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Old 02-01-2004, 14:16   #1 (permalink)
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Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

Had a look under an RTV on the weekend. It seems to me that all that is required to convert a ute into an RTV (neglecting the locking diff) are:

- the front suspension add on knuckles to change the wishbone pickup points
- front shock/spring unit
- rear leaf springs
- rear leaf to axle brackets
- rear leaf to chassis front mount castings
- add torque trailing arm on rear suspension

I REALLY like the RTV idea, but the 220 is hardly my scene. Imagine an XR8 or Pursuit ute riding high on 20 inch off roady rims SUV style!!! I reckon it would be awesome.

Anyone else confirm the changes above????
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

Pete, I have been in contact with the Ford engineers that brought it about, ever since the UteMan B&S Mongrel ute (high riding AU based prototype). They are a bit coy about releasing precise details (understandably) but I do know that it is basically a lowering of suspension points as you have outlined. The one thing you have missed is that the steering rack went up with the body and to compensate the tie rod balljoint is now mounted on top of mount rather than below it - so the taper must also be machined into the upright on the reverse angle from the factory.

This is to maintain correct geometry of the steering arms and is in fact the determinant of how far the ute could be raised (the distance btw the lower & upper mounting positions). Also different alignment settings to maintain Adams curves.

Extra lift comes from taller tires but beware fouling on the upper balljoint area. To fit really big rubber the wheel offset would need to be increased further and I'd soon start to wonder about how much those Falcon uprights and steering components can really take - plus there would be legality issues.
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Old 02-01-2004, 17:53   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

I wonder how hard it would be to compile a definitive shopping list. By the sound of it the big ticket item (the steering rack) stays the same.

Now as I understand it if you buy the entire SLALS unit off an RTV you should be okay for the front end (making it easy to swap back by simply swapping SLALS).
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

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I REALLY like the RTV idea, but the 220 is hardly my scene. Imagine an XR8 or Pursuit ute riding high on 20 inch off roady rims SUV style!!! I reckon it would be awesome.

Anyone else confirm the changes above????
Yeah, i agree Pete, would look very tough with the right Rim/Tyre combo.

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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

I relly like the RTV, if i buy a ba, that would be the one id really consider...
The 220's are ok, especially now that they are producing heaps of aftermarket gear for them..
not hard to get one of those motors going just as hard as a boss..
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

Well AP, you've got the Pursuit. The 19's on order ya could change to 20's(if simmons make em that big).
Would look bloody hilarious i reckon seing a high-rise pursuit, stick a huge set of mud-duellers on an go the mini monster truck look!!
Would scare the shit outa all the jacked-up hi-lux drivers out there.
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Would scare the shit outa all the jacked-up hi-lux drivers out there
Haha, it would look good i agree 100% but as for scaring my last 2 hilux's.... i doubt it

AP, are you just toying with this idea... or is there something in the works?

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Old 02-02-2004, 03:19   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

Actually, i must say... if power and cornering over 60KPH was taken into account.... then yes it would scare the $h!t out of me when i had the hilux's because they just didnt like that sort of thing LMAO

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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

I wanna use the Pursuit (or perhaps a replacement XR8) for shooting and better placement of the dirtbike so the ground clearance would be great. I guess cost and outright feasibility are at issue here.
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Re: Turn any Falcon Ute into an RTV Highrider?

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I wanna use the Pursuit (or perhaps a replacement XR8) for shooting and better placement of the dirtbike so the ground clearance would be great. I guess cost and outright feasibility are at issue here.
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Great idea AP! Nothing like bringing those mismatched Merc Silv bits up closer to eye level!! Maybe you want to consider getting UP Tooling to make some custom matte black trim to match the RTV wheel arch inserts and remove the problem altogether!

I agree that the RTV is a very tempting and tough ute (in the right colour!). But already having an XR8 and being largely a city slicker (at the moment) means it's not worth Pursuit (now thats a good term! File for later use!).

As always though AP, we'll let you be the test-pilot and will support you when it comes time to pick up the pieces. Enough though, as I expect I may run into you at the FPV day where you'll beat the living sh#t out of me (or at least steal Merc Silv trim bits off my ute in futile hope of a match, "AP, how come your ute says XR8 on one side and PURSUIT on the other?!!").

PS: DO the parts you listed take care of the wider track?
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