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    Trailing arm fabrication how-to?
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    I came across the Drakart Intimidator while searching ideas for a buggy build. I would love to build something with the type of trailing arm suspension those buggies use. However, I'm not having a lot of luck finding information on how-to design that type of suspension. Can anyone link me to any good, informative threads?

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    Re: Swing arm fabrication how-to?
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    IMO, the best way to do this is to get a set of Rorty R-16 car. That car uses a semi-swing arm design that introduces a little camber gain throughout the suspension cycle. They are a stout design that I beat the crap out of with my old car.

    Also take a look at the latest build by K-fab. He uses a trailing arm along with other links. Very similar to a new Can-Am X3 rear end. In fact, I would personally go that route as you can possibly use a non plunging CV to get more angle out of the rear suspension for some killer travel numbers.

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    The Drak has the same type of rear suspension as the RZR XP line. It can be made to work pretty well.

    ATV Racing redesigned the inner link mounting points on the Drak about 16-17 years ago. Minimized plunge, gave better camber change.

    Read the sticky on front end design - much of it is applicable to rear end link systems. Start at the outside of the tire and with the tire diam you plan on running and work from there.

    I cheated and, after driving an X3, just straight up copied the rear link design and scaled it to fit my application. It works really well.
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    Thanks for the info. I may just buy a set for the RZR off eBay and modify them.
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