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Old 03-30-2011, 12:31 PM   #1247
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Oh... man NICE!!!! We're gong to need a whole new thread for this one...



......again...
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:32 PM   #1248
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JATO for the win!!!

This was my ride when doing fieldwork in Antarctica. We had just had a week-long snow storm so the snow on the glacier was soft. So, they attached 8 JATO bottles to the plane (that's what they're working on in that photo). They made us all sit in the tail of the plane to get some weight off the nose ski for take off. When they fired the JATO it was some fun ride! We did break the hydraulics in the nose ski and they had to fly the plane to New Zealand the next day for repairs.


Yeah, now that is cool.
Wanna see that at C5Fest too !!! C'mon, pull some strings DE...
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:03 AM   #1249
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We are sick................

Or is it just me?

We blew that spending limit right out of the water.

I might consider a Cam if I had two more weeks. lol

I know all about Blowing my spending budget out of the water...

It's a sickness. I blame Bruce with the SST.. He's really afflicted and his strain is contagious..
he spread it to all of us!
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:06 AM   #1250
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Hey PQ.. how many of those cool Groovy RED shocks you get installed?

By the end of your Camaro build, you just might be a Master Installer of all things Camaro..
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:10 AM   #1251
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Got the rears done last night. Just ran out of time. Got tired.

Taking the morning off to do the fronts.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:13 AM   #1252
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I'm kinda stuck.

They want me to compress the spring by 3mm on the lower spring seat, but I don't know from where? I can loosen the top and take that 3mm off. The top is not all the way tight yet anyway. When I tighten the top, it will compress the spring a lot further anyway. So I guess I just make them the same on each side and try it?

The rears were already at a certain ride height. The fronts apperently are not.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:10 AM   #1253
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You want to put the front strut together. Set the top where it needs to go - tighten it up, and back off the bottom so the spring is loose.

After the top is assembled and tight, snug up the bottom spring location by hand.

Measure the spring from top perch to bottom.

Use the spanner wrenches supplied with the kit to snug up the rings at the bottom to compress the spring and provide the recommended preload on the spring.

The lower locking ring is to adjust ride height.

I used a picture of a supercar, but the XA's are adjusted the same way.

This picture may help.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:26 AM   #1254
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I just got off the phone with Randy. He's concerned because there is very little room between the ride height lock nut and the spring seat lock nut when the spring is snug without any preload...

I'm not sure if XA's shock body is shorter than the supercars? he did say both XA fronts are set to exactly the same ride height out of the box....

he's gonna install them the way they are and see if its too low.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #1255
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:55 AM   #1256
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Hey I didn't tell him how to fix it.... In fact I told him the tire and the fender are supposed to touch .... it helps prevent body roll...

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:57 AM   #1257
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:57 AM   #1258
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Hey I didn't tell him how to fix it.... In fact I told him the tire and the fender are supposed to touch .... it helps prevent body roll...

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:06 PM   #1259
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I just got off the phone with Randy. He's concerned because there is very little room between the ride height lock nut and the spring seat lock nut when the spring is snug without any preload...

I'm not sure if XA's shock body is shorter than the supercars? he did say both XA fronts are set to exactly the same ride height out of the box....

he's gonna install them the way they are and see if its too low.
Maybe... but once you put the preload in, there will be room, as the bottom spring perch moves up.


He still hasn't set the ride height either, which may give more clearance between the rings.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:09 PM   #1260
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Poor Randy...can anything ever be easy for you?

I feel like we should change your thread title to Days of PQ...so much drama!

Good luck getting everything together.
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