So... we have an air conditioned build room and we're back to making progress
I think these control arms will be hard to break.... so far I've bent stock ones, sheared stock ones in half, and destroyed bushings in aftermarket ones... this time we're going for massively over-specced
Front suspension mocked up so we can design everything to clear at maximum compression so we know nothing will hit. Once we're all mounted up - will set the frame at a stock ride height so we have the axles in the stock position, and then design the new control arms to put the axles in the same position. Hopefully when we are all done, and the body goes on, the axles will be in the correct position
Back axle in position - waiting for the shocks to be mounted.
6-pak shocks - telescopic top and bottom for extra travel while the body of the shock with all the valving floats in the middle. Feels good to see them on the frame
The plan is that this weekend, we'll be 3D scanning the frame, AND the underside of my old Jeep which still has the drivetrain fitted, and then designing the suspension layout in CAD so it doesn't hit anything. Will move the factory lower control arm mounts towards the middle of the frame for a "factory" look, and then make custom brackets for the uppers, and then the axle housings will have trusses that will incorporate the control arm brackets. Having all this in CAD will then let me design the sub-fuel tank in the mid-frame later, knowing it will clear everything... Will also help in the cage design knowing where all the body mounts are.