Tuesday, April 12, 2011

IT'S COILOVER TIME,YIPPIE !

THE PINION IS CENTERED ONTO THE FRAME,WHICH
REQUIRED SHORTING THE TUBES & AXLES
WHICH I WAS GONNA TO DO ANYWAY.
PANARD ROD NOT WELDED TO FRAME YET.
WAITING FOR RIDE HEIGHT CHECK.[YOU WANT THIS
AS PARALLEL AS POSSIBLE].
Well I finally getting to do something pretty and cool.It's the start of installing the rear coilovers.It's about time you say,?Hey,I'm an old man.I been sitting on a park bench,feeding pigeons and talking to myself. You have to get these on right or the car might not sit right or possibly it may cause handling concerns.
These  are a set of Carriera's with a 3000 lb. spring rate.I figure the car is gonna weigh around 2700 lbs,give or take,considering the FE  is heavier than a lot of other mills out there.So I figure I should be safe.The shocks have an adjustable setting for ride stiffness,which will be tackled when the Wop is complete.
Installing the shocks and springs are done with them sitting at a 20 degree angle. This is the proper angle and it should be taken as an important step when you start tacking up the upper shock brackets.
Speaking of tacking, I didn't put a strong enough tack on the driver's side upper bracket and started to seperate when I put some weight on it.I know what your thinking,it's a pain in the butt to cut and grind off welds if you make a mistake,but it better than it jumping up and hitting you when you might be in an incovienate position,right? So make sure to tack em' up good,to be safe,and they won't move around.One other note of value is to never have the the shocks holding the rear up by itself in the fully extended position bearing all the weight.It's a good way to ruin an expensive shock!!
Take a look and see what you think.I only put one half of the upper shock brackets on cause I have to do a little grinding on the other 2 to fit properly.
*****ANY COMMENT,GOOD OR BAD WELCOME ! *****
 SET @ 22 DEGREES FOR STREET.
YOU MIGHT WANT LESS FOR TRACK
USE,WHICH WOULD GIVE YOU LESS
HANDLING AND MORE TRACTION.
Thanks for lookin'

PINION IS CENTERED ON FRAME. SHOCKS ARE CENTERED ON PINION, NOT
THE HOUSING.

OVERHEAD SHOT WITH JUST ONE UPPER
BRACKET TACKED ON
Paisano