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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Daytona Steering Knuckle Mods
I haven't found where anyone has done this project, but I think there is a definite need for it. My plan is to design new front steering knuckles, that will allow me to lower the front end, but retain some of the lower control arm angle.
As it is now, the front lower control arms sit at a slightly raised angle, which is not how you want your suspension to rest.
Right now, I'm only in the planning stage, so I'm not sure where this will end up. I do have a friend which a 3D scanner, so my intent is to at least get the 90's type knuckles scanned into CAD files. From there, it should be easy to re-position the hub/bearing assembly, to be higher, essentially dropping the ball joint and strut mounts.
Then, I can segment the knuckles into individual pieces that can be easily waterjetted and welded together. Because of liability issues, I don't plan to offer any parts for sale, but will release the drawings, at no charge, so that others can have them made.
It would be nice if others, who are knowledgeable, can add their input, as I plan to make this a modular design. I would even like to make it so that we can mount Willwood brake calipers, instead of having to use the old 90's, single piston, type. Of course, this leads to even more options, like using larger wheels, instead of the stock 15 inchers, and larger 6 piston calipers. Maybe even larger rotors. Who knows where it will end up?
The trick is to gather all of the requirements, before starting the design. That way, the different options won't require as many individual design changes.
On the negative aspect, I'm still way behind on my 3 project cars, and work out of town, so actual garage time is limited. The good news is that design work won't require much garage time.
Let the suggestions begin.