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Old August 29th, 2014, 02:58 PM
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To go 35" or not?

Is any one running a 90 300 tdi with r380, 1.4 tcase, and 4.10's on 35s? I am curious because I already have the 4.10s that I could swap in with arbs and 4wheel parts has 35 BFG ATs only $18 more than the 33's.

This will get a lot of road use so I am just curious how this setup would do around town and on the interstate.

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Old August 29th, 2014, 03:04 PM
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My 130 has a 300 with a 1.2 tcase and 35's. I can't shift into 5th until I'm going 70 but otherwise it drives fine. With a 1.4 and or 4:10's I think you'd be fine.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 11:27 AM
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Old August 30th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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That's the setup they recommend for 35s.... Just make sure you have the clearance when they articulate... What lift are you using?
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Old August 30th, 2014, 04:26 PM
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Make sure to add longer bumpstops to your list.

Just trim the flares a bit and you should be good. You can either driveway twist and see where it rubs or just follow the outside tread - what ever it is up top use that same distance all the way around - prob a 4-6" radius.
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Old August 31st, 2014, 08:24 AM
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That's the setup they recommend for 35s.... Just make sure you have the clearance when they articulate... What lift are you using?
If I go with 35" I will probably use 3" RTE springs but I have a set of 5" springs and any combination of spacers to make it work.
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Old August 31st, 2014, 08:47 AM
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That's the exact setup I had on my old 90, and it drove almost like stock gearing on 205's, pulled really well.

Shame I can't say the same for the handling; suspension wasn't very good jacked up to accomodate the 35's, and the cranked radius arms didn't help steering much, then the brakes wern't as efficient either (even with the HUGE military wented discs I had)

In the end I dropped it back down to HD OME's and 255/85's. it handled sweet as a nut and wasn't much worse off road either.
better in so much as I could see out of the side windows after driving through a bit of mud! LOL
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For what's it worth, I drove with 2" lift, Wolfs, and 35/10.50-16 SSRs, 4.10s and a 1.4 for many years, and really loved it in all scenerios. Although remember everyone has different priorities and perception of sweet spot...
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Old August 31st, 2014, 10:19 AM
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Well I'll be running 35's on beadlocks with a r-380 and 1.4 box and a GKN overdrive unit in my 130.. And I'll be fine....but I am running a td5 bitches...
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Old August 31st, 2014, 10:25 AM
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For what's it worth, I drove with 2" lift, Wolfs, and 35/10.50-16 SSRs, 4.10s and a 1.4 for many years, and really loved it in all scenerios. Although remember everyone has different priorities and perception of sweet spot...
I wish those 35x10.50's were a little cheaper/easier to get. They seen like the perfect size plus the SSR kicks add off road and not bad on the road.

No need for anything over 2" lift on these trucks IMO.
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Old August 31st, 2014, 10:32 AM
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Agree on all above- but they do last well on a light truck like a 90. Not so on my old H-1...
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Old August 31st, 2014, 04:37 PM
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Agree on all above- but they do last well on a light truck like a 90. Not so on my old H-1...
Skinny Swampers on an H1 must have looked bitchin!

That yellow 90 you had was/is one of my all time fav builds. I have like 6 pics of it in the secret Rover P0rn folder on my computer, haha
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Skinny Swampers on an H1 must have looked bitchin! That yellow 90 you had was/is one of my all time fav builds. I have like 6 pics of it in the secret Rover P0rn folder on my computer, haha

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Old August 31st, 2014, 09:51 PM
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Thanks Don, certainly my fav as well.
The H-1 had SSRs, but 37's
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Yes, I take forever to do anything. But wanted to circle back on this.

There pics are worth it and if there was a Defenders That Don't Suck Thread - these should be at the top IMO:
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 07:33 PM
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My D90 - driveway twist to check for clearance:
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Good old Paragon!! Only Rover at the event....
I ran Wolfs, no spacers, and trimmed just the bottom corners of the flairs.

Thanks again for the kind words, really miss that old girl!! Lots of events all around the country in her.
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Yes, I take forever to do anything. But wanted to circle back on this.

There pics are worth it and if there was a Defenders That Don't Suck Thread - these should be at the top IMO:
The first 3 photos I thought it was an R/C car haha
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Yes, I take forever to do anything. But wanted to circle back on this. There pics are worth it and if there was a Defenders That Don't Suck Thread - these should be at the top IMO:
Thanks for helping a buddy out
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