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Old November 26th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Been a while since iv been on here and seems plenty busy!

down to business,

Now we've all seen the same pictures of the infamous Stinkbug (i know, i know)

However its this one I'm particularly interested in:



Has anyone ever seen the car up close and is able to describe the mounting method for the pivot end of the split bone?

Its obviously inside the front quarter panel/footwell but im curious to see exactly how it was done? I like the idea of it passing through a 'boot' and could give the opportunity for keeping some much needed length to the wishbone.

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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:10 AM   #2
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I wouldn't copy the design exactly:

http://socalook.com/whatissocal/look3.html
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #4
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:14 AM   #5
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Naaaaaahhh that cant be whats used!

that bracket would be right where your legs need to be in the footwells if it entered through the body where it does?
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:16 AM   #6
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ewwww thats awful

back to the drawing board
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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i still cant see how that would work on the pic i posted, i can see it on other socal kit equipped volksrods but the pivot looks to be much further inside the car on Stinkbug
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:21 AM   #8
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Walt had a much better design , here: http://volksrods.com/forum/showthrea...t=18711&page=2
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #9
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Speedway modified the original design,
and made it shittier. I mean cheaper.

http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10694
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:28 AM   #10
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stronger, yes

prettier, no

Anyone else seen the mounting method on the later split bone fitted incarnation of SB?
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:31 AM   #11
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This is horrible:
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:32 AM   #12
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:44 AM   #13
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christ that single shear nastiness is just plain bad engineering.

Thanks for the effort Unkl Ian! appreciated
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Old November 26th, 2014, 10:46 AM   #14
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christ that single shear nastiness is just plain bad engineering.

Thanks for the effort Unkl Ian! appreciated

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go together, hand in hand.


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Old November 26th, 2014, 02:28 PM   #15
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To be honest a lot of that looks fuugly and triggers my primal danger sense.....I think an extended beam would be better at that point especially with how crappy the I beams seem to be.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 01:39 AM   #16
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nah, been there done that

I want to take the car to the next level and I can make it work.

Just wondered how they did it on the later set up on Stinkbug as it looks pretty slick.

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Old December 3rd, 2014, 01:47 PM   #17
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nah, been there done that

I want to take the car to the next level and I can make it work.

Just wondered how they did it on the later set up on Stinkbug as it looks pretty slick.

cheers

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The set up on the Stink Bug was long before the Socallook front end.

Probably the easiest way to recreate it is to take a split wishbone front end, drill two big holes in the bug wheel wells, slide the two parts together and build a crossmember to attach the wishbones to.
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I remember reading, the Socalook parts,
were copied from the Stinkbug.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 04:08 PM   #19
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If i was going to do a solid front axle,
on a Bug, I would probably use 1/4 elliptic springs.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 05:55 PM   #20
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Quarter elliptical springs are ( IMHO ) the ONLY way to go on a volksrod. Add in triangulated top bars and it can't be beat in the departments of safety, handling, and looks.

But my opinion is bias.
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One of my favorite examples:






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