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Since I ride with Oregon_Hiker some in his FJ on rough/rocky, 4WD terrain, I feel qualified to state that he uses his Low Range- 1st gear when others would opt for the same in Low Range- 2nd or 3rd gear. Going slower in 1st gear over rough terrain "avoids hard bottoming out of the suspension" and should lessen the possible breakage of the FJ Motor Mount(s).chumley wrote:Oregon_Hiker wrote:I take it really easy on rough terrain, try to avoid hard bottoming out of the suspension
I've had the honor of experiencing your back road driving skills a couple of times. So, when I read that Tacos had the same problem you were the first person I thought of. As I recall you have broken part of the front suspension at least once.chumley wrote:@Grasshopper
I think I might have used low range 1st gear. Once.
OK, that will do it. Twice the mileage and most likely a much higher percentage of that has been on rough terrain compared to my FJ. Also, I've driven on a few of the "pretty demanding driving" places you've been and wondered why in the heck am I doing this? Massive AZ pin striping and new dents in the skid pan. Hadn't thought of the frame twisting but I agree, it's likely a major factor. Also the metal fracture in Thoreau's photo are typical of a fatigue type metal failure caused by repeated cycles at high stress but below the yield stress of the metal. So when my FJ has reached 160K miles nine years from now, I'll check the mounts again. Oh, wait, I'll probably be in an assisted care facility by then.My vehicle has 166K on it and it has seen some pretty demanding driving.