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Hello from NorCal, newbie to Isuzu's

Postby 99_trooper » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:22 am

Hello from NorCal
I'm Frazier and I'm a gearhead.
I just got a 1999 Trooper w/178k. Super clean. With the Eldorado National forest as my backyard I have lots of places to go. We live at 4k ft so we have snow to play in. I'm not new to 4wheeling I owned a 1981 Toyota 4x4 longbed truck, 3 months after I got it. It was on the Rubicon going to Spider lake. I sold it after 22yrs, 285k loved that truck. Sad day but needed a bigger truck to tow.

My plans are a lift of 2 or 3", 6 to 8k winch,
Q&A time:
1. On the front end, Are there new clocking keys for the torsion bars? Any thoughts on 2" spring spacers for the rear?
2. Who makes a good DIY U-weld bumpers or anybody have plans for a 1999 2gen Trooper bumpers w/spare tire & gas can swingarm mount for the bumper?

I do have fabrication skills to weld up or machine my own parts. But why reinvent the wheel if Kits or plans are out there.

Thanks
Frazier
Grizzly Flats, Ca

99 Trooper 4x4
2001 F250 7.3 4x4 Ex cab shortbed, all stock
2 65 Mustangs
65 Falcon 4dr wagon
2 Ford N series tractors
1951 Buick special (1st car I ever road in from the Hospital going home)
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Re: Hello from NorCal, newbie to Isuzu's

Postby Tentin » Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:04 pm

Welcome. Most people just crank the torsion bar bolt. You could theoretically re-index them for a softer ride. After lifting the front you'll want to "flip" the upper ball joints to get the alignment closer to spec, a lot of threads on here about that.

For the rear I highly dont recommend just spacers. Get some Old Man Emu rear springs.
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Re: Hello from NorCal, newbie to Isuzu's

Postby Enemigo » Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:30 pm

I have the OME springs (919) and find them to be too soft when loaded.
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Re: Hello from NorCal, newbie to Isuzu's

Postby Tentin » Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:53 pm

You don't think the stiffer 2929 spring would work? That's the one they recommend for the 98+ trooper. Spring rate 240/300 vs 200/280.
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Re: Hello from NorCal, newbie to Isuzu's

Postby Enemigo » Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:19 pm

Hmmm, I thought I bought the most stiff springs, but I just checked and the tag says 919X. Maybe someone will trade me...
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