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Old 12-21-2012, 09:21 AM   #21
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LT doesn't sound like the right fit for your terrain. In order to get that travel the tires need to be pushed away from the vehicle making the track width wider. When that happens you won't be able to get through narrow trails (obviously) but you will then need to widen the rear to make it even with the front to keep that roll center correct.

I think you should absolutely do a SAS on your truck you have now. It's not that hard especially if you do a leaf sprung set up. There are kits you can order online which are practically bolt on once the hangers are welded on. Either way you will need to do some fabrication even for LT so I wouldn't toss the idea. Yes SAF trucks sit a bit higher but it takes a lot to roll a vehicle.

You are better off finding a solid axle and doing some research on which axles you can find at junkyards that will bolt up to your drive line. I'm sure it has been beat to death on other 4x4 forums so you might want to google it and see what you come up with.

I would venture to say you will be 100% satisfied with the way it works, the simplicity of it, and how it performs.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #22
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I can't imagine shipping on fiberglass to the jolly old UK so tire (tyre) coverage/clearance is something to think about. pip pip cheerio
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LT doesn't sound like the right fit for your terrain. In order to get that travel the tires need to be pushed away from the vehicle making the track width wider. When that happens you won't be able to get through narrow trails (obviously) but you will then need to widen the rear to make it even with the front to keep that roll center correct.

I think you should absolutely do a SAS on your truck you have now. It's not that hard especially if you do a leaf sprung set up. There are kits you can order online which are practically bolt on once the hangers are welded on. Either way you will need to do some fabrication even for LT so I wouldn't toss the idea. Yes SAF trucks sit a bit higher but it takes a lot to roll a vehicle.

You are better off finding a solid axle and doing some research on which axles you can find at junkyards that will bolt up to your drive line. I'm sure it has been beat to death on other 4x4 forums so you might want to google it and see what you come up with.

I would venture to say you will be 100% satisfied with the way it works, the simplicity of it, and how it performs.
Thanks. Im sure an SAS would be sick. But as I said I haven't even got my truck yet.This thread is merely for an idea. I have been thinking about an SAS more now it is starting to become an attractive option but I need to do some more homework
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:47 AM   #24
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I can't imagine shipping on fiberglass to the jolly old UK so tire (tyre) coverage/clearance is something to think about. pip pip cheerio
Glass from the states wouldn't the healthiest for my wallet but something I already thought about mayne. As I said previously, this truck is for me to learn, I wanted to try some fiberglass/composite work.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:52 AM   #25
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Nice, do it. A 90's a-arm 4wd with a TC or JD fab kit would be rad, usually can find them used if you can get a seller to ship international. Hope you pull it off, good luck.
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I go crawling a d prerunning in my truck and ive never had any problems with track width. Besides you can adjust the coils over to give you more lift and reduce the track width.
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Nice, do it. A 90's a-arm 4wd with a TC or JD fab kit would be rad, usually can find them used if you can get a seller to ship international. Hope you pull it off, good luck.
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I go crawling a d prerunning in my truck and ive never had any problems with track width. Besides you can adjust the coils over to give you more lift and reduce the track width.
Sicck! That's one of the simplest things I wanted answering. I really wanted to know if people crawl or wheel trails with LT.
Your rig looks great man be reading your build fo sho!
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Sicck! That's one of the simplest things I wanted answering. I really wanted to know if people crawl or wheel trails with LT.
Your rig looks great man be reading your build fo sho!
Thanks man!
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I was new to the idea of LT when I started this thread, and I have been browsing alot of forums and builds. Obviously there is still a ton of research to do, and things I do not know. But from what I now know, I think an IFS truck and LT is a done deal.

I will be buying either a 199?-2004 quad cab Hilux or a 1998-2004 Frontier this year.
Either way I am buzzing. I will ride it stock probably until next year.

My mate just got me Solidworks. I got a Wacom tablet a couple of months back. Gonna try to get a welder/and some of my other tools this year. This is were it all starts for me boys.

Thanks alot.
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The chassis from the Hilux vs Tacoma are not any different except for the 5 to 6 lug but that's the same here too.
The Hilux Vigo 6 lug and taco 6 lug (usa) frames are very different.
If you call TC they know more then most about those trucks. They done lots
of work with racers and our military over the years, and would love to help
answer any questions you have.
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The Hilux Vigo 6 lug and taco 6 lug (usa) frames are very different.
If you call TC they know more then most about those trucks. They done lots
of work with racers and our military over the years, and would love to help
answer any questions you have.
Good to know. I haven't yet looked into the chassis differences. TC is Total Chaos I presume, makes sense that they would be a good source of info.
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