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post #41 of 185 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 09:40 PM
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Is your drive shaft as straight as possible? If so give the front of the pinion about 2 or 3 degrees down so the Ujoint is constantly moving the grease around. Perfectly straight drive lines wear out faster than one with a offset.
If you already have a 2 or 3 degree(or more) sideways offset then put it in nuetral, straight ahead.

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Made it out to the shop tonight. current picks just sizing things up a bit. The air bag Idea I think is out do to clearance with the center section. Unless I drop back to just one bag in the center and two conventional shocks. So i think the stock progressives are going back on. Not going rush, want this to be right the first time. Here are some pics.
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Bob The drive shaft is currently in a straight line. I will need to pitch it forward if I want to accomplish that.
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Bob The drive shaft is currently in a straight line. I will need to pitch it forward if I want to accomplish that.
Looking at the pics it appears that now if you change the pinion angle any at all it will alter the ride height. Not sure I would worry with it now, look the situation over and ascertain that removing the driveshaft to change Ujoint can be accomplished without taking the whole thing apart. Even straight a joint will last many thousand miles if you keep it greased.
On the rear structure where the overhang drops back down. There is a crossbrace just a few inches from the corner. Can it be moved farther back to put the air bag(s) behind the axle? Putting the bag center over the axle is doable, but it may lean a might more than one each side. We built a truggie a while back that had a 10" tall air bag centered on the axle, it would articulate over 50" at the wheel but just a little bit of off camber movement and it would lean to the downhill side if the front dipped on one corner. On a trike this could be disaster.
In my copy of your picture on the left you will see a red vertical line apparently connecting 2 black horizontal lines. What would be the approximate length of that line? You can easily build a shelf to sit the bags on such as the long horizontal black line depicts.
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True on the ride height. Kinda scratching my head a little only because i'm not sure on the bags and or how far it will relax once i load the suspension. If i move that back or take it out to gain room for the air bags I will loose trunk space. I'll have to look at that better later after I fix mother's car. I'll check the measurements and update in a while.
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A single convoluted air bag will fit in a mighty small space, W01-358-7731 will give you 2 inches of travel with a 4 inch max length. 850 pound lift(each) at 100psi. Much more than needed. I happen to know where a pair of these are for likely less than you gave for one of those you have

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The ones I have where free. Info I'll check into them. Going to get measurements now.
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dropping off a pic.
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Other than some cosmetic work, the suspension is pretty much done. ride height and clearance look good.
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