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Unread 07-11-2019, 07:02 AM   #81
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Default Re: 4 Link / 3 Link Rear Suspensions

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Just the easiest way to link the rear in a electric cart IMO.

Adding a panhard bar would've been difficult especially with the club car's aluminum frame and I feel the 4-link is very forgiving if everything isn't measured exactly perfect.
Thank you for your input sir!
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Unread 07-13-2019, 09:12 PM   #82
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I'm thinking mild steel with be strong enough for this kind of project. Chromoly might be overkill, and it is pretty expensive stuff. Price will determine if I use it or not. I'm not a metal expert, I just know that Chromoly is used in the off road community, maybe because it has flex and memory and is less likely to break? Thoughts?
Jumping in late but chromoly is overkill. I run a 6000 lbs Jeep and my 4-links were both built with weld seam tubing (HREW). A lot of your strength will be found in the diameter of the tubing. Throw the biggest one you feel comfortable with and you'll be fine.

edit: you're not crawling this thing and I doubt will be doing any whoop-eating. don't over think it.
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Unread 07-14-2019, 01:19 PM   #83
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Jumping in late but chromoly is overkill. I run a 6000 lbs Jeep and my 4-links were both built with weld seam tubing (HREW). A lot of your strength will be found in the diameter of the tubing. Throw the biggest one you feel comfortable with and you'll be fine.

edit: you're not crawling this thing and I doubt will be doing any whoop-eating. don't over think it.
Not late at all. This thread is intended for those of us that are learning about these types of suspensions, I hope to keep it going.

Good points! I appreciate your input and solutions. Got any pics of your Jeeps for reference?
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Unread 07-15-2019, 07:04 PM   #84
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It's a pretty big pile but I enjoy tinkering on it
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It's a pretty big pile but I enjoy tinkering on it
That looks like a BLAST! I don't think anyone will be wheeling their carts like that
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I really have no updates, except I ran across another member here that is wanting to modify his swingarm with heims. So this is exactly the reason I started this thread. There really isn't enough information on here about using heim joints for swingarms and transaxles and making 3/4 link systems. I want people to be able to read this thread and learn what the scoop is on this type of suspension system. It's no secret that they are better if done correctly, but let's learn together how to make them work on our carts!

Please, if you have experience with this type of project, please post here. Post a link to your project. If you see something that no one else has mentioned or addressed, please share your ideas and experience.
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Unread 07-24-2019, 08:27 AM   #87
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Here is my 4link on an electric precedent.

It's been a few months now and it drives great I've had it up to 47mph with out any sketchiness. Lol


I used a 4link calculator to get all the link lengths and general layout. When it came to actually building everything all that went out the window. The only real issue I had to fix was vertical link separation at the frame end wasn't = to the separation at the axle end. Making them perfectly parallel fixed all my issues.

I'm using 5/8 heim joints on all the links with high misalignment spacers. I'm raising and lowering the cart on air 8inches so I need the articulation when going side to side. If this was on coil overs F a heim joint I would have gone with bushings all round.

I can take more pics for anyone wanting them.


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Unread 07-24-2019, 12:18 PM   #88
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A question from someone who half-way get's it. Where is your stabilizer bar?
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A question from someone who half-way get's it. Where is your stabilizer bar?


Dave you don't need a stabilizer bar/ panhard bar. The 4 link set up eliminates that. With the 4 link there is no side to side movement
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The V created by the drag links eliminates side to side movement. Moving to either side is restricted by the opposite side.Triangles are used in everything from tricycles to sky scrapers to establish rigidity
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