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EA82 Wagon suspension mods?
Posted 24 December 2003 - 11:58 PM
I had a stock spring with rear spring inside setup upfront for a wile. It worked well to keep the suspension fron slamming the bump stops but was a little to stiff for good flexing. I just put a set of the 85 to 86 adjustable struts in the front and thought using a modifyed set of springs from a Tacoma would work well. WRONG, way to stiff. If I jacked the front wheel off the ground till it lifted the rear, it would only flex about an inch. So I swaped back in the stock springs, they work good as long as I have the jacking bolts about 3/4s up. I plan on building a winch bumper to house an S9000 Superwinch and I know this will put to much weight over the front for the stock springs to keep working well so I was just wondering what other setups might be working well for a situation like this?
Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:17 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:29 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:39 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:39 AM
pic to come later
Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:45 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 11:12 AM
although the strut does not support the weight of the vehicle, it does however control the rate at which it bounces up and down.
so if a strut is bad, that will allow the suspension to move fast enough to bottom out.
just some consideration...
Posted 25 December 2003 - 08:03 PM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 10:49 PM
he used to be on the board--
anyway, he has ea82 front end in a hatch, and has made shocks that connect to the swaybar mount. go look there, that will be in mind with what you want to do
Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:19 AM
Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:58 AM
Here are my upper mounts:
The lower mount installed:
Side view showing important clearance between shock and mount:
The top shock mount is the stud type and slips through the loop in the top strut mount. A poly bushing goes above and below the loop with the tension set so that the shack can pivot as needed without having verticle play. The lower mount is secured by a nut that barely pushes the washer against the bushing. The shaft is a stainless steel bolt so it won't corrode and it is lubricated. This is critical so that the lower mount pivots. The shocks swing as needed for truning and do not bind at any point in their travel or twist. There is no resistance added to steering.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:39 AM
BTW. Your BRAT is badass!
Posted 26 December 2003 - 12:34 PM
I emailed them and asked for a spring set that was the same diameter as the stock spring but 2 inches longer and speced for about 400 pounds additional vehicle weight. I had to email three times to get someone to take the effort to compare specs for me. The first two just replied that they had only one variety.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 08:28 PM
I think the biggest prob is that the stock strut doesn't have alot of travel in it. Ever think of getting some inserts for the strut bodys to give some extra droop and compression?
Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:05 PM
Posted 27 December 2003 - 10:13 AM
Originally posted by subarubrat
Exactly what I did. Cut the seam on the stock one and gutted it. Then I hit the parts store and found a KYB that had allot more travel. The hard part was welding it in, lots of small welds and cooling breaks.
Well then that is pretty cool:cool: Kinda voids the lifetime warranty thoe, huh?
Posted 27 December 2003 - 11:55 AM
Posted 27 December 2003 - 02:48 PM
Also, if you take the extra time to sort of "countersink" the holes on the swaybar just a hair it makes the pin insertion a thousand times easier.
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