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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject: Question Handling kit / tools needed... Reply with quote

I'm expecting delivery of the handling kit via ZSPOT on Monday...(the front and rear sways,trailing arms,and rear STB)he offered the following advice,and I'm lookin' for a lil' more info w/o buggin' him too much.

ZSPOT qoute;

"Install on everything is pretty straight forward. You may need to drop the rear of the engine cradle to get the front sway bar out easier. The front sway bar also comes with new bushings and end links. And yes, you would be better off getting the brackets from Don Rome. It makes the install a piece of cake. Otherwise, you would need to remove rear struts and drill holes."

My question(s) would be along the lines of what tools I would need to do it myself?
Such as socket depth/size(s),wrenches,etc...as most of my "good" tools reside at work and I don't want to drag a whole bunch of stuff back and forth...even though I may just chip away at it.I will be ordering the Don Rome brackets here shortly.

Thanx for any feedback Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

A standard set of sockets should get almost everything done.

I don't know how often people actually have to fiddle with the engine cradle.... my front sway bar installed very easily without doing anything extra.

The biggest problem I had was getting the rusted bolts out of the rusted journals for the trailing arms (the end toward the front of the car) I would recommend spraying them daily from now until your install with penetrating oil like fluid film or something similar, and having a torch, vise, and BFH handy as well.

Everything went smoothly for me, those journals (one for each trailing arm) being the only problem.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As for the "standard socket set"...do you actually mean standard or metric?

Concerning the BFH,would that be standard or metric...right-handed or left-handed...or both,one for each side? Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

patyson wrote:
As for the "standard socket set"...do you actually mean standard or metric?

Concerning the BFH,would that be standard or metric...right-handed or left-handed...or both,one for each side? Laughing

Thanx for the info


I want to say metric but I installed mine 4 or 5 years ago and I don't recall the sizes for sure. When I (absentmindedly) said "standard set" I meant a set containing both systems

BFH is unilaterally compatible to lefties, righties, americans, and the rest of the world Laughing

No problem.. spray those bolts and journals! You don't want to wait until d-day to start spraying 'em.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

"BFH is unilaterally compatible to lefties, righties, americans, and the rest of the world "

Well,I'm more American than I am ambidextrous...so,we'll see. Rolling Eyes

Thanx

edit; Oh yeah,I had the oil changed and a tire rotation/balance today...so while she was up in the air,based on thinking metric,it looked to us to be anywhere from maybe 14mm up to maybe a 28mm to get it done all the way around...sound familiar anyone?...anyone,anyone...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I want to say that the trailing arms have either a 22 or24mm, I'm going to go with 24 for the large bolt/nut combo that doesn't want to come apart. Impact will take care of this, just switch directions. The 3 that go into the up in the subframe should be 15 mm, small impact turned down to the no break setting works the best. Back it out a bit, spray some lube in, work it back and forth till she comes out easy.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Great info from you guys and great news...for me,at least...my new neighbor right across the street has a brand new compressor and all the goodies to go along with it.So,between the vast knowledge I get here,his help,and my lil' bit of both I should be able to get it done within the next couple of weekends. Can't wait.

Hopefully my next post via this thread will be my opinions on the new setup.

Thanx again...I'm certainly still inviting any more feedback in the interim. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I didn't realize you had an LS Sport and not just a regular LS.

I'm not sure what components come stock on the LS Sport, some of the GMPP parts might already be on your car.

Maybe measure diameters with a caliper before loosening off any bolts? Unless of course you want to replace with a shinier version of the same part. Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The LS sport was only an appearance package. No other goodies. Mad

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ZSPOT wrote:
The LS sport was only an appearance package. No other goodies. Mad


Well, if nothing else, it means Patyson isn't buying parts he already has Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well...got the Don Rome brackets a couple of days ago,and got the rear STB mounted today.It's probably all in my head,but,I swear I noticed a difference. Rolling Eyes

Still need to get to the underside...will post back when I get that part done.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Its not in your head. The rear stb makes a huge difference

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Its not in your head. The rear stb makes a huge difference



Very Happy Thanx for the feedback...one less thing that's in my head. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

lol, many people agree that the addition of a rear stb is the single best mod (esp for the price) for suspension on these cars. I love it since I added mine

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you do the sway bars and trailing arms,as well?

Thanx

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