Looking at my options, one of them that come to mind, is a 3 link setup. Way sooner than I had anticipated doing this......
The existing spring perches on the chassis for the leaf pack may be slightly to close to the diff (trailing arms too short), but in theory, should give me the same articulation as the leaf pack does from that point.
So whats needed
Trailing arms x2
Coil buckets on diff and chassis
I have a set of Patrol front coils.
Coils also sit slightly wider than the leafs, so should aid slightly in stability. Trailing arms negates the need for a axle wrap bar. So the steel needed for the exercise is only about 2 meters more than what I needed, to get the front end as I wanted it on the leafs, with the panhard and wrap bars.
Three link works out to be less bushings than what I would have needed for the wrap bar.
Gees the mind boggles.... Labour/time is my biggest downer for this. But the advantages is just so much more. The adjust ability being the biggest advantage.
Another thing I did notice, is that with the diff turned down at the pinion now, the clearance to the sump has increased a lot. Looks like around 40mm or more. That means I could actually drop the Sani by possibly 50mm, but to do that on the leafs is not easy...
Other option is to just spacer the diff from the springs by another 20mm or so, but that's more lift, and I'm trying to drop the Sani... Wow, did not ever think I would be saying something like, "I need to drop the suspension on my offroader"
Last option is to cut and tilt the pitmans on the hubs, but I don't think I should even venture into that welding exercise. Stuff it up and I will be needing to replace most of the Birfield.
David - Bfreesani
1997 Nissan Sani MK3 2.7TD - Hillbilly (SAFANI)
MQ Patrol C200 SFA
MQ Patrol H260 LSD Rear
MQ Patrol Transfer as second low range
33"x12.5x15" tires on 8.5J rims
DIY rock sliders