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Pulling it together - slowly

Dionk

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 So last couple weeks I’ve been really focused on the rear subframe. I was unaware one of my rear trailing arms was in pretty poor shape. It appears that at some point someone decided to tow the car using the rear trailing arm and that caused some dents.   I posted some pictures of the rear trailing arm on Facebook Bmw 2002 modifiers group and the general consensus was that I could just mount everything and keep on trucking.

 

There was also a comment that my rear trailing arms need to be “boxed” in or should be boxed in. This was the first I had ever heard of doing that.  Having a new modification to consider combined with the damage was enough to get me searching for options. So I did a quick search for trailing arms on eBay and sure enough I was able to find a set had already been boxed in. 

 

Now I get the joy of removing my e21  Rear brake upgrade from the old rear trailing arm and placing them on the new rear trailing arms.   Which are being shipped to me as I type this  - I hope.

 

I also was able to get my front springs load it onto the struts with my bilstein shocks and new rubber.  Thanks to the help of a local BMW enthusiast who happened to have a real spring compression tool. An embarrassing thing happened- I have to tell you - I ordered all front springs not knowing the rear were different. So nw I have extra set of brand new springs. 

 

I  had my axles assembled by my local shop with new boots.  I had them connect the e21 inner cv joints and 2002 outer cv joints to e21 axles and then I painted them all black. 

 

In the engine bay I’m waiting on the firewall grommets to arrive before I fully button up the engine and fill with my new radiator with coolant. 

 

I hav s Shortened drive shaft ordered from I.E.  

 

I had the LSD resealed. 

 

Steady as she goes... PS I bought a 93 e34 touring for another fun project - it will be back burner until I finish this on.

 

Will post some pics soon. 

 

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Some excellent progress Dion!  Wonder why that brake hard line was kept so long?  Do you think a PO purchased a generic length pipe instead of getting the correct length?

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Cool Project! I still have my CVs to do.. and trailing arms to reassemble. 

I have to read about your choice of CV parts and why in a prior post.

The new boots look good, The clamps offered always make me nervous. If I change boots I have to go with Oetiker clamps for peace of mind.

 

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13 hours ago, jgerock said:

Some excellent progress Dion!  Wonder why that brake hard line was kept so long?  Do you think a PO purchased a generic length pipe instead of getting the correct length?

Thank you.  Re hard line length.  Probably as good a guess as any - this was the first time I had ever seen my rear subframe off the car.  i wasn’t sure if that’s just how it was done.  Needless to say I’m replacing all those lines old lines with new ones in the next few weeks.  

 

1 hour ago, mgben said:

Cool Project! I still have my CVs to do.. and trailing arms to reassemble. 

I have to read about your choice of CV parts and why in a prior post.

The new boots look good, The clamps offered always make me nervous. If I change boots I have to go with Oetiker clamps for peace of mind.

 

I’ve never heard of these... will check them out. 

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