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Old 11-04-2008
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went off-roading today..

just me and a few friends messin around. they both actually have like 1970sunthin cheyenne's they were drivin lol. we were just havin fun in a old cropped wheat field. but idk if its the truck, the surface or what but its extremely bumpy. i mean were were flying around railing corners and stuff but like even my seatbelt kept locking up, i had to take it off. i have my torsion bars maxed so that might contribute. but would upgrading shocks help? also its not the slow/climbing type, we were prolly goin like 30-40 and jusss wippin the trucks around and kickin up roost but when your almost sliding sideways a little like when you are goin to like slide into a corner, is that bad for the tires/wheels, just seems like it would crank on then pretty good. its like EVERYTHING rattles, but yea juss lookin for a smoother ride and any other reccomondations on this type of offroading. thanks!
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yes decrank those torsion bars

better shocks will help some but its always gonna rattle. its a truck

lower the psi in the tires too.
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yea i figured with how light these trucks are, thats what your gunna get.
on the other hand, our fullsize tundra wud be a little different...

okay, how much psi is safe? 25-30?
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When I go wheeling in the jeep I run 20psi. I would think between 25 and 30 you will be safe. will help alot. considering your doing alot of sliding around though I would stick closer to the 30psi.
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damn i run 35 on the streets and 20 isnt low for off roading i have dropped to 10 if your going slow it works well
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whipping around corners I would stay above 20psi.
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dude i love that kind of offroading grass drifting ftw!
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I tried using 10 psi in the jeep and that was way too low for her. 15 is as low as i got. she weighs too much for 10 though. dont do alot of climbing anyways. But if hes going to do alot of sliding it would be safer for him to stay higher. And field drifting is really fun!!! unless you have a lifted truck. then it could get bad.
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Old 11-06-2008
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haha yea im hoping to get some sweet pics tomorrow. i decranked the tbars and removed the factory blocks to compensate for the drop. i just drove into walmart and it seemed better but we'll see tomorrow.
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okay ive got a question to then when im driving on the beach it seems that the back end bounces up and down real fast and hard when im trying to accelerate what the hell is that?
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its like EVERYTHING rattles, but yea juss lookin for a smoother ride and any other reccomondations on this type of offroading. thanks!
Here's a little equation to help you understand why, as you go faster, your truck breaks **** and flips over.
(F) = (m) x (a)

Where (f)orce = (m)*** multiplied by (a)cceleration. Basically you're increasing the acceleration factor when you haul a$$ around turns, on an uneven surface no less. Every bump you hit when you're sideways is distributed through your chassis in a way it was not designed to handle (ie: sideways) and you can see from the equation that as you increase speed (accelerate) you are also increasing the force being absorbed by your chassis by it's weight multiplied.

Basically the faster you go, and the harder you whip your rear end out, the more likely you are to break stuff. This is the price of speed offroad. To keep the rattling around and damage probability low, just slow down...

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i mean were were flying around railing corners and stuff but like even my seatbelt kept locking up, i had to take it off.
Your seatbelt locks up in situations where your truck thinks you're going to need the seatbelt, like when you flip. That locking you feel is the truck preparing you to be yanked into the seat by an explosive charge in your seatbelt retractor, which is the prelude to it blowing up a big abrasive bag in your face.

Ever heard of Charles Darwin?
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okay ive got a question to then when im driving on the beach it seems that the back end bounces up and down real fast and hard when im trying to accelerate what the hell is that?
That's wheel hop. I think it's caused by the rotational forces of the wheel and the unsprung weight of the wheel causing it to bounce up and down and sometimes even leave the ground for a second. I think you may be able to further dampen those forces with different shocks but a much more common solution (and one I'm sure works) is traction bars.
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