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Old 09-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Finally!! PFADT Stage 3 parts

Like the title says I have finally received all my parts to do the install. So I figured I would start a thread as I am doing it. Right now I will be doing the front. ZL spec sway, drop springs, and front end links. Wish me luck.Name:  DSC_6650.jpg
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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And the parts: Tips, Tricks, and words of encouragement are always welcomed
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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Never thought of that....Hmmmm I should. Right now Im just going to install it, but I will definitely keep that in mind!!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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Wtf.... they dont come with a coating on them just bare?
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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Something tells me I'd want to paint those right away. I dunno, maybe it's my long-dislike history with rust. Unless that's completely stainless, including the welds...

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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yea, thats how they come from the factory.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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One spring down lol
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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Wishing you luck. I had mine installed. You are supercharging your suspension and it will be a different car.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:00 PM   #12
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Put the sway bars in front before you reinstall the struts .

And its alot easier if you jack the motor up also.

Its mentioned in the instructions as optional.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:11 PM   #13
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Alright everyone, done with the front, me and a buddy of mine took care of it, yea the struts were out when we did the front sway, not bad taking the old one out but pretty much a headache getting the new one in. Biggest pain so far was making sure the end links were straight. Car sits much lower in the front, now on to the back!
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:38 PM   #14
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Tip: Sawzall and oil to get the old bushings out of the subframe.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:51 PM   #15
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The trailing arms are stainless... No rust, no worries. Paint/PC 'em if ya don't like the RAW look that highlights the welds.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:11 AM   #16
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Update:
So 12 hours later lol, I have manage to install the front and rear springs, front and rear sway bars, and the front end links. I ran out of time to install the trailing arms, toe rods, and the subframe bushings. And I have to go to work soon. I am actually happy with my work as I have never done this before. Great learning experience. I will update when I start again.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:53 PM   #17
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Congrats! It's going to be like a whole new car!

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Old 09-03-2013, 06:06 PM   #18
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Front sway bar is cake and zero struggle if you jack the motor up about 1.5-2''. I learned the easy/hard way this past weekend lol. Can't wait to see the finished results!
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #19
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What the heck - it's the 6th - Let's get on with it!!!
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #20
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Hmm, guess for whatever reason my update post from last night didnt show up??

Anyway, here is an update. So I pulled another all nighter Wednesday night and managed to drop the subframe to get access to the sub frame bushings. After getting it figured out it really didnt take too long to get those out, just a "V" cut to the subframe and a hammer worked out pretty good. Still a pain tho. After I got those out I went on to the tie rods and trailing arms. The trailing arms were a piece of cake but the problem I ran into was trying to get the old tie rods off. I got the nut off but it wouldnt budge from what I guess was the "toe setting disk" (not sure what its called but Im assuming you set the toe that way). After finally saying screw it (because I had to be back at work in a couple hours) I went to put the nut back on and that disk came loose. I put that tie rod on and was good. I went to the other side and for the life of me could not get that one off. I tried everything. So running out of time I left the OEM tie rod on and went to put everything together. I finally got down turning the wrench at 0630. I had to be at work at 0730. What a night lol.

Alignment update: So I took the car Friday afternoon to get it aligned. The shop was great and worked with me on getting it aligned, the bushings timed, and he got that other tie rod off. Well here lies the other issued, apparently I used the wrong bushings for the tie rod. For whatever reason I pressed in the 18mm ones, not the 21mm ones. The mechanic said just jack it up at home, replace the bushing with the 21mm and tighten it back up (he had made a mark where it should be set). I wake up this morning, replace the 18mm with the 21mm and went to my local auto hobby shop (should of did that from the get-go hahaha) got the OEM tie rod off and went to put the new one, well I'll be damned, I didnt do the other bushingSo here I go again, put everything back the way it was and headed home. So here in a little bit I am going to jack the car up again, change the bushing that needs to be changed and hopefully be done with this. haha

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #21
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DONE AND DONE!!!
As promised, here are some before and after photos, this car handles like a dream now. Glad I got it done.

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Old 09-08-2013, 09:58 AM   #22
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Wtf.... they dont come with a coating on them just bare?
I think the new ones are stainless steel!
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DONE AND DONE!!!
As promised, here are some before and after photos, this car handles like a dream now. Glad I got it done.

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I think the new ones are stainless steel!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:56 PM   #24
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Been there, done that! Congratulations on the install. Do these suspension parts make the car handle better, or what? I'm sure you'll enjoy driving it even more now!
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:56 PM   #25
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This car is insane now, I am taking turns and S turns a whole lot faster now and not even realizing it haha, take off is A LOT faster from the red lights. It is a different car altogether and I couldnt be happier.
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