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Old 07-22-2010, 04:07 PM   #826
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love it towery.

The wheels look great and the rear is starting to really look nice. I'm anxious to hear how it handles.
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:30 PM   #827
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Made the support bars and welded them in on the drivers side today. Installed the adj. torque rods, set as long as I can make them, and they're not long enough to fix my tire clearance problems, so I butchered the fenders some more.

Drivers side has hit a guard rail and been heavily bondo'd by me in the past, so I ground out a lot of dust to get back to bare metal. Now that I can get to the back side of the outer layer, I knocked out the dent(s) a little and started contemplating where to cut & splice to make it wider. Then I had another idea, one that is less visually appealing, but much quicker & easier to execute. I didn't really need a lot more room, so I'm knocking the fender lip out and blending it with the arch along the dogleg.

After rough shaping with a couple of hammers






At 21.5" up to the arch, I can slide paper between the fender and tire all the way around. It must be resting on the bump stop now.

should I just clear coat it and leave it as is?
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:10 PM   #828
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Leave it and let it rust, all the cool kids are doing it
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #829
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wow that's low.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:06 PM   #830
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Adjusting the panhard rod was extremely difficult due to lack of anti-seize and ample supply of rusty threads, but I got one side loose and turned and I think it's good now.



Needs a lot of finish work to smooth it out, but I've got the clearance I need without cutting/welding. Not really sure how it's going to look when it's "done". This is at the height I want, but I need to be sure I have clearance at full compression which could be over an inch lower. Right now with no springs, it bottoms out on the pinion bump stop before the tire hits the fender on this side. Still have to hammer out the details on the other side tomorrow, then slap some filler on it, sand, spray paint, and we're ready to go racin' as soon as my springs show up mid week.





And because I can and you can't...the 15x9.5 flatbase.



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Old 07-24-2010, 10:49 PM   #831
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:09 AM   #832
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My thoughts exactly. But, that looks baller.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:56 PM   #833
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Got one side nearly presentable. Skimmed a few layers of bondo, sanded in between layers, got it looking OK, sprayed on some white primer...



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Old 07-25-2010, 11:20 PM   #834
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not too shabby there
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:15 PM   #835
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Looks too good.... Now you've gone gave me some more inspiration...
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:07 PM   #836
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Looking good. Maybe when I am in DC at the end of the year I will be able to see this in person? Looks like I am going to a conference at the end of November.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:41 PM   #837
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Hopefully it's still running/driving then. Should be. November is a nice time of year to drive this car that gets very hot inside.

Just got my new stickers...registration through July 2012.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:51 PM   #838
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looks good. Glad to see you're still unsatisfied.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:57 PM   #839
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Ugliest car on TB. I love it.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:51 PM   #840
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:27 AM   #841
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Spent the whole day figuring out how to make this work as well as possible. Upper perch is 2.25" exhaust pipe welded to a piece of 16ga sheet metal. The diameter is small enough to allow for the zip ties that hold the main spring and tender spring together with a coupler between to keep them aligned. Length of the upper perch is about 3", so the springs can't fall out at full droop and so the tender has a guide to keep it compressing evenly. The upper and lower perches are not parallel, so there is some bending noticeable at the bottom of the main spring. Might work on that later. The lower adjuster is out of the spring collection from Kaplhenke Racing.

8" x 2.5" x 250lb main spring, 1.75" travel, 2.5"dia, 150lb tender spring. The tender is almost fully compressed at ride height, so with a slight bit of roll I'm on the main spring @ 250lb once the tender binds.

I test drove it twice with the 275/45/16 tires on the back, and I had some rubs that I think are fixed, so tomorrow will be the big test.

Still have to change the 21mm front bar for a 25mm at the event tomorrow. Might be picking up some stiffer springs to try on the front. Already found a deal on a pair of 8x300 and 7x350 for testing on the rear.



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Old 08-01-2010, 12:30 AM   #842
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Oh wow.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:02 AM   #843
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that looks awesome towery
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:09 PM   #844
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The autox went great today! Towerys car is much better with the tender springs in the back, the lower ride height, and the 25mm front bar. He still needs to finish the fender clearance or add a bit more spacer.
Towery took 1st and I took 2nd.



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Old 08-01-2010, 08:46 PM   #845
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:57 PM   #846
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Epic tire rub? Car would fill with smoke after a particularly long off camber sweeper. A little distracting, but no serious damage to the tires. Thinking about thicker adapters actually. I'll have to see how much thread I have available and if 5mm looks safe, and looks like enough. Wouldn't mind bumping 'em out 8mm per side if it means no more clearance issues at all. Also wouldn't mind having the same style adapters I have on the front which have longer studs and a taller lip to better hold the wheel when tightening the lugs.

Bne had 1st with a 56.2 after his third run, but then I went 55.6 just before the rain started. We couldn't make significant improvements on 4th, and I actually went better til going off course from taking the fastest corner too fast, so no improvement. 3rd was 56.4. 4th was ??? and teh bimmer was 57 or 58 with the front swaybar endlinks tied in knots.

Car drove nice. I didn't feel the massive wheel spin from the inside tire like last time. I never noticed any one-wheel-peel, but I was really focused on the stink of burning rubber, so I'll have to fix this and reexamine the diff next event. I think it's easier to drive someone elses car when there's a problem, and more difficult to drive through it when it's your own. At least it is for me. Fortunately I didn't come in 2nd and use this as an excuse.

The softer rear and tenders was definitely a step in the right direction, but the work is not done. I'll probably try the 5mm spacers at the next event, along with some work with the sledge hammer and grinder. Also hoping to install the RX7 calipers & 740 11.25" rotors for the next event. I have all the parts, so no excuses now.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #847
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Congrats on the 1st and 2nd. Could you adjust the upper and/or lower perches so they are in line with each other? I'm thinking you could.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:19 AM   #848
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Congrats on the 1st and 2nd. Could you adjust the upper and/or lower perches so they are in line with each other? I'm thinking you could.

its the angle thats the problem not the for aft position.
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Bne had 1st with a 56.2 after his third run, but then I went 55.6 just before the rain started. We couldn't make significant improvements on 4th, and I actually went better til going off course from taking the fastest corner too fast, so no improvement. 3rd was 56.4. 4th was ??? and teh bimmer was 57 or 58 with the front swaybar endlinks tied in knots.
bimmer ended up in 3rd and we had a bigger gap then we thought.

Towery was 56.777,
I was 56.210
Peter in the BMW was 57.64
RS Impreza was 57.770
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