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4 link rear or 63" springs?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. sled_dog

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    4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    I'm working on the K5 tonight and was just sitting staring at the back end and wondering, should I go with the 63" rear springs or go to a coil sprung 4 link setup?? I can't decide. 63s won't have a good departure angle, and coils would be a little lighter, but I just spent $150 on the 63s.
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    1st thing, coils are NOT lighter, by the time you link it up with links that won't bend, you'll be around the same weight or heavier.
    For the same axle control, you'll have to run a torque arm of some sort, that adds complexity and weight.
    Departure is better with coils, but if it's under a K5, it doesn't matter, the tank and body dictate that angle. Under anything else where you can chop the butt off, coils can be a LOT better.
    Beck has pounded the living crap out of his rear shackles on his buggy and is really looking forward to putting coils under. But on his rig, they're basically the rear bumper.

    Complexity of mounting, figuring out, building, etc. are all way more with links.
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    the K5 is gone, its a truggy now, so chopping off the butt of the frame was what I meant by lighter, less frame metal would probably make the 4 link lighter.
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    I'll buy the 63's off you if you go coil. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    Coils are extra work. 63s and KISS!!
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    For now I'm just gonna go with the 63s and see how she flexes. I will probably be back to 4 link by next summer but thats ok. I need to increase my front end flex, which means I need to call BDS and see about longer main leaf.
     
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    Re: 4 link rear or 63\" springs?

    I just remembered my other thought, 3/4 eliptical suspension using my 63s...
     

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