I'm in the process of making v2 of my traction rods and was wondering if there was a market for this type of thing.
These are currently designed for a Coupe so would only suit 1200s with the same front leaf spring setup as the coupe (I think the sedan has the same setup), but not the ute at this stage.
Here are a couple of pics of my v1, which is currently in use on 2 cars.
The new version - v2 has a stepped washer either side of the spring bush and the triangular plate slips over the step, this take the load off the triangular plate unlike v1 where the plate is compressed into the spring bush as shown in the picture above.
v2 will also have urethane rod ends to be more street able (male type - 3/4 UNF thread one left and one right hand thread) and I was going to use 1" 4130-4140 4mm thick wall tube instead of the rod shown in the above picture.
All flat plates in the kit are either 4 and 5mm Mild steel and all profiled components are either laser cut or CNC lathed to ensure they are accurate. As stated above the rods will be thick wall 4130 or 4140 steel tube, the rod ends will be urethane rod ends (these are the items that are driving the price as I can’t find a manufacturer for them, so am stuck with one of two race car companies who supply these parts as retail prices), I can supply the kit with bearing rod ends and this would actually reduce the price somewhat however this comes at the expense of street ability as they transmit more diff/road noise directly into the chassis.
The rods will have a nut tig welded to one end to allow adjustment on the car.
The kit is specifically designed for the 1200 it would include:
New front spring hanger 2 inner and 2 outer (you would need to remove your current ones and re-use your bolts – the ones that go through the chassis rail),
4x triangular plates
4x rear mounts (these would need to be welded onto your diff mounting plates).
2x 1” thick wall traction rods
2x LH urethane rod ends and lock nuts
2x RH urethane rod ends and lock nuts
All bolts required with nyloc nuts (except re-used chassis rail bolts, nuts and washers)
All parts except bolts will be zinc coated
It would be recommendable to replace your old spring bushes and chassis bushes whilst your at it (FIY the chassis bushes are not available off the shelf, I used the rear mount ones and bored the centres out to suit the front bolts).
A this point I have the v2 parts being laser cut this week, I will be getting 6 kits cut, which leaves 3 spare as I will be retrofitting the two in use and have a third car lined up to be fitted.
The projected cost would have to be around the $400 mark for this batch.
If anyone is interested please let me know (PM please).