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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 18:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

New wheels and tires fitted. Heavy they are heavy no doubt but doesn’t seem to bother the engine or the gearbox. Starting and stopping doesn’t seem to be a problem. Noise is not particularly bad and my mechydid a stellar job at balancing them.

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Lower ball joints done too just to be safe.

Wheels are from jimny bits, 16r -20ET
Tires are toyo open country 265/75 16

They do rub on the arch and will need a bit of surgery on the weld seam hopefully this weekend.
A lift kit would no doubt sort that too..
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 18:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to say..rear is low as there are 4wheels+tires in the back at the moment 😅
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2022 11:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2022 16:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. You definitely need a 2" lift though!
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2022 19:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you and yes most definitely need a lift.. needed anyway to  refresh suspensions…. Looking at options… any suggestion welcome of course! Thinking 40mm sud lift and in case a body lift no top of that.
I have trimmed the pinch weld and remoulded a bit the arch but it still rubs a fair bit…but at least I can turn now. Went to do a few local lanes today I was quite amazed by the tires, sure they are heavy but not a wobble at 70 and super grip when off tarmac. Not too noisy either… very impressed
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2022 23:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suspension lift yes, but I wouldn't bother with a body lift. The ONLY point of a body lift is to fit bigger tyres but a suspension lift will be perfectly adequate for the set-up you've got. Plenty of people run 40mm or 2" lifts with 265/75/16 (including me in the past). I think it's the perfect arrangement. I now use narrower tyres (235/85/16) but that looks fine with mine, which doesn't have wheel arch flares.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2022 23:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave, agree, the suspension lift will be perfectly adequate to get back the turn radius snd avoiding scrubbing. The reason I was considering the body lift was only in case the rear wheels will need more height to be able to travel without fouling the arches at full travel but I suppose with ifs at the front one of the front wheels would be well up in the air. Appreciate the tip as always.
At the moment I am looking at lift kits and spring rates while also hunting for some longer wheel studs for the front hubs, original studs are a bit short. Likely plenty to be safe but seing them not flush with the top of the nuts brings bad thoughts to mind!
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 10:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

THere shouldn't be a problem with fouling the rear arches. There's certainly not when using standard offset wheels. I know you've changed the offset, but only by a bit I think and I doubt it will cause problems.

I've not found the lack of articulation at the front to be a particular drawback. If you were going for some kind of gnarly off-road challenge truck then, sure, you would choose something without IFS but I don't think I've ever been in a situation when green laning when it's caused me a problem. The relative lack of front articulation (it's OK but not great) means that the back axle gets a really good workout. But the amount of rear articulation on these is massive and its very rare that I get a rear wheel lifting off. Even limited by the rear ARB the amount of articulation is good. (Removing the rear ARB gives even more travel without any obvious ill effects on the road.) I've never had a non-IFS truck (I have driven plenty of Land Rovers but not on the kind of rocky ground where you typically need the extra articulation) so I suppose I don't have a proper point of comparison, but all I can say is I've never found myself longing for better front end articulation.

AT one time, when I was a bit more cash-strapped, I lifted it using 2" spacers on top of the springs, which was actually fine and worked well. Now I have a Pedders kit fitted (with Pedders shock absorbers). I can't remember whether they quote 40mm or 2", either way it's enough. It works great but it gives quite a firm ride on the road and there's a significant increase in crashiness when going over potholes and rough roads. I find it tolerable but I know some people really don't like it. Some say using the option of Monroe shocks with Pedders' springs is a softer option (I can't vouch for that personally, but I would probably try that option in hindsight. It's a bit cheaper too).
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 12:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the advice…advice from experience is super valuable.
I have set a bit of budget aside so I am looking at an OME lift kit.
The build I’m looking at is of an off road tourer, nothing too extreme.
So looks like the suspension lift will be plenty.

I am looking at the OME kit with updated springs (front for the petrolare the standard diesel ones)
As I would like to fit a covert winch at the front (around 50kg between mount and winch) and I will have a roof rack + tent on top adding 100kg)

Will diy some drawers in the back so that will add some extra fixed weight.

The springs from OME apparently are same rate but longer for the updated ones so likely to be a real 2” rather then the 40mm quoted but should keep a good ride without getting too stiff..
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 15:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like it's going to be a great truck.
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