My New LX!....she tested me... (1 Viewer)

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Hey mudders! I'm finally getting around to posting pics of my new rig. This is the first 80 I've owned but I've always wanted one. She's a 97 with 123,000 on the clock. Picked her up a couple of weeks ago and right away ordered an 850/860 lift from Slee. I don't know what the record is for longest span installing a lift but I'd like to submit my name for 2 days and change! The front went on beautifully but the rear was nothing short of a nightmare. Let's just say I broke 5 bolts!! On the bright side I learned how to chase and tap holes.

I do have a question though, I had my castor sweep done and I'm around -2 on both the left and right tire. I've got OME bushings but I know they only correct for 2 degrees, I've thought about sending them back and ordering the blues but that still only gets me to +1. So my question is does 1 degree make that much of a difference? Should I put on OME or order the Blues?

Anyway I here are some before and after pics. The lift and tires (315/75 R16 BFG AT) sure do make a difference.
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Not sure if it makes a difference (I'll let someone with more technical knowledge answer that) but I have the same suspension setup with the slee blue bushings and it works great for me.
 
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Hi There, I had the OME yellow bushings in for quite some time on the same setup you have, I felt tired after a long drive as the truck was a bit too 'quick' in the front end and needed constant attention and driving input. I switched out to the Slee blue bushings and used Landtank's alignment template to set them up and the ride and drive experience is MUCH better. That 1 degree made a big difference on my truck.

Cheers Peter
 
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Blues should be good enough. It may not be perfect, but there are so many other issues to deal with that you don't want to blow you budget on fixing 1* caster.

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Thanks everyone! Looks like I'll be calling slee for the blues.

Now that I've got it looking more like I want it to it's time to baseline it. I've found a lot of great threads on the topic but I do have one question on protocol. I obviously want to get my parts from cdan but do you pm him on here or do I need to just give him a call. I really appreciate all the great info and hope one day I'll be able to contribute.

Thanks again.
 
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nice looking rig. i just bought the same year and color 3 weeks ago. No mods yet. just working the bugs out. did the front wheel bearings this afternoon. easier than i thought.
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looks good hows the rubbing with the bigger tires? i think once my 285 75 16 ;s wear out i might go with the 315 75 16?
 
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I haven't had any rubbing, but that being said I haven't done any wheeling/mudding yet. In all honesty I don't know how much of that stuff I'll do as this is my DD for now. One day she'll be my weekend vehicle. The tires fit perfect but again I haven't flexed it at all, but dang I love the way she looks!!

All I can say about the bolts is use the bolt blaster as much as you can leading up the lift. I used it once a day for 3 days and wished I had used it more. No telling how many bolts I would have broken without it!!
 

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I personally would call the CDan. PM works but talking to the man is a whole different ball park. One call, one discussion on your needs and what parts, done. Im 99.999% email/txt/pm person. But in the case I need parts I pick up the ringer to discuss.
 
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Were you at Razorback? I'm in Bentonville trying to gather more and more people to go wheeling with every once and a while. I have a similar 80 on 285, the 4runner is my old ride. Justin
 

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