[DML] Re: Checked my TABs.... AARG!!
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[DML] Re: Checked my TABs.... AARG!!

I am familiar with the Pierce design. It requires a redesigned
trailing arm. I was asking out loud for a retrofit that could make use
(if possible) of the origional trailing arm while being able to use a
Heim Joint. The Pierce design doesn't not have any compliance (rubber)
so it  transmits vibration into the frame. The ideal joint would be
flexible in 2 planes of motion AND isolate the frame from road
vibration. It should also have a way to fail without letting the wheel
move too far out-of-place and not be subject to a single point failure
(1 bolt). It also has to be adjustable so you can set the thrust angle
of the rear wheels. A tall order which is why we have what we have! I
agree we can live with it but IMHO it is an item that should be
regularly inspected and if properly taken care of we can live with it
as it is.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, <rob@...> wrote:
> David,
> If money was no object and you're willing to live with a harsher
ride via an
> all metal Heim joint as per race car practice then you might
consider it. It
> would probably require completely redesigned trailing arms (ala Pierce
> Design but stock frame compatible)and be rather cost prohibitive. I
think an
> incremental approach by double-nut retention, stronger bolts,
washers, and
> perhaps even bushings (also expensive) would suffice. The first
three items
> combined with careful installation and torqueing would eliminate the va

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