Loc: va beach, va
Road Friendly Suspension Setup '87-'89
08/14/09 10:21 AM
Is anyone else feeling beaten to heck in their trucks with road driving? I swear, mine's getting worse, and seems the absolute worst on the hottest days.
I'm curious as to whether anyone would be interested in sharing info on comfy ride setups, setups that are still decent for off-road use, as well.
I have a few ideas about what's contributing to my rough ride.
Here's my current setup. If anyone else is interested, I'll document my adjustments and results.
Please feel free to contribute your own information and I'm open to suggestions on my own.
VEHICLE: 1987 Toyota 4wd Xtracab
REAR SUSPENSION: Skyjacker 0-2" lift springs on rear w/poly bushings
FRONT SUSPENSION: 26mm Torsion Bars (edit: 25mm Torsion Bars)
NWOR sway bar with poly bushings
SHOCKS: KYB Monomax shocks all the way around
TIRES & PRESSURE: forthcoming
ISSUES & THEORIES:
I'm pretty sure all my poly bushings are dry, thus limiting motion/travel. Those of you running poly bushings know that they need to be greased from time to time. Mine need grease.
I'm not sure my rear shocks are long enough. They were about 1" from fully extended when I installed them, so I think when I hit bumps, the rear bottoms out on extension.
I'm not sure my front torsion bars are correctly adjusted. Whenever I go over a speed bump or something, if I don't snail over it, it's like my suspension compresses slightly, and then springs back violently with a bang, almost. it's rough.
I can fly down gravel and uneven paths, though, and I find it odd that the truck feels almost smoother here. Over potholes and crossing shrink/swell grooves on the road though, and this thing's a nightmare.
1. Greaseable shackles on the rear
2. Oiling the leaves
3. Greasing swaybar bushings
4. Checking tightness on swaybar endlinks (I understand that endlinks bushings that are too tight can contribute to rough ride)
5. Longer shocks on the rear
6. Checking for proper tension on torsion bars
msg - '87 xtracab - underexposed
Edited by yodta (08/14/09 03:12 PM)