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Old 05-22-2016, 03:42 PM   #71
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Of course I'm messing with you man. But seriously, you have a weakness for that fiber brah.
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Of course I'm messing with you man. But seriously, you have a weakness for that fiber brah.
Mustangs need fiber to help digest the other cars they eat on the road

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Mustangs need fiber to help digest the other cars they eat on the road

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Of course I'm messing with you man. But seriously, you have a weakness for that fiber brah.

Wellll, I wouldn't necessarily call it a weakness. I was just continuing what ford did with the interior. If it wasn't already fiber, I wouldn't have even messed with the design.


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Old 05-22-2016, 06:38 PM   #75
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I was just giving you a hard time man. It looks nice. I always liked the CS dash. If it didn't say CS on it I probably would have bought a set for my car way back when.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:48 AM   #76
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No problem, dude.


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Old 06-07-2016, 01:54 PM   #77
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This post is kind of a "what's to come" and other events that happened. This took place from August and September last year.

First of all, my daughter was born August 5th, that was pretty exciting, but of course, it took all my mod time and mod money away, haha. Wouldn't trade her for anything though.

Allright, so here were my suspension parts that had been sitting forever. I went ahead and bought them at rando times and decided to put them all on at one time.

BMR adjustable panhard -gift.
BMR adjustable UCA - gift.
BMR springs - gift.
BMR UCA mount - used off eBay for about $80.
Koni orange struts - I originally bought the ones for the 05-09 because I was going to get the GT500 mounts, but found a deal on CC plates. So I sold the used 05-09 oranges and bought these new (11-14) on sale.
Koni orange shocks - used, I think they were $80 for both.
BMR relocation brackes - bought on sale.
Maximum Motorsports C/C plates - someone did not need them, bought them new for $150.

Next is a fun one. Our garage started smelling like death for a couple days. After it didn't go away, I noticed a bunch of flies around my car. So of course, I figured something had gotten up in the engine or above the aero piece that covers the oil plug. Nope, a robin had somehow gotten between my front splitter and bumper, and got stuck. It sucked, two of my POS tabs that hold the splitter broke (from wear and tear) and there were maggots everywhere. I hated my life.


So being that I'm a dad now, I needed a baby hauler that was also AWD or a 4x4 for winter. Found this guy while test driving another vehicle. Paid $2100 cash.
2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT
215k miles, 4x4, power everything, leather, dual climate control, rear radio and climate control, heated mirrors, fogs, roof rack. Runs like a champ. As of today, I've replaced the wipers, fixed the rear window washer (wasn't hooked up?), changed the oil/filter, changed the rear window struts (they were rusted shut), front wheel bearings, and changed the front upper and lower ball joints along with the sway bar end links. I've got to fix the a vent door actuator next, two of them only blow out hot air. Found one in a junk yard. No spare tire holder either, still looking for that.







MGW race spec, finally got one. Paid $450


This was a random buy, was telling my wife about these and she surprised me and told me to buy them. She's great. Had a local guy paint them. I ended up spending about $70 less than the pre-painted ones from SHR.



Next will be a big install!
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:31 PM   #78
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Finally this thread is ALMOST up to date!!!! Glad to see your build coming along nicely.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:20 AM   #79
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Haha, it's getting there. I like to space the updates out. After today there won't be any updates for a while.


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Old 06-08-2016, 11:06 AM   #80
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Your build is progressing better than mine. Haha
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:27 PM   #81
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Your build is progressing better than mine. Haha

Well, that's not hard to do. Haha.


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Old 06-27-2016, 06:43 AM   #82
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Massive amount of pics incoming. Suspension build time. I took a pic through every install step, have fun.

Front end up and ready.


Let the fun begin.


Strut brace removed.


Brake line removed.


ABS line removed.


Sway bar end link removed from strut.


Used a jack to support the assembly, didn't work the greatest.


Bolts removed from strut.




Nuts were removed from the top of the tower before this as well. Of course when I went to remove the strut/spring, the mount on top separated and all of the little ball bearing went everywhere. It was fun finding all of them...


Stock vs new.


Caster/camber set.



Mounts taken apart, ready for the CC plates to be set up.


Good to go.



Final product.


Assembly put back in. Sway bar end link attached for support.


Plates secured.


Strut bolts back on.


ABS line put back.


Brake cable.


Top nuts torqued.


View from outside.


Brace reinstalled.


Fin.


Springs settled much more after a few days.

Next update will be the rears!
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:22 AM   #83
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Can't wait to see your rear.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:39 PM   #84
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:28 PM   #85
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Looks good. Do you have a pic of the whole car with the back at stock height? Nice write up.


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Old 06-27-2016, 04:46 PM   #86
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You mean with the front lowered and the rear stock?

Nah, sorry.
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All right, time for the rear.

These were fun to get off (top of the shocks).



I had to remove the sub to get access to the passenger side.


Bottom of shock removed.


Comparison. Bought these used, the paint sucks on these things.


New shocks mounted, bottom bolt secured into place.


Now, time for the springs. First step, sway bar end links unbolted.


Jack stands removed from under the axle and moved to the pinch weld jacking points. Axle lowered to gain access to springs.


Spring before removal. Pretty easy to get out once axle is lowered.


Terrible pic after spring removal.


Stock vs BMR.


I stuck with my stock bump stops, so I cut the top two tiers off.


Break time.


Rough hack job.


Doesn't look like I took any pics of the BMR springs after install. They're pretty self explanatory.

Moving onto the relocation brackets.


Axle weight removed.


I don't know what this pic is showing, but there's a spring!


Bolt removed from LCA.



Mount put into place. These turned into a nightmare. When I installed the LCA's a few months prior, it bent the brackets inward. I had to go to the hardware store and buy some nuts to widen the brackets back out, on both sides. This took forever. I tried several other things before thinking of widening them with nuts and a bolt. I wasted a lot of time here.



Now for the driver's side. Axle weight removed.


This is where I was having troubles, and why I had to widen them out, as previously stated. These new placeholders would not fit inside. This one looked pretty scratched up due to being hit with a hammer several hundred times, haha.


To get the other side, the panhard bar had to be removed, so now we will get into this install.


Stock vs BMR.


Driver side bolted in.


Back to the relo bracket on drivers side. This is the bolt (on both sides) that also drove me crazy. It was a pain to line the bolt up through the holes. So much wasted time here as well.


Bolt finally secured!


Couldn't get the holes to line up here. Solution: lower jack from pumpkin on axle and move jack forward a little bit in front of the pumpkin.


(continued on next post)
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Voila!



Another angle.


Top bolt placed.


Axle weights put back on. The passenger side, once again, caused me troubles. Somehow the bolt stripped while I was putting it back in. I know people leave these off, but idk, I just wanted them back on. I ended up having to go to the hardware store and buying a new bolt. It still took some "convincing" to put in.


Panhard in place.


Car was lowered and the top of the shocks were tightened.

That's all for now. Next update soon.
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Seems like my images aren't working. Looking for a fix.


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Seems like this forum has broken Imgurs ToS, so they are blocking image hosting. Looks like I'll have to find another site to host my images...


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