FJ leaning to one side, suggestions to fix?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by spike6901, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. spike6901

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    My FJ leans noticibly to the driver side. Do you think that it is a sagging spring? I would guess that it would be the driver side front.

    I was thinking about installing a 1" longer shackle on that side to level it out. Is this a really dumb idea?
     
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    Pretty much all FJ40s lean.

    It is a trademark of the thing. CCOT sells a leveler block thing.
     
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    You are talking about the Famous cruiser lean. I was once told a story as to why they built them that way, never sure if he was just pulling my leg or what.
     
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    My '80 also did the same. Your toyota dealer has a fix for this; check with them, its free...
     
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    Yep, works good. Mine had a good inch of lean. The CCOT block levelled it right out.
     
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    Yes Most 40s have a lean but I think it's on the opposite side than yours. All the ones I've seen lean passenger side low. Unless I'm mistaken, you may have something other than the famous Cruiser lean going on, the spring like you said perhaps.

    My theory for the famous Cruiser lean is the effect of the torque that the engine/drivetrain puts on the suspension. Your drive train is mounted to the frame then the torque goes to the axle which is connected to the frame by the suspension. Over time it puts more pressure on the passenger side spring causing it to sag before the other one, additionally it stresses out the frame as well over time. Makes sense to me.

    Get out a measuring tape and check out your springs and look at all your body mounts.
     
  8. HawkDriver

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    Ya, I'm quite positive that they were not built with a lean. hahahahaaa
     
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    My FJ45 also has lean, in spite of the much bigger thicker stouter rear spring pack. Seems like switching the springs left to right and vice versa would kinda compensate.
     
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    Hmmm. According to the CCOT part install instructions it's supposed to bring the pass side down. :confused:
     
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    Actually apparently they did lean when new and Toyota has an old service bulletin thing for it.

    as mentioned by dfmorse.
     
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    if you think about it......ccot instruction makes sense.

    by putting the block on the pass side bettween the axel and spring pack, your kind of elevetaing the wheel by the amount of the block ( 3/8 inches). so when you put to cruiser on the ground, the pass side will be lower by 3/8 inches but with the geometry and the distance...the driver side 1 inches sag will be mostly compensated!

    it is my exlaination and i am stickind to it until further notice

    Yves
     
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    Best and cheapest fix, tilt your head to the side.
     
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    Hmm... I give up then :D
     
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    My fj45 SWB only the engine\ trans in the frame, newly re-arched springs leans to the drivers side about 1 inch. I did not mark the springs when removed so I do not know if they went back in the same spots or not. When I noticed it I measured eveything including the old tires I have on now and just went away shaking my head concluding that the lean option came with the 45 series also!!

    :GRIN:
     
  16. bad_religion_au

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    they lean

    get over it

    it won't affect a thing

    although i'm getting annoyed, mines got 4 inches of lean to the (australian) drivers side
     
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    Lose some weight tubby. :D

    j/k, as everyone else has said, they lean from the factory. Let some air out of the passenger tires if yer worried about it. lol :D
     
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    i alwase just figured my PO had a wife built like a whale.
     
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    but my lean is because i've twisted the rear spring :D
     
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    My 40 leans to the drivers side. Is my cruiser not normal? I guy I know close by has some s shaped leaf spings the are curvy and they are on the drivers side. He asked me what they were and I said they must have been to level the cruiser. He's 40 did not lean.
     
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