1freaky1 previously posted:
"Josh I see the Yota lost something since we ran together the last time. How is the ride w/o all that extra weight now?"
Its rides a bit more harshly, but taking a bit of pressure out of the rear tires seems to help. I would say I only lost 150-200 pounds in the bed delete, so its nothing huge. I'm thinking about getting a Ford f-150 fuel tank, since it mounts between the frame rails almost perfectly just behind the rear axle. That would make room for a 4 link if I ever wanted to go that route, and would also move some weight towards the rear and make for better weight distribution both for traction and for stability going downhill.
I do really like having the visibility back there though. Its so much easier to see where you are going and what you are going to hit without the bed blocking the view. The approach angle is a ton better too. In the middle future (i.e. a year or two) I'd like to get rid of the leaf springs so I can go even shorter. Right now, the first point of contact with the ground is my leaf spring shackle. I have the long 63" springs out of a Half Ton Chevy Pickup, so they go back pretty far.
I have a 3 link kit on the way, and am going to be ordering coilovers after the New Years I think. If you watch the video again, you can see the front axle wanting to crawl out from under the rig and the shackle move past where you would ever want it to go. Links will negate this and make for more stability and better "on road" handling too. I'm going to try and drop it a couple inches to lower the COG and make it easier to get into. That will let me take the blocks out of the rear too. It will be nice and I won't get so nervous on off camber stuff.