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hi carl i live in england uk i have just lifted a toyota hi lux surf gen 3 1999 model mods are as follows 2 inch bodylift 2 inch suspension lift and front levelling coiltop spacers giving another 3 inch lift on front 1 inch diff drop kit 1 inch swaybar drop spacer blocks 8 by 16 wheels with 285 by 75 by r16 tyres with 30 mm wheel spacers.question is will i need to reset camber on front wheels.thanx for your help.john.


After installing any lift, it is always a good idea to have a front wheel alignment done, as there are always some changes in the caster, camber, and toe in.  
Even a minor change in any of these can cause steering problems, and even create a problem called "death wobble" in which the steering components can cause a front tire to vibrate radically.  
I have this problem right now in a 2003 Grand Cherokee, and need to check out the steering components, along with a good alignment, which should cure my problem.


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Carl Brandt


Will discuss suspensions, lifts, lockers along with tire suggestions. Trail ratings and possible requirements needed for specific type of trails. Safety equipment and what you should carry with you. Certified off-road instructor. I am not a mechanic, and 4-Wheeling is a hobby, so if I can't answer a technical question it is due to my mechanical knowledge being related to vehicles that I have owned, or have worked on. I do not have manuals on all vehicles, and I suggest that you obtain a repair manual for mechanical problems and do some research before asking your question. Most mechanical questions can't be answered completely without looking at, or listening to the vehicle in person.


40 plus years of 4 wheeling in a variety of vehicles. At the present time, my major off-road rig is a 94 Jeep Wrangler with a spring over and a 1 1/2" suspension lift. This gives me a total lift of 7" or so. I have lockers front and rear. I have removed the track bars, and sway bar for maximum articulation. I am running a stock 2.5 ltr 4 cylinder with a Jacobs ignition along with a cold air high flow filter. It has 4.56:1 gears with a Dodge NV4500 transmission along with a 3.8:1 Atlas II transfer case. This gives me a final ratio of 105:1 in low gear/low range. Other vehicles I own, are a 96 Ford F-250 with a 6" lift, posi rear end, 36" Hummer tires, 5 speed with a fuel injected 460 ci engine, an 87 Samurai with an 8" lift, Ford 9" rear end with a spool, Chevy Dana 44 front end with an electric locker, 5.88 gears, 16% reduction in high range and a 6.5:1 low range with 35" Baja Claws, and a stock 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland. Trails I have run are the Rubicon (10 times), Dusey Ershim, Fordyce Creek trail, McGrew trail, several trails in Moab, Utah along with local monthly runs.

Lost Coast 4x4's Cal 4-Wheel Corva UFWDA Blue Ribbon Coalition

Certified off-road instructor - Certificates in engineering/electronics

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