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Front Subframe Restoration


Mark92131

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I took my rusty front subframe over to my brother's house and he welded in the IE subframe reinforcement plate.  The front subframe received the same powder coat treatment as the rear, RAL 7043.  I had both of them done at Anocote Powder Coating in Mira Mesa.  They also did the ST Sway bars and knocked the surface rust off of my rotors and drums for about $300 all in.  Assembly was pretty straight forward, new rubber stock bushings, new heavy duty IE control arms, new OEM Idler Arm bushings, DIY Yellow Chromate Zinc coating on the hardware, new IE Sway Bar End Links, and new center link track rod.  The steering box wasn't leaking, so I cleaned it up, installed a new rubber steering coupler and remounted it.

 

I disassembled the front struts, gave the tubes and hubs a nice repaint in Krylon Satin Black.  I installed new races and wheel bearings and ended up installing new Bilstein HD struts, Eibach springs, new upper strut bearings and fixed front camber plates.  I used the POR-15 Caliper Refinishing Kit in Silver.  I was a long multi-step process and I was not blown away with the end result, but it should keep them protected and looking nice for a while.  I cleaned up the hard brake lines and installed new OEM rubber brake hoses.

 

I won't install the front struts and the new IE Tie Rod Assemblies on the subframe until I'm ready to put it in the car.  With those pieces installed, the front subframe is too heavy to move it by myself.  My plan is to assemble the subframe on a rolling cart, install the motor and trans in the subframe, roll it under the car on my MaxJax lift and lower the car into position to bolt the subframe back in.  The other option would be to assemble the subframe, motor and trans on the floor under the car on the MaxJax, lower the car and then use the engine picker to pull the whole subframe up into position to bolt the subframe back in.  We'll see which method wins out in the end.

 

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