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Not necessarily Jordain I still have a reasonable amount I could go inwards at the strut tower. I'll show you on Sunday.

Rolla Beams : not sure where you could pick one of those up from as apart from Japan. They aren't super common here in oz either so finding stuff like that can become a pain in the arse.

Willis : yeah Jordain is coming round on the weekend with a strut bender so we can have a go at it. Fingers crossed it works as this is the final piece to the puzzle for both of us. We will get some pics and post them up when it's done.

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Absolutely love this build can't wait to see it all done.

I haven't personally used k-mac strut tops but I have heard mixed stories from a few mates and people at track days.

But long story short the bushes inside the "piro ball" where the shock mounts to the strut top seem to not last very long and once they ʞ©$ɟ out the suspension becomes very harsh and un-responsive. But besides that they are great.

I'm not sure weather these bushes can be bought separately or weather you need to replace the whole strut top. So you may want to do some research on that before you commit to buying them.

I personally swear by "cusco" and have never had any problems but they are very $$$$$ also. AJPS in Melbourne are a main supplier of cusco parts and will ship anywhere.

Hope this is of some help.

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Ke25 nut: thanks for the info. Yeah the kmac centre bearings are fully replaceable direct from kmac. One options is a urethane mounted spherical bearing which I presume is to try and eliminate impacts into the strut tower itself and extend bearing life.

Jordain had some positive results yesterday with the strut bending tool he acquired from somewhere in Sydney. He is coming down to my house on Sunday so we will get some photos of the process and post them up. He is stoked with his results and now his front end is pretty well sorted :)

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Ahhhh okay well that's good that they can be replaced.

I thing i'm running a similar bearing in mine. It's basically almost like a spacer that goes over the shock and sits inbetween the top spring perch and the strut top yeah?

I'm realy interested in this strut bending as in my KE-25 I have a similar problem with gaining camber as my struts also hit the strut tower after minimal adjustment so I am limited drastically with wheel sizes and offsets.

Though I've now got ae86 struts with a sleeve coilover kit on them so I'm hoping that will give me some more adjustment otherwise I'll probably go down the same path you and jordain are with the bending.

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KE25 nut : If you had original springs that are large diameter and have now gone to small diameter coilovers you wont have any problems adjusting some more camber into your front end :) worst case bend your struts a little bit and adjust your camber tops back in. Heaps better for overall adjustment because your can go both ways with fine tuning. I think a gusset like in the photo,these are technotoy tuning's version, it runs from the stubaxle/spindle to strut tube.Probably a very good idea after stressiong the stub axle/tube joint in the bending process.

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Hey Luke,

 

Have just read through your whole thread mate - nice work. Looks like you have been a busy boy. This is going to be an absolute weapon when it's finished.

 

Would love to come down and check it out at some stage. If you need your trans tunnel welded up, maybe we can smash it out soon.

 

Dave

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Well we had a good day. Sorted out suspension woe's out! I'm sure Luke's going to write up something on what we did :P haha so here's a few pictures of what we got upto this weekend.

 

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Strut bender

 

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Luke thinking his cool....

 

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After a few months of having 2 passanger side 86 struts... i realised the day before driving 3 hours to Lukes... that I had 2 of the same struts... so drove all around sydney to picked up a few sets of 86 struts, ended up cutting down a set of struts at lukes to bend this morning.... New sleevekit and a shitload of parts are on their way for my front end!! Car will finally be complete in the front end department!

 

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just removing the dodgy sleeve kit.

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So yeah we had some good results with the strut bender yesterday. I was a little sceptical when Jordain first arrived with it but it worked quite well. As you can see from the following photo it is quite simple. I was using the tool in this configuration because I had added too much camber and needed to reduce the angle.

 

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To add camber the hydraulic ram is pointed away from the car and a chain wrapped around the strut and the head to bend the hub inwards. I didn't get a good photo of this, sorry.

 

The only issue I now have is how much King Pin Inclination it has added to the geometry. This is shown in the following photo. As you can see the level shows the straight line through the strut tube to the ground and how far the king pin is inclined over.

 

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What we did was measure the backspace from the where the rim bolts up to the rear edge of the rim and then when we bent the hub towards the strut we just allowed enough clearance for the coilover kit and tyre bulge. This gave us enough camber but maintained clearance for everything.

Next time I do this (if I need to again??) I would only bend the stub enough to gain the correct angle and also try and maintain the original king pin angle.

 

Definately a step in the right direction though.

 

Question can anybody provide some feedback on the new king pin inclination??? Will it destroy the ball joint real quick like this??? Is there any way I can fix it without straightening the strut???

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Well a little more progress the other day. I have now re-mounted the engine on the KE20 xmember. Must admit it took a little more than I expected but in the end wound up coming together really neatly.

Where my engine was positioned from the old xmember (I didn't undo the gearbox xmember as this located it second time round) the 3SGE engine mounts clashed with the KE20 xmember. I had to cut the little locator pin off the mount (stops the mount spinning on the engine brace. I wasn't too worried about this as now its mounted in the xmember it can't spin anyways. I used 3mm mild steel plate to fab the engine mounts. So stoked with how its finished up as the cam cover now clears the horizontal line from either guard :)

 

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This is another pic of how well the ea chaser sits in the front guard with -4 deg camber. can't believe how good it fits :)

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Well a little more progress the other day. I have now re-mounted the engine on the KE20 xmember. Must admit it took a little more than I expected but in the end wound up coming together really neatly.

Where my engine was positioned from the old xmember (I didn't undo the gearbox xmember as this located it second time round) the 3SGE engine mounts clashed with the KE20 xmember. I had to cut the little locator pin off the mount (stops the mount spinning on the engine brace. I wasn't too worried about this as now its mounted in the xmember it can't spin anyways. I used 3mm mild steel plate to fab the engine mounts. So stoked with how its finished up as the cam cover now clears the horizontal line from either guard :)

 

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This is another pic of how well the ea chaser sits in the front guard with -4 deg camber. can't believe how good it fits :)

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So a bit more progress in the last few days. I decided to make a start on the boot setup to include my fuel system. I have a 60L alloy fuel cell with Carter low pressure lift pump, surge tank and Bosch 044 EFI pump. Just need to get some fuel hose and fittings and get it mounted.

 

So I started with a hole in the floor from the previous owner

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Then I decided I'd like to only sink it into the floor as far as the original spare wheel well. I made a frame to mount everything into

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I then cut the floor to suit the frame size. After cutting the floor I realised I probably should have tried to compact it a bit more because I haven't left alot of room for the exhaust to run passed it.

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With it trial mounted in the floor it all looks pretty good and fits snugg. Now to just sort a few bits and pieces out and wrap the underside in sheet metal to seal it all up.

As you can see I have mounted it a little toward the drivers side, this is to try and distribute the weight. I will be installing the battery enclosure on the passenger side to add some more counterweight.

 

Any opinions?????

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