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Old 07-12-2018, 10:30 AM   #121
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On using the tl knuckles instead of reaming the lca, can you just swap ball joints?
I never tried. I should have just for the sake of having the information, but it didn't occur to me. I prefer the idea of the larger ball joint, though. Same with the substantially larger joint on the outer tie rod end.



So I moved into a new house in Houston in April, and I've slowly been weaning myself off of house projects and back over to car projects. My fiancee has a RHD Legacy in the garage right now that I've just got running again so that I can get it sold. Once that's out, the CB is coming down to live with me again!


In the meantime, I've brought quite a bit of my parts stash down from my parents' old house and thrown them into the guest bedroom here. I'll do a bunch of sorting and start throwing a bunch of stuff away, selling other things, and sorting the rest. It's kind of therapeutic, actually.

Below are pictures of the assembly of my Koni shocks and Ground Control springs. I originally posted a picture of these 3 years ago, but never got around to installing them because of the moving situation. Also, the new OEM boots I got for them wouldn't fit inside the GCs, the rear GCs needed help fitting inside the OEM top hats and the springs felt a little short in back, too. Fast forward to now and we've added Cheddas Auto rear extended top hats to the mix, as well as Hyperco helper springs and boots that fit inside the 2.5" diameter springs.
















As soon as my press is set up in my garage I'll get my spare knuckles ready for the powder coater. Then I'll probably make suspension, steering and brakes the subject of my next few updates.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:02 PM   #122
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The suspension looks good!

What dust boots did you end up getting to fit inside the ID of the springs? Did you trim the bump stops at all? What spring spacer is that you're using and what material is it made of?

I forget how tall the OEM rear top hat is so those Cheddas extended ones look insanely tall!
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:32 PM   #123
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Thanks!

The boots are all KYB SB108s. They lock onto the bumpstop at one end, and snugly around the shock body at the other. I didn't trim the bumpstops yet, and will plan on doing that once the car has been sat on the ground and travel measurements taken. I would imagine that the front will need to be trimmed, but only a bit. I'll cross that bridge later.

The spacers are made of polyurethane. I actually have different ones coming in the mail that have a smaller OD to use in place of these, and these will go up between the GC spring and the rear top hat. I like these because they have a lip that fits inside a 2.5" spring on both sides instead of just one. So it holds two springs in line together. The reason I'm moving these to the top hat is because the inner cavity of the top hat has a similar ID to a 2.5" spring, so I'll accomplish the same thing between the spring and the top hat as I would between two springs.

These top hats are nearly twice the height of OEM. Jordan from Cheddas must have just measured the absolute highest he could possibly go, and gone with that.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:44 PM   #124
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Very nice find on the dust boots! Sounds like a good plan for the spring and spacer arrangement.

I saw your post on my thread. The static position of the perches really serves no purpose until the weight of the car is bearing down on everything. The spring rates, lengths and loads will dictate where to position the perches to achieve your desired ride height. Hopefully you won't end up needing helpers up front, but again, that's dependent on your ride height setting. I look forward to the updates!
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:18 AM   #125
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These are the spare TL spindles I'm going to send off to have powder coated. When they come back, I have no intention of reusing these nasty hubs. Since there's not any moving parts in a hub, I went pretty cheap. I think I spent about $13/each on these. Then I stuffed some ARP extended wheel studs in them. I found that it was a few dollars cheaper to buy 5 packs of 4 studs than it was to buy 4 packs of 5.





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Old 07-14-2018, 09:35 PM   #126
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Jarrett where did you purchase your wheel studs from?
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:36 PM   #127
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I got them off of Amazon.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:08 PM   #128
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i did the same thing with buying new hubs to install extended studs. i wonder how much it would be to have my knuckles powder coated... good idea lol.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:58 PM   #129
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The guy that's doing mine is charging me $30 per knuckle. I'm having all four corners done, plus the shock forks. I may send the Brembos to him also, but he's someone that feels powder coating doesn't work well for brakes. There's some logic to that, but I've seen others that swear otherwise. I guess I'll have to research it more.
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:00 PM   #130
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yea ill definitely send mine off when i get some cl knuckles.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:30 AM   #131
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Jarrett whats the part number on those ARPs? and what wheel lugs are you using on them?
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:35 AM   #132
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They are part number 1007711. Like I said, there are four in a pack, as needed if you are four or five lug. I found in cheaper going this way then by four different 5-packs.

I have Blox aluminum lug nuts now, but I will be getting different ones when the car is actually driving. I just don't trust them.
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:13 PM   #133
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There is high temp powder just like there is high-temp paint, that doesn't soften up when hot. I assume that's what comes on all the aftermarket BBKs. Just gotta find a shop that works with it.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:21 PM   #134
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Brembo describes their process on their site and they use paint. I bought all of my powder today, including some swatches to play with for the calipers. At this guy's prices, I don't know if I could go wrong having him coat them and just blast and paint them if they failed later on down the road. I have two sets of the Brembos, so I'm not super worried.
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