Time for Portals

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by MSGGrunt, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. MSGGrunt

    MSGGrunt

    Messages:
    1,420
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2004
    Location:
    Athol, MA
    Winter is decending on the Northeast and it is time to start on a long awaited project for my 97 FZJ80, Volvo portal axles. Please let's not turn this into a thread comparing the Volvo axles to the Mogs, I have settled on the Volvos for their passenger side drop front diff. and relative ease of swap as outlined in the link below. The hard part is trying to source some axles. I am hoping for something on the East Coast to cut down on shipping costs. Anyone have a line on a pair or even a single axle East of the Mississippi or know of a company that deals with these? My quest has begun. I promise a complete documentation with lots of pics as I go.


    http://tired-iron.mounet.com/Grace4x4/GRBTLC/default.htm
     
  2. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    You'll have to lose the 6" lift, the axles give you 5" alone.
     
  3. concretejungle

    concretejungle

    Messages:
    9,568
    Likes Received:
    771
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    North Cadillac
    What are you going to do with your lift?
     
  4. Junk

    Junk

    Messages:
    6,177
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2002
    Location:
    buggerville nj
    I picked up a set almost 2 yrs ago and have them stored in PA. They're not for sale as someday I'll get around to using them, but I picked them up cheap (like $250) for the pair in great shape from a yard in upper NY. You'll just have to look around.
     
  5. Wrench

    Wrench One Bashed Up 80

    Messages:
    4,609
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Dude that's awesome! I live 30 minutes from Worcester and would love to see the build up. I was thinking of doing this myself but the axles are $$$$! I'll trade my 2.5 for your 6. LOL
     
  6. MSGGrunt

    MSGGrunt

    Messages:
    1,420
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2004
    Location:
    Athol, MA
    So you thinks my 6" Slee System plus the 5" from the portal axles is too much. I was thinking an 80 running on 40x12.50x16's would be awesome and compensate a bit for the low overall gear ration of the axles. I hope these axles will be easier to find if the demand increases here in the US.
     
  7. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    11" is way to tall, I went with 2" springs from Christo and it is just about right. At 30 degrees side angle I can get out and rock the FJ pretty hard and it still feels solid as a rock.

    I wouldn't run anything larger than a 38 on the portals, I wish I could have found a 36X11X16 or 37X11X16 but most tires that tall go wider say 12.5 or larger and they would rub on the rear frame rails. When I'm fully flexed in the rear my tires rub a little on the rails.

    As far as gearing if you get the "Fast" as they are referred to 5.99:1 ratio axles the 38s let me run 75 hard on the throttle and 65 just cruising.

    I don't think the axles will get any cheaper, if it's like anything else as demand increases so does price.
     
  8. concretejungle

    concretejungle

    Messages:
    9,568
    Likes Received:
    771
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    North Cadillac
    I don't know, i think it may be a bit too tall. Perhaps even top heavy. Also, not sure if even the portals would hold up to 40 inch tires. Maybe, i'm no expert.

    Just looking at tireiron's buildup, he put portals on his, with the stock suspension and he was running 38's.

    If you do get rid of your 6 inch lift, let me know.
     
  9. PKP80

    PKP80

    Messages:
    2,716
    Likes Received:
    126
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2004
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Don't know if I'm a fan of that super skinny look. You made it look too easy.
     
  10. cruiser ken

    cruiser ken

    Messages:
    647
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2005
    Location:
    Saratoga Springs, UT
  11. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    I don't know about the "Look" but it goes like crazy, you can drive over a five gallon bucket with 2" to spare and dig down till you get to something solid.
     
  12. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
  13. Wrench

    Wrench One Bashed Up 80

    Messages:
    4,609
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    The portal should handle 40's no problem. If the stock axles can handle 40's then the portals will easily. Heck they probably handle 44's.
     
  14. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    What was I thinking...I know nothing about portals.
     
  15. Wrench

    Wrench One Bashed Up 80

    Messages:
    4,609
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    You don't. Because I was wheeling with a guy a couple weeks ago that was running portals with 40's. He had no problems. They handled them fine.
     
  16. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    What were they on?
     
  17. concretejungle

    concretejungle

    Messages:
    9,568
    Likes Received:
    771
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Location:
    North Cadillac

    :rolleyes:
     
  18. Wrench

    Wrench One Bashed Up 80

    Messages:
    4,609
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    This.

    [​IMG]

    It weights 4500 pounds.
     
  19. TiredIronGRB

    TiredIronGRB

    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    Those are Unimog portals...different animal.
     
  20. Wrench

    Wrench One Bashed Up 80

    Messages:
    4,609
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    So not all portals are created equal? I did not know that.I thought they were all the same. My bad sorry. What makes mog axles stronger?
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.