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Fitting 15s on 60s?
Q: I wanted some information regarding "The Wild One," that cool TJ in the Feb. '02 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility. The guy runs a 14-bolt and a Dana 60, yet still runs 15-inch wheels with an eight-bolt pattern. I have the same axles, and I'd like to run 15-inchers rather than the 16- or 16-1/2-inch I currently have. I can see how he might have done it with the rearend, but how the heck did he fit the 15-inch rims over the frontend calipers? I know grinding the caliper to clear is an option on the 10-bolt, but on a Dana 60? Let me know, please. Keep up the good work.
A: Paul, grind it, man, grind away. In most cases we've seen it's been necessary to grind the calipers and backing plates to fit 15-inch wheels over a Dana 60. Shaving a portion of the fins off the 14-bolt rear drums should do the trick for the rear. The only disadvantage we can think of is that if you blow a caliper in the middle of nowhere you'll have to grind the new one down before fitting it. But then again, what are the odds of a middle-of-nowhere, auto parts store actually having the part you need? No biggie, right? So grab your grinder and get some 15s if you like. You have our blessing to do so. Or consider going even bigger with some 17-inch wheels. We've seen 17s perform pretty darn well on the trail, and with the popularity of such sizes, the tire market is responding, as well. Both Goodyear and BFGoodrich are already, or soon will be, offering 17-inchers in the 37-inch-diameter variety. The Goodyear is the tried-and-true Wrangler M/T, and the BFGoodrich is an all-new, yet-to-be-introduced design.
Swearing by Toyotas
Q: I'm 18 years old, and I own an '82 Toyota mini-truck. I plan on adding dual transfer cases, lower gears, and a locker in the back. First off, do you know of anyone who makes a TBI upgrade for the 22R engine, or should I swap in a 22R-E? What's a good locker for the front? I would like to run with a limited-slip. And what's your take on Toyota trucks? Some people I know swear by them, and some swear at them. Thank you for your time.
A: Clayton, those are a lot of good questions. Hope some of the following will serve as good answers. You're on the right track with the dual T-case, low gears, and lockers. As for a front differential application recommendation, a limited-slip is a good choice because it offers a more street-friendly operation than a full locker. If you're set on the full locker, however, take a look at the ARB Air Locker, since it can be easily engaged and disengaged at the push of a button. Other units that operate on a similar principle, yet electrically rather than pneumatically, are the newly available Eaton E-Locker and Detroit Electric Locker. Concerning a TBI upgrade to your 22R, your best bet is going for the 22R-E swap. Though most post-'85 22Rs will accept a later-model EFI system, your '82 doesn't make the cut. Besides, you're probably due for a rebuild anyway. Try shopping around your local salvage yards for a good condition donor engine and then track down a good machine shop. If you're lucky, you may find a shop with a few 22R-E engines built and ready to go because it's one of the more common Toyota mills. Lastly, Toyotas rock. We've seen 'em do everything and anything a Jeep has ever done. Bob the bed to get rid of the the rear overhang and you'll conquer all. Good luck.
Don't Cry For Me Toyota Land Cruiser
Q: I was at the supermarket when I noticed the Dec. '01 issue of your magazine with a Toyota on the front. I picked it up, and I was quite impressed at all of the different Toyota coverage that filled the pages. I have read your magazine before, but only an issue here and there. I am a longtime subscriber to another off-road type of magazine. I always thought of your magazine as the magazine for Jeep owners. Then I was kind of offended when I got to the last page. The Trail Rigs section had a nice picture of a '77 FJ40. This is a Toyota Landcruiser, yet the description states, "The Jeep is powered by a fuel-injected 400 small-block." Do you always refer to Landcruisers as Jeeps? If not, can you make a note in a future issue, in case some other Toyota fans might have been offended. I have subscribed to your magazine and hope that you will continue to show different models of Toyotas and other rigs as well.
David R. Mason
Ft. Polk, Louisiana
A: David, thousands of TLC owners will worship you for years to come for your militant Land Cruiser advocacy. We've taken it upon ourselves to send each and every one of them a memo on the discrepancy. Many apologies. Please, continue to read because we can assure you that it was a mistake that will not occur again. By the way, it's Land Cruiser, not Landcruiser. Happy Jeepin'.