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Other then seats Ive read the threads on that. I need a cure for the FJ jolting my back.

#1 my suspension is FOX Coil overs 2.0 up front the suck. Revtek spacers in the rear they are OK. I need something that wont jolt my spine over pot holes but I dont want to lose my height. Ideas?

#2 I assume my nitto mudders are also a cause. Will changing from a MT to a AT change the ride as far as the bumps and potholes are absorbed?

any other suggestions please let me know I really dont want to trade my FJ for a Lexus 400h.
 

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The 886's OME are firm up front. Don't go to those. I am getting leather seats and while i am at it, i will add extra lumbar padding and some nicer, memory foam to the driver seat to help cushion the bumps. I have never found the seat comfortable.

I would think that the fox set-up would be the best out there for absorbing bumps. You can also run your tires at lower PSI. It is a pretty big difference in the ride when i run my AT's at 40 and 30 psi.
 

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I would contact my local Relax the Back Store for a lumbar support. You may also want to sit more up right. In the mean time I would take a towel and roll it up and put it behind my lower back. I suffer from Arthritis in the lower back and I find if I sit more up right it evens out my upper body weight across my lower back. I would also make an appointment with your Dr. and request a x-ray or MRI and see what is going on. Also you can heat and ice your back and take Advil will help also. My wife went thru back surgery last summer and back pain is nothing to take lightly. It can further cause complications over time in the neck and legs. Good luck.
 

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The Walker Evans when dialed to full soft rides like a couch.

Chats, try to lower your psi first and see if that helps. Try 35? Going to coilover rear shocks should help too. I can imagine spacers riding well...
 

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What type of back problem do you have?
Very bad pain in my lower back aggravated by lifting or long car rides.After months of physical therapy, many x-rays, MIRs and as much time in the Dr's office as the doctor. They dont know whats wrong.
Ive had back pain on and off since my Army service about 10 years ago, but now the last few months the pain is constant and sometimes debilitating. I just started pain management, but thats a temporary solution.
I know theres a guy in Oxnard, Ca. thats one of the best back specialists around, Im going to pay out of pocket to get a consultation from him.
 

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What ever you do don't use the Fentanyl patch. This stuff is great and will make you feel 17 again and make your pain go away. But it is highly addictive. This stuff will "F" you up if you try to come down off of it. I know a few people that have taken it and they all had to go through drug detox. It was not a pretty sight seeing my wife come down off of it. It will reek havoc on your nervous system to. All I can say this is some serious stuff with very bad side affects. Just my $0.02
 

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Take it from a man that has had a ton of problems with his back. I have worked for ups for over 25 years and my back was at the point of giving out. Docs wanted to cut on it, several ruptured discs. Then this person came into my life and told me about inversion therapy. I got an inversion table then started to ph balance my body and in a few months my back started getting better in fact so much so that I started racing my 4 wheeler again I mean real motocross jumping 90 foot doubles and such. Try it what have you got to loose and you have everything to gain.
 

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The Walker Evans when dialed to full soft rides like a couch.

Chats, try to lower your psi first and see if that helps. Try 35? Going to coilover rear shocks should help too. I can imagine spacers riding well...
Who in the world makes coilover rear shocks for the FJ? Tony, do you have some products i don't know about?
 

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Take it from a man that has had a ton of problems with his back. I have worked for ups for over 25 years and my back was at the point of giving out. Docs wanted to cut on it, several ruptured discs. Then this person came into my life and told me about inversion therapy. I got an inversion table then started to ph balance my body and in a few months my back started getting better in fact so much so that I started racing my 4 wheeler again I mean real motocross jumping 90 foot doubles and such. Try it what have you got to loose and you have everything to gain.
Is that one of those things that stretches out your back as you lie on it??? How much did you get it for/ Where also?
 

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Very bad pain in my lower back aggravated by lifting or long car rides.After months of physical therapy, many x-rays, MIRs and as much time in the Dr's office as the doctor. They dont know whats wrong.
Ive had back pain on and off since my Army service about 10 years ago, but now the last few months the pain is constant and sometimes debilitating. I just started pain management, but thats a temporary solution.
I know theres a guy in Oxnard, Ca. thats one of the best back specialists around, Im going to pay out of pocket to get a consultation from him.
Ok, sounds muscular to me. Next question: What is your height and weight? PM me if you don't want to share with the rest of the free world.
 

