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Going to start posting all the projects I've been doing to my car. Hopefully some of the mistakes I've made can help other people not do the same.
 

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Installing Coilovers, tierods, ball joints, and new control arm bushings.

Sway Bar endlink off

Calipers coming off

Hung the caliper out of the way so it wasnt hanging by the brake line with a coat hanger.

I actually had to cut my old tierod off, since it was siezed on, Didnt get a pic of it coming off but had no problems with the new one going on.

That upper strut bolt was TIGHT.

The nut that is welded to the inside of the subframe to hold the control arm on broke, so i had to cut a hole in it and hold onto the nut with vice grips to take teh conrtol arm off.


Once i got the control arm off time to start taking out the old bushings and pushing the new ones in.







So clean and new. Love that feeling.
 

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Subframe
I ordered a used subframe since i had to cut a hole in mine when i did suspension work. Got it off ebay for a steal. Decided to grind off all the rust and spray it wit ha rubbereized coating.


I got busy and forgot to take any more pics, but i eventually put 3-4 layers of rubberized undercoating on it and installed it.
 

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Nice job so far. Its good to see people not go to their mechanic to get bent over. Future plans?
 

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Well right now I'm in the process of taking out all the interior plastic pieces. Going to sand them all down and paint them and see what that looks like.

If I can keep the car running and in good shape I want to put some hp in it and get it repainted, but I'm spending so much in basic repairs right now I don't know if I will reach that point.
 

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Ignition Housing
I was at a gas station in the middle of a microburst when my car decided it wasnt going anywhere. The ignition actually broke on the on position so i had to disconnect the battery in the middle of the storm.


The dreaded security bolts.




There is the culprit.

Got to jimmy a paper clip (or your girlfriends bobby pin) to get the tumbler out.

New housing and switch-note hex bolts were prolly not the best idea, I had a little bit of a clearance problem with them.
 

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(Another) New axle
So this is where I'm at right now.
Started out as a bad axle, has evolved into bad bushings, heli-coiling control arms, and stripping out hex bolts in coilovers.

Axle coming out

I would say it is busted.


The coilover was being a pain going in/out so I cleaned out the knuckle.


Had it almost back together and BAM. Should of used new stretch bolts.

Bought some extractors, then got it stuck in there as well.

By the time i got a tap and die, it was too late, the damage was done.
The bolt goes back in, but it doesnt tighten down.


Got a new bolt ordered and then found another problem.
Wheel shake outside.
Wheel shake inside.
Dont be fooled into thinking its the wheel bearing, here is the cause of the problem.
Upper strut bushing loose.
Also my dust boots for my coilovers are destroyed.

Raceland sent me new replacement boots for free. They came in yesterday.


Now waiting on new strut bearings and bushing to come in. They will be here tomorrow.

A day late but finally came in.

Guess you don't realize how bad they are until you get new ones.

Fully assembled. You can see the bit I hammered in to hold it tight to tighten everything down.

And FINALLY installed.

 

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So my tires are destroyed and I'm still having suspension issues after replacing the strut bearing, upper strut bushing, axle, and just finished hele-coiling the control arm to sway bar endlink.



3 rims are bent, 1 is cracked from driving all over the country so I bought new tires and rims. Running on a budget after all these repairs so they werent exactly what i wanted, but for $750 for rims and tires, cant really complain.



215/45/17 BARELY fit on. i probably have less than an 8th of an inch between my tire and coilover after using the old spacers I have. Not too fond of the lugs either, was hoping they would come with a security key but owell.
Here is the final product.

I'm going to miss my old rims.
 

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I'm afraid to corner at all with how it feels when I turn right now. I think it's the wheel bearing. I was wondering if the h2 spindle is worth the $800 or should I just get the generic ecs assembly for $200.
 

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The spindles are just to correct suspension geometry. If you were running bags or $1500+ suspension and tracking the car then it might be worth it. I find it hard to dump money in these cars now that they are so cheap.
 

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interesting idea.
I don't like dumping money into repairs but its the only car I got with little money to spare..plus I've prolly spent $4000+ on repairs and will never get the money back out of the car so figured I will just upgrade every time something breaks.
 

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So I ordered my spindle yesterday, and wake up today with the fedex guy at my door. that was FAST. Funny though, when I paid for 2 day shipping on a bolt it took 3 days to get it. (guess that's ecs for you) Anyways, I got straight to work which means I ran straight into problems.

Anyone been able to pull out the abs sensor off the spindle successfully? I have a feeling I'm going to break it. I've hit it with a wd40 like substance then beat on the metal right above the sensor thinking it might vibrate it loose. Then got a screw driver and started prying where i can, but it hasnt really budged much.

Had one of the screws strip to take the dust shroud off as well, so waiting to borrow a dremel before I proceed with that.
 

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Good luck. My abs sensor came off in like 4 chunks. It was a pain in the ass.
 
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