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ok. so i just bought an fj60 for my wife and it definetly needs some attitude. it's gonna get a tpi 350/4L60/241c with a center rear diff and i'd like to run 33's.
i've done a soa setup with a good friend on his girl friend's 60 and i think it's more heigth than i need.
got any pointers on what springs i should run and stay spring under. i was thinking about some slightly longer shackles and calling ALCAN for the springs. i used them for the last builup i did and they worked out well.
i was thinking about putting discs on the rear also, but after reading some of the posts i guess it's really not necessary and the factory e-brake does work damn good.
i have 4wdb on the 45 and they work great.
any other do's and don'ts?!
thanks, georg
 

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I am running a S/O 60 with 35's and it was kinda scary sometimes trying to stop it. I did the El Do swap prior to Maob last year an after working out some bugs got the truck to stop great and the E- Brake held great. As for the power department I just got my TBI 350 into my garage with a 700r4. That will get mated to a 203 then the split case:) I think there are different ways to do the S/O and I would say that mine is one of the smaller ones. I would recomend the disk brakes and don't rule out a S/O it rides so nice. <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">
 

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i know the soa setup rides well cause you retain the flat stock springs. pretty cush ride; my 45 has that setup but i don't need the 60 to be that tall; also don't want to install a rear swaybar to keep from dragging the door handles.
she's probably going to have this rig out at pismo a couple of times a year and that's it. rest of the time will be spent on the street and towing the jetskis.
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We did a OME (Old Man Emu) 2.5" lift on my buddies FJ60 last year, so far so good.

It rides really nice and flexes fairly well too.

If you want to get 33's you might want to get some spacers or shackles for added room though.

-Justin
 

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I just got 33s and am looking into lift for an fj55, but wasnt sure if the 2.5 OME is enough. My springs are from 1971 and barely clear the wheel at the moment in the rear-so i think im probably an inch or so under original height due to sag. Does anyone know how much space should be between the axle and spacer on stock spring height for a 55?
 

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If this is your wife's truck and your goal is only to run 33's, why bother with the SBC conversion and centered diffs?

The stock 2F and axles work fine with 33's. You might want to go to 4.11 or 4.56 R&Ps though.

I ran 33's with the OME 2.5" suspension with the rear (ie. bigger) anti-inversion shackles on the front and rear and handled 33's just fine. I did go to 4.56 R&Ps though, but I have a 5spd. With the 4spd maybe 4.11's might be better.

Unless you're trying to build a hardcore trail rig that's going to be running huge meats then a SOA and SBC seems a little like over-kill. 3" Alcan lift springs and some decent shackles will do you just fine.

The FJ60 front discs and self-adjusting rear drum brakes also work just fine for 33's--never had any problems.

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Originally posted by Cruiserhaven:
<STRONG>Unless you're trying to build a hardcore trail rig that's going to be running huge meats then a SOA and SBC seems a little like over-kill. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
[ 09-24-2001: Message edited by: Cruiserhaven ]</STRONG>
And your point is.......??????
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V8 Baby! Towing ANYTHING with a 2F sucks, trust me I have tried. The auto will be nice too.

A bunch of people in my club run the Ironman suspension on their FJ-60's but they really sit ass high, Plenty of room for 33's though.

OME is the best setup for 33's, good ride and mild wheeling.

Good luck!
 

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Here is my son's FJ60. It is sitting on 2.5" OMEs and 33" SSRs.



The OMEs are a bit stiff for my liking, but it does tow very well. I think the Alcans would be a good alternative.
 

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ok. the v-8 is not just for her but also guess who? ME! i can't have her get beat off the line or on the freeway by some jeep now, can i? it's really for towing and the fact that i do want to be able to drive it up to tahoe or wherever i want to go and not have to do 30 mph up the grades.
hey medusa: like the 60, seen pics of it. are you working on a 45 also?
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hey medusa: like the 60, seen pics of it. are you working on a 45 also?
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Actually two 45s -- one trail truggy and the other for its tow truck <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

Unfortunately , I am really working slow these days.
 
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