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Old 04-22-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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Suspension overhaul begins!!!

Well all my new parts are finally here and I just learned my parentals are going out of town for a week so I have all of the extra vehicles at my "disposal". So I can now put the focus up on jack stands and start tearing the suspension apart and still have something to drive to work every day...

Parts:
Prothane bushing kit
eibach pro springs + dampers
camber bolts
front wheel bearings

Things I need to get still:
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torque wrench
some flat black rust-oleum (all rust shall forthwith die from my undercarriage)
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So to kick things off tomorrow will be prothane bushing install day #1

I will most likely take front and rear control arm assemblies in somewhere to have the bushings installed as I will not have access to a very large vice at my dads place of work being he will be gone...

I know this is a bit pretentious but I am chomping at the bit here. Pics will be updated on a nightly bases. Might even commit some extra time to doing a bushing kit install HOW-TO...


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Nice, I almost have the same setup, all poly bushings, saleen racecraft kit and eibach sways. U wont be disappointed u might wanna look into camber plates for the front, I didn't need them at first but after a while my struts and springs settle in and i needed them to get my camber back in line.
A how to for the bushings would be great, I ended up doing the front my self and getting the back done somewhere cause most of my bolts were frozen.
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Nice, I almost have the same setup, all poly bushings, saleen racecraft kit and eibach sways. U wont be disappointed u might wanna look into camber plates for the front, I didn't need them at first but after a while my struts and springs settle in and i needed them to get my camber back in line.
A how to for the bushings would be great, I ended up doing the front my self and getting the back done somewhere cause most of my bolts were frozen.
Anyway good luck
Should not need plates for the front i hope, if sportlines in front still stay within factory spec camber the pro kit should not be a problem. But hey front camber plates would be fair game if I needed them. I like things that adjust...
Not looking forward to those bushings though, thats why someone else is going to do them for me...

Thanks though opya!!!
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I don't see any sway bars on ur list. When i did my suspension i drove around with stock sway bars for a bit and the only difference i could feel is that it rode harder over bumps and it was slightly stiffer in corners then stock, but once i changed the sways out it was a hole different car almost no body role and it behaves very neutral in all kinds of corners.
But also depends what u look for, if ur going for looks u wont need sways, but if u go for performance sways are a must.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:05 AM   #5
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I don't see any sway bars on ur list. When i did my suspension i drove around with stock sway bars for a bit and the only difference i could feel is that it rode harder over bumps and it was slightly stiffer in corners then stock, but once i changed the sways out it was a hole different car almost no body role and it behaves very neutral in all kinds of corners.
But also depends what u look for, if ur going for looks u wont need sways, but if u go for performance sways are a must.
24mm adjustable RSB is what I will be getting in the next month or two... I could care less about looks, if I did the car would have been slammed. If you have not seen my showroom threads my summer wheels/tires are white powder coated EAPs wrapped in dunlop Z1 star specs. So I am trying to build a pretty decent corner carver...

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Nice, that's what I am trying to do, almost there just need some nice tires for the summer, what do u think about ur Dunlops?
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Nice, that's what I am trying to do, almost there just need some nice tires for the summer, what do u think about ur Dunlops?
I honestly do not know what I think of them yet as they have only been on the car once for picture taking purposes. I am still running on my studded winter set. But I do plan on taking a mini road trip along some very twisty mountainous roads when all my suspension junk is done with to break them in and then really torture them on the way home so I can post up a review on here for all to see. I am expecting allot out of them and I do not think I will be let down, but we will see...
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Little update.

Well I only got two hours to work on things today, due to me being lazy and having a girlfriend who I spend to much time with. So the spindle/control arm bolt was a piece of cake so was the front control arm bolt. But those two rear ones are kicking my arse, I thought I could tackle them tonight but ended up splitting a 15mm socket, and completely destroying a 1/2 to 3/8 adapter. That thing will not budge even with air tools... Will not be able to work on the car till monday now because of work. But I am thinking more PB blaster a torch and a 1/2" 15mm coupled with my breaker bar and about 3 feet of pipe will the the job done... What did I get myself into???
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You got yourself into a trusty rusty nightmare. I always dread doing any type of undercar work due to the fact that I know everything is going to be rusted to hell and siezed up. Except for when I get under the car to use sheer brute force I end up twisting bolt heads off, rounding things off, shreading tools or busting some knuckles. But it is all in the fun of doing things yourself though. Good luck with your adventure. I would also like to suggest using either anti-sieze before you decide to tighten everything down and use some breaking lubricant on the rusty parts to possibly loosen them up a bit before you start to crank around on them.
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Actually there is barely any rust under my car, thank god for no salt in the winter. In Idaho they actually use sand and chemicals to keep the road ways safe. But yes anti-sieze was the first thing I bought before I started this project. I just need some more appropriate tools, namely a half inch drive metric socket set... But thanks for the advice and the encouragement zetecDon!!!
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