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Who in the world makes coilover rear shocks for the FJ? Tony, do you have some products i don't know about?
I think he started drinking early tonight. :D

Pretty sure he means ditch the spacers and get new after market springs and shocks.

Chats I would start with lowering your tire PSI like Tony said. changing Tires I am sure will make to much difference, most diff. will be in the PSI you run them at. After that I would change the rear suspension out to a after market spring and shock. Also make sure you are sitting up straight / good posture, you can be reclined just don't slutch in the seat, and get some sort of lumb bar support.
 

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Who in the world makes coilover rear shocks for the FJ? Tony, do you have some products i don't know about?
WTH! Hijack my comp and make me stupid will you?! :lol: I don't mean coilovers, I mean non spacers. Must have typed that while talking on the phone. Sorry.
 

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Ok, sounds muscular to me. Next question: What is your height and weight? PM me if you don't want to share with the rest of the free world.
Most nonpathological ailments of the spine are related to poor abdominal muscle tone. Since I have not gotten your reply, I thought I'd go ahead. I believe it was acetechno who recomended a support. This is fine, but no substitute for a good diet and exercise. I would concentrate on abdominal muscles. If you are overweight, start a diet in combo with exercise to help reach you ideal body weight range, if not, exercise alone should help. NSAIDS like Ibuprofen are fine for pain/inflamation, just remember not to overdo it when you can't feel the pain-pain is a warning to the body to STOP, and painkillers can mask this sign. I know this is not the quick fix you're looking for, but it is the best advice I can give.
 

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Is that one of those things that stretches out your back as you lie on it??? How much did you get it for/ Where also?
an inversion table is like a sea saw,you hook up your ankles at one end and it pivots at the middle.if you ever seen gravity boots it does the same thing.all your life gravity is pulling you down(compressing your discs),now you reverse gravity wearing the boots or getting on an inversion table.i bought one(inversion table) for about $350 bucks a few years back.just google it,it's worth a try.hope you get better.
 

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when i initially got mine, it was stiff, so i too lowered the psi.
it helped A LOT.
...but it really seemed to excessively roll when touring 2 lane country roads.

i never found a happy medium.

and....also.....WTF happened to any lumbar support????????????/
after 20 mins driving, it felt like my back was buldging like my belly.

...or are these *look hip and skinny* seats?...lol
my back sucked in so much, it looked like i lost 50 lbs
 

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I am a pilot by trade and I also suffer from lower back pain, bulging disc and disc erosion-just to name a few.

Anyhow, I found a company that makes portable seat cushions that I can take from my vehicle to the flight deck and back again. They make some high-tech stuff (think fighter aircraft ejection seats)

Portable Cushions Systems

Might be worth a shot. The cushion works for me. I purchased the cushion with the optional lumbar support. I've been using it for about 4 years now and it does make a difference for me.

Wilkie
 

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post a pic of your front coilovers. how much did you crank the adjustment collar? if you put to much preload on the coilover springs, it could cause your ride to be very stiff.
 

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FWIW, I suffered a major power lifting injury where my lumbar spine (lower back, just above tailbone) into (gasp!) 124 pieces. I was told everything from I would never walk again to I would need a spinal fusion with Harrington rods put in my back. I went and got a second opinion. I ended up opting out of surgery and opting for focused training of the muscles to compensate and strengthen the area after six months in a body cast with a leg spike. I took Aleve for pain, the only thing including narcotics that worked for me. I hurt for about a year and a half after the injury and still do on occasion when I get crazy but I've been stronger than ever since I recovered. I've raced motocross, been a medium core kayaker (class 4+-5- whitewater), hard core mountain biker (downhill and ultra distance cross country), medium core telemark skiier and always maintained a focus on keeping my lower back and abs strong.

Opt for targetted training of your lower back and stomach. Take it easy at first, get into a routine, and supplement with Aleve and a lumbar support when necessary. You'll get there! With the injury I had and the recovery I made, if I can do it, anyone can.
 

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I sympathize with back pain . I hurt my back 30 years ago and it still comes and goes and usually goes out when Im not lifting. Ive swallowed alot of pills over the years and that only masked the pain.My son dated a girl a few years ago and happened to be a into sports therapy with diff massage techniques and has worked on me ever since. The therapy she does on me is very sutle , but has been about like a miricle worker for me. I see her every 2 weeks for a realinement , best money ive spent. Everyone says I even walk differant. PM me if you want her info. She is a mobile service and goes to you also.
 
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