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Att:WillysWanter or 4-link Experts!!

Hey Jason. Just wondering how you are going to put the 4-link on the Dana60 of yours? The reason I am asking is because I am thinking about how I want to do mine. I am going to be going with 4 links of equal lengthen and mounted 1 below the other. I don't have enough room to go with a V on the top link and then just standard on the bottom. Anyway, the main reason I am asking you this is because I was thinking about putting the links right under the frame rail where the leaf springs would have been but on the axle on the side of the pumkin it doesn't have the axle tube. instead part of the pumkin has the spring pad for the leaf spring. What are you doing? Mounting the links further out toward the hubs and if so arn't the tires going to come close to rubbing on the links?

I am just working today on boxing up the part of the frame where I am going to be putting the brakets for the links and I would like some other idea's on how to do it.

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Re: Att:WillysWanter or 4-link Experts!!

I am doing the V on top and standard on bottom. With yours, you would want to do parallel links top and bottom. At the spring pad on the pumpkin, make a bracket that sticks out the top and the bottom for the rod ends to sit in and bolt too. Then make a duplicate mount on the other side where the other spring pad is. Just cut that pad off. On mine, at the top where the v comes together I am going to make a bracket in the center of the axle and weld some tubing going off each side to support it. I will be fully boxing in my axles or trussing them. If you go to my website http://www.projectbigwilly.com, click on the frame link at the top then scroll down and look at the 3d view. You can see the brackets on the axle tubes.

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Re: Att:WillysWanter or 4-link Experts!!

Ok. So Jason what your saying to do is make up the bracket first for the pumkin side and have it fallow the contour of the spring pad/perch? Just curious if this is what you mean because there is alot of gussets and stuff coming down off the pumkin to the axle tube right under the spring bad. On the lower side there is also the spot where the U-bolt would have been to fasten on the leaf springs. What do you think would happen if I were to cut off the spring pad on the pumkin and also some of that gusset untill I have it smoothed out a little more than it is now? then just make my brakets and Tig Weld everything on? I doubt I would lose much streghth wise.

And also...your brakets to bolt onto the links on the axle...are they out the side toward the drive shaft or out the front? reason I ask is because I have seen both and I think if the brackets were to wrap around on front side(bumper side of the truck) it would be stonger and easier on the axle and tubes.

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Re: Att:WillysWanter or 4-link Experts!!

On my 60 there is one thin gusset on the driveshaft side and one on the bottom where my brackets are going on the pumpkin side. I am going to actually notch those gussets for my brackets to go through then weld my brackets to the gussets to tie them back together. My mounts for the links are going to mount on the center line of the axle, not forward or behind of it. My outer plate of the bracket on the pumpkin side is going to butt up agains the part where the pumpkin housing mounts to the tube. Then the inner one is going to be welded to the pumpkin and go through those gussets.

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