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View Poll Results: Would you go with 35's vs 33's?
No stick with 33's, too many headaches. 3 37.50%
Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat! 5 62.50%
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Unread 06-29-2017, 01:11 PM   #21
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Just put the 6" FJ kit from Rough Country on my 04 daily driver. There's no cutting required. I haven't slapped 35's on yet, but that's the plan and there looks to be plenty of room to do it. For reference, I have 5100s and FJ coils up front and had to bring those down to the .85" setting just to get the steering and CV angles somewhat decent. Here's a before and after shot......before the 5100s were set at the top setting and the rear had a daystar 1.5" spacer in it. Icon makes a 7" coilover for the FJ that will fit and take away the strut spacer and they have rear shocks that will fit as well. That's all in my future plans.




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Unread 06-29-2017, 01:55 PM   #22
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Just put the 6" FJ kit from Rough Country on my 04 daily driver. There's no cutting required. I haven't slapped 35's on yet, but that's the plan and there looks to be plenty of room to do it. For reference, I have 5100s and FJ coils up front and had to bring those down to the .85" setting just to get the steering and CV angles somewhat decent. Here's a before and after shot......before the 5100s were set at the top setting and the rear had a daystar 1.5" spacer in it. Icon makes a 7" coilover for the FJ that will fit and take away the strut spacer and they have rear shocks that will fit as well. That's all in my future plans.
Sweet stuff! Any chance to take some pictures of what it looks like under the truck? I'm really curious to see how it is setup down there. I'm liking this idea more and more as I see and think of it.
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Unread 06-30-2017, 05:17 AM   #23
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Looks Good TX, I have debated going this route for the front as I just have a temp setup there, but I'm running 35's on 3" now so would be overkill for me at this point
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Unread 06-30-2017, 09:31 AM   #24
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Thanks everyone. Here's a shot from the front to show the front crossmember drop bracket and the skids that come with the kit as well as a 3/4 view from the front driver side. The angles have settled since these pictures and are around what you'd see with a typical 3-3.5" setup, maybe a little more since I'm still at .85" on the billies. I can grab some more underneath pictures over the weekend and post them up if you'd like.



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Unread 07-05-2017, 05:09 PM   #25
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Thanks for those extra pics. Does it still use the same shocks pre diff drop lift? I would think not being there is more space now from the diff drop.

For the rear is it the upper control arms and the track bar that drop it, besides springs and shocks? I really need to research this lift more!

How does she ride now? Any different? How did an alignment go?
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Unread 07-05-2017, 06:17 PM   #26
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woah...those CV axle angles look pretty knarly!

Whats the measurement floor to fender?

Also, whats the measurement of the lowest point of your front skid (under the crossmember you installed)

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Unread 07-06-2017, 06:28 AM   #27
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@chayos00

the front uses a large top out spacer/bracket on top of the coilover and is designed to be used with the factory FJ front suspension and keep the normal angles as part of it. Because of my 5100s being set at .85" and the diff drop bracket not being quite as effective as I had hoped, the angles are bit more extreme. If you could put your Rads at 0" of lift and use this kit, then you'd have basically stock angles on the CVs and tie rods (in theory). The option from Icon is a 7" lift coil that removes the top out spacer/bracket from the front coilovers and keeps the rest of the kit to give you the same results. They also offer a shock for the rear in that size to smooth out the ride. 6" of lift with normal angles and Icons sounds sweet to me. As you can see though, even a little bit of lift on top of the kit will put your angles out there a bit. Keep in mind these pictures were taken right after the install and the setup has settled quite a bit since then. I'll get some more pics this weekend and post them up. For the rear, the kit replaces almost everything. Trackbar, upper control arms, springs, and shocks. The ride is definitely bouncier over the billies, but the extra lift and clearance for 35"s is worth it to me. The alignment went fine since I also installed Dirt King boxed UCA's w/ uniballs on the front when I did this.

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I'll have to measure everything and I'll reply again here. My reasoning behind this kit is as follows: 3" of lift with my 5100's topped out versus this kit plus the .85" on the billies only brings my lowest hanging point down 2" or so......allowing for 35's over 33's gives me that 2" of clearance back....plus I now have vastly improved approach and departure angles as well as 35's to more effectively crawl over obstacles. I've got the same approach and departure as having aftermarket bumpers now for just the cost of this kit, plus the advantage of the 35's again. I'll get bumpers eventually and that will give me even better angles to really maximize things. And yes, the 35's are on the horizon to justify all of this.

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Unread 07-17-2017, 05:02 PM   #28
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Ok, I let it get good and settled. The angles are MUCH better now and the measurements are as follows.

Floor to fender center: DF 41 3/4" DR 41" PF 42 3/4" PR 42 3/8"




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