Rear sway bar vs camber compensator

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Re: Rear sway bar vs camber compensator

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Re: Rear sway bar vs camber compensator

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:41 am

Skid and I have been talking about them on his site. I don't play with the newer buggies and, to be honest, when I see the newer designs I don't pay a lot of attention to what is going on in the rear as it is getting quite complicated.

The camber compensator aka a "limiting strap" has been around for quite a while but I had been told that they were passé due to several different problems but... I guess I am wrong (I posted a couple of pix on his string). There were several different reasons such as the strap such as the material aging or soaking up oils causing them to age and fail for example. Add to that the breaking or the mounting hardware getting pulled from the trailing arm (angles or small mounting/weld areas or bad welds for example) then add to that the fastening system stripping the threads (on some of the older designs) which I think was the reason I was told not to consider using them. Now days they seem to be more likely to be using "double shear" mounts which are stronger.

Since I am using a VW pan and torsion bar then notching the spring plates I don't have to cut the stop off the torsion housing the having to rely on camber compensators. My need for travel isn't that great anyway.


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Re: Rear sway bar vs camber compensator

Post by FJCamper » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:13 pm

Limiting straps are a low tech way to stop downward axle travel, and they work --- but they drove me crazy hitting the limit as the axle swung down and wham! stopped suddenly. A few innovaters rigged strong short coil springs instead of straps to soften the blow, but it never caught on. Ironically, there is room.

Camber compensators were too easy to install and worked.

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