Wanting to get something a little more road worthy on the streets.

Discussion in 'Tire and Wheel Tech' started by kuuner, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. kuuner

    kuuner

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    Hey!

    Been a LONG time since I posted. got my new to me 71' on the road and want to cruise to work maybe once or twice a week when it warms up as I don't have a top. No way could i drive at speed with the current setup, especially with the power steering. That's way too much fun in a bad way.

    Don't get me wrong, i don't mind the tire size but the current setup is like driving on balloons. I think I have to go down but do I? Maybe my wheels suck? Lift sucks? Thoughts? IMG_3861.JPG IMG_3858.JPG
     
  2. Tapage

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    it's your steering tight ..?

    tires won't help for sure .. more road friendly tires ( like Toyos MT just coz I like them a lot .. but there are many other road friendly options out there ) will help to .. and one thing works wonders to me it's ram assist for the steering ...

    also check caster, bushings and TRE's ..
     
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    Are those real beadlocks? Are they well balanced? Sometimes less tire pressure smoothens it out.
    I always heard IROKS had good road manners, but never owned a set. X2 on the Toyo MT's,
    I've got lots of miles on them.
     
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    Steering is very responsive with no play. That's why the power steering is so scary at speed. If i sneeze, i'm going off a cliff.
     
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    I don't think they are real bead-locks.
     
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    I had '81 trans am steering box on my FJ40. It was 2 1/4 turns from lock to lock. Ya just got to pay attention!!
    This was before cellphones and all that other distracting stuff.
     
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    My G-Wagon had 37x12.5 Irok Super Swampers, and while they were noisy they handled quite well on the highway. I generally kept my pressures at or below 35 psi on road, and in the winter that dropped to less than 28. The steering on the G was a bit on the loose side, so that probably helped, but even with a RTT on top I never felt like it was hairy to drive.
     
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    How much caster are you running .?
     
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    I'll be checking that this weekend.
     
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    Yeah, axle shims to compensate for lift. Hadn’t thought of that. Not a spring over is it?
     
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    It is a spring over
     
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    Could just need shim adjustment. The knuckle/trunnion bearings ( or whatever you call them ) have to be
    in good condition with a SOA especially with fat tires.
     
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    Ok...got the wobbling worked out. Thanks guys for the tips. Minor shimming and a balance job (which was a joke considering the size of the tires and the lift and everything else) was the trick. Looks like they glued a door panel on the inside of the wheels for balance weights! That said, rides perfect now! On to the next issue. I'm capped out with the 4 speed. Since it drives so well now, I was thinking of swapping in a NV4500 5 speed. I want that granny gear but with current setup, it's like I have a 3 speed. Yes, I want to be the first guy to the trails so, a 5 speed seems like the way to go. I'm currently sitting at about 2,500-2,700 RPM for freeway speed and would like to get her down just a bit? Is that an extra gear or, different rear end gearing? This is not a full time trail rig so, while the current setup is perfect for that, I'm willing to lose a bit of trail worthiness for road worthiness. Thoughts?
     
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    Glad it worked out for you. Advance Adapters has adapter plates for mounting the NV4500.
    What engine do you have? AA should have everything you need. I've got a '74 FJ40 with
    '79 SBC and '91 NV4500 behind it. I didn't build it so can't give specifics but it's got the
    perfect overdrive for those tires and perfect gears in low range as well.
     
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