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Due to several requests regarding my suspension techniques, here are the instructions for 'Rubber band suspension.' Please comment and rate! oh, and if you choose to use this system (hey, that rhymed! ehem...) Go ahead- just give me credit. Thanks!
About this creation
My design here can use either two white rubber bands or one red one. You can choose to make both ends of your vehicle with white bands or red ones.











































A red band can hold more weight than 2 white bands, so a red band is better for rear suspension. That way if you place a load in the bed, the suspension can hold up to more weight before bottoming out.







About this picture: Take note that this type of suspension does what I call 'dropping'. In other words, when you add the body of a vehicle around this design, the weight of the bricks will bend the suspension downward, hence the term 'dropping'. So let's say that when you build it, it's an inch off of the ground. With added weight and the 'dropping' factor, it will be slightly less than an inch. No real problem there, I just don't want any whiney complaints of "why is it so low to the ground? wahahaha..."




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  August 1, 2011
have you used this on a truck ? im building a truck and im using this suspention system
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  August 1, 2011
have you used this on a truck ? im building a truck and im using this suspention system
Andrew Somers
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Damon P
  January 1, 2011
Good advice. Where can you get the rubber bands?
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 14, 2010
there, the link is up and works (if you need to know what I'm talking about see my LAAV)
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  February 14, 2010
I am making a hatch for my bunker and it is taking forever. That is what is taking so long. ANd I am making this really cool suspension for this 4x4 dune buggy-ish thing I am making, so can I join the engineering group?
  February 14, 2010
I created a group for it, But that Ogre thing was SWEET!
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  February 14, 2010
Quoting Matthew Mahan haha yep.
I'm not creating the thread though.
  February 14, 2010
haha yep. no worries. as long as your not a crazy nut like some of the AFOL's you see around this place, its a totally acceptable hobby as an adult or semi-adult. and while hs girls may not think its too cool obviously, theres no doubt that its great for your mind and your IQ. I mean actual mechanical geniuses have forums about this stuff. and on that topic, I would like to present to you MY FAVORITE lego creation of all time: OGRE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNHGaSagaM4
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  February 14, 2010
Quoting Sean White as in shrek? the big green dude with broccoli ears?
Should we carry this conversation over to the group?
  February 14, 2010
as in shrek? the big green dude with broccoli ears?
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  February 14, 2010
Quoting Sean White the girlfriend approves. Like Brick Freak said, almost impossible in high school.
It's not impossible, It's just extremely awkward. Me: I build with lego. Girl: Eeek!!! Me: =(
  February 14, 2010
indeed they are. trust me, it gets better after hs. plus, LEGOs are just cool, like they're a smart invention, and people do amazing things with them. You guys ever see OGRE?
  February 14, 2010
the girlfriend approves. Like Brick Freak said, almost impossible in high school. I have quite a few of the shock absorbers that I used for ideas when I created my car frame for engineering class.
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  February 14, 2010
Quoting Matthew Mahan (the girlfriend approves, how awesome!?) I found a ton of fun stuff. I found TWELVE TECHNIC SHOCK ABSORBERS!! look for them to be used soon
People are more understanding and mature after high school. And those shocks, I have four of 'em. Don't quite know how to use 'em though, but I've got ideas.
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  February 14, 2010
ah sorting. yes, definitely a pain in the arse. but like andrew said, once its done - its like a whole different world of building. plus you find goodies! especially so in my case - being 23, and having built LEGO all my life practically, when I started designing again for fun (the girlfriend approves, how awesome!?) I found a ton of fun stuff. I found TWELVE TECHNIC SHOCK ABSORBERS!! look for them to be used soon
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 13, 2010
nevermind, i dumped my buckets and found a bunch of each
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 13, 2010
I have all the parts but 3 rubber bands, where can I get them?(2 red(i think) and 1 white)
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 13, 2010
No, I don't think io have any reds and I need one more white, however, I think I might have a single red band from the visorak set from bionical...
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 13, 2010
I was going to do it sooner, but things came up, and I'm gonna take care of it this summer(I already have most of my minifigs sorted already.)
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  February 13, 2010
Quoting Sean White sorting.... I'm currently doing that. Its the most boring thing to do
Same here. It is boring, but once it's done, building gets so much easier.
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  February 13, 2010
sorting.... I'm currently doing that. Its the most boring thing to do
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  February 13, 2010
Quoting Elendil Draconfell nevermind, i dumped my buckets and found a bunch of each
And that's why you need to sort.
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  February 13, 2010
Quoting Elendil Draconfell No, I don't think io have any reds and I need one more white, however, I think I might have a single red band from the visorak set from bionical...
Well that could still work. One end red, and the other end white.
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  February 13, 2010
Quoting Elendil Draconfell I have all the parts but 3 rubber bands, where can I get them?(2 red(i think) and 1 white)
Use the red.
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  February 13, 2010
Great job! Check out my Technic motorcycle please.
Andrew Somers
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 12, 2010
awsome! as soon as I find some of those bands, I'll try it!
  February 11, 2010
or... you could always just ad bump stops to the vehicle above the L-shaped tech pieces to keep the suspension from letting the vehicle "bottom-Out". That's what real trucks and suv's have.
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  February 11, 2010
Nice work. I'd probably just weld metal springs to what ever I was doing lol.
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  February 11, 2010
Ingenious! how do I come up with these things! jk, I always wondered how you did it, it's such a unique design compared to LEGO's standard spring supension (which alone I can't figure out). Anyways, why is it so low to the ground? wahahaha! sorry, I had to do that.
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  February 11, 2010
Quoting John Moore Ok, so I tried yours out and I liked it. But then I decided to give my own a try and I came up with a single axle suspension so it won't drop when you add weight unless the weight isn't centered. I'll probably have it up tonight
Single axel, huh? I can see how that would work. The only problem is- if you noticed- single axel isn't independant like this model here. But if single axel works well enough, then go ahead and use it.
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  February 11, 2010
Ok, so I tried yours out and I liked it. But then I decided to give my own a try and I came up with a single axle suspension so it won't drop when you add weight unless the weight isn't centered. I'll probably have it up tonight
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  February 11, 2010
Yeah. Nice work, man, on the brilliant idea.
  February 11, 2010
Great technique there, I love nice developments like that. Great stuff... And Mathew might have a good point there, it would be neat to have a group where only technical developments are posted. Like this Moc. Somewhere where techniques can be amalgamated as a library of sorts. Could be very cool...
  February 11, 2010
you shifty little bugger! it's all coming clear to me now haha. Hey, I'm thinking the three (or more of us if you know anyone) need to make a group, because we all seem to be interested in the same kinds of mocs and we also seem to like talking a lot about suspension. what do ya think? maybe with john moore and dudecoolperson if theyre game? eh?
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  February 10, 2010
I'll definately Use this with full credit to you once I get my hands on those "L" technic pieces
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  February 10, 2010
YAY THANK YOU.
 
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