A couple weeks ago I got a hot deal on a rear axle from an Isuzu Rodeo, like a 97 or something. Disc Brakes, 4.10 gears, and beefy looking construction, I think this will do quite well. looks to be about the right width too.
I just need to change the brake lines to work with the Subaru setup, cut off the spring under perches, and weld on some brackets for my 4-link and rear coilovers.
Then Today, These beauties came.....
These are Heim joints I bought from Speedway Motors, they are used on competition rock crawlers and high-HP racing applications. They are ************ing huge, and flex to some mad extreme angle. I bought 4 right hands, and 4 left hands so I can have alignment adjustment in the rear. Just an idea of how big these are, here's one next to a joint I bought for the Turd wagon. The small joint has a 3/4" shank and hole.
Yeah, overkill, but it's my style
So now I just need to get some LH and RH 1" jam nuts, about 30' of 1.25" .120 DOM tubing, some long travel rear coilovers, and I can get the axle mounted to the car. Then I will need to modify the Isuzu driveline, build my 4.11 AWD D/R trans, and re-build the front half of my lift to incorporate a new front suspension using modified VW Superbeetle struts and new custom lower control arms, and more lift. I will also be building a sort of sub frame to connect the front lift to the rear mounting points on the body, for the 4 link to bolt to. The Superbeetle struts will give me an extra 2-4" of suspension travel in the front, IIRC. Also will be dropping in a Hi-Po EA81 that I am getting in trade for a Hatch (I hope )
With all this, The Beast should be *almost* as capable as a stock/slightly lifted 1990's Toyota pick up with IFS. I might have a gear shop make me a custom set of 3:1 Low range gears, and modify the body of the trans to acomodate these, but not any time soon
More updates as parts are acquired!
Edited by The Beast I Drive, 13 May 2010 - 12:52 AM.