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Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: 4Crawler] #606273 05/24/05 06:13 AM
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Toybluggie Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
I learned my lesson with NWOR(NO Warranty OR Returns), Id save and start with Alcans. You get what you pay for, and they can make the spring paks to your specs.

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Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: Toybluggie] #606274 05/24/05 01:58 PM
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Terrys_85_Toy Offline
I found this place online a few months ago: http://www.customsuspension.com/store/.

I haven't used them or heard anything from anyone who has, but it's an option to explore I guess.

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Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: Terrys_85_Toy] #606275 05/24/05 04:52 PM
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DirtyHarry Offline
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I haven't used them or heard anything from anyone who has, but it's an option to explore I guess.

In other words you want JG129 to be the guinea pig and try them out and report back to us. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> Always good to find new options out there.

Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: Johnboy] #606276 05/24/05 05:28 PM
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Red_Chili Offline
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I have 2"lift wrangler springs and skyjacker rears for 4" of lift give or take. The skyjackers will need a longer shackle to make them level with the 2" lift springs. I also have Rancho adjustable shocks and I think the ride is fantastic given the lift and age of the suspension design (better than my IFS truck rode for sure!)

This fits 33" tires fine (rub on compression) but 35" would need a rethinking in axle placement. HTH


Only a slight hijack... my son (doing a SAS on an 88 minitruck) is VERY resistant to using stock Wrangler (YJ) springs even though he can get them for free. Several experienced wheelers he works with swear it will lead to death wobble. Doesn't make sense to me unless the caster is way off, but then I don't have a corner on the truth. Your experience?

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Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: Red_Chili] #606277 05/24/05 06:44 PM
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DirtyHarry Offline
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I've ridden in trucks using Wrangler springs and Brian Ellinger ran them on his red truck (that he drove to the trail, not trailered) and have not experienced that. Like you said Bill, "death wobble" is typically associated with steering geometry, not the leaf springs.

Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: DirtyHarry] #606278 05/24/05 07:34 PM
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Pappy Offline
For something off the shelf and not too expensive I'd run Downey. I had them on my 82 SB (for 13 years), and ran them until recently on my 85 4Runner (for 14 years). The only issue I had was on the rear of the 4Runner. They finally sagged and I replaced the rear with Alcans. Now they have been replaced with 4" springs. Where are you? I still have my old springs (Downey front, Alcan rear). If you are close to New Mexico I'll sell them cheap, but won't ship. The last time I checked shipping was more than the springs were worth.

Re: '85 4Runner lift [Re: Pappy] #606279 05/31/05 04:33 AM
I'm in Georgia; but I'll be out there in October. Going to Cuba for a hunt.
So they are 4" front and rear? How much do you want for them?

Re: '85 4Runner lift #606280 05/31/05 05:08 AM
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whitetoy Offline
Don't rule out blocks. Cheap, never sag, and maintain nice stock ride. Go at least 2.5 inches so
that the e-brake line clears under the spring pack.
Everyone always knocks a block lift, but I've been running one for 8 years, all of which included runs on the Rubicon, Fordyce, Barrett and Duzy trails.
Even the serious guys who who built trail-only buggies with 63" Chevy springs in the rear end up using blocks to give them enough lift.

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Re: '85 4Runner lift #606281 06/02/05 03:50 AM
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Supra 4x4 Offline
I am located in Conyers, Ga. You said you were looking for cheap, I just did Marlins front springs and Chevy rears. My old front springs are 3" lift Genuine Suspension from 4Wheel Parts. They worked good and rode good, I just needed more lift and flex. I changed shock mounts, went to cross over steering and so on. The springs were on my 85 4Runner when I bought it but were near new and put few miles on them. Wheeled them at Tellico once and some local stuff. They are in good shape with good bushings. Also have shackles with the grease fittings for the bolts. If you are interested and will come pick them up I'll take $75 for them.

85 4Runner, R151F, Marlins dual case, high steer,and frnt springs. Chevy rears, TJM bumper w/Ramsey winch, custom rear w/swing out tire carrier and rock rails. BudBuilt cross member w/ 2" drivetrain lift, 33" Boggers. 5:71 gears & F&R spool.
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