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Locating rear end for four-link...

I'm wanting to put a triangulated four-link in my truck...

I was just wandering if one could leave the stock rear suspension in place while installing the four link? Sort of as a "guide" to locating the diff. I don't do well with maths, so if I wouldn't have to pull the rear end/suspension and start over from scratch, it would be a major help to me.
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Don't see a problem as long as you figure out how to get the old suspension to the ride ht. that you want from the 4 link. Art Morrison makes a really strong triangulated 4 link, but more expensive than some. Thier tech folks helped me on my 55 PU project with the particulars, so E mail or call them as theirs is designed primarily for their tri-5 car frame. As it turned out, I couldn't use the triangulated unit I wanted because the frame rails were too close together. I ended up with the equal length 4 bar system with panhard bar and it's about the best for street I've seen.
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I'm wanting to put a triangulated four-link in my truck...

I was just wandering if one could leave the stock rear suspension in place while installing the four link? Sort of as a "guide" to locating the diff. I don't do well with maths, so if I wouldn't have to pull the rear end/suspension and start over from scratch, it would be a major help to me.
sounds good to me
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The math isn't really intensive, on my Nova, I bought a plasma cutter and just whacked the whole back out, floor, trunk, gutted it and went from scratch with an Alston back-half kit, took my time, measured twice, cut once and it wasn't bad. Just make sure you're blocked up at ride height, find the center line and reference points to square it up.

Like Speed said, no reason you can't do it your way, but you'll still need the services of a good alignment shop and depending on the vehicle, may have to bring the alignment specs to them, Johnson Tire where I took mine didn't have the front or chassis alignment data, it's a '68. Fortunately, one of our club members owned a NAPA alignment center and did the fine tuning.
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