Originally Posted by WOODEX M.E.
Well the design has its benefits and draw backs. It does allow for uninhibited articulation for off roading and the like so that is good. But for me I am a mechanical engineer and I understand the forces going on here and dont like how the load is transfered from the pumpkin studs to forward the cross member. I mean it works. But I dont like it and I would rather have true traction bars. Sadly they inhibit travel/flex and can limit ground clearance. I guess its what you want out of it. I want to have a sleeper truck so im orientated towards street performance. If I want go off road I use my beater Jeep.
I have to agree with you 100%.
I have the Caltracs. And yes, they do limit travel, but in my case, that is just fine. I never fully liked the bud built because the front mounting location, next to the carrier bearing, isn't very strong. Not for the forces going on at the axle. As well as the fact that many people have had bolt hole alignment issues. Even though a drill would solve that.
Having something custom to aid in inhibiting axle wrap and lateral movement would be awesome. Custom though as well. Something like the two triangulated link bars of a 4-link setup. From the spring perches to near the center of the axle. Attached in a similar manner as the Caltracs.
There is a member on XRU and the FJ forums, FJLED, who has opened a bad ass custom fab shop, for extreme off-roadists, here in Houston. His FJ is ridiculously built. His fabricator, is who would be good to come up with the proper solution, in the available space constraints.
^^^ That last sentence is for Large.