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JR's Front Coil-Over Conversion Progress
Joe F Offline
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Well, as usual things are progressing a little more slowly than I'd like; JR's front end is only half done as of Sunday evening. Hopefully I'll be able to put a couple of hours a day in during the week and have him finished up for alignment and test drive by Saturday morning. In my own defense, this is the first front end work I've ever done, and it's a little slow figuring out how to take things apart, like getting the coil spring out without killing myself or JR, or like removing those incredibly tight control arm pivot bolts. Thanks goodness for air impact tools and universal joints!

One the up side, all the components I chose to use do seem to be bolting in perfectly with no problems at all and the conversion looks so far to be flawless. The passenger side is completely done other than a few minor adjustments that we need to be in ride position for instead of on jackstands like we are now. The drivers side should go faster, too, now that we know how and what to do.

Major Thanks to Chuck W for answering and tolerating what were probably some incredibly stupid suspension-newbie questions.

A couple of progress pix attached for the curious - enjoy!


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Joe F.

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Lx-tasy Offline
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Looks good Joe.Are those Bilsteins or Konis? Did you go with a 275 lb spring that is 12 or 14 inches long? Yeah Chuck can help ya out when in comes to suspension.
Thanks,
Chris
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tps87turbo Offline
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Pretty Nice Joe. Can't wait to see it again. I know suspension is my game either, but it sure looks sweet. Isn't it nice o have someone to ask a question & not get any backlash? Chuck knows his shit for sure.

Are you going to do the rears as well? I thought while you were in there you would have converted JR to 5 lug.

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Joe F Offline
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Quote:Originally posted by Lx-tasy:
Looks good Joe.Are those Bilsteins or Konis? Did you go with a 275 lb spring that is 12 or 14 inches long? Yeah Chuck can help ya out when in comes to suspension.
Thanks,
Chris

I got the Bilsteins, I like the lifetime guarentee. 275 lb 12" is what I got, Jason at MM said it'd be the best match for the stock rear that I still have and will have for a while yet.

Quote:Originally posted by tps87turbo:
Pretty Nice Joe. Can't wait to see it again. I know suspension is my game either, but it sure looks sweet. Isn't it nice o have someone to ask a question & not get any backlash? Chuck knows his shit for sure.
Are you going to do the rears as well? I thought while you were in there you would have converted JR to 5 lug.

Rears will be done also, but probably not until after Carlisle, sometime later in the summer. The front end was getting really mushy after 100K and 18 years of driving and I didn't want to take another road trip without rebuilding. I decided that for the cost of someone else redoing the stock suspension I could have some nice upgrades by researching, learning something new, and doing the work myself (with Katie's help, of course. You should have seen her; she looked like a regular little grease monkey [Image: biggrin.gif] ).

As to five lug, I really didn't want to spend the additional money on this go-round, especially since I completely rebuilt the brakes about two years ago with new rotors all the way 'round. Lastly, I don't think my wife would have appreciated my getting rid of the four-lug Cobra-R rims that she bought me for my birthday two years ago - I want to live to enjoy this upgrade!


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GlassRooster Offline
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Joe
What are the cost involved. I will soon be needing front struts.
David

87 TC Faded Burgundy with faded red interior
K&N and cold air ducting- rest is bone stock
02 Mazda Protege 5 Replaced Dead Saturn
99 Cougar- Wife's car new body style now Discontinued.
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Joe F Offline
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Everything so far has cost me around $1400; I figure the rear will be another $1500 or so. That's another reason it's not getting done right away. [Image: rolleyes.gif]

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Joe F.

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GlassRooster Offline
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Thanks for the info but F that! That just got pushed way back.http://natomessageboard.com/icons/icon8.gif oh well maybe this fall.
David

87 TC Faded Burgundy with faded red interior
K&N and cold air ducting- rest is bone stock
02 Mazda Protege 5 Replaced Dead Saturn
99 Cougar- Wife's car new body style now Discontinued.
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Joe F Offline
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It doesn't seem as bad to me, since I paid (after loan interest) somewhere around $22,000 for the car (no I didn't miss a decimal, bought it new in 87). Now, since I really don't want to buy a new car (I love my TC), I figure I can put 10 or 12K into it to update, upgrade, and modify it, and to me it'll be even better than a new car would be!

That's my 2¢ FWIW [Image: cool.gif]

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tps87turbo Offline
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Quote:Originally posted by JoeCool:
It doesn't seem as bad to me, since I paid (after loan interest) somewhere around $22,000 for the car (no I didn't miss a decimal, bought it new in 87). Now, since I really don't want to buy a new car (I love my TC), I figure I can put 10 or 12K into it to update, upgrade, and modify it, and to me it'll be even better than a new car would be!

That's my 2¢ FWIW [Image: cool.gif]


Your right Joe except for one thing.... Cupholders, where's the damm Cupholders. [Image: biggrin.gif]
Tony Sceia -

HIS Red 88 TC
http://turbotbird.com/showroom/data_r-z/...a_88tc.php
HERS - Blue 87 TC, fully loaded with every option, Work in Progress
87 Gray TC Parts Car - Gave to BJL and is now his daily driver
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Joe F Offline
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And I have a plan for that as well, hopefully showing it off at Carlisle if I get everything else done as planned. Stay tuned . . .

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