Next came finishing the front suspension, setting up the steering, finding a place for our massive yet indispensable Warn 8274-50 winch, and finally locating the radiator in a place with sufficient airflow and protection from trail abuse. This buggy will have a mechanical steering gear on the front axle in case we end up driving it on a long road/wheeling trip such as our annual Ultimate Adventure. Mechanical steering complicates matters since we had to now find places for the drag link, tie rod, and ram assist. By using OTT Industries' high-steer arms, our tie rod (arrow) mounts above the lowest tube of the chassis at full suspension stuff.Next came finishing the front suspension, setting up the steering, finding a place for our Returning to the shop the next day, fabricator Drew Burroughs and I determined that some drastic modifications had to be done, and a quick cut of the chassis had the lower framerails removed. Even experienced builders come to situations that require re-examining what they have and making adjustments to gain better performance.Returning to the shop the next day, fabricator Drew Burroughs and I determined that some d We decided that the chassis was the part we could change the easiest. With the front end cut open, we pushed the axle up to full stuff and decided that the winch and steering box had to stay put but the radiator would be going to the back of the buggy. The new plan has a tube dropping from the top rail, allowing space for the axle and steering parts to compress. Bumpstop and Panhard mounts tie the upper and lower framerails together. Next I began building a front winch plate for the 8274 using Light Racing's flared hole dies to strengthen the thin chromoly plate. Burroughs handled the welding duties with a Miller TIG machine. As the front of the buggy came together, we realized its face/grille/winch plate is reminiscent of SpongeBob with a demonic flavor, quite fitting for a rowdy fun machine.We decided that the chassis was the part we could change the easiest. With the front end c When mounting the drag link and Panhard rod, the goal is to have them as level and as long as possible, so that as the axle articulates it moves very little from side to side. Also keep the mounting points and angle identical to minimize bumpsteer. Since the drag link will be mounted to the top of our high-steer arm, the frame mount had to be down below the lower framerail.When mounting the drag link and Panhard rod, the goal is to have them as level and as long With the drag link attaching to the upper steering arm on the knuckle, we decided to try mounting the Panhard bar there as well. This is something we have not seen before, but the idea is that the Panhard mounts to the high-steer arm above the pivot point that is directly above the kingpin where the knuckle rotates. Since the Panhard will be made of chromoly and heat-treated for strength and gusseted in double-shear, the bends shouldn't be a problem. Tune in next time when we'll show the PSC steering install, along with the swing set, captain's chairs, and front and rear shock mounts.With the drag link attaching to the upper steering arm on the knuckle, we decided to try m SOURCES Miller Electric 8-004-AMI-LLER www.millerwelds.com Dynatrac Axles www.dynatrac.com ACCEL DFI www.accel-dfi.com GM Performance Parts TKTK www.gmperformanceparts.com OTT Industries www.ottindustries.com TCI Automotive 151 Industrial Dr. Ashland MS 38603 662-224-8972 www.tciauto.com Poly Performance N/A www.polyperformance.com Warn 5-03/-722-1200 www.warn.com Sanderson Headers 517 Railroad Ave. South San Francisco CA 94080 800-669-2430 www.sandersonheaders.com Advance Adapters 4320 Aerotech Center Way P.O. Box 247 Paso Robles CA 93446 805-238-7000 Light Racing www.lightracing.com MSD Ignition El Paso TX 9-15/-857-5200 msdignition.com Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Lubbock TX N/A www.sdparts.com « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!