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September 2012 4xForums Letters To The Editors

Posted in Features on September 1, 2012
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Attn: Christian Lee
1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92606

Link Suspension On A Budget
I’m doing a frame-off restoration of a 1977 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser. I would like to put a Cummins 5.9L 6BT engine in this. It is going to be a purpose-built tank that will also be my daily driver.

Can you folks shed some light onto where to find deals and such? I’m going to do all the work myself. I was thinking of a three-link front with a four-link rear suspension. Any advice you can lend will be welcomed, and if I could get some swag I’d be more than happy to display my loyalty and pride. Thank you!

Steve Ringer
Washington, Pennsylvania

Steve, many ’Cruiser owners have transformed their rigs in similar fashion, so don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel. Look at other FJ40 projects to see what works and what doesn’t. Since you plan to do all of the work yourself you might consider using a universal builder’s kit like that available from Genright Off-Road [(805) 584-8635,]. Genright offers universal three- and four-link systems to help you build a custom suspension for your FJ40 (the kits also accommodate Jeeps and early Broncos). The Builders kits offer everything you’ll need to design a custom suspension, including weld-on control arm brackets for the frame and axle mounting points, rod ends with tube inserts and jam nuts, and heavy-duty DOM control arms that can be cut to the desired length.

After that you’ll still need shocks and shock mounts, which are also available through Genright. If you have the time and ability you may save some costs constructing your own control arms and brackets and sourcing your materials locally. There are also a wide variety of rod ends available at low, mid, and higher cost but be advised that quality is typically reflective of what you pay. The Genright kits are offered with Currie Johnny Joints or FK Heims, both of which are top quality brands.

Concerning shocks, some of the most affordable coilover shocks we’ve tested are those from FOA Shock Absorbers [(855)362-7469,] in Las Vegas. The company uses a patent-pending, high-pressure die-casting process in the manufacture of its shock components. The process of die casting the aluminum components costs much less than using billet material and FOA passes the savings on to its customers. Good luck with build.

And watch your mailbox. We’ve sent you an authentic 4WD license plate holder to put on your ‘Cruiser as a finishing touch. Thanks for reading and for helping spread the word about our magazine. ’Wheel on.

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