Page updated: 10/29/2000 07:49 PM
Dana 60's under my SOA YJ
|The new-wave in locking hubs!
These pictures are actually from a few weeks
prior (at Steve's) designing the shock mounts, spring plates, and spring
perches. First, the shock mounts which were designed the same as they
were built for the original SOA with stock axles.
Hmmmm... Contemplating some steering
issues. As you can see, the steering arm is MUCH longer than the arms
used for the tie-rod. This results in terrible steering response and
turning radius. So, the arm was cut down severely... at least enough
so that I could still connect the custom draglink I just bought from Mike
Duncan (the "fourXdoctor").
Mike's work is immaculate and very professional. He's also a good
friend of a good friend (Brad Kilby - Kilby
Enterprises). Ok, enough plugs already. Geez! So....my
steering radius still isn't where it needs to be, but for now will get me by
until I figure out a way to line things up a little better. Bill did
some great work on making the arm shorter...don't think I took a comparison
after-shot of it though.
The following is a series of comparison shots. Remember that we're going from 33" Thornbirds to 36" TSL Bias. As well, we're going from stock Dana 35/30 axles to Dana 60's front and rear.
|Comparison of steering geometry. Notice the original
setup with the serious slope of the draglink, compared to the new with a
perfectly parallel one. This resulted in a COMPLETE elimination of any
and all bump-steer. The vehicle handles on the road phenomenally
whereas before I used to have to play constant defense against the Jeep and
where it wanted to take me.