiLux 2005+ will be available late summer 2015 with other applications rolled out in the months following. Soon to be released applications will include the Toyota Tacoma, Toyota 4Runner (2010+), and Toyota FJ Cruiser (2007-2009).