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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 02:51 AM
Mike454SS
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I spent the greater portion of this week doing a lot of suspension work to my car...

I ripped the entire front end out starting on sunday...on monday I finished ripping it apart (I worked slowly as I was working by myself and sometimes with 1 helper...and actually enjoying it, and everything pretty much went my way), and I brought the control arms to the machine shop.

Since the Del-A-Lums looked like they could be difficult to press in, I decided to take them to a recommended shop...he was a bit busy so he had them until thursday because he had other stuff to do before my control arms...no big deal to me.

On wednesday I put up the new idler arm, new centerlink, new inner and outer tie rods (I went with all the AC Delco parts Bill Harper recommends), Hotchkiss tie rod sleeves (same as the GW ones...just powdercoated black). I also installed my new stock GM rear rotors and autospecialty front rotors with new wheel bearings too.

Friday morning I got to work reinstalling the control arms, springs and spindles...I went with Moog upper and lower balljoints. As my car is a 96 9C1, it has 5/8 lower balljoints from the factory, so I just replaced them...no mods to make them work necessary.

I put the spindles up on the car and adjusted the front wheel bearings properly (now that something was holding the spindle still for me)...torqued everything in the suspension down...cotter pinned everything (including drilling and pinning the upper control arm shafts per GW instructions for the Del-A-Lums).

Greased all the zerks...dropped the car to the ground and did some final torquing on parts like the end links...drove it...said "holy crap" the first time I turned the wheel...my front end feels awesome now...car responds so quickly it's just amazing...makes the car feel a lot lighter.

So yeah...I'm happy with my front end now...time to move my way to the rear suspension...I'll wait till I have it all nice with the stock swaybars before I start opening that can of worms.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 05:46 AM
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Awesome Mike! No more sloppy suspension! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Your car is coming together now...
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 08:34 PM
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Sounds like a sweet ride!

Yes, I have the del-a-lum bushings on my Hurst/Olds too. Wow, I am also extremely impressed. Zero deflection, they'll last about forever, and you can move the control arms with one finger (when the springs weren't in) where before it took some muscle. If you're considering poly bushings, don't, get these!

Highly recommended! Even my machine shop guy I had press them in was impressed, after just seeing them he went out and bought a set for his Chevelle. Only problem is the Global West company itself--late to deliver, don't return calls, they bill your CC a month before the product ships (which is illegal), etc. I wonder if they're available through some place like Summit?
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 09:54 PM
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-I'm on the team too! Absolutely a huge WOW! When I did this to my wagon, I also added Bilstiens all around and an SS steering box. I can't drive the car without smiling, and can't wait for the next curve.

I have several pics I need to post on this mod. Maybe tomorrow.

Question Mike. Did you have any reinforcement welds done on the LCA's? I think GW recommends it, I know Bill Harper did it on mine, and if you're like me, you will be pushing this front end for the pure joy of it.

Have fun!!

-Jay
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 11:39 PM
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AS for the GW customer service...they shipped my bushings like 2 days after I called to order them...and billed me the day they shipped...worked great for me...guy on the phone was very nice too.

As for the reinforcements on the LCA's...everything I can see with those reinforcements is to make it easier to press the bushings in (because the control arms won't pinch)...GW supplies a little piece of angle iron with the bushing kit though that you just stick in there while the control arm is in the press...keeps it from pinshing together and it all presses together fine...I see no need to further reinforce the LCA's...I wish I'd been able to sandblast and re-paint mine...but I didn't, it's no big deal, the car is a 9C1, it can have control arms with surface rust on them...it isn't gonna complain.

I got it alligned today (had to work all day and night saturday, so I coudln't till today)...I went with some specs I decided on myself for what I wanted the car to do (not the B-Body.net specs...I've done them before, and while they were ok...they weren't for me)...so far so good, but I think I'm going to go back for a minor adjustment (a little less caster...as wandering seems to be less of a problem with this front end setup) but I won't until I put my 17's back on...until then I'm going to leave it as it is.
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 02:39 PM
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Where did you order the bushing's from? You purchased them trough Global West? Which bushing's doe's Dal sell?
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 04:05 PM
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Yup ! Yup! Yup!

I like them too.

I have them installed with my Navy Lifer Front End upgrade. [img].gif[/img] Corse I installed them with the Hotchkis, Springs, Sway Bars, Ext Control Arm, HAL Shocks & New Gearbox. Since I did all this at one time it's hard to place how much of an improvemnt the bushings alone made, but the front end is nice & tight and the car does feel lighter. On the ever growing list of people I have let drive my car, that is one of the things they comment most about.

Except for maybe the T56 [img]7.gif[/img] [img]7.gif[/img]
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 09:23 PM
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-Another question for you Mike.

How did you orient the UCA grease fittings? Mine came oriented about 30 degrees from vertical, towards the engine. MAJOR pita to grease the pass. side front.

Ideal (in my opinion) is to orient the pass. side front fitting towards the wheel well. The rest can be the same or straight up.

Anyone planning this mod should consider this ahead of time.

-Jay
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 12:04 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by roady94:
-Another question for you Mike.

How did you orient the UCA grease fittings? Mine came oriented about 30 degrees from vertical, towards the engine. MAJOR pita to grease the pass. side front.

Ideal (in my opinion) is to orient the pass. side front fitting towards the wheel well. The rest can be the same or straight up.

Anyone planning this mod should consider this ahead of time.

-Jay
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Funny you should ask that...what a pain in the ass that 1 step has been.

The machine shop decided to point the zerks out...so you can get them through the wheel well...on the front bushings thats just fine, but on the rears, the control arm itself prevents you from getting a gun on the zerk.

Solution to this has been the grease gun attachment that looks like the tip of a soldering iron...it has a zerk on one end (so it pops onto the gun) then it has a metal tube you can press quite firmly on, and then the tube is shaped into a point at the end that you can fit into the check ball of the zerk...long as you press firmly enough on the zerk, grease goes into the bushings just fine...my best angle for greasing them is with the car jacked up and the wheel off...I support the frame with jackstands and let the suspension sit on the bumpstop (my shocks are longer, so it's ok...the spring isn't pushing on the bottom of the shock so I don't need to support the control arms. This gets the tire out of my way and rotates the zerks down so that they can be accessed from straight in at the wheel well...grease em, wipe em clean...put it back together...I shouldn't have to grease so often that I find it annying anyways, should be easy...I just plan to grease a lot in the winter to keep the bushings nice.

The machinist realized he put one of the lower control arms zerks in at a poor angle for greasing, so he put in a 90 degree zerk for me though...it all worked out alright...but yes the position of the bushings and the zerk holes is definitely something to consider that I'd never seen before.
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