Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

Day 1: Front Install

So I headed over to YoshiFab this morning, and we started the process of slamming the car; MASSIVE thanks to Josh for the great work and for letting me lurk around the shop taking photos of the process, and to Dan at Hybridz for making such a beautiful conversion kit.


YoshiFAb is primarily a Volvo tuner btw...


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


Side note: this is the first time that any of my cars have ever been to a shop. 


S13 Megan Coilover install


Close up of the unloaded fender gap for future reference


S13 Megan Coilover install close up


Front struts removed from the car


S13 Megan Coilover install


Prepping for the welding the front mounts.


S13 Megan Coilover install


Outlining the cut for the mount


S13 Megan Coilover install


Plasma cutting, because it is frikken awesome


S13 Megan Coilover install


Holed


S13 Megan Coilover install


Test placement


S13 Megan Coilover install


Josh being magical and making smoke


S13 Megan Coilover install


Springs removed


S13 Megan Coilover install


Struts sectioned at the top of the lip. It is VERY VERY important that you cut that low due to how the sleeves are machined. 


S13 Megan Coilover install


Strut cleaned off to give a proper welding surface


S13 Megan Coilover install


Rear bung ground off to give clearance for the sleeve


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


De-burred the strut top


S13 Megan Coilover install


Pressed on with a gap left to make sure that the weld would have a good surface area to meld the sleeve and the strut


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


The coil-overs threaded into the sleeve; this is not maxed out by any means, I think I still have another inch or so of lowering possible at its current depth.


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


This is the underside of the front mounts; notice the lip on the bottom, and  how close they come to the side bolt sliders. In my case this caused issues with the max amount of camber that I had available, so I talked it over with Josh and we thought the best thing to do would be to grind down the lip a bit and modify the top mount on the Megan coilover.


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


The Megan top was cut right after the center section. You could do it on both sides to get more positive camber available, but I really doubt that that will ever be an issue. 


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install




Installed without anything connected… this is the droop height, and I can still go lower


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


Welded on the brake line tab


S13 Megan Coilover install


However there is this awesome thing because of the amount of lowering that has been done. --referring to the LCA angle at droop.


S13 Megan Coilover install


Clearance of the sway bar and tie-rod end


S13 Megan Coilover install


-Roll center adjusters (strut spacers) are on their way to the house right now so the LCA angle will be corrected a bit. In the next month or so, I’ll get some bumpsteer eliminators (adjustable tie-rod ends. Actually, once I source all of the parts needed to do it, I’ll install em.


Wheels mounted; these shots are of the unloaded wheel.


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


The difference in unloaded fender gap from front to rear…


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install



The only we could get the lift off of the car was to put it on some 2x4s, the rears are loaded right now (not settled, but loaded)


S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install
S13 Megan Coilover install


I’ll be heading to the shop later in the day tomorrow as most of the things that need to be done to the rear are pretty much the same; only difference being that the rear struts can be sectioned 2-3” up from bottom, instead of at the lip. Have no worries though the documentation will still be awesome.


-till next time.