Garage Lifted 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser — 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

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The ’94 Toyota Cruiser we built for our Cheap Challenge (“Low-Buck Land Oct. ’13) was stock enough. The truck really good tires and locking and like any project one thing to another. We started with a to clear bigger tires, and the truck was torn apart we a new rear axle, added and lockers, and fancied up our stock with new color and rubber. Definitely. Ready to wheel? definitely.

The Cruiser, which we Peter the Beater, was pretty but did have a winch up front and upgraded Nitro front We wanted more aggressive and thought 33s would be fine and an Old Man Emu suspension to clear that But before we rounded up the 33s we came some gnarly 35s from that our 21⁄2- to 3-inch would clear just so the next thing we knew we cruising just a tad farther up the “land.” Of course, not everything out perfect, but we learned a lot and hope you stumble in the same pitfalls we

“Our initial test wasn’t perfect”

Step By Step

1. Peter the worked awesome in stock but with one flat spare a second tire with a in it, and no room for bigger rubber we a suspension upgrade was in the future. is how a pretty little snowflake and grows into an avalanche. one, clean out the shop to room to work. Next, put on jackstands, yank old tires, and away old rubber. Send the to get sandblasted and powdercoated some new green color (black are overdone). Finally, unpack the Old Man Emu suspension parts, which springs, shocks, and some new links.

2. The front suspension quickly. We removed the stock bar, shocks, and front and stuffed in the new OME 3-inch front coils. At this point we realize there were coils for left and right.

3. OME has and rear adjustable track for the 80 Series Land Cruisers. helps center the axle the vehicle after you add a lift. We the stock track-bar mounting

4. Installing the front shocks hard, but you will need two to hold the shock shaft and down the top nut. We re-used the shock bolts, so don’t the old ones away.

5. The rear suspension would gone easily, but remember snowflake? It became a snowball we opted to toss the rear axle for a full floater a later-model FZJ80. And add gears. And add And … well, you get the point.

6. We scrounged a axlehousing from Slee since we wanted the additional and load capacity. We sent it out to get so it was a clean work surface and it home, where we primered and it.

7. We figured why stop with a lift? We pulled both members from our old axles and them off to Nitro Gear to get new 4.88 gears and ARB Air Lockers.

8. We ordered new brake calipers and brake part from Auto for the rear axle. If we had the axles alone we would been wheeling by now, but we were busting knuckles tiny springs on the parking setup.

9. While waiting on the of our diffs from Nitro we got a bored. Idle hands to trouble. So we cut the back of the frame off to a new rear bumper that stick out so far, but that is for another day.

10. Enough screwing around! focus on the job at hand and get that axle under the rear of New 2-inch coils, stock links, new upper links, and new OME all dropped in place without any

11. OK, maybe a little trouble. Our bad-dude 20-volt Ingersoll IQ rechargeable impact had so much it snapped the lower shock right off. Luckily our brother 20-volt IR IQ drill along and drilled out the busted so we could install the replacement by

12. Our diffs arrived and we bolted in as well as adding a set of Nitro chromoly rear axleshafts and new in the hubs. We swear we were going to add better tires this all started. We may need tires since this has grown into a blizzard.

13. To sure our axle was centered the Cruiser, we put the weight of the vehicle on the and measured from the wheel surface to the frame on both We pulled it center with a strap and adjusted the OME track bar to before bolting it in.

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14. OME has adjustable upper links we installed so we could set the correct angle. We measured the transfer output angle, which was 2.5 down, and matched it with the angle at 2.5 degrees up.

15. Our new RockAuto.com and calipers were buttoned up and so we didn’t have to worry stopping power. The stock brake cable was shortened to with the full-floater e-brakes.

16. All of the suspension link bolts tightened after the truck was on its own weight. This ensures all the bushings are not binding when at height. We also retained the and rear sway bars for street driving.

17. Finally we got to initial goal: new tires. We on a set of 35/12.50-16 Maxxis Creepy These are very aggressive tires, perfect for four-wheeling and a test to see how bias-ply tires on a daily driver. Stay for feedback in a future issue. are the stock 16-inch rims now in a dark green color and to wheel.

Final Results: Redo

Peter the Beater is still a but now it should be a bit more capable. our initial test drive perfect. We somehow managed to a leak in both Air Lockers installation, and now when we turn on it pumps air out the axle vents. The fix be easy but will require both diffs back Lesson learned: Test the before you silicone everything

We also noticed a slight and squirrely feel from the new but we believe this is due to too high a pressure. Again, more tuning on the pros and cons of tires is required, so check on that.

As far as the suspension is concerned, we 21⁄2 inches under the and about 31⁄2 inches of suspension lift and 3 in back. the driver side of the truck is 1⁄2 to 1 inch lower than the side. We expect the springs to over time, but we need to the springs from side to to see if it levels out the truck. We didn’t see any for left or right, nor were any instructions with the coils, but we since learned from Offroad (the 80 Series Cruiser experts) that are taller and shorter coils and the coils go on the driver side.

Oh, and that rear bumper? that isn’t done yet though we do have two bare sticking out the back.

We like on the truck, but when we realized how we screwed up and how we’ll need long weekend to fix it all, we about getting a different like inner-tubing down a with a cooler and a bunch of friends in bikinis. But who wants to about that?

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