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Dirt Maniac

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posted October 10, 2004 09:15 PM  
Just starting working with a friend on his 96 Rayburn. After looking it over and reading all the posts, still a lot of questions, mainly on mounts and parts. So here it goes.

The rear suspension is a swing arm, should there be adjustment holes to move the front and rear arms up and down relative to the frame?

What configuration should it be a torque arm with coil over and progressive shock and a 90/10 shock off the top of the axle or a pull bar and 10/90 shock? If pull bar what kind?

With the Jbar attached to the front of the pinion should the frame attachment be ahead, even or behind?

Should the rear coil overs be vertical or at an angle to the axle?

Thanks for any info.

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Dirt Freak

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posted October 12, 2004 12:18 PM  
I had a 95' so I can probably help alittle....
1. Both the trailing arms and swing arms should be adjustable, mine had 2 spuds per mounting location.
2. We used a standard 5th arm with a 7300 shock, 300lb spring, a chain to set the pinion and a 90/10 shock BUT the pullbar will work just as well if you choose to lose the 5th arm (I've never used one--pullbar, but I'm sure Rayburn recommends the green spring).
3. Are you using a slider for the j bar mount? If so I'd go to the indside. Ours had spuds on the frame mount and the j bar was bolted to the backside.
4. I've run the springs both ways and settled running them in at around 10-15 degrees BUT it was hard to really ever tell the difference.
These Rayburns liked quite a bit of rear %, and don't be scared to run some angle in the j bar.....we were gonna start playing with a short straight bar before it was sold & never got the chance. The thing I learned with mine is if you finese it into the corners it'll tighten up like crazy....driver er' hard!


ss#4
Dirt Maniac

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posted October 12, 2004 03:39 PM  
Thanks for the reply.

First off what is your definition of a "spud"? Around here these are something you eat or chop a hole in the ice with. LOL. Are you refering to the threaded mounts? How many above and below the existing ones should I add and in what increment, 1 inch?

Right know the jbar has 5 mounting holes going vertical from the frame rail. My concern with this mount is it position relative to the mount on the axle. The frame mount trails the pinion mount.

Looks like we are good on the 5th arm shock wise I will need a spring.

What height and deg spindles are best for the front?

Anyone have any digital photos of the rear and front frames they might share????

thanks Davin

ss#4
Dirt Maniac

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posted October 12, 2004 03:40 PM  
Oh I forgot what length swing arm and rear arm?

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Dirt Freak

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posted October 14, 2004 10:57 AM  
A spud....you could call them the mounting holes for the rear links/swing arms.

It really depends on where the current ones are, I thought back to ours somemore and the lr swing arm actually on had 1, the rear link DID have 2 though. The rr had 2 for the swing arm & 2 for the rear link. It's hard for me to believe a 96' would only have 1 for ea. location cus' mine had the multiple ones when it was new in 95'. Is there anyway you could email me a pic of the rear....I could better help ya with those.
The J bar mount sounds normal for that year...make sure to measure your wheel base and then if it trails to much maybe move it to the inside.
I don't remember much about the spindles anymore BUT they would have been the "silvers" (Rayburn color coated them) Do you have spindles for the car?
Rayburn used 2 different lenghts of swing arms....ours were 19in which were considered the long ones. You may have to measure them out after the rearends in the car with it at ride height....make sure the birdcage is straight up & down when you measure it....it seems to me the 96' had the shorties.
I'll check for pics for ya.

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Dirt Freak

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posted October 14, 2004 11:02 AM  
Oh and on those rear links....you'll have to do the same things as with the swing arms---set your wheel base & ride heights then measure from the birdcage to the mounting holes---remember to allow for adjustments.

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Dirt Freak

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posted October 14, 2004 11:10 AM  
One more thing....without the rear links in place you'll have to have a couple people there to help hold the rear in place or your wheelbase readings will be all over the place....it sounds like you got this car as a bare frame---I'd get ahold of the orig owner if possible for exact measurements, most all of us keep records (I usually sell mine with the car).

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