Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

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

Day 2: Rear install

Day 2: Rear install

I arrived at the shop around 2pm and thankfully they hadn't started on the car; Josh was prepping his car for the long trek up to Sacramento for the next LeMons race. So after a bit of time we started to tackle the rear sleeve install

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

The spindle pin wouldn't budge so we just let it droop.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Once they were out of the way, the tracing of the top bracket started.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Again with the fantastics of the plasma cutter.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Holed

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Cleaned

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Test placement of the bracket on the hole.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Boom

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

I’ve got a Josh in mah trunk!

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Plates installed

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Rear strut sectioned

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

But it was too much of a pita to get it on at the 2"-3" that dan suggested, so we cut it shorter.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

The passenger side kept giving us issue after issue, so we decided to leave it as is for now and come back to it after we finish the driver side.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Sectioned driver side

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Because the tolerance of the rear sleeve was so close to the strut tube, Josh suggested a slight grind down on the driver side to make his life easier.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Cleaning

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Then the driver side started to give us issues... So Josh brought the heat.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

At this point I am pretty sure that Josh was thinking “Fuck this game”

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Once the driver’s side was completed, it was back to full attack on the passenger side.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

We bolted everything together and I set the initial rear ride height

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

But after we put on the wheel it was rubbing against the ZG flairs so we had to raise it an inch.

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z
S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Car was too low to get off of the lift

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

Even with the rears raised an inch while we were adjusting; the driver side rear tyre was rubbing the ZG flair so I had to remove it for the time being. While I was driving out I got high centered on this…

S13 Megan Colover install on a 240z

I scraped my exhaust on the smallest of lips getting out of the shop. Tried to get out of the parking lot but that was just not going to happen.

Here is a bad photo of the ride height that was causing me issues.

iPhone teaser 240z slam

I reversed it back to the shop; needless to say it was rubbing and scraping on EVERYTHING. Then I drove it up on some 2x4s to get the floor jack underneath the front cross member. And sadly, I had to raise the front of the car an inch so that I could actually get out of the parking lot and to the house.

The drive home was slow to say the least. The awesome lifestyle of slammed cars forced me to make sure that there were no imperfections in the road at all so that I wouldn’t be scraping parts off my car. The rear fender is about 1/4” away from the top of the tyre, and I do not want to re-cut my ZG flairs as they are made for a specific location.

When I finish getting the ride height of the car perfected I’ll post the photos. I also get in the roll center adjusters today so I’ll have some updated photos of what the LCA angles are.

-‘till next time