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Old 02-09-2007, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default How to make a straight axle handle

I am trying to get my thoughts together on the best performing straight axle front suspension.

Any suggestions?

i was thinking some type of spring over would be the strongest.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to make a straight axle handle

The important thing here is Spring and shock's.

Ford did keep on lenghten the tranverse front and rear springs, until 42-48 that have the longest springs.
So maybe you should try to incorporate those spring.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: How to make a straight axle handle

4 link and coilovers.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:01 AM   #4
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Default Re: How to make a straight axle handle

whats the big deal?? transverse leaf pete and jakes shocks 4 bar or wishbones or hair pins?? no wishbones or pins on a tube axle. Set the caster at 7 degrees toe it in 1/8.. go for it. If everything is new or at least tight it should handle well. I also use a stabilizer on my 32 and i never drove this one without one so i dunno if it helped or not but the price was right so i put it on. oh ya vega box and pan hard rod also
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:27 AM   #5
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Default Re: How to make a straight axle handle

Leave the wishbone intact like Henry designed it. Install a roll stabilizer and a panhard bar. Suspend with adjustable torsion bars. Use adjustable (rate and valving) shocks.

Make sure that everything is fitted properly.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:54 AM   #6
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Default Re: How to make a straight axle handle

From my experience some of the best handling beam axle front ends have split wish bones or hair pins. I would ditch the buggy spring in favor of a pair of coil overs, my preference would be Bilstiens but a high quality adjustable like a Koni would work very well. And I would add an anti-roll bar, something adjustable would be desireable.

You should not ignore your wheel and tire selection, A neutral to positive offset wheel would keep the scrub radius down and give you less kickback under hard cornering. Obviously a performance tire would be desired.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:04 AM   #7
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I agree 7 degrees or more, play with your spring rate, use a quick ratio steering box
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