S15Roc, on 29 April 2012 - 11:25 AM, said:
-LCD-, on 18 April 2012 - 09:06 PM, said:
cazman, on 18 April 2012 - 02:01 PM, said:
^ it might look shiney but that's woeful engineering practice
I know, hence my reply. That shit looks horribly half assed. "hmm i have this rad idea for a new suspension design, but all i have is this 2 axis mill....." -dan
For the uninformed, what makes that bad engineering?
They went to the effort of machining up knuckles, but then they spaced the tie rod down with a 3-4" long bolt.
You can see in the images that the LCA is still only just parralel to the ground (or pointing up in one angle)
That's alot of effort to go to without taking advantage of decent roll center correction.
The lower control arm also uses a rose joint in single sheer. The threads are in Rod End In Bending. This will likely snap.
They aren't using high misalignment rod ends for the tie rod ends. They won't have enough articulation gaurenteed.
Neither the tie rods or ball joint's (rod ends) use safety washers.
So if the rod end pops off the bearing they will fail in a big way.
As LCD noted, the LCAs are just plain flat alloy instead of an I-beam design.
While it's cool to build parts like these, you can see how many corners were cut, to either cut costs or only build within their workshops tooling ability.