Last week I finally got my front suspension done! Tie rods, sway bar links, control arms(upper and lower), lbj's, and as well as motor mounts, transmission mount, and the radiator, car is driving much better. Had original control arms,tie rods, and sway bar links since Mile 0 but the lbj's had been replaced, but it's better to be safe than sorry for lbj's. Gotta love spending money on a car I love to drive.
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Changed out the famous ball joints, tie-rod ends, caster arms (I didn't want to screw with having to take the bushings out, just replaced the whole arm) and just got done with the alignment. People, if your front end feels loose, rattles, tires howl, and car's handling isn't what it once was, don't screw around, change your caster arms/bushings and ball joints/tie rods. I didn't even know about our cars front suspension issues, until I accidentally ran across member's ball joint failure post... I had all the 'issues', that fixed all of it and now the car feels like brand new again. Now, looking at Grom kits, need to replace the rear door actuators, blah blah blah.... lol.
Rear 19mm subframe bolt finally back in and GS is now driveable.....
About 2 weeks ago, some tweaker decided to remove the 12mm nut from one side of my Daizen rear sway bar and one 19mm subframe bolt... I guess in hopes of taking the sway bar and Tom's 6-links on my BCP GS. They probably got scared off when the 19mm bolt came out as the subframe is under pressure and a loud bang is heard. Well.... I finally went to source a used subframe bolt and got that in and it's now driveable. Need to buy a new end link since it bent due to 12mm nut missing.
I got the parts from Sewell, and I had a guy do it for me. I try to do most 'DYI's', but something as critical as those, I go to my guy. He's ASE certified, and builds/fabricates racecars for fun. He once fabricated the rusted out frame on my 4Runner, I trust his work. He only charged me 150$. (darn alignment was almost as much... lol)
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