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Old 01-08-2008, 07:02 PM
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Wanting more lift and tire, I would like to drive a stock-geared 80 with 35's, normally aspirated, to see if the powereloss/powerband is tolerable before I eventually get gears. I have read all of Nay's posts on the subject and have re-geared 3 different rigs before, so I know the importance of changing gears. Right now I'm on 32.5" tires and most 315's are 33.5" to 34", so I know the difference. Can anyone help me out by me driving their rig briefly? I also know the ramifications of going over 3.5" lift and the cost associated with it. BTW, I have Mark's speedo box and borrowed GPS for install this week.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:43 PM
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315's are best with 4.88's in my opinion. Nay went quite a while saying you don't need to re-gear and then went the other extreme to 5.29's.

My truck has been re-geared and is supercharged so it won't help you. There are a few normally aspirated trucks that have been re-geared to 4.88's running 35's. It might be better to drive one with the gear change and 35's to see how it drives.

The gear change is really a must IMOP if you are going to drive in the mountains at all. It's also great for offroad drivability. The lower gears really help.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:33 PM
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Mike,

I ordered my 315s today and they should be here friday or early next week. It would be pretty easy to come down to my place and bolt them on your truck for a test drive.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:57 PM
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Wow Mike, if the weather is good, I might take you up on that!
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it's all relative, and mainly a seat of the pants thing. I wheeled for years with 35's and 3.54's in a different truck with similar power curve to a cruiser. no big deal. a 3.75:1 xfer made up for it in low range.

I can say after 3 years of an 80 on 35's and 4.11's, that unless I had money to spare/burn, I wouldn't do it. I found that running the truck in ect mode, around town, and with the o/d off in the hills satisfactory. But, I resigned myself to the fact that I was driving a 6200 plus pound truck with a torquey motor, not a hp motor.
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If Ige can wheel Old Chinamans Gulch in the snow in high range...
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Didn't you say you have 255/85-16s??

Why do you need to drive someone elses truck ....the latest 4wd Toyota Owner mag (pg 66) says those ARE 35s
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Didn't you say you have 255/85-16s??

Why do you need to drive someone elses truck ....the latest 4wd Toyota Owner mag (pg 66) says those ARE 35s
Doesn't look like a typo since the article talks about 35" tires being the maximum for a toy IFS rig. .

I just went outside and measured my spare, which is a BFG MT in 255/85/16: 32.5" unloaded!
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Doesn't look like a typo since the article talks about 35" tires being the maximum for a toy IFS rig. .

I just went outside and measured my spare, which is a BFG MT in 255/85/16: 32.5" unloaded!

P metric converter = 33.1
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Doesn't look like a typo since the article talks about 35" tires being the maximum for a toy IFS rig. .

I just went outside and measured my spare, which is a BFG MT in 255/85/16: 32.5" unloaded!

Ben Crockett (the author) and I have been having an email conversation about the article. He sent me to the BFG site to look up the specs and they even say 33.3"
I haven't heard back again .... I'll let you know what happens
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