Re: YJ conversion, Drop link or rev schackle?
I agree with Zukiman about the smoother ride with SR although mine is the Calmini kit (training wheels compared to his). The advertised advantage being that the axle swings back from the fixed front so it soaks up impacts easier.
Here's another angle that I picked up from Brent at Trail Tough. I'm getting ready to do something also and have been researching me azz off about all the options. This time it's a hypothosized downside having to do with torque's effect on the axle. When climbing, rotational torque applied from the tires causes the axle to rotate back causing the shackle to extend... If you're very nose high, it could tend to make you see God. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] The flip side of course is going down hill and applying brakes or hitting bumps, the front end is going to nose over. Mine does this when smashing the brakes on the street more than it did before. The difference now would be that with the YJ soft, flexy setup that we're looking for, it would be much more exagerated.
These are his words and experiences. He was, or is running a YJ SR setup for at least the last year. But the physics ring true. Now if we can get some of the other folks to comment it would be reeeelllyyy interesting... pro or con. And yes, he is releasing, this week, a YJ spring setup - not shackle reverse.
Gentlemen, lock and load! Wahoooooo.... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
87 Teal Hardtop - Calmini SR, 235 BFG/AT's, GRS2, Weber, Thorley, Flowmaster, RRO Crawler Rear that likes to eat Camry's :+>