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Quote from: quicksilver on November 11, 2010, 10:30:33 AMI rode about 1600 miles in the "FJ", felt like a "BMW" to me; even better flying across "Sands of Juniper Canyon" with "MOT" in control; looking for one myself now; I'll just drive it, you guys supply the advice.QSjust keep me riding shotgun; I'll be the scout!QS
I rode about 1600 miles in the "FJ", felt like a "BMW" to me; even better flying across "Sands of Juniper Canyon" with "MOT" in control; looking for one myself now; I'll just drive it, you guys supply the advice.QS
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!!!
miles, i've been monitoring the tacoma board ,tacoma world, and haven't joined because many posts were just rude. our community is far more polite and accepting.
You need to be the spotter, not the scout when riding shotgun with a fellow 4x4er. Remember, when riding in pairs the spotter is always ready to do 1-2 in every thing, no one helps you guys but yourselves. The most important lesson when doing a Jeep trail. Never ride alone, at least two vehicles (minimum number of vehicles), three is a good comfort zone caravan number. Always name your trail leader and sweeper,keep radio contact at all times. Measure your separating distance by referencing a site or an object and measure the time it took for the last vehicle to reach the spot. Lessons from riding on the dirt roads for days.
MOT, I have been down the CV joint road before with my 98 Taco and I thought I would give you my personal thoughts on it. For me, I decided not to put a locker up front for the reasons you stated: CV joints and diff housing is relatively weak. The problem is most severe when the front tires have a large contact print (35+ inch tires) on sticky ground (pavement or Utah slickrock) and the steering wheel is turned sharply. The locker will make both front tires turn at the exact same speed even though each tire is on a different radius circle. Big time binding, and big time torque on weak components. CV joints, by design cannot handle it. If they can be made with extra strong, hard metal, they will wear out quickly. You may "upgrade" the joints, but the beast is still weaker than straight axle. The good news is that the main difference between CV joint (Independent Front Suspension) and stronger straight axle works in your favor. When a straight axle has one side (tire) fall in a hole, the other side of the axle must react in the opposite direction, and lift up the opposite tire. In an un-locked axle, that up in the air tire has no weight on it, and it will spin all day long with no traction. A locker will get that high traction tire in the hole to spin again and pull the truck out. Conversely, your IFS allows each side to move up and down with the terrain independently of the other side, thus BOTH tires are likely to have some good traction all the time. I only got stuck in soft sand with my Taco with no front locker, but I have also been stuck in soft sand with my totally locked straight axle Land Cruiser too. For me, after wheeling in Utah a while on trails that get me somewhere (not trails just to see if you can break your junk on them), the rear locker and nimble open front end got me everywhere I wanted to go. I figured I would consider upgrading the front drivetrain only after I broke something. It never happened. I did re-gear to 4.88. Hope this helps.............. ......How have you been sleeping lately?
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