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Freebird: SR20VE+T 510 Wagon

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Great ride height! You are making me think about 13's for my wagon now.

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I cut off the bump stop peanuts on the frame rails, so at this point there is still about 2in of suspension travel until the diff housing hits a trunk floor strut.

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:poop: This build makes me wanna build my wagon :crying: It'd be a SERIOUS CHALLENGE though :sick:

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Looking good so far.

 

Just an FYI: that rubber backing on the padding you used can trap moisture under it.

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Hey, I just went to your youtube page. Is that a cassette player and you just slide your phone in to the slot and the tape player picks up the sound from your phone? Did you have to modify the car sterio?

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Yep, that's exactly what it is.
I spliced a male audio jack into the tape player right before the amplifiers and then mounted it so that it would engage my phones audio jack when I pushed it in.
The phone plays signal to the amplifier, you can then use the tape player knobs to change the volume, bass, etc.
The tape player then sends the signal to the speaker. No modification to the car speaker system.

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Looking good so far.

 

Just an FYI: that rubber backing on the padding you used can trap moisture under it.

 

 

 Hmmm, didn't think of that. Good thing I don't live in a wet climate.... oh wait.

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I managed to talk Jeff Hino into helping me respray the wagon.
And by respray I of course mean cut off both quarter panels, along with both rocker panels, fix the underlying rot, weld on replacements panels, body work all of the new panels, strip the roof to metal, remove the doors, remove the windows, strip and paint the jams, reinstall the doors, align all the panels, "fix" all of my shabby bodywork I have been doing to this point, block, the whole car and then spray.
We figured if we both did one side it couldn't possible take more than 2 or 3 weeks... 
 
 
We started with the easy part, cutting the car to pieces.
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Then welding on better panels.
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More grinding away of 4 decades of resprays.
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epoxy primer
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it puts the filler on, it sands the filler off, it puts the filler on, it sands the filler off.
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primer over the body work, paint in the jams, and rehang the doors.
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align all the panels.
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More bodywork, more primer.
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more body work, more primer
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wetsand
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and finally... color.
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And several months later, its now time to reassemble.

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Nice color!

 

Gonna look really nice when back together.

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As it sat once we removed the masking, 
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Some dynomat, some door seals, some trim
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LOTS of buffing by Jeff as I reassembled the front and rear.
Then put it on the ground.
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Sewed up my own headliner based on the scraps I pulled out of the car.
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Reassembled and windows installed. Datsport seals with a brand new windsheild.

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Thanks again for the help Jeff!

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Damn! Now u almost make me want to paint my truck back to its stock color...Its the same green

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^^ The Canadians have spoken!

 

Looks so awesome Sam!

 

When can I park my wagon in your garage Jeff?  I like what happens there.

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Sick goon!

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Thanks again for the help Jeff!

 

 

No problem buddy!  It was super fun how we each had a side!  

 

 

 

 

 

When can I park my wagon in your garage Jeff?  I like what happens there.

 

Bring it over buddy!!!   

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I've mostly just been enjoying daily driving the wagon with its new paint for the last couple months. 

But then Jeff convinced me race cars are more fun than show cars... 

We found the Evergreen Raceway just started doing autocross events again. It was too tempting.

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Unfortunately, no action shots from my first auto X.

Pushing the wagon to the limit for several hours made one thing clear, while my suspension is low, it is TERRIBLE for handling.
Most apparent was how soft the rear was, the repacked leaves must have a spring rate of about 100 lb/in each, unacceptable.

Talking with Carter, he suggested I try out some adjustable rear shocks he had around. I measured my current setup but it turned out they wouldn't fit.
However, I then knew I had an overall shock length of 14".

There was a set of Tesla roadster suspension that was sitting around Jeff's shop that I had been eyeballing for my eventual IRS Setup.
A quick measurement and who'd have guessed, nearly 14".

Internet searches show these coils being somewhere around 200lb/in, I couldn't find any exact numbers but, I figured anything is better than the leafs alone. 
Plus I would get some better damping. The suspension seems to be the same as that on the Lotus Elise, says mister google.

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First was to bolt up the wheel side. The stock thru hole was 3/8" where as the 510 stud was 5/8".
I noticed it looked like there was a reducer bushing in the suspension, sure enough there was and the bore after removing it? 5/8".
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Now it was just a matter of making upper mounts to fit in the stock bolt pattern from the shock mount plates.

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Two angle brackets were made to catch either side of the coil over pivot as well half of the mounting holes.  

There are two mounting locations for the pivot, one puts the pivot near the stock location, the other moves the point further inboard to reduce ride height if necessary.

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And done. The ride is way better, reduced my body roll by a ton!

The only down side is a 1" ride height increase in the rear. The inner mount may siolve this but that position interferes with the e-brake cable. I may just block it down instead.
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Next race is on Saturday, we'll see how it goes.



 

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Good luck today Sam.

I'm excited to hear if the stiffer rear end = better cornering or if it lifts the inside wheel leaving you with one tire fire.

 

Do we get videos this time?  Action shots?

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I think it looks perfect with the rake

 

oh Rockauto has the shocks with the springs  50$ just use stock location no work

 

p/n or link?

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