Hi Icehouse, can you post some more pics and info on your car.
What rack and cross member did you use for your conversion?
Me and a few of my buddies make these JBcoachwerks.com
We've only done a few of each version, but I enjoy one of each in my many cars. It took us a few years of 3D modeling and prototypes to get where we are. I think it was all worth it though. Like you guys we heard all the different "rules of thumb" and it was cool to see what actually effects roll, bump and ackerman without having to change a test jig. As you know, over here we like our cars super low. So it's really cool to have a car that tracks well through the rough roads while avoiding bottoming out.
One tidbit that blew my mind when figuring out what effects bump. I saw the earlier post about LCA's neeeding to being the same length as tie rods. That is actually wrong. Imagine if you will, the strut at max droop then max compression. Notice any odd changes? Since the strut has caster the more compressed it becomes the more caster that is added. This rotates the outer tie rod down effectly giving it a different arch then the LCA. There is even more to it then that but I'm bad at explaining things through typing. It's a fun thought experiment though.
How do I post a picture that isn't so big?