some preliminary inspection of suzi's front end shows a lot of "contact".
i think an electrical panel door is minimally sufficient for a skid plate.
however, the basic structure i had it bolted to seems to have survived.
there was much evidence of skid plate use- all the way back.
her new slider additions worked as hoped- the body and trailing link mounts were protected.
the front springs are flexing into the calipers, making the brakes kinda disappear, so i guess i need to level out those spring perches.
body damage: suzi the pychic vs. tree.
i also noticed some camber adjustment bolt movement on the r/f. l/f doesn't seem to have moved.
i will add observations/insights,?, i'm sure.........
i have pulled off the front skid.
i am going to re-construct the front skid differently-
i have a new tool that may help remove steering parts without screwing up the grease cups, replacement tierod ends, and ball joints. a new draglink is on it's way.
anybody have any old front axle pieces? I need some 3bolt flanges(off driver axle)
draglink jammed into diff. and diff. bracket(driver).
steering didn't work too well when this happened....
all things considered, suzuki steering seems ok unless you want to be towed into rocks and trees. then you are sure to bend something. I will avoid this in the future.
also- the strut mount bearings seem dry(noise when turning).
the new tierod tool is useless. mabe it can be modified.