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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

Hey everyone,

So yesterday I'm walking out to my FJ when i notice it's find of leaning to the left slightly. So I get home and I do some measurments and sure enough, my left side is lower. But its lower in the back than it is in the front. From what i measured, there is a one inch drop in the back compared to the right side rear and a 1/2 inch drop in the front left compared to the front passenger side.

So what could be going on? I'm guessing something is going wrong on that rear left side since thats where it is the lowest. I checked all the suspension components and couldn't see anything snapped or broken or anything and I didn't see the shocks leaking so I don't kniow whats up with it.

But actually at the Summit while on Black bear Pass, I cant remember at what point on the trail it happened but both me and my dad heard a big clank. Neither of us knew what it was and all we could see when we got out to inspect it was that the rear shock boot was loose but thats it.

So any information or ideas or thoughts on what it could be would be greatly appreciated! And also, would getting a new lift fix anything do you think? Right now i have just the TRD suspension with a 2" leveling kit so i son't know if that helps. But thanks again guys!!
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Re: Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

1" is a lot. May have blown a shock? Check the spring too.

They all have a lean that is driver-side biased since the gas tank and battery are on that side. Very common. Your shocks may just be old as well. Got a full tank?

Some lifts come with a leveling shim (maybe 1/2") to make it sit more equal... Not sure if those can be purchased separately.
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Full tank of gas?????
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Re: Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

If by left you mean the drivers side that is normal of the FJ. It results from the battery, driver, and gas tank all being located under the drivers side of the vehicle. It is well documented on the forum a quick search should turn up some results. Some use spacers to even it out but since you are running a spacer lift already that is out. Another option would be adjustable coil-overs that you could then adjust to compensate for the lean. That is an expensive fix and would only help with the front.

As far as the rear did you just fill up with gas? The added weight could sag it but it should not change it that much. I don't really have many ideas there.

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Re: Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

been told a 1/4" spacer will take care of the problem
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Re: Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

I only have 1 quarter of a tank so that can't be it, and I've never noticed it before so I believe my FJ has been more level before. I could've blown the shock but i'm not sure, and I checked the coils and they are fine, so i don't know.
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Left leaning... It has been exposed to too much MSNBC and the Huffington post. Play some Rush Limbaugh podcasts and it will straighten right up.

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Re: Why is my FJ drooping to the left?

May be worth the $15 to try THIS out.


Just as with Toyota, my time with the FJ has ended. I miss it greatly but am now enjoying my new Ram Sport instead.
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May be worth the $15 to try THIS out.

I knew the front could be adjusted (I have the ToyTec ultimate) -- but didn't know there was something that could be done about the rear also.

It's been about ~5k miles since my lift install, and my sag is pretty damn noticeable. Going to get it adjusted ASAP.



So for a lean that significant I'm assuming those rear spacers + a coilover adjustment up front should clear it up? Apart from appearance I'm concerned about uneven wear on my ~$900 BFG A/T KO's. Those babies gotta last me! Maybe I'll have to stack two of em up.

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I knew the front could be adjusted (I have the ToyTec ultimate) -- but didn't know there was something that could be done about the rear also.

It's been about ~5k miles since my lift install, and my sag is pretty damn noticeable. Going to get it adjusted ASAP.



So for a lean that significant I'm assuming those rear spacers + a coilover adjustment up front should clear it up? Apart from appearance I'm concerned about uneven wear on my ~$900 BFG A/T KO's. Those babies gotta last me! Maybe I'll have to stack two of em up.


That looks like more than the typical gangsta lean from what I'm used to seeing.

Not sure I saw anywhere what springs you have in the back. I know there was at least one vendor who supplied designated left and right springs to compensate for the lean. Yours looks significant enough maybe you could have them reversed.
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