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Rear Missing Link pin question??

Okay, I was out driving my Zuk today and had to hit the brakes HARD. (I need a rear disc brake conv. fast) I almost though my rear end came off the ground, but it was the missing link on the rear opening up. I was looking on how I could pin it, I've got a few ideas, but wanted to ask some of you that have done it before and how.
Pictures would be great!

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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

I had the same thing happen to me. Scared the absolute crap out of me. I took the links off soon afterwards and went to longer straight shackles. I haven't done the pining therefore, but I have some ideas. Can you give us pics or at least a description of what you are running in the rear, and what style of links you have?
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

Yeah, forgot to say I have the TT front and rear missing link kit with YJ's all around. Kinda hard to see the missing links in this pic, but my idea is to just weld some brackets above/beside the links, and use a pin to run under the link part? Not sure how welll that would work, that is why I ask.
Here is the pic... I've got some better ones on my site, but won't let me link them. I've got to work at the FD today, but Wed. I'll see if I can get some off-road pic's with the links opened up. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

Anybody have any idea's on how to pin these?? I made the rear bolts on the drop link shackle a little more tight, seemed to help out a bit but still can feel them unfold when under HARD brake'n. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
Here are some better pic's of the rear on a small rock and front pic...

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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

I always just tightened the adjoining bolts on mine when I was on the road, loosened them off-road. Seemed to work out ok for me, I had to slam on my brakes a few times.
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

Thanks, I figured that all I'd have to do, but since I've got this new mig welder I've been looking for stuff to fab on the Zuk! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Plus, when I'm working at the FD on the weekends, I pull the Sami in the stalls and tinker with it, thought that would be a good Sat. afternoon mod?
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

My thought was to take a piece of channel (you would probably have use a piece of box tubing with one side cut off for proper depth) about two inches long, drill a whole in it and bolt it where you have the bump stops (which could stay). As long as it is wide enough to allow your shackles to fit inside and deep enough to extend below them, you could drill a whole in each "ear" and run a pin through them. This should effectively contain your link and keep your ml's from extending. This would also keep them contained so they didn't twist and slop around on the road (if you have that problem). The pin could be easily removed for off road use.

I would recommend going to some long (say 6.5" hole to hole) shackles. I ditched my ml's for long shackles because of the same issue you are having and I don't miss them one bit.
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

Yeah, I kinda see what you are talking about.
I like the M/L set-up, and if I were to go with a longer shackle in the rear, I would think it would make my rear higher then my front The problem with them extending was helped out by tightening the bolts, but I still like the pin idea better.
I've got a few other things to work on, but when I figure out something I'll post my results [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

way off topic but i seem to remember a town house or apartment last time i saw pics of your sammi. did you buy a house? looks nice!
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Re: Rear Missing Link pin question??

this isnt really an answer to your question, but if you have adjustable shocks couldnt you run them real stiff in the front while on the road to minimize brake dive? If your nose didn't dip as much during the hard braking then the M/Ls wouldn't be trying so hard top open up.

Think about it. Hard braking is a front to back motion, not an up and down one. The motion that causes the M/Ls to open is the weight transfer to the front during the braking, which can be minimized by reducing nose dive.

The angle iron idea sounds good, too. I have the same setup you have in SPUA form (for the moment) and have never worried about this no matter how hard I stop. I dont have as much uptravel as you do in the front, so it's not an issue.

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