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Old 08-31-2022, 04:55 PM
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That turn out great
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Old 09-01-2022, 07:39 PM
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Todays engineering challenge was to get rid of the front Panhard bar to squeeze in a Watts link instead. the center swivel mounts to the axle and end links to the frame. The Panhard bar caused too much lateral movement of the axle from dropped to fully raised - when I'd drop from fully up to slammed, the steering wheel would spin 1/2 turn! Made for squirrely handling, especially in turns, when the body would lean, it would change direction, bump steer, etc., all bad and scary to sat the least. Now it stays centered, no steering wheel movement through suspension cycles, test drive tomorrow should be much less nerve wracking I hope. Used Panhard bars before on air suspended solid axles without this much trouble but there was something about the geometry here that was just no good.

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Old 09-01-2022, 10:49 PM
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Looks good, hope it solves the problem! Sounds like it will.
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Old 09-02-2022, 06:20 AM
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That would have been real scary, looks like to took care of it.
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Old 09-02-2022, 05:45 PM
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Go ZZ, Go!
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Old 09-02-2022, 07:29 PM
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So I'm looking at the front end and decided the grille is too short - I'd like to have mounted it lower but the whole crossmember/air bag setup forced the rad and grille to be that high ..Today I cut it at the bottom and added 3" to the shell and grille - first pic is the before.
Also added the floor of 5/8 plywood and some brown rubber backed carpet runner - it'll do for now - it may even stay like that ...

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Old 09-02-2022, 08:22 PM
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I agree. The taller grill looks beest. What a bitchin' ride!
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Old 09-03-2022, 03:14 AM
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Old 09-03-2022, 07:10 AM
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That's ZZ for ya, just cut on a freshly painted ride without hesitation
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Old 09-03-2022, 08:58 AM
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Looks much better with the grille longer!

Did you test drive it after installing the watt's link?
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