TO THE TEST
DANA’S LC79 has been its R&D and show vehicle, logging up the kays to test the Ultimate 60 under all manner of loads and conditions. We took it out for a day to get a feel for the new rear end.
There’s not much to say about the performance around town, it drives like any other Cruiser. The real difference comes when you hit the gravel roads and get off-road.
The standard 70 has an inherent tendency to wander at speed on loose surfaces, as the outside edge of the rear tyres ride along the edge of the groove created by the front tyres. This has the driver constantly making corrections on the wheel to keep it pointed straight.
The wheel track correction of the Dana Ultimate 60 has the rear wheels following the fronts to rectify this problem and make the car more stable. This again works in your favour on mud or sand where the rear wheels no longer have to forge their own track through the surface, as they now follow directly in the track of the front wheels.
This track fix is a win both onand off-road, and then you have the added bonus of a heavier duty rear axle allowing for a larger GVM upgrade. –MR
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