Messed with the Z a bit this weekend. Didn't get everything I wanted to get done, but knocked out a big chunk so I'm happy. Next weekend gonna drop the subframe and the diff and replace all of my diff/subframe bushings. Then all shall be bueno.
Anyway, on with z pictures. Haha, I saw what I did just there. Rad.
Friday evening first order of business, carpets out so I can start getting sound deadening out and get ready to repaint the cage and paint the rest of the interior white. Started by taking out the giant stupid heavy stock passenger seat. Dear lord it's heavy.
Shit gets hot. That's staying in there...
Surprisingly there aren't as many wires runnin around under the carpet as I thought there would be. Although I found a lot of trash and shit floating around.
Vacuumed that crap up, seat back in so I can drive around until I strip the rest for paint. Don't have a pic of the entire center console and waterfall back in, interior looks super rad without the carpet.
Saturday morning put my Grids back on the front finally! I missed these wheels sooo much, look 20x better with 20x better fitment and they're the wheels I used to get aligned as opposed to the ones I was using before while these were out that are an inch less wide. Also snagged some of my spacers off of my S13 coupe and plopped them on the back for a bit better fitment back there.
Got to Smoke 'Em, got the car on jackstands in the front and made a shanty town to protect us from the sun.
Took my compression rod off for it's new SPL bushings.
Put my Tein inner tie rods on with angle spacers. Ground the steering stops until at full lock there was a cunt hair gap between the hub and the steering stop.
Buddy Jeremy decided to snap a picture of me looking like I just crawled out from living in a box. Hobo status: maximum.
Started taking the front lower control arm off, found out my driver side coilover bolt was stripped as FUCK, and not tightened down all the way. Well, guess I pinpointed the noise of something slamming forward under braking and acceleration. Could move the coilover back and forth with your hand, and we had to sawzall the bolt off. Found temp bolt, got the car back down and drove it home that night. The fronts were toed in so bad it was legitimately frightening. Whenever I took a turn the wheel wouldn't start correcting itself as the car moved forward, it would just stick that way. Over bumps and such it would nearly kick the arse end out, every two seconds it was wanting to twitch towards the curb, etc. Stopped at a taco truck to get a burrito and contemplate how brown I had made my pants on the drive home. Backfired and shot a flame like a boss when I turned the car on, drove home.
Sunday, finish the front suspension and hopefully start working on the rear.
Front lower control arms off. The bushings were royally screwed.
Pressed that shit out and the new ones in.
Shanty fell on my car. All is well though.
Found a legit bolt for my coilover, bolted lower control arms back up.
Also checked my coilovers and lowered the fronts a wee bit, as well as made sure they are the exact same height. When I checked on Friday they were all different.
Did my front ARP extended studs as well.
Check out how beast these are compared to the stocks.
Plopped the front back down, Ryan and I realigned the front toe using our eyeballs and an extension cord. Just wanted to get it streetable, actually got it pretty damn close to perfect. Got the arse end up on jackstands to poke around the back and see what we'd have to take off to do the bushings for the diff. Yeah, not happening tonight. Started doing the extended studs in the rear. Got everything off, couldn't find a way to get the extended studs through the holes. Gave up so I could get home and sleep so I could go to work the next day, read online you have to remove the ebrake cable and bracket then you have enough room to plop the studs through. I'll do that sometime soon.
Car feels great! Even with the eyeballed alignment there definitely is a major difference, feels so much tighter and sexy now. My steering wheel is also finally centered again!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The extra angle is also pretty rad, kicked it sideways on the way home once and it felt great. Although it didn't last long because I quickly remembered I had a jack sitting in the hatch as well as a creeper when I heard both of them smack the side with brute force.
Successful weekend nonetheless, Ryan and I mocked up where my hydro's going to go and I'm going to start reading up on the different ways to run the lines in Z's. Probably going to get the hydro in the car in the next couple days, depends how busy ryan is with seam welding his engine compartment in pinkie.
Moar updates latuh, playas. And also, I'm notoriously bad at talking to girls and getting phone numbers. My friend has gotten more phone numbers with my car than I have. So my goal is to get at least one girls phone number before IFO and Round 2. I'll keep you guys updated.