Landcruiser 76 series gxl suspension issues

Submitted: Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 20:49
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Hi all

I am new to the forum and in need of some help if possible please.

I have just purchased a 2008 gxl landcruiser 76 series wagon.The suspension that was on it was shot, so have just had a tough dog 2 inch lift put in with a mid level set of leafs in the rear, there is a bull bar with a winch to be fitted and the rear has black widow draws and a 170 litre after market fuel tank.

A set of cooper st goes on later this week 285x75x16.

just went on a short week end away and the car pulled the 2tonne van terribly! speed wobbles and could not get over 80klms. Took it to work today with out the van and still drove poorly. it sways a lot and drifts.

Is there anyone that has one f these cars out there with the same issues and has had the problem rectified?

the previous tow car was a patrol and it pulled the van with nil tow issues or wobbles and cold sit on 100klms no issues at all.

cheers

Nick
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:03

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:03
Hi Nick,
We had an 07 wagon. We upgraded the suspension and it didnt make much difference. So back in to get an extra leaf put in. It was horrable with out our van 2.7 on. It always felt like it was floating. We played with the tyre pressures on the van and that made a difference. Our 76 had a full suspension upgrade, Long ranger tank & roof rack. Ended up trading it in on a 200 series.
Sharon
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Reply By: Nicktrace - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:12

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:12
ouch, thanks for the info Sharon.

I hope there is a god ending in sight. i love the power the V8 has. the shop is going to put in castor correction rackets on the front end on Thursday.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:18

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:18
The V8 is unreal isn't it. Its amazing the difference the tyre pressures in the van made but. I know people go on about tyre pressures but after we found our right one im a believer.I was lucky to sit on 80km/hr before that.
Cheers
Sharon
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Follow Up By: Nicktrace - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:20

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:20
what pressures did you run in the van. I have 33inch tyres on it now and run 30 psi?
Nick
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:26

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:26
Nick,

If you had the speed wobbles then I think your tie-rod ends may be loose, or worn. You don't say how many clicks on the vehicle, but as it's up to 4 year old, they might be worth checking. Also, if it's done over 100K clicks then the king pin bearings are sure to be worn, and would need replacing.



Don't know why its gone black, but think you should be able to read it???

The parts that are in the 2 boxes are the ones that I think may be loose, or buggered, on the tie-rod. You'd need to check the other sealed tie rod ends too. Hows the wheel balance in the front? Might need to be done tooa?

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Follow Up By: Nicktrace - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:30

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:30
Thanks Bob, I wll have the mechanic check that out> the car has 163,000 klms on the clock. it does need a alignment but it is not really to bad. when you brake hard to turn off the highway at 100klms you realy have to han on to the wheel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:57

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:57
Ours wasnt that bad Nick. We knew that a full suspension upgrade was required before we bought the van .Not that its the same for every one as we carry motor bikes but 34 psi.
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Reply By: hagar - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:53

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:53
Try LCOOL.org it is the toyota 4x4 owners forum most helpful site for any problems with landcruisers
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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 16:07

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 16:07
Hi Nick,

Reading your email I find it a bit concerning that you have had new suspension installed but not an alignment.
Every time that I have had new suspension installed an alignment has always been part of the process.
I have driven a lot of 76 series hire cars (Mine sites) and have driven them from site to site sometimes up-to 5ookm apart including towing a fuel trailer (2.5t) on gravel and have not had any issues.
I would suggest that if not already that you take the car to a suspension expert and have it inspected. Do remember that MOST 4WD shops are installers only. They are not qualified to asses and rectify suspension and steering issues.


Craig
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Reply By: peter s62 - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 16:20

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 16:20
Hi Nicktrace, I bought a 2010 Troop Carrier and was also very dissapointed with how it towed in that it drifted on straight roads and wouldn't hold a line through sweeping corners. The rest of the vehicle is fabulous - the v8 engine magnificent.
Anyway my remedy was to replace the split rim wheels with wider steel ones, a set of decent A/T tyres and a quality set of shock absorbers. The tyres added a total of 250 mm more rubber on the road. Now I have a stable tow vehicle. Good luck with your sorting out.
Rgds Peter S.
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Reply By: Nicktrace - Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 15:27

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 15:27
HI all

I now have had caster correctors added, a winch on the front along with a new set of cooper st max and a wheel alignment. so far seems to make a huge improvement. putting the van on tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well.

cheers for all the information and input.

Nick
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