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Old 03-29-2012, 09:24 AM   #101
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #102
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Here is a picture of the unpainted 20 dollar top hats...
Have you got a picture from other angles? and if you could give me a drawing with measurements that'd be great!

My front GAZ's are on 14 CLicks and I might turn them up some more to be honest I had them on 6 and it was waaaaaaaaay too soft the front end would compress down and feel all squishy.

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Haha toyed with the idea of a black bonnet but there'd be too much AE86 about it!
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:45 PM   #103
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real simple. 1.75 DOM tubing with a .093" wall thickness. two inches on the bottom. 1/2 on top (for bushing locator) and some 1/8 thick square stock. weld everything up. drill a hole for the bushing sleeve (9/16 works perfect) and then cut of as much as possible from underneath. In hindsight, i'd have cut open the bottoms first. then tack weld the tubing on top to locate it, then welded everthing underneath. Reason? looks better and of course you'd have to just barely open up the shock tower. I used a 2 1/16 inch hole saw bit to cut mine open, and it ended up being the perfect size. but cutting things like this open always sketches me out.


materials...


first weld...


plate welded and the top bushing locator


after lots and lots of grinding to smooth everything out...
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #104
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Thank you very much for that! I'll have a go if I get the GAZ's on the Bumpstops after lowering more.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:47 AM   #105
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One of my best rolling shots to date.

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #106
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Just to give you guys the heads up, as low as my car was i was hitting upper control arms on the shock tower. Ive raised up a little and slide my shock back back up in the pinch fork to reduce the preload and niw the car feels much better. Im going to get it aligned but to be honest, im still leaning towards the valving in the konis over the gaz...
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:14 PM   #107
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:05 AM   #108
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If your going to be slamming it that low then it could be causing an issue, maybe worth having a word with GAZ see if they can make a different front shock for you, but I'm well happy with my setup I can't go any lower due to humps and to be honest being another inch lower I really can't see it making any difference to handling as Dave said being lower is not allways better!! Koni do make excellent shocks and are better than Gaz in design, but they need revalving on top of the cost of the shocks, plus shipping two ways, unless you can get them revalved in US?? I'd definately get some decent coilover sleeve adapters the ones that can be welded with the pound springs you use for extra safety.
To be honest maybe should have gone and spent a bit extra over Gaz and gone with hotbits which could have tailored on better adjustable shocks and ally top hats although you'd probably still run into shock travel issues with those too. I think your just trying to be a little too extreme, I'd set yours up to the same height as mine and try my same geo settings and see how you get on I'm sure my setup with proper track tyres on would be awesome it already does feel awesome with wets on!! When on the race track it's just great and on decent non bumpy roads holds corners better than the Beemer which handles brilliantly anyway compared to most tuned cars!
Have you tried adjusting the damping much yet? I've got mine turned up quite high all round and my Geo is -3.5 camber on front (can go to -4 and does feel good trying to make tyres last longer!) 0 toe in on front, and on the rear I have -2 camber (be good to get that upto -3) and toe in at 1 degree in the dry when tyres upto heat this setup is really balanced with a hint of oversteer although I control this with rear ride height, if I want more OS then go higher on the back, if less go lower. In the wet it is a handful if you don't pay attention lots of power off oversteer so you have to keep the power on all the time to keep it pulling in the right direction but it makes it fun to drive!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:42 AM   #109
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found this on my fb news feed

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:33 PM   #110
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hey rich, I'm guessing your talking towards me... Let me know what your pavement to high arch clearance is, and I might try it. I'm also considering maybe making some slightly shorter extended top hats, but I doubt that i will. However I am REALLY curious about the rear camber options you have thought up... I'm digging the adjustable rear pillow ball (ish) mount option... but i've also been thinking about making a piece that is one unit that fits into the stock mount for the lower control arms and move the lower control arms out... like this, btw this is NOT to scale, took about 10 mins to crank this out
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:18 PM   #111
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Benny, do you always roll with one eye open?
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #112
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I can't go any lower due to humps and to be honest being another inch lower I really can't see it making any difference to handling as Dave said being lower is not allways better!!
I'm not lowering it for handling. JUST for looks.

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Yea awesome Adam at 621.com's photo that's been shared again!

My Shoot All Crew are going to be looking so hot this year!

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Benny, do you always roll with one eye open?
Yep. I love the unsymmetrical look.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #113
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Whooopsie I may have bought ANOTHER set of wheels lols


Probably one of the only very few sets of 5x100 TOM'S Vesta's. Google only comes up with 5 pics of the 4x100 versions.

I love them! Gotta buy some superforma adapters soon, just gotta guage how thick I need them to go over my standard studs.






Oh and I'm getting the Decals done in a different colour, Black and white I think.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #114
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one second, let me just go pick my jaw up off the floor.....
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #115
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wait, isn't toms' a toyota thing?
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:30 PM   #116
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I thought it was a yota thing too?
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #117
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adapters and ET offset

If the offset on those are very high e.g 45-50 then it maybe possible but you'll definatey have to roll the rear arches in and maybe even have them pushed out a bit to fit adapters on and the wheels
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:26 PM   #118
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Hmm well the TOM's wheels are on hold for now as a nice package turned up today!



Even came with wrapping paper and happy birthday written on it! No customs charges! Woot! Haha

Got them out and had a FAP!









GO DAMN I LOVE THEM! They look super old skool JDM sickness up against the car.

Just ordered Four 165/50/15's to go on them.

Ordering some 25mm adpaters soon. They will be ET-7 once those are fitted looool Awesome!

Excited!
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:53 AM   #119
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Got to say I am not a fan of those tom's wheels but the ssr's are the next level of awesomeness !!!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:15 AM   #120
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Nice wheels but not so sure on your tyre choice! 165 it's gonna handle like a Shitroen 2CV!!
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Got to say I am not a fan of those tom's wheels but the ssr's are the next level of awesomeness !!!
Yea the TOM'S were a bit of an impulse buy lol

I LOOOOVE the SSR's tho! They are at the polishers at the mo and I've got Marine grade Stainless allen head bolts coming to replace the prehistoric SSR Hardware.

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Nice wheels but not so sure on your tyre choice! 165 it's gonna handle like a Shitroen 2CV!!
Again not massively bothered about handling dude. A little nice looking stretch will help me fit them in the arches better.

Ordered my SuperForma PCD adapters. The effective offset will be ET-7 lol
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:23 AM   #122
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More JDM Goodness turned up. Along with a import charge. ******s.


Genuine JDM Train Handle and a Daisy Creative C-Life JDM Electric Blind.







Little video of the blind.

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Don't know if I'd rock it but still an awesome JDM addition.
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those blinds look pretty sick !!!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:51 AM   #125
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How much are those blinds? They're pretty nice! I'd love them on my 2nd gen & is it legal under California regulations? But Benny's at it again!
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