Yeah. First 4X4 experience was with in High School with my buddies ancient Series IIA 88". No synchro in 1st and second and the Lucas electrical system was constantly failing. We actually spent a good portion of our summer between our JR and SR years replacing the ENTIRE system with an aftermarket kit. That's where we learned the Rover joke "Why do the British drink warm beer?" "Because Lucas makes their fridges".Just roll with a rover, bound to have an extensive tool kit
Prior to the Fox's, the ride was under-damped once the shock fluid faded and saturated with heat. I would notice/feel an excessive amount of oscillation after large bumps or imperfections on the road. It was noticeable on/off-road. Steering had the tendency to become unstable around highway, high-speed turns due to the excessive oscillation.Okay, I've got a couple of questions for you because I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to suspension.
1. How was the ride harsh prior to the Fox coilovers? Were you noticing it only off road, or was it noticeable on road as well?
"Function properly" can be subjective. The coilover will still function, but the the question you should really be asking is how long would it take before the coilover would complete it's job and stop the oscillation.2. How does unsprung weight affect the ability of the coilovers to function properly?
650 vs 700 is subjective. My goal is minimal lift so the preload on either is small.3. Does the Fox 16" 650 lbs spring hold the front up enough? And did you have a harsh ride with the 14" 700 lbs springs on the Icon's that you used prior? I ask because I'm overdue for a shock rebuild and one of the shops I was talking to thinks I might be oversprung in the front (Icon's with 14" 700 lbs King springs). My ride is pretty harsh right now, but they also said that could be from the nitrogen having gotten past the seal and mixing with the shock oil. If it's a spring issue I may consider a longer 650 lbs spring. You and I probably have a similar amount of weight on the front.
No rubbing here.4. You mentioned it was a tight fit with the CV axles. Have you noticed any rubbing on the boots at all?
Adding the longer bumps makes it less jarring when the suspension compresses completely. You don't get the "bang" feeling when coming off a ledge or similar.5. Is there any benefit to running longer bumps like you are, or are the stock bumps sufficient?
Regarding Kings coils, I'm not really sure. The coils are too tightly wound to be linear with the amount of uptravel required to compress the suspension.Great info Sal. Thanks for taking the time to write it all out. Are all King springs progressive? My Icon's have 14" 700lbs Kings on them right now.
I've noticed that my Icon's fade very quickly on washboard at speed. I'll see how they do after a rebuild and go from there.
Initially, I was going to do what you had done, but in the end, I did not feel confident about cutting a precise enough hole for the rubber 90deg elbow on the airbox side for a good seal.I bet you could open the metal up to fit the 90 in would give you even more clearance with the fender. Why I opt for the rubber 90 I used. Either way it looks clean.
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