Our kits are comprised of high-quality components. Don?t be fooled by cheap imitations that use inferior look-alikes. We source our parts from reputable suppliers, including Japanese made components such as our exclusive one-piece pitman arm, front rotors, and tie rod ends.
It?s a well-known fact among hardcore Toyota lovers that a 1985 Pickup or 4Runner is the most desirable to have. That was the first year for the fuel injected 22RE engine and the last year of the straight axle front end. The problem is there are only so many 1985’s to go around and demand for them is ever increasing. It has become obvious that converting IFS trucks to solid axle makes for the best of both worlds. The conversion works out great – combining a newer comfy, reliable and powerful V6 truck with the strength, wheel travel, and off-road capability that the solid axle brings. It is one of the biggest improvements you can make to your 86 to 95 IFS Pickup or 4Runner. One of the first things you?ll notice when wheeling is that the tires stay in contact with the ground much better with the straight axle because of the increased wheel travel, making the vehicle much more stable. The straight axle also means better options for front locking differentials, stronger gears, and stronger axles.
There are kits available to increase the wheel travel of an IFS truck – some work well and some don?t. The well-designed ones work great for high-speed fire roading and desert pre-running, but they are not the answer for trail riding and rock crawling. With a straight axle truck, when your suspension compresses the differential ground clearance increases. With an independent front end, as your suspension compresses your differential gets closer to the ground creating clearance issues. There is no way to get around this on an IFS truck, so it will never match the performance of a straight axle on a rocky trail.
By converting to crossover steering when you install your SAS, you can even retain the stock steering box. About the only disadvantage with the straight axle conversion is you might notice the highway ride is not quite as smooth. But that’s a small price to pay for all the improvements you gain off-road.
These kits are designed to be installed by anyone with basic steel fabrication skills. Welding, cutting, and grinding are required. Installation takes 3 – 5 days. Kits include everything you need except a front axle and drive shaft. The 1984 and 1985 axle is the best choice due to an extra truss added at the bottom of the axle in those years. Axles can be found for around 200 – 350 dollars.
- (1) Hy-Steer crossover steering featuring our exclusive one-piece forged arms
- (2) Weld-on shock hoops with braces
- (2) 5100 Series Bilstein shocks
- (2) 4-inch lift long travel front leaf springs with bushings
- (1) 1-inch lift spring hanger kit with greaseable shackles and frame tubes plus jigs
- (2) Vented Land Cruiser style rotors (allows the use of IFS brake calipers)
- (2) 1.5 inch front wheel spacers
- (1) Front U-bolt flip kit
- (2) Steel braided DOT approved brake lines
- (2) Bump stops
- (1) Steering stabilizer and brackets
Note: Kit does not include driveshaft or axle.