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Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by MandMAutomotive, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. MandMAutomotive

    MandMAutomotive

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    Well I have been here for two days and have come up with a plan B
    This is for a 1961 FJ25. Original drive train is gone so time to upgrade.
    These parts I have:
    1994 TBI Chevy 350
    TH700 trans
    1977 front diff
    Saginaw PS box

    These part I have found a donor
    Toyota T-case, probably a 4 speed
    1969 rear diff

    These parts I need, but plan on using
    SOA kit
    SR kit
    Hy-steer kit
    traction bar in rear
    35 inch tires
    Power brakes
    Painless wiring
    ididit steering column

    The big unknow is what springs to use. Not much info on FJ25
    Basically just need a spring to make it level and fit the 35s
    This will be a daily driver, not a rock crawler, but needs to handle well on and off road. Does not need to be over kill on strength or gears.

    Any other ideas pros or cons??

    John
     
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    65swb45 Elder Statesman Supporting Vendor

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    As far as the suspension, nothing is gonna bolt into the stock 25 spring hangers unless you spend the $$ on a set of custom springs. Since you're going SOA anyways, do some searches on what other springs people have used [fj55,fj60, wagoneer etc ]and just plan on building your own hangers to fit them.
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Why not just use the 25 springs :)


    also, get a ez wiring harness instead of the painless.. MUCH cheaper and just as good quality wise..
     
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    MandMAutomotive

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    60 views and only two replies. I will take that as a good approval rating! There are some good spring shops here in Phoenix. If we only need to do front or rear maybe we will have them build a set.
    Thanks for the replies, I'll check out EZ
    John
     
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    i agree with mace, use the springs that came on the truck, they have already been figured out by toyota
     
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    yeah, i thought that stock springs on top was the ultimate setup for 35's. good ride and good flex. don't know from experience, though. (yet)
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    FJ25 rear springs are SUPER long from what I remember. they shoudl give you lots of flex in the rear ;)
     
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    Cruiser_Nerd That 25 Guy. Moderator

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    John, these guys are right, if you're going SOA may as well keep the stock springs. From your pictures they had a pretty good arch, which is not typical of 25 springs which are usually pretty flat. Mock it up and see what it looks like. You may even want to pull a leaf from the bottom of the pack. :D
     
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    Texican s-Moderator

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    you are gonna need to move the axle back to fit that drivetrain in, either move the hangars back or flip the springs....FJ55 sprgs etc.
     
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    OK, we will try a SOA kit with SR and Hy Steer. Hopefully we will be able to keep the springs. Will send photos in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the replies, Keep them coming.
    John
     
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    MandMAutomotive

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    Wheel backspacing??

    Well its been three weeks. Body is off and the frame has been sandblasted. Waiting for the Saginaw plates to arrive to start welding. We got a rock equipment high steer kit and are doing the SOA. FJ40 front diff with discs and MC calipers in the rear. Been reading posts about wheel backspacing and do not know what to do. Thinking of going 16 inch wheels to eliminate any problems and 35 inch tires. Also thinking about sticking with 3.5 backspacing??? Any help?

    TIA
    John
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Good plan..
     
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    Well here is a photo of some progress. Pretty High!
    Will post more soon
    John
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    MandMAutomotive

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    photo 2

    Another
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    what kind of gas tank is that? why are you using castor shims in the rear? if you can get your shackle angle near 45' you'll have a much better ride.

    everything looks clean i like it.


    looks good your gonna need bigger meats..
     
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    MandMAutomotive

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    Downey fuel cell
    Spring perches are not painted, no shims. Waiting to weld them after all the "weight" is added.
    Original plan was 35" tires, may need to go bigger!
    Thanks,
    John

    PS

    Body is off again. Motor and tranny are in. Will send more photos after the
    T-case is on.
     
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    That's going to be quite the lift when it's back on the road. Looks good...
     
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    I never thought I'd hear myself agreeing with this for a fellow FJ25'er, but yep . . . you're now gonna have to fill all that space with some tall rubber. :eek:

    Let's see what the front looks like. :D
     
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    Give it a good couple outtings out on the trail and those springs should settle some.
     
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