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8860 with front suspension
Just like the title says, 8860 with front suspension. But not double wishbone !
About this creation
As my reworking of the 8880 freed up a set of steering arms and ball joints, I decided to give my 8860 front suspension. However unlike the double wishbone set up I've seen on other conversions, this one uses a set up similar to that seen on VW Beetles (in keeping with the Beetle-themed rear engine positioned behind the rear axle!). I've used parts available in 1980 as far as possible with the exceptions of the steering linkages, arms and ball joints, two black pegs, the yellow arms used as the trailing suspension arms, a number of the small toothed bushes, and three "5" length axles.



View from front shows steering wheel is now aligned with middle of driver's seat. The beam holding the steering wheel has been braced as the original was prone to pulling off too easily. I've managed to maintain front wheel alignment with both straight ahead with no toe in or out. The position of the front axle relative to the chassis is identical to that of the original.



Driver's side front wheel. Shock absorber is behind the paired trailing arms. The impressive steering lock of the original version is retained here. The use of the "newer" style steering linkages mean that some (but not all) of the steering geometry has been sacrificed however.



View of front axle from beneath. I've added some beams that were freed up from dismantling the original front axle to provide an extra layer of bracing front to rear from front axle to meet up with the existing beams at the mid point of the chassis.



Ride height is preserved.

This sort of front suspension works slightly better than the rear suspension (which admittedly is not hard to do) but is very stiff !



Comments

Daniel Wareing
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kenneth rattledge
  July 3, 2012
had this set when I was younger, I remember it well, nicely modified, well done.
 I made it 
  July 3, 2012
Quoting Fogtod the Engineer I love this classic set. Front suspension was something I tried as a kid when I first had it, but never managed with the parts available. Your embodiment here is really nicely done. Can't imagine it being any neater without a modern parts list. Well done on enhancing this all time classic Lego set. Great to see it's still out there.
Thanks very much - it's not perfect, as the shock absorbers are just that bit too far inboard away from the wheels for movement to be transmitted to them as efficiently as I would want hence the stiffness of the suspension. To be honest just as much effort was put into making sure I didn't ruin the perfect steering alignment of the original model as that would have defeated the whole object of trying to make an improvement - if I had lost wheel alignment I would have considered it a failure and I had to rework the layout several times during this modification - and I'm rather pleased with how it eventually turned out.
 I made it 
  July 3, 2012
I'm quite taken aback by all the praise this modification has already received - thank you all for your comments !
 I like it 
  July 3, 2012
nicely done i have four of these great mods on a classic set
  July 3, 2012
I love this classic set. Front suspension was something I tried as a kid when I first had it, but never managed with the parts available. Your embodiment here is really nicely done. Can't imagine it being any neater without a modern parts list. Well done on enhancing this all time classic Lego set. Great to see it's still out there.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2012
Very nice mods! The steering angle looks nice and sharp and it's impressive how the ride height and positions are maintained. :-)
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  July 3, 2012
A neat and tidy job!
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  July 2, 2012
Nice mods, the suspension looks great. Would you like to add this to the group "Set Modifications"? This would be a great addition.
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  July 2, 2012
...now build a body! ;-)-LB Jr.
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  July 2, 2012
Nicely done and a really effective mod - keeping the spirit of my favourite set.
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  July 2, 2012
I absolutely love this set, I built it so many times as a kid. Great work with the mods especially as you have retained the steering lock. I never thought of it as a beetle. I guess all you need to do now is build a body shell.
 I like it 
  July 2, 2012
Amazing!!!
 
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 You are at the beginning of this folder. 8860 with front suspension - refined version !
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