View Full Version : Makes you go Hmmm? Front suspension

12-12-2014, 03:49 PM
Front suspension setup


12-12-2014, 03:51 PM
Kinda like the old Ford I-beam setup.

I've actually thought about something similar - it gives a really long arm in a short width. The arms have to be staggered and I wonder about steering?

12-12-2014, 04:20 PM
It produces lots of travel. Dirty hooker travel...but lots of it.

12-12-2014, 05:17 PM
I actually designed an I-beam style setup on the computer thinking I may give it a shot for a Single seater fit in the back of a truck 60" track width, but the amount of travel to Camber change didn't seem worth it.
Plus the front Bulk Head would have to be higher to clear the Drop down Brackets. Im sure I could play with it some more to do better the Travel numbers were close to the same as a small A-arm setup with easier Steering Linkage.

Would be nice to try on a 70-80" track width mini buggy.

A Dirty Hooker Setup can take it Deep and Hard Through the whoops, if you know what I mean! :eek:

One of my Fav's, nothing like a Nasty Slutty Hooker design.

12-12-2014, 06:22 PM
I've always been fascinated with I beam fords.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/dankman420/954rr/B3F90C09-4EC0-4D0A-9CFC-911CB76B0E6F.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dankman420/media/954rr/B3F90C09-4EC0-4D0A-9CFC-911CB76B0E6F.jpg.html)

My introduction to motorcycle powered...I had issues with drivetrain...ending in big fail...cut it up befor got to see what it could do.

12-12-2014, 06:33 PM
Oh Dang! Would have loved to see how it did!

Here's another.

12-12-2014, 06:34 PM
NoClue, What rear end is that off of and what were your problems you had?

12-12-2014, 06:37 PM
I'm looking at the quad...it has upper arms?

12-12-2014, 06:40 PM
Yes it does, Its an A-arm setup but the lower inner Pivots are alot longer, like a Beam. Its a Hybrid! LOL!

12-12-2014, 11:36 PM
Those Banshee frames were originally built by Mean Dean Sundahl. Very nice pieces that worked well. They had lots of wheel travel and very little lateral scrub. One of his employees left and started copying them...........

12-12-2014, 11:42 PM
Also, if you look at the front of Vildosola's new Trophy Truck that Dave Clark built, it has a similar set-up. Both lower arms actually pivot off of the same bolt.

12-13-2014, 01:06 AM
NoClue, What rear end is that off of and what were your problems you had?

Some narrowed down straight axle that was flipped upside down so the rotation would match that of the motor, which was some 80's Kawasaki KZ750. From the motor, there was a short chain that drove a jackshaft/driveshaft that drove the axle, which was linked (I don't know if it was a 3 or 4 link). I bought it dead, got it running, then the motor blew up before clutch issue were fixed. I was going to convert to IRS trailing arms using a BMW diff and vw type 1 trailing arms...but then I just gave up. The gas pedal survived and found a home on the minilite.