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bobaluuu
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted January 27, 2003 10:55 PM
Think I scared every one-- or-- asked a dumb question

[This message has been edited by bobaluuu (edited January 29, 2003).]

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted February 04, 2003 09:26 PM
Hello Bobaluuu......Welcome to the Forum. I am regular forum member........For the last three months, I haven't been home enough to participate.......I think I've been suffering from withdrawals.....lol

Since you don't "know" me, Let me begin by saying that I'm not smart enough to be scared.........and there are no (well,ok,not many) dumb questions......LOL
There are,of course, lots of dumb answers.....of which, I can provide by the bucket full........lol


I am responding now because I seen your question and thought it a very worthy question indeed.........I just didn't have the time to respond then........

I was asked a similiar question a month or so ago by a friend......The question was generated from an article in Circle Track written by Mr Bob Bolles......

I wish you hadn't deleted the question, it was vey good..........So, working from my poor ol' memory, here goes..........

Yes, the books are old and most are geared to asphalt.........In the early days, the "experts" advocated no ackermann.......Then later, new experts said that Yes, you do need Ackermann........Now there are some saying "no" That can be confusing to say the least.........

I did read the article on ackermann.......Really, I should find it and read it now before I run my big mouth any further.........Unfortunately, While I'm traveling, my "stuff" gets put "in a very safe place"..........So safe,in fact, that I can never find it again.....lol

If memory serves, Mr. Bolles was not exactly anti-ackermann.......I believe his take was that with accurate computer simulations of the suspension......Less ackermann is needed that has been previously thought.........

Mr Bolles has some software and his suspension book available.( I do remember you asking about some new books)......his address is in the magazine...........Since his articles are interesting, I though I might order them, just haven't got around to it yet.........I have been looking for some good programs.........

My personal opinion on the subject is that you must run some ackermann........Bottom line, if the inside wheel does not turn a little sharper, then one of the front tires will be scrubbed.........Which means a loss of traction.

Good Luck,
Snowman


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