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Re: Cantilevered shocks (Pics)
That Ford bronco radius arm, is attached to the axle using the stock C brackets and C bushings. There is no way that the axle can rotate. I use Bronco rubber bushings, instead of polyurethane(and nutted very loose), at the front bracket to allow the springs to move back and forth a bit in their travel. This set up, completely eliminates axle wrap and only slightly hinders full articulation. I may redesign it a little to run more to the center of vehicle when I build the new skid plates.
The shocks are R9012 and if you look at the pic you can see the air hoses running to the adjuster valves, which are controlled in the cab. The 2 rear shocks are controllable individually side to side, so that I can dump the air on the uphill side of a steep side hill to squat the rear end down a bit. The air line are ran equal length so that one hit of the air button equallizes the 2 sides(since they are equall length, the air fills the low side hose to the pressure of the other side before both sides begin to increase). This makes it easy to ballance.
The cantilever set up is extremely stable on side hills, since the down hill shock tends to act more upright and the up hill shock tends to act more cantilevered, this allows the jeep to squat down on a side hill rather than lean away from the hill. I have made many a believer while playing in the rocks. Its also a simple, and very inexpensive mod, and gets the shocks up out of the way of rocks.
And yes it is very flexy
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