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Old 03-27-2016, 11:07 AM   #151
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Old 03-27-2016, 01:45 PM   #152
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No hoop MG?


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Old 03-27-2016, 07:39 PM   #153
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No hoop MG?
The hoop that comes as an option for the Sahara bumpers looked lame to me so I started down the road of building something on my own. I got some sweet lights, a bunch of tubing, some brackets, etc... Then when I mocked it up, I didn't like it. Returned the lights, put tubing and brackets back on the rack and moved on until I find more inspiration. Other design projects definitely taking priority too. I may revisit at a later time.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:42 PM   #154
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My in-house designed and fab'd front suspension parts are in. First drive went very well. Rides beautifully and handles great. I need an appointment with an alignment rack to get everything dialed but so far it is working awesome. Rear springs just went in this afternoon and I set it on the ground before being summoned for family duty. I'll get some good pics once it is outside.


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Old 05-11-2016, 10:27 PM   #155
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MG what tire size are you running and wheel spec?


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Old 05-11-2016, 10:28 PM   #156
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Never mind, I saw your earlier post.


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Old 05-11-2016, 10:32 PM   #157
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Absolutely georgeous. I love the look!!!
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:41 AM   #158
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Absolutely georgeous. I love the look!!!
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:21 AM   #159
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My in-house designed and fab'd front suspension parts are in. First drive went very well. Rides beautifully and handles great. I need an appointment with an alignment rack to get everything dialed but so far it is working awesome. Rear springs just went in this afternoon and I set it on the ground before being summoned for family duty. I'll get some good pics once it is outside.
So maybe you mentioned this and I didn't see it.. but what did you change on the Quadvan conversion? Different geometry now? More travel? Do tell!
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So maybe you mentioned this and I didn't see it.. but what did you change on the Quadvan conversion? Different geometry now? More travel? Do tell!
There are a few differences between my design and Quadvan's.

-I've pushed the axle forward 1.25". There's now a big difference in clearance between the tire and the lower rear of the fender. My tires used to lock up because they'd get stuffed into the fender around certain corners. I hated that about Quadvan's set up. I shouldn't have to cut my fender or trim the body to fit a tire on the van especially since my old tires were tiny.

As an added bonus, because of where the axle is now, I can get about .75" more bump travel than the Quadvan set up.

-The rear radius arm mount is lower, making the arm more horizontal, which in turn increases the caster (steering axis inclination). My van had 1.5 deg of caster before I started this. It wandered in the lane, return to center was sluggish and the steering felt...blah... My intent with this design is to increase caster to ~5 deg.

-The radius arm is also modified to get even more caster than is available with stock arms.

-I'm using an off-the-shelf Fox shock and Moog progressive springs. Right away I could tell a huge difference in ride quality. All of the little jarring pot holes on my street are now smooth little bumps.

-It's also obviously lifted more now too. I'm up 3"+ from where I used to be, including the change in tire diameter.
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