- November 1, 2005
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 91,93,98,&02 Exploders
Did you check caster (and pinion angle) before you welded the spring hangers / shackles ?
On the rear, yes, the pinion angle matches the angle at the t-case.
on the front, since i wasn't removing or modifying the perches on the axle, i just slapped it together as it was, there was quite a bit of negative caster but i believe negative caster is a good thing... well in this case i guess too much of a good thing causes problems! the front drive-line has a DC on top and a little pinion angle at the bottom right now, but as i back the caster off that'll go away.
i'm also having some issues with the tire clearance in front. i sawzall'd it out quite a bit in front, but with the shackle in back combined with the front spring mount being higher than the rear, the tire moves back quite as it moves up on suspension compression. so rubbing is an issue in front.
to fix the caster problem, as well as the slip-yoke problem (it doesn't have enough travel) and also the tire clearance problem i think i'm going to try putting the shackle in the front of the spring. that way the tire should pretty much go straight up on compression instead of up and back.
i'm also going to add a pan-hard bar. and i still need to make traction bars for front and rear as well to deal with axle twist.
here's a pic of how it looks now