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PostSubject: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:05 pm

I pulled the 2" narrowed beam out of my bug to go through it. I found that it is twisted about 1/4". There are no signs of impact so it probably twisted when it was being welded. Question is how much of a difference is it going to make. I never noticed any allignment issues when I was driving but it was hard to notice anything with it as low as I had it. I want to run a narrowed beam with drop spindles. Do I need to get a new beam?
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:50 pm

I would think that if it's twisted, it should be able to be twisted back. You could use heat or other means and just get it back into shape. If that's not a possibility, I would get a new one. 1/4" in the front end/alignment world is quite a bit. Where is it twisted?
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:12 pm

When I lay the beam on a flat surface, one corner sticks up 1/4". It looks like a stock beam that was cut and then not set in any kind of jig when they welded it back together.
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:40 pm

Is it maybe sprung a little bit? Do you think it straightens itself out when it's bolted in? Can you twist it back?
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:41 pm

Of course, if it's a home-style hack-job, you don't want to mess with that anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:45 pm

1/4" of twist will throw the caster way out of whack. With your camber set at 0, it will look and feel decent driving in a straight line. But it will steer funny in one direction when you are cornering. Depending on which way it is bent, it will wear the tire on that side of the car really hard on the inner or outer edge. I've straightened beams, and even with nice radiused blocks that fit the tubes, they tend to crush. It can be done, but it ain't pretty......
Is it possible to carefully cut it apart and re-weld it?
Just my thoughts.
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:41 am

With the small amount of twist in the beam I am going to recheck it for square with it bolted to the frame head. One more queston. What is the point of benefit a beam without the steering stops. I am thinking of removing mine while the beam is out. Are there any downsides?
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PostSubject: Re: How far out of whack is too far?   Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:58 am

I think the stops are to keep your steering box screw from bottoming out in a full lock turn. There's no advantage to taking them out on a stock beam. On a 2" narrowed beam, they are removed because your steering box moves out 1" in relation to the beam to keep the steering shaft aligned.
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