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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-03-2001, 03:59 PM
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Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

I scrounged up a set of wrangler springs to mount on my samurai and have been kicking around ideas of how to mount them. Right now I am thinking about mounting sliders (spring mounts that are slotted so that the springs can move front to back) on both ends of the springs and the locating the axles with two 36" long links (one on each side). My thinking is that the springs should live longer since the will be less likely to bind and will still locate the axle side to side. The long links will also reduce the crab-walking that happens with serious articulation. Has anyone ever tried anything like this?

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Re: Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

After looking at your drawing...I think it would work if you could keep one side even with the other. If you hit an obstical with one side the spring would shift to the rear of the slots and when you applyed power to the wheels it would pull the oppesite side forward in the slots creating a severe compound angle at the u-joints.....am I right or is it just the beer talking??

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Re: Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

The links ( like bottom links on a 3 or 4 link ) are supposed to locate the axle front to back. The springs would control side to side and rotation (altough I was thinking about a top link to control rotation too).

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Re: Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

You HAVE to have both ends of the spring attached somewhere. It can't slide at both ends or it might change position so drastically under stress that it could fall right out!

Many smaller trailers use a sliding mount on the trailing end of the spring to cut down on the parts count. They work because the leading end is firmly attached to the frame, keeping the spring in place. There is no stress applied by an engine -- just the downward force of the load.

You need both ends of the spring tied down on a powered vehicle to ensure that the spring does not "pop loose" under severe stress or torqueing.


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Re: Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

I wonder if you could fab a rear panhandle bar. hmmmmmm

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Re: Another twist on mounting YJ\'s

i have seen several cj's with shackles on both ends and they work great, but your design only locates the axle front to back at the bottom so the pinion angle could get nuts. locate the top too and you've got it. only thing is the actual swing of the shackles allows more droop.

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