The question I am asked most often when doing mods on the HASBRO HUMVEE IS:
Can you somehow make it so the front end suspension looks more realistic?
I know a couple OSW members have added springs/shocks to the front ends on their Humveees and it looks spectacular.
My dilema has been what to do because when I raise the HUMVEE body , I do extensive cutting and material removal from the front end.
I kept trying to think of way to incorporate the heavy springs....I went so far as to watch a training video on HOW TO CHANGE THE FRONT SPRINGS AND SHOCKS on a HMMWV!!!!
The idea I came up with was a HUGE gamble, because it would mean completely disassembling the front steering bar and wheel hubs. I took one of MY Humvees out and with fingers crossed started cutting away. I cut so the cylinder(like a shock) shape on each side was separated from the wheel mounting hub. I then shaved and sanded the cylinders smooth. Then, using a TUBE larger than the shock, I used One of PUKINGDOG'S old buddies: 12GA. Electric wire and wrapped it around as tight as possible. I cut the proper size and slipped it over the shock...I cut a small section out of the steeering bar(no more dual steering) so as to move the SHOCK and SPRING as close to the frame as possible.
Here's how it looks so far:
THE NEW WHEEL HUB:
With Tires temporarily attached:
It was a pretty labor intense project. The gamble of cutting the steering mechanism paid off...the only drawback being you have to pose each tire .