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Super Compact Steering and Suspension
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watched a movie about a car today, and decided to build it (don't worry the Vette will come, but it's difficult, so I still need a little practice) Since I wanted to do it in 12 wide, it would leave me only 6 studs width to make steering and suspension system (2 for each tire and 1 for each fender)
About this creation
So I made this super compact design for steering and suspension :D (finally got one, and it's tiny! :D)

It's not even too far of from the actual car's too, the actual car's suspension is made from a rubber torsion tube design, which is basically what this is... sort of.

Steering and suspension

Steering and suspension 2

I gave you a few hints, what do you think it will be?

I'm not sure how well this system works, and I don't have the dark grey part. Could someone test it out quickly for me? anyone can use this in one of their models if they want.


Building instructions
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Comments

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  April 19, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter Ops I've written wheels but I had to write mudguards! (Small wheel arches make wheels touch them)
Oh, that makes more sense. Though if you can make the skinnier than normal it works too :D
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  April 19, 2014
Ops I've written wheels but I had to write mudguards! (Small wheel arches make wheels touch them)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Alexander Paschoaletto That's great! I don't usually put steering on my cars because the wheels are fat :/
Thanks! I know :/
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  April 15, 2014
That's great! I don't usually put steering on my cars because the wheels are fat :/
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett A clever little system - it should work well on small mocs. They'll need to be fairly light, though :-)
Thanks! Yeah, There is probably some way to make it a little bit more stable though
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Alex B I'm adapting it to a 14 wide car right now... I found a way to make it without suspension.
I wasn't really expecting it to be hard to make it without suspension ;) I knew how to before I made this, but wanted to add it in. At that scale you may be able to replace the rubber parts for regular shock absorbers, not 100% sure though.
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  April 15, 2014
A clever little system - it should work well on small mocs. They'll need to be fairly light, though :-)
  April 14, 2014
I'm adapting it to a 14 wide car right now... I found a way to make it without suspension.
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  April 13, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter I've tried it and I can say it works only using very big wheels (more than 43,2x22)
Why does it only work with large wheels?
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  April 13, 2014
I've tried it and I can say it works only using very big wheels (more than 43,2x22)
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  April 12, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter And I missed this! It's great! Can I use it in my next car?
Thanks! Sure :)
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  April 12, 2014
And I missed this! It's great! Can I use it in my next car?
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  April 11, 2014
Thoy Bradley: As I said below, that wasn't the plan, but if you connect the two rubber parts together (so it's not independent suspension) you should be able to use a rack depending on how much travel you allow. John Daniels: Thanks! Glad it works well :) Karol J: Thanks! Fogtod The Engineer: Thanks! Sam The First: Thanks, I will probably get one whenever I make my next BL order, it's a pretty useful piece. Joe Pigg: I don't mind, it would need a few mods to have control over the steering though. It would probably need to be more of a live axle design. Nils O.: Thanks! :) Matt Bace: Thanks! I wouldn't have thought of it if it wasn't for the car I'm building having rubber tube suspension. XY EZ: Thanks! It will touch, but you'll be able to turn about 20 degrees either way, which should be enough for a LEGO model. Austin Heath: Thanks! :) Greg 998: Thanks!
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  April 11, 2014
Simply brillant. I will give a try to this set up.
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  April 11, 2014
I like the simple concept of making a steering system that's so clean and easy, excellent work! Very innovative.
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  April 11, 2014
Great job on that one! But one little point of criticism: when you will steer, do the grey long part between the two wheels won't touch the structure ? (I'm not very clear I think). Anyway, I'll try it if you want ;-) 5/5
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  April 11, 2014
Very nice design! The compact steering mechanism is great all by itself, but the addition of a working suspension is really fantastic.
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  April 11, 2014
That's very clever! The steering works well, I've tried something very similar some time ago. The suspension should work fine, too, depending on the weight of the car. Great job! :-))
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  April 11, 2014
Lawl, I'm actually working on a Technic RC car, mind if I borrow this? ;)
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  April 11, 2014
Haha, lovely!! Sorry, I too have a leack of the dark grey piece, otherwise I would test it.
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  April 11, 2014
Really neat!
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  April 11, 2014
Very clever idea!
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  April 11, 2014
I tested it out for you, and the suspension works great! The steering works well too, all you have to do is push the vehicle in the desired direction and the wheels follow.
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  April 10, 2014
This is nice, my only question is how do you plan to connect the steering column to the rack? Do you have to use the 6L with sockets for the rack?
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  April 10, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti That's pretty slick. Excellent work!
Thanks! :D
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  April 10, 2014
Quoting Rick Livernois Perhaps this isn't relevant in this case, but how would you control the steering? Do you plan on incorporating a rack and pinion? Clever design great work!
At this scale, you could only have 2 those 3, (steering, steering wheel, and suspension) so I picked steering and suspension, you would control it by pushing it in the direction you wanted it to go in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SANHWVRGKhE at about 55 seconds into the video, it's basically this simple design with suspension. Anyway, thanks! :)
  April 10, 2014
Perhaps this isn't relevant in this case, but how would you control the steering? Do you plan on incorporating a rack and pinion? Clever design great work!
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  April 10, 2014
That's pretty slick. Excellent work!
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  April 10, 2014
Quoting Alex B I'll try and test it out tomorrow. So far it looks promising!
Thanks, I think it should work rather well, as long as the model isn't too heavy. :) I'm trying to figure out a way to support it a bit more.
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  April 10, 2014
I'll try and test it out tomorrow. So far it looks promising!
 
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