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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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trailing arm mod

I just finished installing the brackets for my swaybar and reinforcing the arms. Here they are. I used 3/16" 4130 plate.



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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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Re: trailing arm mod

nice.... besides making them stronger, you are going to like how it looks when you put them on... it gives the ride a nice different view...

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Re: trailing arm mod

Any reason you felt you needed to gusset them all the way to the front heim? I can FULLY understand the addition at the spindle end as mine were trying to tear apart from the arms from all of hte racing abuse. But I never had any issues at the single heim end. Was wondering if you were seeing some destruction there.........or just being conservative with the beef.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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Re: trailing arm mod

I personally did it in case of a roll over or something, to try to reduce damages...
and to try to prevent from something like this happening...

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Re: trailing arm mod

AH YES! I remember Aaron's rig when that happened! He and I used to race together. That failure was due to a rear radius arm hitting a rock/root and broke. Things flopped and then broke the upper on the same side and sent the whole side/rear arm flopping around. It wasn't pretty. I believe I made him some heavy duty radius arms shortly after that catastrophe. Moral of the story.........if he had had heavy duty radius arms, he wouldn't have broken all of that shit that he broke.

But.........I can see where what you have done will be very useful long term. I was always worried about the connection at the single heim end in that 1 tube welded to the one with the heim attached. I was always worried about that breaking as well. So what you did has now solved that! Good stuff!

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Re: trailing arm mod

I have seen no damage anywhere on my arms. With that said, I have seen more than my share of distruction of Revolts on this forum and believe the little bit of extra weight (4130) is well worth the security when beating the hell out of my car. I tend to overbuild a little in hopes of avoiding what four-by-nut mentioned. I want to keep my aluminum radius rods so that is the weak link not the stubs on the frame. Or I would make some out of 4130 as well. I do worry about them breaking and having to experience the "flopping around of the trailing arm". I have a swaybar kit that should hopefully help if that ever happens. Plan for the worst so you can walk away when the worst happens. Thats how I look at it. Plus it looks way better.



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