JD Fabrication's '86-to-'95 Toyota IFS Kit- Long-Travel System

    Toyota Travel

    Kevin BlumerPhotographer, Writer

    Though not as common as they once were, there’s still a lot to like about Toyota’s ’86-to-’95 4x4 IFS mini trucks. With fully boxed frame rails, excellent visibility, decent fuel economy, a stout steering box, and compact dimensions that fit well on most trails, these Toyota trucks (and corresponding 4Runners) make great all-around vehicles.

    JD Fabrication introduced its long-travel IFS 4x4 kit several years ago, but has continued to refine and upgrade it ever since. Custom upper and lower control arms are 3 inches wider than stock per side. The JD long-travel kit provides 13 inches of wheel travel and uses stock T-100 IFS axleshafts to retain functional four-wheel drive.

    Installing the JD long-travel Toyota system is straightforward, but requires cutting, drilling, and welding in addition to wrenching.

    Once the kit’s installed, your Toyota will be a much better version of its former self. The extra wheel travel translates into bump-smoothing ability that the stocker can only dream of. The extra track width helps the truck stay stable in the corners. Fully functional four-wheel drive means you can still creep through rocky sections and claw your way up steep hills. Longer wheel travel means greater articulation; you might be surprised at how well this long-travel IFS system performs in classic ’wheeling situations.

    We followed along as Jesse Nelson of JD Fabrication installed the ’86-to-’95 long-travel system on a ’95 Extra Cab 4x4. Upon completion, the front suspension far outdid the still-stock rear, hinting at the truck’s true potential. We imagine more upgrades are in this truck’s future, one step at a time. If you’ve got a Toyota you’d like to transform, this is an excellent way to kick off your build.