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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:36 pm 
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FYI~~~ I got the DOS based Wishbone suspension program to work w/little problem over two years ago! Used it to re-engineer my K1 Attack car for a different rack & pinion unit [Honda Prelude] from what my car's original design called for..... and the results have worked perfectly for me! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:38 pm 
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I don't know if this is possible, but it may be helpful to have a setting that where you would not enter the explicit lengths of the control arms instead the program only uses your uprights and frame dimensions, and would therefore tell you what control arm lengths you need. It is somewhat frustrating if you're designing from scratch and you only know your track measurements,etc.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:55 pm 
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freetors wrote:
I don't know if this is possible, but it may be helpful to have a setting that where you would not enter the explicit lengths of the control arms instead the program only uses your uprights and frame dimensions, and would therefore tell you what control arm lengths you need. It is somewhat frustrating if you're designing from scratch and you only know your track measurements,etc.

I agree, but Wishbone is what it is. The math is good but the input can be tough to get together. The Wishbone Input Generator was developed as a front-end to Wishbone to do the kind of thing you suggest. It is specifically for Wilwood Mustang II spindles and a Car9 frame type, but the frame type could be creatively adapted for other configurations. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13442&p=138964&hilit=wishbone+input+generator#p138964

There are also other suspension design programs that you may find helpful.

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"...It's the construction of the car-the sheer lunacy and joy of making diverse parts come together and work as one-that counts." per Sam
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:04 pm 
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seattletom wrote:
freetors wrote:
I don't know if this is possible, but it may be helpful to have a setting that where you would not enter the explicit lengths of the control arms instead the program only uses your uprights and frame dimensions, and would therefore tell you what control arm lengths you need. It is somewhat frustrating if you're designing from scratch and you only know your track measurements,etc.

I agree, but Wishbone is what it is. The math is good but the input can be tough to get together. The Wishbone Input Generator was developed as a front-end to Wishbone to do the kind of thing you suggest. It is specifically for Wilwood Mustang II spindles and a Car9 frame type, but the frame type could be creatively adapted for other configurations. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13442&p=138964&hilit=wishbone+input+generator#p138964

There are also other suspension design programs that you may find helpful.


Oh crud. I actually wrote my post referring to the Vsusp program. I've never even used wishbone


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:28 pm 
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freetors wrote:
Oh crud. I actually wrote my post referring to the Vsusp program. I've never even used wishbone

Wishbone will give you the a-arm lengths, but first you need to give it the inboard and outboard pivot points (that's what the Windows Input Generator creates.) You can find a link to the Windows version of Wishbone and copy of the Wishbone definitions from the original DOS version earlier on this thread. See March 24, 2012 post for both.

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"...the goal is to make the car look as if it has half as many parts as it really does. Keep it clean and simple." per Pat Prince as told to Peter Egan
"...It's the construction of the car-the sheer lunacy and joy of making diverse parts come together and work as one-that counts." per Sam
Collins and John Huffman

Ultima Spyder, Northstar 4.0, Porsche G50/52


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