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Old 01-01-2006, 10:34 PM
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T-Bucket owners - Front suspension question

I'm setting up a new front end on my T-Bucket. This is a leaf spring setup in front of the roll tube, with the steering link behind the spring and under the roll tube. Pretty standard for T-Buckets.

Question: For those that are running a similar setup on their T, at ride height, what is the vertical distance between the bottom of your frame's roll tube and the top of the steering arm? In other words, how much front vertical suspension travel do you have before the steering link contacts the bottom of the roll tube or frame members? It would be a big help if you could also reply with your front spring description, whether you are using a spacer under the spring perch, and your T's approximate weight.

Much thanks to all who respond.

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I have 2 T buckets both have the steering in front of the axle. This makes the Akerman off, but it only is noticable when you turn tight in a parking lot.
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I have 2 T buckets both have the steering in front of the axle. This makes the Akerman off, but it only is noticable when you turn tight in a parking lot.
Every car I have ever seen with this set up had terrible tire wear.

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The Ackerman can be made correct for the front steering setup by using steering arms that cant out (towards the tires), thereby maintaining that straight line from the steering arm pivot joints through the kingpins to the center of the rear axle. I have seen one setup like that and it indeed fixed the issues related to front steering setups, according to the owner.

A front steering setup would eliminate the issue I originally posted about, however I elected to go with the rear steering setup specifically to avoid Ackerman issues (but I sure do like the looks of the front 'suicide' setup though).

I don't think I have a clearance problem, but I would still like to hear how other T's owners have their front ends set up and the clearances.
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