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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:24 AM
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Rte 5"

Who's running 5" springs on their 90? What's your set-up?
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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Not to be a buzz kill...don't do it! Pull the flares off and fit whatever tire size you want with 3in springs. I pulled all my 5in junk back off due to never being "Just Right" in terms of road manners. If you only wheel it then who cares. I tried all different combos (RTE,Equipe,Scorpion,custom)and nothing seemed right...but I am abit anal!
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Old April 28th, 2011, 08:32 AM
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What size tires were you running with the 5"?
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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36x12.5 TSL's fit with either the 5in or 3in lift. I put the flares back on with the 3in springs and trimmed them alittle for the rubbing issues. All the driveline isuues kinda cleaned themselves up with the 3in springs also. I sold the rig a few years back and now have a D90SW with a 2in lift and 285/75 SSR's as a DD and can't believe how good it handles on/off road. I opted to build a 1.4 box with Maxi crawler gears instead of gearing the diffs and it still gets around 17mpg no matter where I drive(city/highway). If I only wheeled it I would still only go with 2in springs and trayback it and cut until everything fit.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:54 AM
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The truck I have here was the Rovertym (Steve Turner) test pig. 5" springs, johnny jointed rear links, pinion corrected front links, caster corrected swivels, 12" 7100's, A-arm extension, etc.. The truck drives very nice and does not hop from lane-to-lane on the road like others I've driven.

Just kind of wondering what the biggest tire is that will fit.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Depends if you want to run the flares or not, or just trim them up. 37s would fit on a 5" lift. I have driven some 3" lifts on 35s and scare the hell out of me.

I have a lift similar to yours. Rovertym 3" lift on 35s. Both pinions corrected. 14" 7100s on all corners valved at 360/80, A-arm extension and mine drives smooth at 75mph. it doesn't bounce or ride all weird. I think a lot of this has to do with the stiffer Rovertym springs matched up with the 7100s. I do admit the 360/80 valving is stiff and I suffer some flex when I wheel it, but road manners are great. Also a nicely worn tire and alignment helps out a lot. Two 35" tires that are out of alignment are insane on the road with such a short wheelbase.

What are your 7100s valved at?
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Old April 28th, 2011, 01:30 PM
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Pretty sure these are 360/80. Steve was all about the custom 400/100's for the Disco's, but the 360/80 was good for the lighter 90's.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 02:42 PM
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Pretty sure these are 360/80. Steve was all about the custom 400/100's for the Disco's, but the 360/80 was good for the lighter 90's.
The 360/80s work well for the lighter 90 that are loaded up with gear. I would almost go 255/70 for a more off road rig or 275/78 for a nice in between. I think the Rovertym springs feel a bit stiffer than OME. If you like the Rovertym springs and your shocks are valved at 360/80, I would feel comfortable running any 37" tire on there and being fine on the highway. As long as your pinions are set nice and the vibrations are low it should be a smooth cruise.

I drove mine 4 hours on the highway the other day and was holding 2800-3000rpms easy cruising at 75+ and got back 14mpg! I was surprised. I recently rotated my tires and got the nicer treads to the front and ran about 32psi front/35psi rear. Did an alignment too. Besides the tire noise it never got scary or tiring at all.

I really like my springs and want to try a 275/78 valving next. Either that or get a softer spring and keep the 360/80 valving to test different on road/off road driving.
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