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    Steve's Tech article.

    With some help from our friends, TRZ, Aerospace Engineering, Moroso and Warren Racing. We upgraded the front suspension and brakes on the wagon. First we took the wagon to Ned Couch (The Seat Cover King) to get it weighed so we can order the front Trick springs from Moroso. We already had the TRZ control arms and Aerospace Brakes on hand. This is what the wagon weighed with out driver.



    With the help of my Grand Daughter, Chloe, we put the brakes together.

    Apply red thread locker and torque to 40FT LBS.






    Apply red lock tight and torque to 20 FT LBS. Then bolt the rotor to the hub and Torque to 30 Ft LBS.



    Jake disassembled the right side.



    Last edited by WR169; 02-14-2012 at 06:27 AM.
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    I took the Spindles to Kenny Grimes Racing to get them modified and the brakes initially set up.
    He cut the old caliper mounts off and drilled and tapped two of the old back cover holes.



    These are the goodies to go on.



    Jake getting it together. We used a spring compressor from Advance Auto rent a tool. Make sure you use lots of oil on the threads. It works better.



    The final product



    Before





    After.



    We knew it would set higher on the new springs and would settle. The old springs were about 7 years old and had a coil and a half cut off so now it looks like a Gasser. LOL.



    We still need to take it to Jake's work, Ride Wright Tire, and do the front end alignment. We weighed everything and lost 40 pounds total.

    Lower control arm 14.5 lbs. new 7.5
    upper control arms 7.5 new 5
    old hub 19.5 new 15
    spindle before mod. 12 after 11
    Caliper old 6.5 new 1 (I stood on the scale and picked it up and the weight didn't change.)

    Update 6 Mar 12:

    Chuck Woloch did the front end alignment and made sure all the bump steer was out of it. Thanks Chuck.

    This photo is from the first Test and Tune.

    Last edited by WR169; 03-08-2012 at 06:02 PM.
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    Nice job Steve! What's that blue S10 in the background all about?
    Jake Amatisto
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    Steve, the poll is live on the NMCA FB page...tell your friends to vote!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMCAJake View Post
    Nice job Steve! What's that blue S10 in the background all about?
    Jake that is Jake's first vehicle and daily driver . Well used to be. Now he only drives it on nice days. We stepped up the crate 350 to a 383 last summer using old parts from the wagon along with some new. TH350, 3500 stall and 373 gears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMCA Aaron View Post
    Steve, the poll is live on the NMCA FB page...tell your friends to vote!!
    Thanks Aaron.
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    3105!!!! Put that hog on a diet... lol great write up Steve-o
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    http://www.photoreflect.com/store/Or...&po=171&pc=234


    The changes made a huge difference! Launches great guys!
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    Denny it did lose 40 lbs Thanks Andy.
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    Good luck Steve. This is a great write up

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    Thanks F8L GT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WR169 View Post
    Thanks F8L GT.
    The way I look at it is we are both winners of some free stuff!!!! glad I didnt buy my membership last month

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    I just got mine Monday LOL. Your machine work is impressive. You have some nice toys. LOL good luck to you also.
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    Thanks, it would've been a lot easier and less time consuming if I could've done them at work on the CNC. Lots of hrs invested in machining

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