Ironman 4x4 Lift

dubyahard

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This happened a few weeks ago and I'm just now posting.
My FZJ80 40th had stock springs and Bilstein 5100s with unknown mileage on them. Needless to say the ride wasn't the best. There was a lot of roll, and with old seats, there was not a lot of support. Add in a CVT Mt. Shasta my wife gave me for our anniversary and it was time. I chose to do a lift in stages. I paid Metaltech a visit, as they are local to me, and worked out a deal on a new Ironman 4x4 lift. I went with a new steering damper, Foam Cell Pro shocks all around, and the 24C Constant Load Springs up front and 13B Performance w/ Accessories in the rear. I broke it up over two months to make it easy on the CC bill. I installed the shocks and damper first. Then the springs and bushings about 3 weeks later. The ride is much improved and the roll has been reduced significantly. I take curves a little quicker now (never fast, it's an 80) and I don't have to brace myself as much. I have not been able to hit any trails since installation and the only offroading I've done is Bennett's Pass near Mt. Hood last weekend.

Shopping list:
TOY024C - FRONT CONSTANT LOAD SPRINGS
TOY013B - REAR PERFORMANCE WITH ACCESSORIES SPRINGS
1144 - ADJUSTABLE CASTER BUSH KIT
45683FE - FRONT SHOCK FOAM CELL PRO
45682FE - REAR SHOCK FOAM CELL PRO
3524 - STEERING DAMPER

When I purchased the truck it has the ARB Deluxe and BFG KO 275/70R16s. I added the BFG KO2 295/75R16s (love them!), Prinsu Rack, and RTT. I failed to take pictures during installation. There are plenty of photos and directions out there (Slee Offroad is who I used) to get this task done. It was easy and I did it mostly by myself and with the help of @Pike with some of the springs to speed things along. I used a 50 ton press, a big socket, and a sawzall to remove the old bushings. I used a crappy template and a vise with silicon spray to install the new ones. I used the 2.5* setting. About 8 days after installation, I took it by Les Schwab for an alignment and it needed no adjusting.

On to the pictures.
Pre-lift on 275s
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Pre-lift 295s
pre-lift.jpg


Pre-lift, 295s, & full load (RTT, gear, bikes) taken at Sand Lake
prelift.jpg


Lifted, 295s, unloaded
lifted.jpg


Lifted, 295s, loaded
(still to come)
 

dubyahard

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Portland, OR
Results:

From ground to center wheel arch

Front: 35.5” > 38”

Rear: 36” > 38.25”

From center wheel hub to center wheel arch

Front: 20” > 22.5”

Rear: 20.75” > 22.5”


So about 2.5” all around. Add another 1” gained from going from 275s to 295s and my overall clearance gained about 3.5”.

I’m not a big fan of the Smitty-bilt steps that the PPO installed but they help now (and especially help my preggo wife). And they actually did save my rocker on Rocky Uphill in TSF at this year’s Cruisin’ the Woods. Step-sliders will likely be my next or my next next purchase.
 
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