why don't you just joey mod the other one and have them both with a black bezel, chrome is out go black
Which brings me to another interesting question...I realized it's my car and I can/should do what I want with it, but given the car's original/current misfortune, would it be overly sacrilegious to paint the car a color other than Reflex Silver? I have a pretty fantastic deal on paint and am strongly considering a metallic/pearl white a la Escalade/CTS or the 350z. Also saw something similar on RudeBoy's R32.
Last edited by Kevrend; 04-25-2012 at 12:42 AM.
On the other hand, I've got a butchered car already, and I still think no matter what, it'll be a huge step up from this two-tone, pin striped absurdity.
Plus I love that color. It comes down to discussing it with my painter and finding out how much more scratch I'll have to come up with to do the interior jambs and engine bay.
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Brought the 337 in for an alignment yesterday because I found my front driver side tire to be worn through to the banding on the very inside 2 inches of tread. Pretty excessive camber wear, and only on that tire. I threw a set of steelies on it earlier this week so I could start working on the RC's. While it was in for the alignment, the shop wasn't able to get it aligned 100% because some of the suspension components (tie rod ends) were seized up. They did the alignment for free and told me what I'd need, so I'll be picking up the ECS Tuning Stage II Suspension Refresh Kit this week. While I was there, they mentioned they had a set of ST coilovers for my car that they would sell me for $700. I'm leary because frankly, I'm not a member of the GoLow movement. Do I like slightly less wheel gap than factory? Yeah, definitely. But do I have any interest in sacraficing ride quality and handling for something as vain as a slightly smaller gap between the wheel and fender? Not at all. So the question is, are these coilovers going to substantially change my geometry and ride quality?
Good luck with the build, sounds like your dedicated to get that thing to brand new again!
They are new! I'm still weighing out my options between staying stock, going with a cupkit or going with coilovers. I really do enjoy the handling that the car already has and don't want to lose that. Albeit I'm sure all options will still feel wonderful to me coming from a wrangler on 33" mud terrains and a broken sway bar link
I guess this is what winter mode will look like for now
30 second exposure, light painted with an 8" LED light.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdcphoto/7143944323/" title="337 by Kevin Colquhoun Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/7143944323_9f6319fa9c_c.jpg" width="800" height="500" alt="337"></a>
Here are some images of the treadwear on the tires that came with the car. Pretty miserable.
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Did a full headlight maintenance yesterday. Took my broken driver side 337 headlight and opened it up and removed the silver bezel. Then pulled open the complete driver side 337 headlight and pulled that bezel as well. Also opened up the terribly faded 20AE headlight I had installed on the driver side. See before:
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I took both 337 bezels and coated them with sandable auto primer, then two coats of a gloss black.
Installed Volx Tuning glass lenses.
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Pulled the spark plugs.
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Replaced them with BKR7E's.
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Then I tore out the inner and outer tie rods, the lower control arms and lower ball joints and swapped them out with parts from the ECS Stage III Suspension Refresh Kit.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdcphoto/7188036226/" title="DSC_5650 by Kevin Colquhoun Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7188036226_500e2711d3_c.jpg" width="800" height="532" alt="DSC_5650"></a>
I've never done any work on suspension or steering components before aside from swapping sway bar end links on my TJ, so at first this was a little daunting, but I made sure to hunt down every DIY I could and made a list of tools I would need before starting. Picked them all up, received the refresh kit, jacked the car up Thursday night around 9:30 pm. Worked on it until midnight, then came back to it Friday night from 9:30-11pm. Pretty thrilled with the result.
I did not get around to pulling the struts and swapping out the upper strut mount bushing and bearing, but I have to drive to Boston tomorrow night so I'm having a local indie shop do them and the alignment tomorrow while I'm at work.
Just got back from a 650 mile round trip to Boston. Had the alignment done Monday afternoon and drove the car up Monday night. Steering felt great, but I did notice a slight whirring/friction sound in the front end while feathering the gas to maintain constant speed. Believe the likely culprit is a failed wheel bearing on front passenger side. Will be ordering replacement bearings from ECS. Hopefully I can get them replaced before the bearing destroys the hub and forces me to replace that as well.
I will also be ordering the ECS Dogbone Mount kit as well as metal style 23mm Sway Bar End Links with the securing bolt.
Purchased front wheel bearings from ECS Tuning, they will be installed on Friday along with the strut top bushings and bearings from the Stage III Refresh Kit.
Also picked up a set of Meyle 23mm metal sway bar end links, and installed. Will post up photos tonight.
Also ordered a new lower foam for the driver side Recaro to replace the current one with the busted left side bolster. Should be here this week and install during the week. Again, will post photos once I receive it.
My side skirts will need to be replaced before paint, so I'm torn. Considering I'm going a slightly alternative route with the Pearl White paint, should I replace with R32 rep skirts (arguably more aesthetically pleasing) or 337 rep skirts?
BBS RC's are finally under way. I have the first one sanded down and primed for it's first stage, and I'll be sanding that down today to prep for filler to take out the gouges from prior owner. Still deciding whether to do them gloss black or gunmetal.