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Old 02-23-2010, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I would post a few pics of our buggy build . We also have a reverse trike and an exo street vehicle in process at this time.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sweet looking build!!! Can we get some shots of the cantilever suspension?
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I love the outline, but some of the brace tubes look kind of off? Can't quite place it. Suspension looks cool. What is it? About a 10" coilover at 2:1?
What size are the links? They look small.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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they are 9" shocks at a 2.4 ratio. Sitting on 250# frt springs and 175# rears for now, will have to go to a 2 stage spring when finished.
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tubes

if you are talking about windshield tube-gonna have slanted winshield.
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cantilever

these show a little more of the cantilever
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what are you using for a pivot on the bellcrank? Spring bushings, uniball?
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bell crank

2 bearings in each one
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if you are talking about windshield tube-gonna have slanted winshield.
Nope. These ones(in red). Just seem to terminate at an unsupported section and not follow the rest of the lines. No matter how cool the rest of the tube work is, my eyes keep wandering to them.
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the lower section where the tube terminated is an I beam--very well supported. As far as rhe angle goes-did what looks right to me and I think it flows well, might be a visual thing -have to see it in person.
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Can you elaborate on why you chose the cantilever style shocks?
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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couple main reasons 1) 9" shock is much cheaper than a full length coil over and 2) with the cantilever a 9" shock will yield a lot of wheel travel
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maybe these pics are better.
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Looks like the Canadian T-Rex
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worst forward visability in a rig ever. and i see your cantilever links failing VERY quickly.
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couple main reasons 1) 9" shock is much cheaper than a full length coil over and 2) with the cantilever a 9" shock will yield a lot of wheel travel
add to that cost the cost of the bearings, the fab work for those arms and linkages, the extra heims, i bet this ends up costing more... and will be much harder to tune/valve the coilover as well in this configuation, when damping and rates are being levered against by the motion ratio...
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add to that cost the cost of the bearings, the fab work for those arms and linkages, the extra heims, i bet this ends up costing more... and will be much harder to tune/valve the coilover as well in this configuation, when damping and rates are being levered against by the motion ratio...
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That's what I was thinking as well plus all the extra weight added to the chassis... meh.

Imagine how noisy that linkage is going to get down the road.
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i really liked the lines of it in the first 2 pics, but then the front got WAAAAYYYY too long and tall, and it just seems there's alot of extra tube for no real reason. i'll be interested to see how that suspension works for you, since i'm sure we wheel the same places.
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