The last weekend had a pretty major upgrade. The Fortune Auto coilovers finally showed up so I commenced installing those and the rear suspension components that I had planned.
Parts the were replaced in the rear were
- Toe control links (Moog)
- Upper arms (Moog)
- Lower control arm (OEM)
- Springs & shocks
Out of the main bushings the 2 subframes' bushings and the lateral arm bushing are left original.
My rear suspension bushings were pretty shot, imo, as I had a problem with dry rot. Here is the toe links that were the worst off visually.
Cracks and small bits of the bushings were missing (not the cut outs)...I was able to remove some more with my fingers. More surprising than those were the shocks and lower control arms. The shock and control arm bushing sleeves had separated themselves from the rubber and they rotated freely. The upper arms looked like they faired the best with the least amount of dry rotting and cracks. I probably could have forgone the replacement but 1) I had them already and 2) I was replacing the shock so in they went.
New LCA next to the old and the FA shock in the shock mount. The shock mount is awkward to access as everyone says, but I was prepared and it went smoothly
FA Spring set up installed. The rear spring is 6KG (approx 330lbs) and about 1/2 the length of the stocker. When I installed the spring, I decided to cut the 1st rung of the bump stop
Took the opportunity to install the Autoexe lower rear bar.
Front suspension was a breeze. I installed the Megan UCAs (sorry no pics) and here is a pic of the front coilovers. If anyone ends up getting the FA coilovers, just FYI yours will be green/black/silver. The G20/Sentra crowd had a group buy going on the FAs and I was able to hop on that. They had custom colors made so don't freak out if yours is different.
The height settings on the coilovers are at its highest setting and as with all springs designed for sedans, the rear is lower than the front. As you can see in the pic, the tire is tucking a bit in the rear. I have about 2 finger widths on the front.
help, I ordered some spring spacers so I will try that out and see where I am at.
This weekend I did not do a whole lot, but got a few odds and ends done.
- Installed oem battery sleeve
- Installed LED lights into the dome/map lights
- Did some masking on a grille I plan on painting
- Adjusted the front coilover damping
- Installed a Homelink/compass/auto dimming mirror from a Hyundai
- Adjusted the exhaust position
- Replaced the hatch shocks....I should have done this months ago! What a difference!
- Installed redlinegoods center console arm rest cover.
Today I parked the front passenger wheel on a hump. Probably your average speed bump size. Never mind why I parked as I did, but it was my first experience in how flexible the car is. The hatch would open easy enough, but it certainly did not want to close and I noticed the hatch plastic had various rub marks on the periphery of it. A few weeks back I noticed the hatch plastic was popped off on one side as well...but didnt think much of it then...and perhaps its related. So after reading @DrFeelGood
thread on bracing had me thinking a lot of this stuff and what happened with his Corolla. I hope this year to make some more under-chassis bracing help combat this with the wagon. As far as the autoexe lower brace, I'm not sure how much of a difference it has made. Part of the problem is the suspension is completely replaced in the rear and the coilovers. However, with that in mind, ride is very good despite the 12kg springs (672lbs vs 272) in front and there are no 'extra' NVH noises, such as rattles despite the heavier springs. Having that said in the corners the car does roll a bit more than I expected and I suspect its more because of it being a wagon than anything else (One of the G20s has 8k/6k FA coilovers and pretty much no roll). It feels like the front has it handled but once the rear starts to come around it is overpowering it and causing it to roll/twist. Wonder if that makes sense. I imagine the under chassis autoexe x-brace would work well here. I wonder if the roof rack rails would help rigidity? Probably wouldn't help torsional rigidity too much, but maybe bending? Wonder if its worth it. Looks wise I go back and worth about it. Sometimes I like the smooth other times I want the rails.
Next up...troubleshooting the A/C...painting the 'new' grille....getting the speakers to work