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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:14 pm

The bushings on the shock or suspension arms? I've done it twice so far. Maybe my idea of snug is wrong. Should the bolts then be just finger tight when doing the bouncing and driving around the block?
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Brian » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:21 pm

Yes, the stock bushings..and you must release them or car will sit high. That's what those workshop notes are telling you.

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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:29 pm

I swear I've been following those very directions, but I'll do it once again. This time I won't tighten up the bolts as snug and I'll bounce the car even harder. Hopefully that will release the bushings.

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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Brian » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:46 pm

Put two big people in the car and bounce it good if you need. Do it again after 500 more miles and it will sit down.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:04 pm

If, and that's if I've tried all your suggestions and it still hasn't setteled, would new bushing like these work? http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda-Performance-Part/61-0571.html
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Brian » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:10 pm

Changing bushings not the answer, it just needs to get done right. You will get it done. If needed, drive a few hundred first and try again.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:21 pm

Very good.

Once again, thanks for the help.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:42 pm

Brian,

As I'm sure you well know, it's a real PITA to tork the bolts when the car is sitting on the ground. That's the way I've been doing it so far. To get more room for leverage, would it still work if the rear of the car was driven up some ramps? That way the suspension is still under load. Or does the car always have to be level to get it right?

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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Va MX5 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:07 pm

Hi Bart,

I just finished pulling out the rear shocks last weekend, following the same install info. No problems were encountered. Starting with the rear wheels in the air, the rear shocks in place, the bolts for the lower shock mount and the two upper links were tightened by hand using only my fingers. The car is then lowered & fully loaded by it's own weight, only then, are the bolts torqued down to spec. The trick to this stuff is getting under a fully weighted car to tighten the bolts. The easiest way for me is to lower all 4 car tires down onto 4 equal sized blocks, 12 inches high, and then get under the car to do the work. Yes, all 4 corners /tires are sitting on these bolcks during the procedure. Safety is the 1st concern, so find the right type of bolcks for the job. I use 12 inch wheel cribs, made by RaceRamps for this type of work. Good luck, you can do this, if I could.

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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:22 pm

Thanks Pat, very helpful.

Now to locate these blocks you speak of....
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Brian » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Bart wrote:Great pics of the project car. Now, how do you remove the chrome around the front grill? I think all black would have a sportier look.

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I missed this until now. There is likely a way to do it...but I have not tried it.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby skeeler » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Bart wrote:Great pics of the project car. Now, how do you remove the chrome around the front grill? I think all black would have a sportier look.

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If you have an NC2, you could swap in a Sport/SV grill. Alternately, I've seen some people cover the chrome with vinyl, paint, or plasti-dip.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Freescopesdad » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:43 pm

I plastdipped mine more than a year ago and it still looks perfect.
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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Bart » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:16 am

Brian,

Do you ever intend to try Koni Sports on the 2012 PRHT project? I'll bet I'm not the only one that would like to see what the outcome is.

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Re: Our New 2012 PRHT SS Project....

Postby Brian » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:18 pm

Yes, have thought about it....but the wife loves the car as it is on the Bilsteins currently....and I must admit it is really in a sweet spot right now, balance and handling and power are all great.

So, at least until the Bilsteins get a bit longer in the tooth I don't think I can convince her of the 'need' to try something else.
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