Tyres - suspension - UCA's
After rocking this setup for over 12 months, I was due for a changeTyres
The 31/10.5r15 Wild Peak all terrains, whilst great offroad and great when airing down - from my experience were disgraceful for onroad grip.
I'm not sure why and I'm not a lead foot driver, but I constantly found myself losing traction whenever the road was slightly wet and at times not wet at all
Whilst this could be the case with most tyres on a rear-wheel drive ute, I decided to change it up
I opted for a larger tyre size, a 285/75r16 BFGoodrich all-terrain on a 0 offset rim, which had its success and failuresPositives
- Noticeable increase in traction on and off-road (I suspect partly due to a larger footprint also)
- increased under diff clearance
- Stability - surprisingly quite notable with the more negative offset
- Little to no loss in power
- Beach driving drastically improvedNegatives
- The old body mount story (more on this)
- Seemly a more expensive tyre size
- noticeable poke, we'll see if I run into any trouble, some utemart flares might be on the cardsSuspension
Previously installed on the hilux was a 2 inch oldman emu lift all round with what I suspect is some degree of constant load leaves, however still flexed quite well in the rear and was maintaining height in the rear
The front is a different story, which had sagged massively and shocks were shocking (you can laugh it was a good one)
A controversial decision. I opted for a pair of PSR coilovers 2 - 4 inch adjustable with heavy duty springs. A very new product that had very few reviews and feedback at the time
Regardless, props to PSR they were fantastic to deal with, quick delivery, packed well etc
Took about 6 beers worth of time to install as they were preassembled with new strut tops to male life easier
I put them in set at about 3.5 inches of height which kept CV's at a decent angle due to a custom arm style diff drop that some mates and myself knocked up, mimicking other companies diff drops.
To cater for this I also installed a set of Cal Offroad UCA's which worked a treat and were simple enough to install. This gave heaps of clearance between the UCA and coil eb=ven on full droop. Highly recommend them another high quality product.
After running this setup for a few weeks it became clear my sway bar was touching the strut at times due to a noticeable scrapping clunking sound. so another order from PSR
Sway bar relocation brackets. These bracket from PSR are low profile which means o didn't need to space down my radiator support brackets which is an added bonus
All this combined leaves me with this: