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FWIW, I believe that the bent design is superior in terms of bump steer. While such things might not matter much to you with the amount of travel you see, I thought it worth mentioning. I know that the Mk3 ST has some a bent end for that reason.
 

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Thanks for the info! Can't say we've noticed negative handling changes or characteristics when moving from the pre 06 to 06 tie rods; other than not having them bend causing a somewhat more permanent toe issue :p.
 

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Thanks Juggernaut Motorsports for the tip on the tie rods, etc. Definitely a better solution than reinventing that wheel.

Cody, I did put a roof vent in, but it's very utilitarian. Just a box truck roof vent with some sealant and bolts. I may put a scoop on the exterior just for looks.

I do have a nice XMAS vacation planned and it includes assembling my short block



It will include: JE Pistons 11:1 CR 85mm Pistons, Eagle Rods, Polished Stock Crank, Clevite Bearings, all balanced. ARP Main Studs and Head Studs. Block was cleaned, blasted, bored and honed and the mains were align bored with the ARP studs installed.

Also started work on the wiring. Here is my box that houses the relays for all less critical items, like blinkers, brake lights, etc. Purchased a bunch of real nice mil-spec wiring for pennies on the dollar from a surplus company.



 

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I should also mention that at our last event (Tallpines Nov. 30) I bent one of the cfm control arm rod ends on the driver side early in the day (causing the steering to get very heavy) which subsequently sheared on a rock ending our day earlier than expected. Currently I'm working on a solid arm design with with inboard adjustability or none at all and simply build two sets of arms to get the different camber settings I'd like. Just looking at and benchmarking wrc stuff.
 

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Sorry for the gap in coverage. I will write up a Rally Vent how-to for you Cody. I've got some new shots of the finalized rear subframe. Much more elegant than my crazy proof of concept one. Still finishing the welding so more gussets and jack plates need to go on. Finally going to assemble the short block tomorrow. Just didn't happen over XMAS break as I intended.



 

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Juggernaut, I've seen a bunch of rally arms from the late 90's early 2000's that used these type of weldable control arm bearings. If you can adjust camber from the top of the strut or just get the arms perfect. Then a set up using these may be a lot more robust. I've been collecting rally suspension photos for awhile but can't seem to find the one that uses this type of setup. I'll keep looking.

 

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The build is moving along. Got my nice fresh Massive SVT Cylinder Head in from Karl today. Running the Cat Cams 14 Grind on Karl's recommendation. Here are some pics of the goodies.

Cams are just resting on the head right now, not under pressure. Switched in the cam trigger wheel from the old SVT cams






 

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Someone had asked about the roof vent pics. Not sure if they were looking for something that works with the factory headliner but this mod definitely does not. Here goes none the less:

1. Cut Hole In Roof
2. Bolt Vent into Roof using Sealer
3. Enjoy Air Circulation

Here is where you get the part, it is part A
http://store.stepvanparts.com/SIDE-VENTS-STEPVAN.HTM







 

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Truck side vent in the roof may not be pretty, but it'll sure do the job for the application!

Good reading!

Thanks for the build thread.
 

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Starting on the short block assembly... finally...

Measuring the diameter of the Main Bearings for bearing clearances. ARP main studs, main line bore and honed, made this part easy. Everything measured up exact.



 

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Hey man! Doing a rally build myself. Waiting for my tax return to really tear into it but it's pretty much stripped out. I would like a similar rear suspension setup as you... What would you charge to make another haha
 

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Hey man! Doing a rally build myself. Waiting for my tax return to really tear into it but it's pretty much stripped out. I would like a similar rear suspension setup as you... What would you charge to make another haha
I think this might be a one time thing as I am not a professional fabricator. I will snap some pics and make some drawings here soon in the event anyone wants to duplicate it.

Anyhow... assembled the main part of the short block today. plugging along...



 

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Pushed the car around a parking lot today to test the suspension set up, adjustments etc. Should have shot some video, maybe next time...

 

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Will be following this build really close. As this is what im looking to do with my car also for time attack. Zetec bottom end with svt head and intake and cat cams. Keep the updates coming!
 
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