CloudStrife's AE88

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:56 pm

Ok, I think we are on the same page.

As far as the larger sleeve going through the top rear axle bracket hole, It is not fitting. Now, looking at the axle bracket top rear hole, it actually has a conical shape. The sleeve slides through about 1/2mm, then it contacts a smaller diameter, half way through the axle bracket. This is where I am getting the most resistance.

My thought was to file it down until the sleeve can slide through. But why would they want you to do that? Why not just make the diameter of the sleeve proper? That part just doesn't make sense to me..

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby jondee86 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:42 pm

It's a folded sheet steel bracket and the holes will have been punched out. That's why
you get a bit of a taper on th holes and the brackets can be less than perfect. Just file
the holes out a fraction to get rid of the lip and slide that tube in there :-D

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby aukword1 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:44 am

jondee86 wrote:It's a folded sheet steel bracket and the holes will have been punched out. That's why
you get a bit of a taper on th holes and the brackets can be less than perfect. Just file
the holes out a fraction to get rid of the lip and slide that tube in there :-D

Cheers... jondee86


That's basically what I had to do to get mine to fit. I used a drill and elongated some of the holes a fraction and then they fit perfectly.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:07 am

Thanks for the tips guys.

Unfortunately the car fell off the jackstands this morning. Thank god I wasn't working underneath it. I need to get this guy on solid ground!

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby truenorican » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:01 pm

CloudStrife wrote:Thanks for the tips guys.

Unfortunately the car fell off the jackstands this morning. Thank god I wasn't working underneath it. I need to get this guy on solid ground!


Man, that's scary. Yea, work on the driveway man. The weight of the car just sinks into the dirt and is obviously not stable. On top of the fire ants all over our lawns in Florida, I can't stand them.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:33 pm

Yeah, I still can't believe it. I lived in an area where the ground wasn't so soft before and I just totally forgot . And you're right, it was horrible getting bitten lol.

When you come up here for the PS stuff?

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby truenorican » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:15 pm

Lol, its the worse.

I'll text you to see what date works for us. I have to drive up to Riverview for work so I may just keep heading north to pick up the PS stuff.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:10 pm

So I got to raise up the car on the fronts today, after putting the rears on. Mind you this is with control arms missing and alignment far far far from ok, but we are getting near baseline. Fronts are almost maxed out with 2-3 threads left. Rears are at 3/4, maybe a little more, of upward adjustment, with around 1/4 left.

Now:
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Prior:
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Here is a video with the aftermath of the dumb towing company dropping my car.
https://youtu.be/bWVCTJrohi4

The nic on the rotor doesn't seem like it will affect pad bite, or at least to the point I'd be worried, unless anyone else can chime in..
The big concern I have is the lower control arm. I had no idea how bad it was, but a large amount of matrial was grinded off, including the grease "zerk" fitting. How bad is this? The hub itself seems fine. That damn lower arm was new factory and it would suck ass to replace...

Thoughts?

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:36 pm

Alright I hate these rear links.

Which side are these supposed to orient? I figured the blue bushing side with the collar through it would go on the traction bracket. However I have been hammering and trying to force that other side into the chassis bracket. I took it out to study and it looks like fucking hell. I am marring the **** out of the bracket.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:23 pm

Nevermind. I figured it out and it's retarted how these like to go in. Basically you need a lift. I don't have one. **** Cusco.

They "lock" in by the two burred edged collars (one on each side). You basically push the length of the rod downward, which creates a circular locking motion. Unfortunately, I run out of downward travel and cannot push any more. No matter how high I jack her up.

Yay.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:33 am

Success!
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I used brute force and angry motivation and got the bolts in. The **** is probably marred and scarred to high hell but I'm over it. I'd really recommend using a 4 or 2 post lift as it would not have taken so much effort. Also remember when removing the upper arm to remove the flanged nut first. It's harder to get to, but once you give torque relief, the bolt can actually move. From the factory and after 30 years that force makes it very close. Also, If I did this again I would do 2 things:

Get the T3 brackets as JDM suppliers take too long and nobody has them.
Get the Formula Link, instead of Formula Link Jr. from Cusco. I originally didn't want to get the rear links with two sides of adjustment, because I wanted a stable and secure mount to the chassis side (like the Link Jr.'s), but I'm sure it doesn't really matter. I would not get T3's because metal "joints" are for the track in my eyes, not DD duty.



Now onto removing the rear brakes.

I ended up disregarding the method of using a rounded file or drill to remove material from the axle hole. It's just too much of a pain and leverage is lacking. I can dremel the inside, but not the outside as there is no clearance between caliper assembly and axle bracket. So since I have my T3 rear wilwood kit, I'm just gonna take the old calipers off and after I get the traction brackets done, I'll fit the brakes.

Of course T3 doesn't give even the slightest instructions, which is a bitch because the fronts were hard enough to find info on, and probably 2% of people are even running rear willwoods. Oh well.

IT CONTINUES.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:56 pm

So taking off those little dust shields is a little more involved than I thought... Lol

Anyway, here is what you do if they get stuck (which is pretty common).

https://youtu.be/mNeqzK0HIqc

Now I need to figure out if the rear willwoods use the rear dust shield or not. Especially because the hard-line bracket is welded to it.. :roll:

Good news is axles look pretty good. Surprised the edges weren't marred at all on the diff side.

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Re: CloudStrife's AE88

Postby CloudStrife » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:01 pm

So I'm probably just gonna answer my own question but here goes.

The orientation and everything looks pretty good. I feel good about what was supplied with the kit and how I've used it. I ended up have to modify both the mounting points though. PMM posted a video and they just basically forced the misaligned lower mounting bolt until it reached the other side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJIWwXwLdqQ. I went a different route and modified to give the bolt a better angle.

Here is how everything looks:
https://youtu.be/8AuyQE2dKTU

Only 2 concerns I have.

1.) Are the locking washers needed? On almost all my image searches, no traction bracket utilizes them. I'd like to remove them unless it's essential, since I barely have enough thread on the nut side to torque down. Granted, once everything is torqued down, I will get more threads, but to me it doesn't look comfortable enough.

2.) What are the small bolts for?
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