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Old 12-28-2020, 06:45 PM   #51
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I haven't made much car time lately, but finally completed my roof rail delete with some proper trim today:



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Old 12-28-2020, 10:47 PM   #52
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your build is coming out amazing so far sir! what brand are your camber plates?
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Old 12-29-2020, 08:26 AM   #53
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your build is coming out amazing so far sir! what brand are your camber plates?
Thank you. The fronts are Bakemono plates, I think they stopped making them quite a while back though. I really like their design, not sure why they stopped making them or why no one has ripped off the design and made similar ones yet. The rears are just fortune auto ones that I took a grinder to.
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Old 01-18-2021, 01:24 AM   #54
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Thank you. The fronts are Bakemono plates, I think they stopped making them quite a while back though. I really like their design, not sure why they stopped making them or why no one has ripped off the design and made similar ones yet. The rears are just fortune auto ones that I took a grinder to.
Well if you ever have them off the car again and want to scan one with a 6" ruler next to it, I'll be happy to rip the design off.

I'm sure one day my 04 wagon would love a set.
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Old 01-18-2021, 12:29 PM   #55
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Well if you ever have them off the car again and want to scan one with a 6" ruler next to it, I'll be happy to rip the design off.

I'm sure one day my 04 wagon would love a set.
Or you can just ask when Iím doing my next run lol

Next run of these will be in a few months


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Old 03-13-2021, 08:42 PM   #56
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Today I swapped out my whiteline offset poly front control arm lower inner rear bushings with some pillow ball ones.

In theory, I'll miss the little bit of anti lift that the whiteline's provided, but I'm liking the idea of even better feel and the pillow balls not adding any resistance to normal suspension travel like normal bushings do.



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Old 03-14-2021, 06:06 PM   #57
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Default Don't gimme no lip

I picked up a front lip for cheap a while back, but then sort of forgot about it. I finally put it on, painfully easy install and looks better than I expected, not sure why I delayed putting it on.





The eventual plan is to put together a proper SM legal splitter and adjust the lip to fill in the gap.
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Old 03-14-2021, 09:28 PM   #58
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Looks great.. good that you found a lip that doesn't look out of place... WELL DONE

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Old 03-15-2021, 03:14 PM   #59
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Looks great.. good that you found a lip that doesn't look out of place... WELL DONE

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Thanks. For $70 on ebay, I didn't have overly high hopes of it looking good without modification.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:14 PM   #60
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The only slight post install complication that I've had thus far with the wisefab knuckles is that with the increased steering ratio my lock out is well beyond the point of rubbing. To avoid this, I threw in some simple steering rack lock limiting spacers. I have narrow winter wheels on right now, so took an educated guess as to where I wanted things to stop, might need to revisit this idea again later once things warm up and the 275s are back on.

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Old 03-16-2021, 06:39 PM   #61
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The knuckles add angle as well?
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Old 03-16-2021, 10:39 PM   #62
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The knuckles add angle as well?
They intentionally add ratio due to the distance of where the tie rod connects to the knuckle being closer to the center line of the knuckle than the connection on the stock knuckles was.

I didn't measure how much of a difference it made and all wisefab says is "Steering ratio is slightly quicker compared to OEM", but with my winter wheels on it went from not rubbing at all to rubbing the frame with roughly 1/4 of steering wheel turn away from the normal rack lock point.
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Old 03-18-2021, 04:46 PM   #63
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Interesting, did it seem like it added weight to the steering as well with decreased leverage? Do you have the stock 16.1:1 rack or have you put something quicker in as well?

I'd like to pick up a set of these knuckles just for the roll center correction, but I'm not sure I want a much quicker ratio than my current 13:1, though with added weight it might be more manageable.
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Old 03-18-2021, 06:40 PM   #64
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Interesting, did it seem like it added weight to the steering as well with decreased leverage? Do you have the stock 16.1:1 rack or have you put something quicker in as well?

I'd like to pick up a set of these knuckles just for the roll center correction, but I'm not sure I want a much quicker ratio than my current 13:1, though with added weight it might be more manageable.
Yeah, I'm just on the stock 02 rack, it did add a little extra steering weight. I don't have a good way of quantifying it, it was noticeable but not substantial.
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Old 03-21-2021, 10:19 AM   #65
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Default Tiny bit more camber

I've been itching for a bit more camber (was previously limited at 2.75 degrees). I was tempted to, but chickened out on hacking up my Bakemono camber plates, so I dug out some old fortune auto plates, and hit them with a drill and the old faithful die grinder:





I [for now] chickened out on cutting in to the top of the strut tower, partially because I'd rather be shifted back at least a cm for more caster before doing anything permanent:



They've got another cm or two of meat left so I might take things further later, or might go a completely different direction to try to get some caster back.

On a side note / observation, it was very clear just how much more freely the suspension travels now with the pillow ball lower inner rear bushings than with the old poly ones, the only noticeable resistance was from gravity.

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Old 04-10-2021, 09:03 PM   #66
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I finally installed my Walbro 450LPH (F90000267) w/ hydromat, after sitting on it for about a year. As others have mentioned in various threads, the hanger needed a little modification to fit the 450, but it mostly went smoothly with the help of a few chemically stable ties.




While I was at it, I used a "Wire-Thru" bulkhead fitting to run 10ga tefzel wire all the way to the pump's connector.




Went a little more overkill on the service connector than I intended.




Luckily it's not quite too big to tuck in out of the way on the side.



Hopefully I can wrap up other project soon to put this all to use.
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Old Yesterday, 12:41 AM   #67
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Awesome build. Do you have a link to get that wire thru bulkhead fitting for the fuel pump harness? Have u filled the tank to see if the fitting leaks in between where the wire passes through? Did you have to cut and shorten the metal pipe that the fuel line feeds from the fuel pump when installing the 450?
Thanks! Following the build!
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Old Yesterday, 12:43 PM   #68
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Thanks!

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Do you have a link to get that wire thru bulkhead fitting for the fuel pump harness?
Summit and many other places carry them, the one I got is the "ATL CFD-504", google for that and you'll find many options.


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Have u filled the tank to see if the fitting leaks in between where the wire passes through?
Not yet, I'm in the middle of wiring in my standalone ECU and I have an issue with the fuel line connector, waiting for a new one to arrive. Hopefully I will this weekend.

People use these on fuel cells all the time though, so I'm not too worried about it.


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Did you have to cut and shorten the metal pipe that the fuel line feeds from the fuel pump when installing the 450?
Yes, I had to chop about half an inch off to make it fit, then carefully made sure that the edge was very smooth with no metal shavings were floating around anywhere.
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