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posted April 27, 2004 12:25 PM  
I was wanting to mount my front shocks on my metric modified in a cantilever fashion. I'm tired of replacing shocks from crashes. Also can't get the camber I want because shock is in the way.

How do you determine the proper angles?

Does the amount of shock travel experienced when mounted vertically to the lower control arm need to be the same when mounted in a cantilever position.

Have any of you guys ran your shocks this way before? Any opinions?

I have looked for some cantilever design theory on the net but haven't found a lot. If anyone knows some good books let me know.


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posted April 27, 2004 04:48 PM  
I had the same problem a couple years ago, I went to the small body shocks and still was tearing them up. I found a local guy that had worked for some Indy car teams and is building and racing scca right now. We looked it over and did it. It worked great, had a big crash at the end of the season that took out both sides of the suspension but only bent a heim on the shocks, plus it seemed to free up the front end. It gets pretty confusing without drawing it out or something. I still have the car trying to sell it but I could get you some pictures of what we came up with. My new car is conventional shocks but wish it was cantilever. Let me know if you want hands on info.

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posted April 28, 2004 12:38 PM  

Any pics would be great if it wouldn't be too much trouble. I'd appreciate it.

Racer17j- I checked out there design on the net. I don't run one of their cars, do you think they'd still be willing to give me some advice? Any certain person I should talk to?

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posted April 28, 2004 01:58 PM  
talk to ego racing, he has ran them.
and is pretty knowledgeable with them.

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posted April 28, 2004 04:11 PM  
White lighting racing runs them on his cars and we have them on our car. They are out of Ark. Look up on the net n2speed. I don't have a scanner or I would send you pictures. You dont bend shocks but you do bend the actuators, but I have seen people build their own.

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posted April 28, 2004 05:23 PM  
Njantz Did you get the ifno I sent? Hope it helps.

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posted April 29, 2004 10:07 AM  

I would definetely give either, Wayne, Darin or C.W. a call at Wayne Larson Racing. I am sure that they will be able to get your shocks mounted the way you want. We bought a I-Stock car from them and have been extremely happy with their tech support. Here is the address and phone number.

Wayne Larson Racing Specialists
2017 East Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
(515) 232-3000

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posted April 29, 2004 10:11 AM  
thanks for the help guys. I think its going to rain us out again this weekend so maybe I'll have some time to get this cantilever deal going.

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posted April 30, 2004 09:17 AM  

Sorry I could only get one picture to load,
The first upper control arms used straight tubing these were the second version. I took out the cross support on the crossmember and put the lower shock mounts there. I put the cross supprt forward between the frame horn supports. Our old track had cement walls inside and out with no run off, this car was beefed up to take slight brushes with the wall. The guy that helped me told me to try to keep the shock force at 90* or as close as you can or you will sacrfice shock affect. any mor quetions let me know.

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posted May 01, 2004 06:04 PM  
thanks for the pic.

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