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Old 05-22-2005, 09:48 AM
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4 link ? 8.8 rear

I am trying to install a aftermarket triangulated 4 link system in 1953 customline.the rear is 8.8 mustang the problem i am having is the kit says the upper rods should be 25 degrees i cant get that angle because of the cast center of the 8.8 rear. all 4 bars are 24 inches long if i shorting the upper bar it might fit . any tips ? thanks

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Old 05-23-2005, 07:18 AM
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sounds to me like you have a 4 bar setup. any triangulated setup that i have used, the top bars are always shorter. i would shorten them,and just tack everything in. with the shocks off, make sure the rearend moves up and down freely and does not try to twist. good luck with your project.
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I would just hap-hazzardly shorten the bars. Put it back together and hope it drives and handles correctly. Don't worry about suspension geometry, instant center location, anti-dive or pinion angle change through-out suspension travel. If it doesn't drive nice don't bad mouth the suspension manufacturer.
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:43 AM
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I ran into a similar situation using an Explorer 8.8 rear in my '36 Chevy sedan. I ended up with upper bars that are pretty short (about 10.5" eye-to-eye) because of the significant offset of the differential to the passenger side. I mocked it up first with some flat bar stock (in case it didn't work out). After I tack welded the brackets and bolted in the mock-up bars, I measured the pinion angle change throught the rears full range of motion and had about 4.5 degrees of total change. All of my research indicates that anything less than 5 degrees is acceptable so I proceeded. My car has air ride suspension and sits pretty low . I can provide pics if you'd like.

Just FYI, if I had it to do over again, I'd still use this rearend but I'd go with a parrallel 4-bar and a panhard rod or I'd fab up a 3 link similar to what ART uses in their RoadGrater kit for S-10s.
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:00 AM
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I had to cut the eye end off the upper bar and make a square end to fit the mustang rear. it seems to work o.k. the upper bar is 16" and the lower is 24".I thought they were the same size when i bought them . but the uppers were 20" and lowers were 24". everything seems to move up and down o.k. i put the body back on the chassis yesterday. i am also installing air ride. if you have pictures i would like see. thanks
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:10 AM
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Your e-mail is blocked on this site but I added the pics to my website. Click on my name and go to sinistrv6's website. They're in the '36 Project folder.
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Are you the guy with the black Ford in Rutherford?
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factory setup

If your useing a 8.8 why not use the factory specs but with aftermarket bars? Thats what I did and used autoweld lower bars without the spring perch and upper bars from comp engineering. I posted a picture in my photo album if you want to check it out. This way you get a factory engineered setup but with better quality parts.
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Old 07-17-2005, 02:06 PM
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Not sure about Paul's, but mine doesn't have the eyes cast into the center section. The Explorer rear is set up for leaf springs. The Mustang wasn't the right width for my car and doesn't have the 31 spline axles.

I definitely agree with using factory engineering wherever possible!
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paulo my car is not the car in rutherford. my car is primed.
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