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Length of Buggy Springs?

I've been considering what sort of other modification to make to the rear of the FarmJeep's suspension...i.e. use buggy springs, revolvers, extendable shackles, some combination thereof, etc...and I think I've decided on using buggy springs--with a mechanism so I can pin them up tight against the frame for on-road driving. Anyone have a suggestion on an appropriate length for the spring?

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Re: Length of Buggy Springs?

From waht I have read in some write-ups, it seems people are running them anywhere form 12" to 24" long, so maybe go 18"? My front M.O.R.E.'s are about 12" any very stiff and will only pull away about 2" max. The longer and more supple, the more they will pull away.
For holding them I run a long square u-joint around the frame and hold them tight when not needed. The other trick is to drill another hole in the buggy spring with a bolt going down thru, washer and nut it when not needed. I have looked at mine lately and thought of making a steel plate on either side that extends down far enough I could drill a hole in both plates and run a pin across holding in place.

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Yeah, I was considering doing the second thing you had suggested...it seems like it would help with lateral stability when the buggies are not in use. What about the position of the end of the buggy relative to the old shackle mount? Same location, a bit further forward or further aft? With the curve in the frame starting not that much ahead of the old shackle mount, it would be far easier to engineer the mount for the buggy so that it ended a few inches further back...but that would angle the shackle, and I'm not sure what effect it would have on travel. Any ideas?

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Re: Length of Buggy Springs?

On my fronts I had the shackle angled backwards, and barely move the buggy leaf. I then moved the assembly forwards (adjustable mounting positions) so the shackle was straight up and down and actually get the leafs to pull away. You might want to look at the toyota site for 4rnrick (I think) rear setup he has done, he usually has some good pics.

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