I believe ST coilovers are non-powder coated steel so they are susceptible to rust. Keep that in mind. Once those threads rust you wont be able to make any adjustments again.
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:
I took both 337 bezels and coated them with sandable auto primer, then two coats of a gloss black.
Installed Volx Tuning glass lenses.
Pulled the spark plugs.
Replaced them with BKR7E's.
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.
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.
See my 337 restoration build!
Project the other night:
Finally installed my windshield wiper stalk. No more digging my finger into the column to find the tiny broken point of the old one to try to toggle on the wipers while driving.
Brought the car in to RS Worx today to have the Upper Strut Mount Bushings and Bearings installed, as well as the wheel bearings. Car is driving fantastically now. All vibrations and noises are gone and it feels like a dream.
Also thought the cluster looked gorgeous when I came in to park tonight:
A lot of people have asked why I have undertaken a project like this, and for me at least, the answer is simple.
I sold my 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara with 150k miles for $6000. I owed a lot on credit cards and to my parents for bailing me out of some tight spots over the years, so I opted to sell the Jeep and try to find something cheap so I could come out with a few G's on top up front. I also needed something that wasn't going to soak up gas the way that straight 6 did with the 33" tires and Dana 44 rear end.
Found this and it had everything I was looking for in a replacement vehicle:
1. Turbocharged 4 cylinder
2. 6 speed manual
3. Less than 100k miles
4. Less than $5k
That being said, I jumped on it and never looked back. Does it cost me a lot to maintain? So far, yeah, but the vast majority of what I have done to it will remain with it for quite some time now. I am a huge proponent for preventative maintenance and building things once. Do it right, or do it twice.
In the end, so far the car has been exceptionally reliable. Not a single hiccup besides me being overly paranoid about things and jumping on fixing them ahead of time. I'm incredibly happy with the car and can't wait to keep pushing it towards completion.
I would like to vote that you keep it Reflex Silver, not because its sacrilegious but because it after its tortured life it deserves to go back to its OEM glory
Im pretty sure im alone on this but if this was my project, i would go for a DPB R32 respray and go for the first ever .:R337
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