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Improved handling - FJ60

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by Mike S, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. Mike S

    Mike S

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    When I recently had OME suspension installed on my 60, Mudrak suggested that I consider installing the rear sway bar from the FJ62 on the FF axle we were installing. It bolted right up, and cost very little. This, in addition to the OME suspension has been a tremendous improvement on on highway hadling in the hills. Seems to provide a firmer footing on corners.

    If you are looking for better highway manners, this may help.
     
  2. HZJ60 Guy

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    I wonder if you can do that with a spring over?





    TB
     
  3. Mike S

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    The bar attaches to the frame with a pivoting rod which fits a bracket on the frame and passes through the eye in the end of the bar. The SOA setup seems feasible if this rod were extended. Not sure about the geometry. If you could look under a 62, you might be able to figure this without a problem.

    Mike S
     
  4. lovetoski

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    I added a rear sway bar to my 60, and it's a noticable improvement. Not as big a deal as the new 3" suspension, and fixing all the worn stuff in the steering though...
     
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    Since the installation of the new OME lift last week I have noticed that when I get heavy on the gas pedal, the rear sways a bit. I blame the automatic locker more than anything else. I bet if I install one of them rear sway bars all that side to side movement might be gone.

    But my worry about limiting flex. It is my understanding that the sway bar will do so. Anybody knowns about this?
     
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    Yes...the swaybar will limit your flex a bit...but the solid on-road feel will be worth it. If you have a locker back there working for ya...the "flex" it loses for you won't be missed much.
     
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    HZJ60 Guy I wonder if you can do that with a spring over?



    Yes you can , and should have one on a SOA. You will have to make longer links though. It makes a dramatic improvement.
    Gary
     
  8. bad_religion_au

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    as for losing flex, make swaybar disconnects, just a removable pin somewhere in your swaybar setup that you can pull when you lock in your hubs, presto, sway bar not limiting flex
     
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    FYI, only 84+ fj60's have the sway bar mounts on axle and holes in frame. If you have a lift get/or make longer sway bar links.
     
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    Does anyone know exactly when that started? My 60 is a Nov '83 (1984 year model) - as always, I'm right on the stupid line and isn't an easy call.

    If I crawl up under the truck, what should I be looking for? Is there a good diagram or photos anywhere (like SOR)?
     
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    I did but I don't remember now.

    but look for this[​IMG] [​IMG]


     
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    OK, another less than bright question (my specialty) -

    can someone show me the swaybar all connected up on a 60? I have a 85 60 and would like to improve stability on the rear... any of them big damn pics?

    thanks guys!
     
  13. Landpimp

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    you know I ment to snap a pic the other day..........I will today.

     
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    thanks pimp. So it looks relatively easy (?yes?), how much and where can you get em?
     
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    WAY easy, like 5-10 mins. I got mine from our 88 fj62 that had been in a accident, seen them sell for $100 for all the bits needed. If lifted you will want to buy or make extend links(I bought mine from MAF for $40)

     
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    sweet pics, thanks Pimp! yeah that looks pretty easy. Just have to look and see if i have the mounts on my 7/85 60...hmm...another project with no time...lol. you da man.
     
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    As I went around a corner last night, all the BBQ stuf dumped over on the dog..........................ARF........

    This Sway system will help ??

    I like the idea of a quick disconnect.
    The only one I have found is new set up w/extensions...for $200..is that the going rate ??
     
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    yep it handles better on the road for sure.

     
  20. Mike S

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    I bought mine on the For Sale section of this BB, paid $35 plus shipping, but had to buy the axle housing side brackets and bushings. Maybe $150 for the whole deal. Used MAF connector links to accomodate the 2-1/2" lift.

    Mike S