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post #3286 of 3299 Old 04-20-2019, 11:09 AM
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Hahahaha!!! I have toaster-oven in shop for such needs.
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Haha I was considering outfitting my garage with little necessities like that. Already got my first ever garage sink and I'm over the moon.

The knuckle-side trailing arm bushing sleeve has been such a pain. None of my saws touched it. Jigsaw, hacksaw, small hand saw... I dunno why but the metal wouldn't cut even with a proper metal blade. Out came the air hammer, and it was out.



SuperPro bushings installed with dev's bushing tool.



Car is back together now! New axle nut, all bushings torqued under the car's own weight. Other side got a brand new axle nut as well, properly torqued down and now impacted down like it was before. Went together smooothly.



It's finally down on its own wheels. Small peek at my ugly but spacious garage. Walls are dark and have plenty of nooks and crannies for spiders, lighting is absolutely awful... but it's so big. I can leave my car disassembled for as long as I need now, and still garage my daily. And it has a cutout in the back with a workbench. The surface is trashed, just falls apart, but with a cutting mat of some sort it'll be perfect. I'm super happy with it! Just need to throw up my LED ceiling lights.

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Awesome work! It always feels so good when you tighten that last bolt!!!

I have some overhead fluorescent lights you can have. Got some with 2x 4-ft bulbs and some with 4x bulbs.
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Oh yeah, so happy to drive it. Hybrid too quiet haha.

Much appreciated DannoXYZ but I actually have five or six overhead LED lights ready to go up when I have time. Unpack and tidy up house first, then garage. Should be enough.
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So when are you installing the new lower strut mounts?
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I'm not sure. After all this work my alignment is SLIGHTLY ruined. I'm wondering if I should take the 11 days before autocross to do the other trailing arm (tough job) and replace the front lower strut mounts then get an alignment, or just keep the alignment as it is because I'm broke and see what happens at autox. FA still refuses to answer my emails BTW.
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I say fix it right before you beat on it cause you don't wanna break it worse when it's half fixed.
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Haha it won't break, the car is solid. Just not ideal. Getting another alignment tho... damn.
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All the wheel hop on one side, what could go wrong!
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Hah I think one arm having bushings isn't gonna make a big difference. I mean, especially since it's not all the bushings. Lemme do a launch sometime and find out.
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Launch feels good. No difference.

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Got to do my first autocross in a year, literally. May 4th autocross, last one I went to was May 5th in the Lexus. I had a great time!

The Fortune Auto 500 coilovers, ignoring my major grievances with the company (they still haven't replied to any emails), are fantastic. They're relatively soft and comfortable on the freeway. 5k/7k spring rates might be a bit high for a daily, but for a sports car on the street they're great for just driving around town and on the freeway. And despite their softness, they stiffen up great when pushing the car. I switched the sway bars back to stock during the coilover install as I wanted to see how they perform. And I don't think the sway bars are necessary at all.

When going into corners, the car rolls very little and feels calm and composed. The spring rate balance front to back is excellent, and the knobs on top of the shocks make quite a big difference. On BC Racing coilovers each click did very little. I spent half the day adjusting tire pressure and damping to get the car to perform right. I actually ended up with 3 clicks from soft on the front and 7 from soft on the rear. Every click definitely adjusted the way the car balances through turns. With my setup, I have mild oversteer that can be harsh if you push it hard, but it allows me to rotate the car mid corner which is really useful. Front washes out easy at speed so getting the rear to rotate is useful. Still running the old (not too old, no cracks) BFG Sport Comp2 320tw tires and I've long passed the limitations of the tires, I need better ones.

tl;dr the car feels nimble, precise, and very well balanced. Rotates when it needs to, pivots great with throttle modulation, but grips really well. The coilovers are fantastic.

My best time of the day was 44.6, but my dash cam didn't catch it. Got a video of 45.2 though. That last slalom was nearly straight but it was really easy to unsettle the car at WOT, so a lot of people spun or washed out there. I ended up hitting a finish cone once. It's a very challenging course, but very fun. Definitely need better tires next time I go! And need to fix a bumper tab as I cracked it.. again.

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If I push harder, the front end washes out. If I stiffen the rear, the car rotates too much. Rear end just flies out as soon as I corner. Mid engine car, rear is harder to control. I'm definitely at the limits of these tires but the tire squeal is pretty minimal for those reasons.
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