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Offline elhombre

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2010, 10:35:43 PM »
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.
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2010, 10:57:02 PM »
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.

elhombre, you obviously know of what you speak.  Sorry if I stepped on you a bit. 

MOT, Consumer Reports doesn't really like the FJ because of routine handling, based on my reading, but CR uses the word "terrific" when describing the FJ's off-road performance.  You have chosen well!

Al

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2010, 07:42:09 AM »
Humph!  Old school!  Yeah, but it took a lotta years to get there.  :rolling:
Hombre is spot on.  I was doing an apple-orange (30 year old Jeep-new Toyota) comparison. 
FWIW, I've been very pleased with the BFG m/t KMII 32x11.5 tires on the jeep.  They're well behaved both on and off road, surprisingly quiet, and do a good job of self-cleaning small rocks and mud from the tread.
Hang in there, MOT.  We'll help you spend your spare cash.  :icon_rolleyes: 

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2010, 09:32:54 AM »
Al: Thank you for your input and suggestions.  I am still bouncing around the idea of the three inch lift simply because for the FJ it is a trivial upgrade, and a great bang-for-the-buck deal (less than $500, no cutting, welding, etc.).  It is also a leveling kit.

Here is the best on-line article that I have found that gives all of the specs for the FJ:  http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/rt2007toyotafjcruiser.htm

"With the FJ Cruiser's standard 32-inch tires, ground clearance is a healthy 9.6 inches, 8.7 inches for 4x2. Approach and departure angles are 34 degrees/30 degrees for the 4x4 FJ Cruiser and 32/29 for the 4x2 version."

I have the 4x4 version.

elhombre: Again, thank you for the detailed info.  The FJ stock wheels are 17x7.5.  I currently have 265/70/17 sized tires, which I understand to equal 32".  I just didn't know how wide I could go on stock wheels before it feels like I am floating when on the highway.

Al (again):  I don't know why CR doesn't like it for routine handling.  For a small SUV, I think it handles great.  But, it is true that the FJ was designed for the offroad enthusiast, so it's offroad performance is fantastic.

OldJeepr: I have no doubt! :rolling:

QS: Now, aint this just a ton of fun?!?!?!  :icon_biggrin:
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2010, 07:05:59 PM »
So I finally figured out what I am going to do.  My stock radio is a 2din unit, so I am going to replace the stock stereo with a 1din unit and install the CB in the extra space, like this one:



While I was at the local 4x4 shop buying a toggle switch for my driving lights (they were connected to turn on with the low beams instead of the high beams, but I decided I want to be able to turn them on anytime I want), they had just finished installing a Pro Comp 6" lift on an FJ and dadgum did it look great!  So, I will be going with a 6" Pro Comp Stage II lift with 35" tires (mine are 32") when I get around to getting mine lifted.

Here is one with the 6" lift:
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2010, 08:19:26 PM »
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.

Wayne
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2010, 08:27:54 PM »
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.

Wayne
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Thanks Wayne, perhaps I should look into doing something like that.  I will research getting a license.  Any tips or recommendations?
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2010, 08:37:56 PM »
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.

Wayne
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2010, 08:46:16 PM »
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.

Wayne
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Thanks Wayne, I really appreciate it!!!
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« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2010, 11:01:09 PM »
Interesting to know you can do a 10-21, anywhere in the park. What can you do for a 10-100?.
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2010, 09:26:09 AM »
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??   :evil: 
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2010, 09:31:44 AM »
Interesting to know you can do a 10-21, anywhere in the park.

There are dead spots like the foothills on the south face of the Chisos among others.  Even the NPS radio network does not reach all spots.  That's why most of the patrol rangers carry sat phones.

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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2010, 11:54:29 AM »
Glad to see that you finally gave in to 4x4 disease. 

Yes indeed, I have!!!

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.

That I believe.  I have already redone my budget to figure out how I am going to get the lift, wheels, tires, and undercarriage armor, haha.

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.

I am aready there!!!  In addition, I have spent a lot of time comaring FJ builds on the FJ Cruiser forum, haha.

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."

Now that I look forward to!!!

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??   :evil:

Well I will definitely be posting the pics here first!!  I haven't decided yet on what gear ratio to run.  Stock is 3.73.  There is a kit to install 4.56 without changing out the carrier, which would seem ideal.

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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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2010, 12:16:22 PM »
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.

After looking online, it seems I have three options.

1. Install limiting straps.
2. Do number 1 and for less than $100 each, I can carry spare front axles.
3. Do number 1 and for $1000 each I can install beefier front axles (RCV Performance).  But this would then put the next weak link as the R&P (which is worse than it being the CV joints), so that would need to be beefed up as well (which I would do if I regeared anyway).  I could then just carry the stock axles as spares.
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Re: CB Radio Question
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2010, 12:21:44 PM »
I just want to say thank you to everyone here that has offered suggestions.  Over the last few weeks I have posted what I thought were valid questions on the FJ forum, but never once have had a reply.  Seems they are snobbish over there.  It makes me appreciate everyone here a million times more!!!  :kaos-cactus06:
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