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Old 08-28-2007
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SAS Suspension Question

Ok. So I'm starting to really plan out how I want to attack my suspension in the front. I was thinking 3-link like redranger4.0, but with my cast wedges on my '79 D44 I think I'm just going to stick with the radius arms I got with the 44 and then put a panhard bar on. I'm still debating if I want to try coilovers or go with springs and coils seperate. Will that be an acceptable suspension? Or am I missing some components?

My real question is looking at Zabeard's suspension, I'm curious as to what the benefits of using upper and lower control arms vs. using just radius arms?

Also is a trac bar pretty much the same as a panhard bar? Once again Zabeards truck seems to use it in the same way as far as I can tell (can you see who I'm using as a template ).

Appreciate any help.
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Old 08-29-2007
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panhard and trac bar are same thing.
depends one what you are planning to do with your truck. Do you need coilovers?? regular coils would be cheaper for sure.
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imo run coils.

panhard is a term used more in racing, like cars and dirt track racing. track bar seems to be a jeep term or offroaders term. but they are both the same thing.

are you running full width? with cast on wedges it would be really hard to run my setup. idk if it is even possible.

Radius arm would be fine run those Cage arms like Scott Did.

only thing i dont like about running radius arms is they hang low, just like torsion bars...

my lower control arms go right up to the bottom of the frame.

idk i like my setup, if i was going to do anything else i would attempt a 4 link or a triangulated 4 link so no track bar is needed.
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Yep. I'm leaving them full width. I'll look into those Cage arms, but I'm trying to keep this as low budget as possible (I know... SAS and low budget don't really go together, so who knows).

I'm not really saying I'd want to run your setup I'm just wondering what your setup would give you versus radius arms. I'm thinking, it's just another point of articulation, but as the upper arm is actually attached to the lower arm, it can't be much more. I don't know. I guess I just don't understand suspension that well.
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