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    4th Gen 4runner suspension refresh, calling all suspension guru's

    Good of you to update the thread with your results. I can relate to your long term consideration for space, comfort and plans for a dog, especially if you plan to adopt at a larger breed. My Girl and i decided that our next step will be a hard sided travel trailer with HVAC and a bathroom that...
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    4th Gen 4runner suspension refresh, calling all suspension guru's

    For sure. Also, remember we’re talking about a leaf sprung rear on a Tacoma vs. coil rears on a 4runner. All else being equal, coils are generally going to be more compliant and comfortable under most circumstances. @PSea Do you notice any difference in ride when your airbags are deflated to...
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    4th Gen 4runner suspension refresh, calling all suspension guru's

    @arctic04trd “Running at GVWR” does in fact “mean utilitarian” in my particular application. You could say the stock suspension is rated to carry the 1200lbs max payload, but on an expedition vehicle forum it’s an impractical argument for many obvious reasons. You love your suspension. That’s...
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    4th Gen 4runner suspension refresh, calling all suspension guru's

    I don’t expect my body on frame truck w/ LT rated tires to ride sophisticated, soft or particularly smooth. I have another car that fills that role. My 4runner is utilitarian. Its set up to run loaded up to GVWR. It happens to suffice while unloaded as a Daily. Those who “Wheel” their built...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Bingo. Thanks for the video link @Teardropper. Upon further research I've found an Avid or Kitfox will fit inside a 20 - 22 foot V-Nose enclosed trailer. More specific, a 20-22 foot box plus the forward section of the V-Nose. The airplane's rudder & tail section extend into the v-section of the...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Your message comes through loud and clear David. I've personally gone through an actual near-death experience after a snowboard related brain injury and I am extremely fortunate to be alive today on borrowed time. Yes I was wearing a helmet. Yes I was riding responsibly. I am intimately familiar...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Correct. Some gear, 650lbs of plane, 250 odd lbs of 91 octane gasoline and enough fresh water to make boondocking more "comfortable" for a week. The secondary purpose of the trailer would be some reasonable degree of weather protection. If I go with a "V-Nose" 22 or 24 foot enclosed trailer...
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    GX 470, 460 suspension lift concerns

    A lot of people choose an excessively high front spring rate when they lift their rigs. Loading the rear axle with gear or hitch weight will exaggerate the front spring’s rebound rate and the nose will inevitably rise as weight shifts rearward, unloading weight from the front wheels. Momentary...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Dang dude, that’s a beautiful plane. I especially love the classic rounded rudder & stabilizer on those. I saw a 1996 Avid online for $19,500 with 150 hours on a Subaru motor. Wow! Im sold on Kit Fox’s reputation for manufacture and community support. I believe Avid is out of business, so that...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Any issues with FOD, towing in that configuration? I know prop wash during run up can fling rocks and debris into to airplane, probably at greater velocity than what might be encountered on a highway... Am I over-estimating the risk of damage ? My long term goal is to eventually home build. I'd...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    Indeed. Common wisdom is to never tow even a 4x8' 300lbs utility trailer with anything less than a Kenworth W900 Semi Truck. ;) I touched on the short wheelbase / long trailer concern earlier but only briefly. It is an important and probably limiting factor. Plenty of properly loaded travel...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    I can sort of understand the logic behind that regulation, but now I'm curious about how the RV industry gets their gasoline transfer tanks or diesel generator tanks approved for their 5th wheels. My brief experience with the controls of a 152, from taxi to take off on up to 3500msl and back...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    The Verieze looks like a wild toy! Which engine did it have? Im sure there are some deluxe flying clubs in my area, but dang those amenities are so far above my pay grade! Agreed, sharing space with Sea Fury and hanging out with the pilots who're experienced enough own and fly it would almost...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    True. Maxed on width as well. Im in Bellingham, WA. Hangar space near me is limited and is indeed more expensive than the airplane itself. I'll likely be in the $35-40k range for the plane... Storage cost seems excessive by comparison. And that if I don't get stuck on lengthy waiting list for...
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    Expo-Capable Airplane Hauler | Seeking Design Advice

    I've set in motion a plan to purchase a used Kitfox airplane. The Kitfox is classified as an "Experimental Light Sport" aircraft, seats 2 people + 100lbs of pets & gear and is designed primarily for "Bush Plane" operations out of tight unimproved back-country locations and can routinely take off...
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