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Control arm elimination!-progress update!!
Posted 13 August 2004 - 02:04 PM
Crossmember moved 3" forward, with suspension arms angled back 2".
Why? So that the axles from the front diff can clear the stupid ea82 suspension design, and my steering shaft angles will be nice, while extending my wheelbase about 1" so my tires won't rub, and for a better front overhang.
Control arms eliminated: Instead of running control arms (the rods) back, I am turning the suspension arm into an a-arm with the other mount point on the front of the crossmember. This is to eliminate the mess of all those spacers in the back for the control arm mount. Also, with my messing with the crossmember placement, the control arm mounts wouldnt line up. No more bent control arms or travel limitations for me!
Posted 13 August 2004 - 03:45 PM
Okay, so in the front, you can see the lift blocks moved forward by drilling new holes through the frame rails 3" forward. Also, you can see the beginnings of a front a-arm mount. Also the diff is jacked up in there but far from straight. Not much to see really as far as progress, theres ALOT more to do. I hope I can get it rolling by the end of the month.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 05:19 PM
I'm deep into thoughts and design of eliminating the strut itself, and going with an "A"-arm on the top, with a coil-over shock setup. Just don't like the idea of fabbing a bracket for the strut to keep proper camber angles while going with a 10" or more lift. But that's just me..., and I'm doing the same thing you are, or simular to it. Nissan T-case, 10"-12" lift, Yota 6-lug rims, ER-27 W/DR-5spd, 4.11 Diffs at both ends. The Mods list keeps growing as things become, "available", to me. Think I'm calling it quits at a 31" tall tire though..................
Posted 13 August 2004 - 05:26 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 05:36 PM
Ifin my set-up works out, I sure will post on it so others can atleast look it over.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 07:14 PM
Posted 21 September 2004 - 07:30 PM
The a-arm is simply a control arm taken from the other side of the car (to put the reaction rod in the front) And then cut and rewelded to angle backwards. Then the reaction rod is bent and welded to a bushing from a rear control arm. I still need to brace the a-arm, and I think I'll brace the crossmember as well to keep it from flexing.
Posted 21 September 2004 - 07:58 PM
I cut the bottom plate off the underside of the control arm and fit a length of 1" box tubing from the bushing to the ball joint hole. Next I'm gonna weld a 1/4 plate on the underside for some serious overkill reinforcement. I'm also going to fit some 1&1/4" box tubing over the length of the reaction rod, since that's pretty bendy, too.
I was going to fab up an a-arm set up on mine too, but I think this will be plenty strong enough. I actually kind of wonder if I'm not better off w/ a weak control arm since those are easier to bend or replace than frames or crossmembers...but oh well, I guess I just figure something with 29" swampers should get a little tougher running gear than the average car...
It's neat to see someone else working on similar issues though!
Posted 21 September 2004 - 10:28 PM
Posted 21 September 2004 - 10:40 PM
How did you mount it there? Are you planning on making some sort of skid plate for the diffs, and t-case. They hang pretty low it appears.
Nice work any ways. It looks good.
Posted 21 September 2004 - 10:49 PM
My plans are to get the mig working on aluminum and do a full belly pan out of some 7075 I have lying around. But I'll worry about that once it moves again.
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