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i'm looking to put a 4 link set up in my 79 power wagon...but i can't seem to find a good place to find parts for it, or what the best kind of coil springs would be to use. anyone have an idea?
 

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I also want to build a 4 link for my 86 and as far as parts go you are going to have to have something completly fabed or have some one fab it for you and that can be kind of exspensive. As far a coils a shocks go I would run the King 2 an half inch coil over the dual rate coilover kit for it the have some of the really nice shocks at the web site in case you want the run a coil and shocks set up instead of just a coilover. The web site is www.kingshocks.com , hope I helped a little. :)
 

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what kind of parts are u looking for? there are no complete bolt on 4 link kits or anything similar, at least none that i have found. each piece needs to be custome made to fit ur application: terrain, tire size, driving style, etc. so u would need shocks and coils (or coil overs), hiem joints, brakets, tubing, and a slew of other stuff. look through our links section, there are links to places that sell these things, and google can find more.

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I've also tinkered with the idea, but there is so much precision work that must be done. Everything has to be perfect for it to work correctly and that take LOTS of time. Not to mention the cost of supplies is really expensive.
 

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I know some people over here that do welding for that sort of thing, and they're really good...so the actual installation cost shouldn't be too much, but the parts might. The king 2.5" coilovers look like a good choice.
 

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i just wanted to know how thick the tubing or brackets should be....all that stuff....cuz these trucks are pretty heavy duty shit, and the other smaller vehicles don't look like their equipment could handle all that beef.
 

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What are you doing with it, a street queen, is it gonna see serious hp, do you need a dual stage long travel coil over (are you running the baha) these are questions you need to answer before going ahead, keep in mind good rod ends or heim joints are expensive $100 a rod end or more isn't an absurd price
 

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my truck is pushing about 490 hp at the wheels right now and it's not for baja it's for rock crawling. i don't want to put those damn limiting straps in there though...just coils or coilovers....what would you recommend?
 

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The problem i figure with rock crawling is the links have a damned good chance of encountering rocks so the bars have to be heavy and the rod ends also, so figure $100+ for each rod end, ok now the coil over and the coil spring are kinda similar i personally like coil overs just because there all together and 1 unit, the shock the spring are all 1 and you can mount them much closer to the outermost part of the axle (closer to the wheel) much easier, i would still use a limiting strap as to not break anything, but figuring your not gonna race over anything i guess it would be ok if there was no limiting strap
 

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i like the whole coilover idea better also...and i was going to put the upper shock mounts almost dead center of the frame for maximum flex....but don't you only need limiting straps if you don't have shocks in there?
 

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Ok you lost me there, coil overs have shocks, the coil goes around them.

I wouldn't mount them like that unless you want a wobbly feeling truck, what you should do when mounting them is build the rest of the suspension 1st and then put it on stands and jack 1 side of the axle up, but don't let the other side go down further than what the shock would let it drop to and then see where the top of the tire just clears the coil over and mount it there, position the lower mount as close to the wheel as possible then all you will have to do is see where the tire hits the coil over and move it in at the top only as much as it takes to clear the tire from hitting it.

After you see how that set up is and you realize you don't like it and there is a ton of work to do, the way i was going to do it was mount it to the link bar and have it lay forward, this involved what i call bridging the link bar to make it strong since now it is also holding wieght, this also involved some work and making the upper mount for the coil over into the bed of the truck which wasn't what i wanted so this to got scrapped, im trying now to figure a similar set up with a 2 lower bar triangulated mount with a trac bar, 2 upright coil overs, and air bags for weight, the problem im at now is the movement the axle will see, the 2 low bars are similar in theory to a ladder bar, a ladder bar doesn't like twist.
 

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checkout 4wheel and Offroads web site. In there Tech articles there are 2 different stoeries on fabbed 4 link systems, one that they did to convert a 2 wheeled drive Ford to 4 wheel drive, and they had Offroad unlimited do a Dakota for them with 39 inch boggers on it. the articles are about 4 or 5 pages deep in the tech section good luck.
 
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