FJ73 Experiment

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FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 9:50 pm

I've been working on this truck for years but it's starting to get a bit more serious. It's not a tourer and it's not a ute so i hope it fits in here. It's got all the usual off the shelf accessories, (batteries, spotties, winches etc).

After alot of driving and a lot of money wasted on things that shops sell and claim work, i decided it was time to do things myself.

After a lot of research and a lot of questions i took the plunge and started cutting up the suspension. A 1500mm leaf to go in the rear in place of the 1210mm's. The 1210's will be going up front in place of the 1140's.

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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:06 pm

This is how far i got before i started the new stuff
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:19 pm

First tack in. Didn't like where an how it was sitting. To much shackle angle. everything to far forward. Diff is to far back on the springs.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:32 pm

Cut everything off and started again. Moved all the mounts back 50mm. Turns out it's pretty tricky to fit big troopie length springs into a smaller truck
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:38 pm

Left the old hanger on in case it didn't work out how i'd hoped.

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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:46 pm

My shackle angles were just under 90 degrees when i started. The whole point was to get a angle closer to 45. After the fronts got swapped, i have an idea of where everything has to sit.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 10:57 pm

This is the rear shackle mount 50mm back. Sagged a little much till the angle was at 33 degrees. Way to much for my liking.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 11:03 pm

Wasn't happy with the shackle angle so off came the rear mount again and moved back another 20mm.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 11:11 pm

Got the old fixed eye mount cut off an tidied up. Gusseted up the new one for that factory look.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 11:22 pm

Ahhh matt black. Love that factory look.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 30th, 2011, 11:40 pm

One side done. One to go. Then fronts, then shocky time. Got a few bits an pieces on the go. This will be for the rear inverted top mount. Might get some more to mount at the diff.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » July 31st, 2011, 5:45 pm

Knocked up my own front an rear bar covers out of checker plate. Thinking about painting them matt black. I was doing the old trick of snatching off the towbar but after having to pull it off to fit the new springs, i can see that the bar is twisting the chassis.

So i need to change the bar cover so that 2 snatch mounts come out either side off the chassis rails. I'd like to be able to fit a winch in the rear as well but i'm not sure if i can fit it in there yet. Not a lot of room on the 73.
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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by TOYOTANUTS » August 1st, 2011, 7:18 pm

looks good mate keen to see more

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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Stu an the FJ73 » August 1st, 2011, 8:37 pm

Just trying to get the time to work on it as usual. Couple of hours here an there makes things pretty slow. Might try an get the other side rear finished off this week. Then it can go down to the spring man so he can lift the front up and make up new rears. The rears are out of a 78 series troopie and are for fitment only. Due to the few locator holes i drilled in them to get everything sitting where i wanted, they are now scrap. Just a template. That was the plan from day 1.

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Re: FJ73 Experiment

Unread post by Aaron Schubert » August 1st, 2011, 9:14 pm

What a beast!

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