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I can only speak to my experience of course, and that experience has only been between a 98 Tacoma, and then the 97 Land Cruiser. For the Tacoma that we bought new, I had a 3 inch lift from Downey ( out of business now) in front and custom rear springs made for the back ($550). I used bilstein 5100 in the back and was very happy. The front lift came with bilsteins also. Sold that Tacoma to make room for my wonderful daughter. 97 Land Cruiser has an Old Man Emu 2.5 inch lift with their company shocks. As soon as they wear out, my plan is to put on bilsteins.......No, I do not work for them.Being the Off-road Land Cruiser nerd that I am, I would suggest checking out IH8MUD.com. I only play on the 80 section, but I know they have a FJ cruiser section. Like everything in the world, tire sizes are not uniform. BFG 295/75/16s are not the same size as Goodyear 295/75/16. It is so variable that the overall diameter will actually change some within the same brand from All-terrain to Mud-terrain. Most tire makers have a chart which will tell you the actual size of their tire on different size rims. Go to that company's main home website to find the chart. With that said, my guess is that you have 8 inch rims and unless you jump up to 315s or larger, you actually will ride smoother. The extra sidewall pooch will flex a little more and absorb bumps better.
MOT, Sorry, I just saw this thread or I would have chimed in earlier. If you will be installing a CB radio for the purpose of calling for help in Big Bend, think again. I am 99.9% sure Park Dispatch does NOT monitor CB channel 9 or any of the FRS frequencies for that matter. If you want to install a CB radio to talk to other folks that have them, like for a 4x4 club, then that's ok.One major reason I obtained my technician class amateur radio license was for emergency communications while backroad exploring and hiking in the Park. Big Bend Amateur Radio Club (BBARC) has several repeaters in the area including one on Christmas Mountain. If you are licensed to operate on 2 meters (VHF Hi) or 70 centimeters (UHF), you can hail assistance via this repeater in most areas of the Park in Big Bend. BBARC monitors their repeaters (they are all linked together) so if you can hit the repeater, you can get assistance. They also have an autopatch, so you can actually dial a regular phone number for help as well.I carry a 6 watt Motorola handheld everywhere when at Big Bend, just in case. As you already mentioned, PLB/GPS devices are available as are satellite phones.WayneKE5UOF
It's easy to get a technician class license. Local Ham Radio clubs offer study session classes to prepare you for the exam. Start by finding a club near you; http://www.arrl.org/ Or, you can buy the tech class study manual and simply show up on exam day to take it. The biggest expense in Ham Radio is the time invested to get a license and then of course buying your first radio.Feel free to contact me directly if you would like more information.WayneKE5UOF
Interesting to know you can do a 10-21, anywhere in the park.
Glad to see that you finally gave in to 4x4 disease.
Expect non-infected people to look at you funny while driving around the roads. Others with your ailment will notice and even wave when you pass them on the road. You WILL experience some insomnia due to your mind pondering if the truck is up to the next big adventure. Your wallet WILL begin to waste away to the size it was when you were in college.
You may also find yourself walking through the Walmart parking lot and stopping to look at the numbers embossed on other people's off-road tires. But dont' worry, these things are "normal" for people like you, me and others like us.
You will be suprised at how many others you will find at parties who actually speak the same words like "departure angle, limiting straps, and pinion angle."
Can't wait to see the pictures of your lift. What did you decide to do about re-gearing that thing? 4.56?? 4.88?? Locker in the front??
ARB makes a nice locker for the front, but from my reading there is a tendancy for CV joints to break when it is engaged. From what I have read, most prefer installing the Lefty Inchworm transfer case instead. It may be that the Inchworm plus the locker would the ideal set up if there is a way to beef up the CV joints.
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