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Author Topic:   Short 2- link, Bar length?
xhubby
Member
posted December 27, 2003 07:02 PM
How short can you go on the trailing arms on a short two link? Just bought a 2001 DW-8 that was run as a 4-bar. The lower chassis mounts for the trailing arms are extended back towards the rearend & takes about a 12" bar (9" swedge tube). This seems awfully short. Do I need to cut these brackets & move them closer to the original location? 2-link is all we are allowed to run in our B-mod class. Thanks.


zeroracing
Member
posted December 27, 2003 08:25 PM
use either a 11" tube or 9"...i ran a 9" on 2 link. tried it with 4 link but was real erratic.


tilley88
Member
posted December 29, 2003 05:48 PM
DW recommends 12-3/4" on the short 2-link. Sounds like you don't have the "plugs" if it's a true 4-link car. The plugs come in handy. You use them to shorten a long bar to a short bar. Without the plugs, your bars would be 20-3/4", so the plugs take out 8" of bar.


7jdwmod
Member
posted December 29, 2003 05:53 PM
they have 2 sets of plugs now..short set run 11" tubes or long plugs run 9" tubes


racingcrazy
Member
posted December 30, 2003 05:45 AM
Could'nt you have both plug on hand. Use the 12" in the heat and then use the 9" in the feature when the track gets slick? This would put more rear steeer in the car, something you want on a dry slick.


Chad
Member
posted December 30, 2003 10:25 AM
Why not just run the car as a 4 link??? I have a DW8 4 link only chassis and it's awesome. Don't be afraid of the 4 link. It will have more forward bite than anything else and you'll kill them getting into and through the center of the corner with the rear steer. I, too, had concerns about a straight 4 link, but am glad I went for it. I figured that I could always lock the birdcages and run it as a 2 link if I struggled. Use the baseline DW 4 link setup and you'll be real close. Send me an email: clpatter@wellsfargo.com or give me a call at 559-622-3031 and I'll be happy to help you out if you decide to go 4 link.


Racer14K
Member
posted December 30, 2003 11:56 AM
I run a 9" tube on the left rear and long tube on right rear and it has worked great. I am thinking of going to a short tube or a wishbone on the right rear for next year.

Chad, xhubby had stated that they can only run a 2-Link in their B-Mod class.

xhubby
Member
posted December 30, 2003 04:26 PM
Thanks guys for all of the input. I called Dirt works yesterday & Talked to Andy. He said to use 9" tubes, both sides. He said that is what they call for with their DW short bar setup. With the heims, that will be right at 12.5". I might still move the right side bracket forward & make a plug. That way I will have the option of running a long bar on that side if I want to. Thanks again.
Have a safe & happy new year!


Chad
Member
posted December 31, 2003 09:32 AM
Sorry guys, I didn't catch that important point.