Turner’s Nightmare – 2
[bd] In Part 1, we introduced the scope of your project – from 2WD commuter to 4WD monster. Let’s talk mods, starting with the lift kit and 4WD conversion. How difficult was all this – to source, to install? What were some of the obstacles you had to overcome along the way and how did you figure things out, absent dozens of others doing the same thing to lean on for advice?
[bt] I kept hearing and reading about this company in Thailand called SUN lift. It was only a 5”, but I wasn’t picky. Well, one night, I was searching around and did find the website, but never got a response. By now I was bound and determined to find someone could help build me a true drop lift.
That same night I came across BTV, I emailed them and got a prompt response. Since the overseas version of the Rodeo is an actual pickup truck, they didn’t have one for my U.S. Rodeo, but they eagerly wanted to help, so I sent some measurements and within a month I had the lift at my doorstep.
[bd] Typically, upgrades eventually highlight weak links elsewhere in the platform. This truck has never left you stranded, but what weak links have you come across as a result of the extreme mods? How difficult were they to solve, given the unique nature of the build?
[bt] The install was very easy since it was still 2WD – no welding or drilling – it was 100% bolt on kit. The obstacles didnt come up until the 4WD swap; the added weight caused serious transmission overheating issues.
My gearing is a little too high at 4.78. It pulls the tires great around town, but on the interstate it kinda lags. I have resolved that issue with an imported 5.13 front 3rd member, along with matching gears in the rear with the install kit.
My CV shafts are another obstacle. The increased angle from the torsion bars are eating them up. Luckily they are easy to replace.
To be continued…
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