suspension prado

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 18:53
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Hi guy's i've posted this question before but did not get an answer on a 2001 prado 3.0lt td how much clearance should you have on the front suspension lower forward control arm bump stop, The reason i ask is that on my vehicle there does not appear to be very much even though i have replaced the front & rear springs with some standard height lovells springs, And i can't remember how much clearance i had before i replaced the springs.
It seems to me that it would not take to much to bottom out on a bumpy road & constantly hit the lower bump stop can someone please let me know how much clearance they have on there vehicle thanks
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Reply By: Utemad - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 19:22

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 19:22
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front lower control arm front pivot bolt centre height & centre of wheel hub height
measure both of these points from the ground & the difference at standard ride height originally should have been 62.5 mm

Rear trailing arm front mount bolt centre & rear wheel hub centre difference at standard ride height was 39.0 mm (again measure from the ground to both points )
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 21:15

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 21:15

You'll have very litle clearance on the bump stop - about 1-2 cm from memory. The bump stops are located very close to where the lower arm hinges.

To measure suspension height, measure the vertical distance from the lowest edge of the wheel rim up to the mudguard (flare).

Standard 2001 Prado measurement will be about 740-750mm front and rear. Lifted Prado spings usually bring you up to 760-780mm at the front and 780-810mm at the rear.

Hope this clears it up.

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Reply By: Sam07 - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 08:31

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 08:31
Thanks Guy's for your reply just got back from a trip to Mudgee/Hill end/Bathurst Prado went very well 780km 200 of that off road fuel econemy 10.9lt/100km not bad. Now back to the front suspension I measured the front & rear from the wheel rim lowest point up to the underside of the guard & the rear is spot on with 748mm, However the front is reading 725mm which is 20mm to low i've also measured the lower front bump stop clearance & its only 3/8" of inch clearance.
I have contacted lovells & explained the problem he agrees that it its not right so he is investigating it & he will get back to me I will keep you posted to see how it all works out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 10:13

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 10:13
Hi Sam,

I should also mention that a bullbar/second battery/winch will lower the front as well.

The Prados can be a a bit of a fiddle to get the front end height correct because the struts are located half way along the lower arm - so any change in spring length will have double that effect at the wheel.

I expect they should reset the spring height.

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Reply By: Sam07 - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 11:33

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 11:33
G'day Phil I just got off the phone with lovells & he would like to see the vehicle he agrees that there's something not right i have booked the vehicle in for next friday he said that he will replace the front springs with a new set free of charge & see if it makes any difference, He thinks perhaps that there could be something wrong with the springs perhaps the manufacturing process was not quit correct I will just have to wait untill then. I will let you know how i went just in case someone else on the forum strikes the same problem.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 20:41

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 20:41
Sounds good Sam. Hope its all fixed on Friday.

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