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Old 05-19-2017, 01:07 PM   #21
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Interesting discussion. I have a lowered 57 with aftermarket A arms and 2" dropped spindles with 2" lower rear springs moved to inbd side of frame. Thing sets in the weeds, looks cool but rides like a buck board. I'm not a big fan of lowered cars in general because that usually means lousy ride characteristics. I'm driving this car to the Nats and just took a 450 mile road trip. It needs to come up! I'm going to change all the springs back to stock to see of that will improve ride and tire clearance.
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It's the last of the small ones, 1977. All custom. Triangulated 4 Link out back. Custom front and all on Custom frame. LS3, supercharged. Very specialized.

Yes, most clients simply don't understand what it takes to go through a vehicle and completely change it. This client however, is willing to pay and understands the process.
If you haven't started it I would measure a JK frame and see the 2 dr wheel might be close. They come linked in rear and 3 link in front. Same alot of time and money. And if you buy a rubicon you get Dana 44 front and rear and elockers.
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BO, if you have a u pull near you go look at a Ford Explorer made after they did away w/leaf spring rears. they are IRS, coil spring, appear to have 8.8 center sections. I haven't put a tape measure on one but they sure look interesting.
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BO, if you have a u pull near you go look at a Ford Explorer made after they did away w/leaf spring rears. they are IRS, coil spring, appear to have 8.8 center sections. I haven't put a tape measure on one but they sure look interesting.
Ahh yes interesting and affordable.
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Ill let you know about the ride quality if I ever get her back on the road. I had stock everything on my 57' post and ripped it all out to go with an IRS and bags. I'm still building and I'm really slow, but I expected one hell of an upgrade in "ride quality" when it's all done and said.
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Ill let you know about the ride quality if I ever get her back on the road. I had stock everything on my 57' post and ripped it all out to go with an IRS and bags. I'm still building and I'm really slow, but I expected one hell of an upgrade in "ride quality" when it's all done and said.
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That's a nice unit! Ride quality also includes noise, be it wind from windows or body configuration or noise transmitted through suspension members. New Camaro has IRS integral to its own frame section then mounted to the vehicle through four isolators dampening that transfer of road noise even more. Several other manufacturers do the same to include Art Morrison's new IRS.

I have been reviewing several of the cab mounts (hydraulic and viscous) for applicability to our cars. Presently, those I have found are quite large and may prohibit use but I'm on the trail of some for passenger cars.

The engine transmission mounts mentioned by Acardon are easily used with some fabrication too. Speaking of Don, I agree a box will never ride like an egg (Mom's description of all new cars) but it's fun to try.
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The AME IRS fit the stock frame?
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The AME IRS fit the stock frame?
They have three widths available. It's simply a matter of adapting it. It is sold with their trifive chassis which closely follows the stock profile and width so, with some degree of fabrication, yes.
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"That's a nice unit! Ride quality also includes noise, be it wind from windows or body configuration or noise transmitted through suspension members"
Thank you Nick. I also intend to use the Dynamat Xtreame on all the interior as well as the Dynapad that goes under the carpet. Same on the doors, headliner, trunk, firewall and so forth. I also plan on replacing all body mounts with new rubber and bolts. Comfortable seat and this is as far as I go with ride quality.
Wind noise I won't care to much about (I prefer to drive with the windows down) and I want to keep the vent window.
One thing I may consider to improve my ride quality after completion might be to add some sidewall. (I'm starting out with almost none)
Obviously I'm going more for handling than comfort but I think minus the tire choice and the lowering you are improving both handling and comfort.
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