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jwstevens
08-09-2006, 12:37 PM
What do you guys suggest to get more travel out of a stock 83 4WD pick up? It only has about 1.5 - 2 inches of up travel and about the same down, bottoms out continually on gravel roads, and has no flex. I was thinking a rear up front set up but I don't really want more than an inch or two of lift. Should I just throw some new shocks on it and leave the rest stock?

Tmax
08-09-2006, 12:39 PM
what kind of 83 truck is it?[f]

89Ford
08-09-2006, 12:41 PM
throw some good shocks in, not just new, but good....and slow down if you still bottom out, maby lower air pressure in tires a tad????

StinkFinger
08-09-2006, 12:42 PM
a toyota thats why he posted in the toy forum

on that note youll need some lift to gain travel maby 2 or 3" some shakles like the teraflex revolver would do some good and longer shocks with new mounts would help as well

Big_Ern
08-09-2006, 12:53 PM
you can do rears up front with very little lift if you want.

I have an '80 p/u with a hybrid 6 leaf rears up front pack & 6" shackles. I would guess I have around 2-3" of lift. Along with the bilstein 5125 shocks it gives a very nice ride.

you'll probably want to change the rear suspension as well. Either chevies (53s or 63s) or F150's (56") both ride & flex very nice and can be done with minimal lift as well. I removed a leaf out of the f150 pack I've got to lower it and soften it up a bit. I've got revolver shackles in the rear which add a ton of droop -- enough to max out my 12" shocks.

StinkFinger
08-09-2006, 01:02 PM
dont trust perm unless you want a VI[22]

Tmax
08-09-2006, 01:45 PM
dont trust perm unless you want a VI[22]

[stupid]

In The Zone
08-09-2006, 01:46 PM
dont trust perm unless you want a VI[22]



LOL



nice stinky.......... perm's rig dont flex does it ?[f]

StinkFinger
08-09-2006, 01:47 PM
well the sheet metal dose

Big_Ern
08-09-2006, 02:25 PM
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StinkFinger
08-09-2006, 02:46 PM
oh and the two words thatll make it happen

coil link

Toy_Runner
08-09-2006, 03:12 PM
take sway bar out

Ditchpig
08-09-2006, 10:57 PM
I'd say that shocks are the first investment that I would make. I went from the HORRIBLE stock shocks to just some RS5000's and it was night and day. Didn't get any height but the ride was way nicer. After I was happy with that I lifted it a lil :)

Arnee
08-09-2006, 11:06 PM
you should sell it ............... to me[f]

trevyota
08-09-2006, 11:27 PM
oh and the two words thatll make it happen

coil link


stop teasing me...[49]

jwstevens
08-10-2006, 11:04 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to look into the rear/front/Chev spring thing. If the front is higher than I want, I'll build a bumper for the 8274 I have and throw that on there. Then I'll have to put the mice under the hood on a workout plan, they seem kind of weak...

Arnee, you serious about buying it? It is a short box, not too rusty for an 83 (no gaping holes in the body), has a sunroof and working AC (started life as a Mirage package), and is daily driven.

Ditchpig
08-10-2006, 06:41 PM
Pics!! Pics!! we want pics! So when you say there aren't any GAPING holes that means that there are holes though, right?

Arnee
08-10-2006, 11:42 PM
Pics!! Pics!! we want pics! So when you say there aren't any GAPING holes that means that there are holes though, right?
[stupid]
Nothin Wrong with speed holes if there not on the box or the frame [15]

jwstevens
08-11-2006, 02:47 PM
The seam in the box is kind of see-through in places and the box has some plywood on the edges to help keep stuff from falling out. The couple times I used it to carry topsoil, it didn't all fall out. I'll try to find some pictures this weekend and post em up. I am pretty torn about selling it because it is a great winter beater and I'd just have to buy and fix something else - the bike won't cut it in the summer.