Post by roadhousecharley on Apr 5, 2018 22:46:07 GMT -5
Started this project to have something fun to do for cheap. Found a 2000 Chrysler Sebring for $500 and drove it 45 miles home. Then started cutting everything off it that didn't look like a trike. It's basically going to be a giant FWD Can Am Spyder when I'm finished. Been working on it about 4 months and got it moving under it's own power again yesterday. I obviously have a lot more to do but I hope to get it street legal and register it within the month.
A big part of the fun was getting it to the concept demonstrator stage as inexpensively as possible. After selling some parts I'm at a little over $600 cost so far. I can get it street legal with the parts on hand.
Will spend the summer road testing in pretty much the current configuration, with the addition of a seat and some frame stiffening. Hope to get most of the rest of the original sheet metal this fall and replace it with all tubing. Very limited body planned. Just enough to protect electronics from the weather. Going for the naked rat rod look.
You are using the FWD platform that most people do not know much about. The Sebring has an unequal length double control arm with a strut. The upper suspension does not pivot around the strut so you get better camber throughout the swing of the suspension up and down. Its one of the few front wheel drives that are not 100% strut. The strut is like a coil over shock in most of the IFS builds out there. Not shown in the below picture is the Knuckle/Hub, how the strut connects to the lower arm or the driveshafts to the Hub.
I have seen a complete Sebring's IFS and engine/trans mounted in the rear of a 70's Avenger (VW) kit car.
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Post by roadhousecharley on Sept 22, 2018 15:29:01 GMT -5
While I was researching and looking for a donor car I found that there were a lot of non Macpherson Strut FWD cars out there. Roll center and scrub radius is much better too. For my purposes a strut front suspension would have been good enough. The advantages of unequal length a arms are clear but I doubt I'll ever push the envelope that hard..