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Old 03-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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My zx3 loves me so much that it sends me to the ER! :)

So after putting of the project for weeks I finally decided to take on the project of replacing the rear drivers' side knuckle last night. Wasnt too bad, surprisingly with 65k in upstate ny only had to cut 3 seized bolts with a sawzall. So then I got the trailing arm and knuckle off the car and spindle with "ease" lol yea right.

Now heres the fun part!! I tried using a press I had at home and couldnt get the stock bushings out of the parts. So i improvised and used a huge chisel and a 3lb hammer. Flipped the chisel upside down so the round part sat on the bushing and pounded the top part to free it. All of a sudden I felt a weird pain in my leg. I look down and looked at my jeans to find a puddle of blood. A chip off the end of the chisel flew off, tore through my jeans, boxers, and embedded itself 1inch into my muscle in my upper thigh. So today I went to the ER because I realized I hadnt had a tetanus shot in 7 years and also got an xray. Neat looking xray :) The physicians assiciant offered to numb my leg and exact words "try and fish it out" HELLL NO! She said my body would push it out eventually if it didnt get infected. Said if it became infected then I would have to see a plastic surgeon. However i was happy to hear that the piece of metal in my leg is very tiny...1 maybe even 2 mm. prescribed me a medication and then i left. No pain when I walk or move, only when I touch the area above it. I think its more mental tho...kinda weird knowing there metal in my leg. Oh and I hate the hospital...havent been there since I was 9 or 10 with a concussion and 19 y/o now.

So all in all...worst car modding experience i've ever come in contact with. However it did teach me to buy a pair of carhart pants :)

here are some pics of the project. Wish i took one of the xray


All parts out


God damn bushings


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Old 03-02-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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is that AdvanceTrac or SVT rear brakes?
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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Well....thanks for the tip. I'm replacing all bushings in the spring...lol.

Your car looks sick from your avatar. You should post up some pics.
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advanceTrac. Glad i dont have the drums.

heres some more pics

Want to trade+cash my zx3 for svt or FI
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Glad it didn't get anywhere near your femoral artery. Be careful when you get back to working on your car!
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^ tell me about it! at first it started to bleed like a son of a gun then stoppen shorty but made me real nervous. The xray tech said its a safe distance away. Thank God
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No doubt man, good to hear. I won't touch bushings without a press
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i hated replacing my trailing arm/knuckle. someone hit my car in the same spot...left rear...and i had to take everything out. Ford was retarded for not putting anti-seize on all of those bolts. honestly the only bolts on mine that werent seized were the shock bolt and that banana shaped stabilizer bar. heres a pic of mine!

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Glad to hear your ok.

Yeah these cars have a mind of their own. I was taking out my Audiophile and it only decided to come out when it realized that I would fly back and hit my head on the stuff I had in my back seat.
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ouchhh.

^ i didnt know there were others in existence who replaces those knuckles lol. PITA. At least its one more thing you can say you've done yahno.

Btw i noticed there was a product at walmart that said "Turns rust instantly into black primer". Was a spray can next to cans of undercoating. How does that work? Reason I ask i i'd like to preserve my suspension, too much rust as it is
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