Before we started on the front suspension we assembled the axles. Dynatrac built the Dana 44 axle to fit the truck, but also so that off-the-shelf axles would fit in a pinch. Our long-side axle is from a '74-'79 Jeep Wagoneer and the short-side is a '73-'78 GM 1/2-ton truck, both with 30-spline ends. The stub shafts are 19-spline deals like GM used in '77-'87 1/2-tons for strength purposes. We are running chromoly shafts from Superior Axle and Gear, 300M U-joints from CTM Racing, and some Warn premium hubs. This should hold up to our abuse with a lightweight vehicle.Before we started on the front suspension we assembled the axles. Dynatrac built the Dana The front suspension will also be a link design, but rather than four links with a Panhard, the space requirements dictated only three links. To make this work we have two lower links with only one upper link on the driver side to control fore and aft movement and axlewrap. Then we will use a Panhard to control lateral movement. Again, we locate the axle square under the frame and attach the lower links.The front suspension will also be a link design, but rather than four links with a Panhard An important part of the front geometry is having the Panhard bar running parallel to the steering drag link. The optimum design would have the Panhard and drag link the same length and parallel while running as horizontally level as possible at ride height. But of course, redesigning a suspension around a vehicle's frame means making concessions. Our Panhard bar will also be made of 1 1/2-inch 7076 aluminum bar stock.An important part of the front geometry is having the Panhard bar running parallel to the With the front suspension mocked up, we flexed the axle to be sure everything would clear, and then measured for front driveshafts. We sent our old driveshafts to Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts to be modified. Notice the upper link mounts.With the front suspension mocked up, we flexed the axle to be sure everything would clear, For steering we decided on a Scout II steering box. We first mocked everything up, and then sent the box to BenchWorks in Phoenix to have it rebuilt. The marks on the box show the full throw from left to right. Howe Performance Steering will use these marks when we later send the box to them for a hydraulic-assist setup.For steering we decided on a Scout II steering box. We first mocked everything up, and the It soon became apparent that the inner fenderwells would need to be removed to clear the tires and front 14-inch Bilstein 9100 Rockcrawler shocks. This also required moving all the stuff that mounts on the fenders. We decided at this point to remove all the ABS parts and go with a standard braking system. That's all the space we have this month, folks. Check in next time when we finish up the suspension, and head for some more tricks.It soon became apparent that the inner fenderwells would need to be removed to clear the t SOURCES BenchWorks Steering Systems www.benchworksteering.com Marlin Crawler 1543-B N. Maple Fresno CA 93703 www.marlincrawler.com Bilstein 14102 Stowe Dr. Poway CA 92064 858-386-5900 www.bilstein.com Precision Gear CTM Racing www.ctmracing.com QA1 800-721-7761 qa1.net Drive Line Service Shaffer's Off-Road 4Wheeler's Supply www.4wheelers.com Superior Axle & Gear N/A superioraxle.com Howe Performance Steering www.howeperformance.com Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts 877-497-4238 www.4xshaft.com « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!