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Old 12-05-2011, 12:24 PM   #181
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #182
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:44 AM   #183
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BIG thanks to AT for pullin' through in the clutch with a replacement SS brake line - saved me the huge huge hassle of buying rubber, and then later replacing with a ss line from (presumably) the entire kit someone would have made me purchase)...

Threaded it in, bled the brake, dropped the car.

I put the first 6-10 miles on the car last night and this morning..

Sans alignment at this point, DAMN the car feels good. I seemed to have solved the odd thunking noise I had up front too (guessing this was the subframe!).

In comparison to thunks, squeeks, and a WICKED bad wheel bearing in the back, the slightly increased noise from the diff/aluminum bushings/poly subframe bushings is heaven. To be fair, it's not bad at all - most prominent at ~25mph or less when engine isn't hardly being exercised, and it can easily be drowned out.

Suspension feels very tight and responsive, and turn in is very crisp (only went so far on this test being that it was raining like hell last night...) Gettin' an alignment today at Turn in Concepts in fairfield (<2 miles from my office) and then it's off to the races!

Lastly - I got the rear end pretty close to level with the 2 different spring pads! WOOP! Still not sure why the driver's side is slightly lower sagging, but whatevs... the difference is minimal now, and likely even with me in the seat.

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Old 12-06-2011, 08:13 AM   #184
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Lastly - I got the rear end pretty close to level with the 2 different spring pads! WOOP! Still not sure why the driver's side is slightly lower sagging, but whatevs... the difference is minimal now, and likely even with me in the seat.
Did you check and see which spring is on that side? I've heard of some of the H&R kits having a specific spring for the driver's side and passenger side to account for a single driver.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:50 AM   #185
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Did you check and see which spring is on that side? I've heard of some of the H&R kits having a specific spring for the driver's side and passenger side to account for a single driver.
They're the same - Same part number for both rear springs..

When I bought the car, the driver's side brake line was crushed flat (contact had likely occured between the RTA and the frame somewhere)...

That's the side that's low, and the thought just occured to me that perhaps the spring perch may have moved just a little bit in that process... enough to cause a ~ -.75" or less difference between sides.. Regardless, it's pretty close now, and I only have to jump pad thicknesses between sides by <5mm, so that's just fine by me!
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:45 AM   #186
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:46 PM   #187
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Congratulations on gettin the car back on the road! I know what it feels like to be 99% finished on a project and then either have a broken or missing part that thwarts the completion.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:28 PM   #188
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:59 PM   #189
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Great to hear that this finally worked out! It was a tremendously ambitious project, given the time-frame and the number of items to be addressed. And it was pleasing on a practical-engineering-level to use both a lathe and a mill to torture an ornery suspension-piece into its eventual submission!
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