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  1. #21
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    Front lower control arm construction continues ..

    My son and I decided to change the lower control arm design to a different flavor, as there were some fabrication limitations that I ran into while building the control arm
    here is a shot of the completed lower control arm , attached to the spindle and lower ball joint ( modified heim)


    Per the design my son wanted to do slide pins.. I didn't really care for this concept and to be honest , it was difficult to drill a hole through 3 pieces of steel with the correct relation to each of the axiss. I also decided to get rid of this C bracket concept that would hold the spindle
    remember this one

    well it didn't work very well in practise.
    Here are the new control arms and design first the overview

    Right side control arm


    Now to show you what we accomplished in a little more detail. basically I used a heim joint for the bottom ball joint, it worked out a lot better as far as articulation goes ( 11 degrees, per axis) .


    in the picture below you can see the start of the upper control arm .. this will just be a simple tie rod which will allow camber adjustments in the front.


    Now some shots to show how much everything articulates




    footprint of rim and control arm


    and rotation angle of rim in relation to the control arm


    Hope you enjoyed out latest entry. Good night from the two of us.
    ~WARREN~
    03 evo -(gt35r) 10.86@ 134.73 (best mph 137.13)..
    90 GST 10.361 @ 142.49 (GT42, 30 psi, auto trans) (best mph 147.10 ; best 60 ' 1.691)
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...ignature-1.jpg

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    Tires are in. My son and I were able to grab these on line from washington state..
    they are bridgestone Rain tires with different widths. Fronts are 11 inch tall , 5 inch rim diameter , 4.5 inch width
    The rears are 11 inch tall , 5 inch rim diamtere , 5.5 inch width.

    These differences should provide that "stance " that we are looking for




    initial assessment of rim to tire


    We will be heading to discount tire or some tire shop to have these installed and the bead locks set

    thanks for looking and more to come from the two of us as usual
    ~WARREN~
    03 evo -(gt35r) 10.86@ 134.73 (best mph 137.13)..
    90 GST 10.361 @ 142.49 (GT42, 30 psi, auto trans) (best mph 147.10 ; best 60 ' 1.691)
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...ignature-1.jpg

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    Looking very nice! I like your faucet too!
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    thanks for the comments dave we appreciate them

    We got the tires mounted at discount tire. They were thrilled with the project pictures that they didn't charge us .. once we installed some new valves in the tires, set the bead locks with thread sealant, and aired up , .........this is what it looks like on the wagon, if you see it in person, you will be at a loss for words, because it looks like the most ridiculous thing ever ( in a good way to us at least )

    enjoy


    stance




    Last edited by antilag_200; 04-16-2012 at 08:43 AM.
    ~WARREN~
    03 evo -(gt35r) 10.86@ 134.73 (best mph 137.13)..
    90 GST 10.361 @ 142.49 (GT42, 30 psi, auto trans) (best mph 147.10 ; best 60 ' 1.691)
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...ignature-1.jpg

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    I finally had some time to dedicate to my sons flyer. So I began to tackle the front suspension stuff.

    On to the pictures of the attachment points of the lower shock absorber


    next up I decided to build the tower, that would mount up the upper position of the shocks as well as hold the upper control arms
    My sons name starts with a W, so I figured that I would incorporate that letter into the tower


    showing upper attachment point


    top view


    and rear view


    Next I braced the tower to the chassis , This picture illustrates the bracing from under the chassis


    Now it was time to build some upper control arms which are full adjustable. They will allow camber and a little caster control.



    and a shot of how it sits in the light, a full rolling chasis without any support to hold it up









    Next up is the steering linkage and pivot construction for the handle.

    thank you for looking and more to come from us.
    ~WARREN~
    03 evo -(gt35r) 10.86@ 134.73 (best mph 137.13)..
    90 GST 10.361 @ 142.49 (GT42, 30 psi, auto trans) (best mph 147.10 ; best 60 ' 1.691)
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...ignature-1.jpg

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    I finally had some time to dedicate to my sons flyer. So I began to tackle the front suspension stuff.

    On to the pictures of the attachment points of the lower shock absorber


    next up I decided to build the tower, that would mount up the upper position of the shocks as well as hold the upper control arms
    My sons name starts with a W, so I figured that I would incorporate that letter into the tower


    showing upper attachment point


    top view


    and rear view


    Next I braced the tower to the chassis , This picture illustrates the bracing from under the chassis


    Now it was time to build some upper control arms which are full adjustable. They will allow camber and a little caster control.



    and a shot of how it sits in the light, a full rolling chasis without any support to hold it up









    Next up is the steering linkage and pivot construction for the handle.

    thank you for looking and more to come from us.
    ~WARREN~
    03 evo -(gt35r) 10.86@ 134.73 (best mph 137.13)..
    90 GST 10.361 @ 142.49 (GT42, 30 psi, auto trans) (best mph 147.10 ; best 60 ' 1.691)
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...ignature-1.jpg

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    This is sweet! Ive never seen this thread before.

    Try to post now. Let me know if there is an issue.

  8. #28
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    2 things.. where is the finished wagon.. love to see it and 2nd how did you cut out the shock mounts?

    keep up the great job

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