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Old 04-18-2007, 01:26 PM
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ladder bars on a 4wd

hello all I have a question about a 4wd. I am having a extremely hard time finding a lift kit for my 64 IH Scout 80. I only want to get an extra 4 inches to clear some meatier tires. I have thought about going with an adjustible coil over shock and can't decide which would be better a 4 link or a ladder bar set up. Also, do I mount the front 4 link or ladder bar to the front of the axle or run it back towards the center of the truck? Any help will be greatly apprciated. Also how short can I get the ladder bars if i need to run the front forward?

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:41 AM
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i would run them towards the center of the truck so you can run a longer bar, resulting in less pinion angle change during travel. also, i think the frame would be stronger and less prone to flexing at the mounting points in the center as opposed to mounting them at the front of the frame

ladder bars would be easier, 4-link would be better, imho
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it is a short wheel base 4 wd so im not really looking for ride quality. plus it isnt gonna be a daily driver. It will mainly get driven to the woods or nearest mud hole and played with. And to the IH shows that are around the house.
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Because of the conditions of 4 wheeling we do not use ladder bars on those..either the 4 link or a truck arm type suspension. On the truck arm we use a monoball mount located just under the front u-joint..this allows us to lift the truck substanially and get the travel and rotation of the axle needed in a 4by..A panhard bar is also required on these or maybe a watts link to locate the rear axle..

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what is a truck arm suspension??? never heard of that.
thanks for the input
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:53 AM
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Truck arm suspension is named after the trailing arm rear suspension system used by GM on 1960-72 pickiups.

Here is a link to a home built one.

Home-made truck arm suspension
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Look at a Range Rover. Great travel,great ride and cheap as dirt in the wrecking yards. The suspension gets swapped into all kinda 4WDs here.

Track should be similar too.
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