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Old 11-28-2012, 12:16 AM   #401
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HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS THIS IS AWESOME I LOVE 2002'S
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:37 AM   #402
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:49 PM   #403
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Wrote up a nice update and it deleted itself right before I posted it, so I'm just gonna throw a bunch of pictures up and maybe explain it later lol.


New storage for the socket sets. I laid them out how I wanted and drew it up in CAD. Then used that to engrave some signs and underlaid that with plywood:
















Fits in the drawers of my craftsman box:








Then I worked on the front struts. Removed the spring perches and cut them in half. Then I turned down what was left of the perches on the lathe and trued up the cut edge. Could use the lathe on the bottom half of the strut housings because the spindle didn't clear the ways, so I trued those ends by hand. Then I made an aluminum spacer that will keep the halves in line when I go to reweld them. With the welding done the spacer will then be cut down and used to space up the Koni inserts from the bottom of the strut tube (they are shorter than the housings, so they need to be spaced up for the gland nuts to have something to hold on to).















































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Old 12-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #404
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Got a lot of prototyping done today. First up was to get the strut tubes bead blasted and welded back together:






Here you can see how much shorter they will be compared to a set of stock '02 struts. It turned out to be ~1.75":






Hmmm, what could these be for...






With the housing welded back together I cut a 1" hold in the bottom of them:






Then I went over to the other side of the building to use the large horizontal band saw. First I cut the welding spacer into two pieces 3.15" long (with some left over):






Then I also cut out some 4"x4" billet alum 1.25" long, which will be used for the roll center spacers that go on the bottom of the strut housing:






Everything all cut out and ready to go:






Here's the two strut tube spacers along with the CAD dwg I made up. Took some notes and got one spacer turned out.






Finished Piece:






Then I took some 1/2" stainless bar stock and made this guy:





He fits into the receiver on the bottom of the strut insert for adjusting the compression damping like so:






All the parts for the strut insert spacer laid out:






And assembled outside the strut tube:







And how it looks with everything installed in the strut housing:







This is how the roll center spacer will hold the second gear. Because the steering arms and outer ball joints for the front suspension mount directly underneath the strut housing, access to the compression damping adjustment screw is blocked. The gear assembly will let it be adjusted from the side of the roll center spacer, full external adjustment.






Moving on, I used the fly mill to square up the 4" chunks of aluminum to ensure the top and bottom are parallel and even to each other:






Then I machined a bunch of holes in it.






Parts for the roll center spacer laid out:






Assembled:






Then I added one M3x0.5 set screw for each of the bearings in the assembly:






And this is everything in place:






And how it will be covered with the steering arm installed:







Overall I'm very happy with how the assembly turned out. The weak link right now is definitely the plastic gears. I started with them mostly because of cost, they were $3 each while the equivalent steel gear is $20 per. I wanted to make sure the theory and practicality of the setup would work before spending the extra $80 on gears. Keeping that in mind I designed it around a gear size (d.p. and basic dimensions) that is available in both plastic and steel. The other reason why I wanted to try out the plastic gears first was corrosion resistance. Even though the assembly will be pretty much sealed from the elements, I'm sure water and grit will find it's way in there somehow. The mild steel gears may start to rust, so I'll need to pack the assembly with grease before putting the steering arm on to help prevent the gears from rusting together. All that's left is the drill the mounting holes for the roll center spacer to the housing, and the steering arms to the roll center spacer. Then I just have to rinse and repeat for the other side.


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Old 12-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #405
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You sir, are something!!! wow! Best build thread ever!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:03 PM   #406
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 AM   #407
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Dude.

Love the tool set organizer and the customized adjusting for the suspension...amazing.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #408
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #410
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Simply incredible. I am so jealous of your design and fabrication skills! Keep it up
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Dude, I think I'm turning into you... My "not a project" has turned into one. I just bought a new M10 to build on a stand before I put it in and sell the current one (block is from a 74, inferior quality metal that year). Car will soon be coming apart for paint since I want the engine bay painted before I put a new motor in. Still not decided on color but I don't really want Chamonix.

Also, my dog doesn't like my progress vs yours...
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