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Shotts' Lexus now with Slee 6" lift (details):

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by ShottsUZJ100, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. ShottsUZJ100

    ShottsUZJ100

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    Shotts LX Part III: :D

    Lift's on looks good. Very happy with that. This gives me a "different" Cruiser for the first time. I expect it to impress the s***ts out of me so I can 100-bash. :D I thought the Slee springs would be punishing on an unloaded truck. Not the case, though they are stiffer. :)

    Those new front arms are tanks for sure. Damn, they look good too.

    I went straight to the alignment shop and here's the caster readings:

    -0.4 with a range of -0.8 to 0.8

    So how does this measure up?

    We had the rear arms dialed in pretty well with the front shaft out. NEVER were there any vibrations or gear noises or anything except for a very short grrr at higher speeds ONLY while slowing. This was VERY tolerable and we might even eliminated the slight grrr if we kept adjusting. We were really close to prrrrfect.

    So we added in the D/C front shaft and tested. There's some vibes here and there and slight shudder below 50 MPH though it's liveable for sure. Above 50 MPH some gear noise starts and you feel vibes and noise increase as you go faster. There's a tad more grrr here and there now at higher speeds. I only got a short 2 miles freeway drive. We're going to re-drive tomorrow and re-look at those rear arms. Other than that there's nothing we can do except OME C/C bushings in the front arms.

    Meanwhile.....how's the caster reading? Do we need C/C bushing in the arms?
     
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    This thread is worthless without pictures!!! :flipoff2: :flipoff2:
     
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    Seriously... how can you post this kinda thread without pics :rolleyes: :flipoff2:
     
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    sleeoffroad Supporting Vendor

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    What does this mean? You should have a left and a right and a cross caster reading.
     
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    I'm just dumb. I see it now. Here:

    LEFT: 2.5 RIGHT: 2.9
    Cross caster: -0.4

    OK.....NOW how does it look? :D
     
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    Just saving this so I can reference it in a future thread as necessary. :D :D :D
     
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    Cary...it's very necessary. I might be able to drive trails, but figuring out the physics of vehicles is beyond me. :D
     
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    This amount of lift is beyond my experience, but I think you want a lot more castor correction than the bushings can give you.


    EDIT: I was thinking reversed polarity when I wrote this, i.e that he had negative castor.
     
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    Oh yes. I have 10* (?) in the Slee Front Arms. You can also add OME C/C to his arms for even more if needed. (3 and 5* more)
     
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    sleeoffroad Supporting Vendor

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    Factory is 2 - 4 degrees. So you are in spec as far as caster is concerned.
     
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    Excellent. Well then...I'm done. We see about highway ride. Thanks for all your help.
     
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    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    ...and the moral of the story is...











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  13. ShottsUZJ100

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    It's filthy.....but here's some quick shotts. With 6", 35's, and the cut frames and fab'd bumpers the thing has amazing app and dep angles. Can't wait to wheel Saturday. OH...no....it's not crooked...it's the street.

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    Thank God it's done! :D
     
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    So John,
    You really should plan a trip through Colorado some time and allow a day to have Christo look at your vib issue. Lots of great wheeling up here and you can have some fun while you get it fixed.
     
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    Hmmm... looks crooked and sagging (in the rear), but if that's gotten rid of the vibration, I wouldn't mess with it.
     
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    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    too high! :D


    you got me puzzled there for a sec with your pseudo caster readings...


    congrats again on the bumpers and angles...!
     
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    It's the way the lift sits. Unlike others I like some rake. Not on this lift though.
     
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    I think I'm good. If I see Mr. Slee down the road I'd like him to drive the truck (if I can trust him to not roll it like his avatar shows :D ).

    I just got back from some highway driving. I can live with it. It's smooth at some speeds and a little buzzy at others. Below 50 it's pretty smooth. Only a couple of "rough" spots....though only slight.

    So, I'm done. We'll adjust the rear arms tomorrow about a half turn in each direction. See what's best and tighten them up. DONE!

    Thanks for everyone's patience. Even those who de-subscribed. :D
     
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    congrats, it looks great! :cheers: but i agree, maybe you should cruise up to colorado to have Christo look at it for ya.