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I'm sitting here looking at my Cardomain site in my sig...and seeing how basically every mod I've done I've written a DIY for...so I have one on the alternator, upper strut tie bar, springs, sways, cai, exhaust SS brake lines, as well as anything I do in the future. You guys want me to write any of that up for you?

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Austin519 said:
I'm sitting here looking at my Cardomain site in my sig
Ha! So was I. I just finished reading the whole thing like a minute ago and was contemplating in a few suggestions.

http://www.cardomain.com/member_pages/view_page.pl?page_id=184466&page=6


You state regarding the finish of the sways...
"I'll be chroming them anyway"

Are you sure that's a good idea? Chromium plating is very brittle and inflexible and that's exactly what we DONT want on our sways...not to mention the shortend fatigue life of the actual metal.


Same page regarding the rear bar size...
"This bar is the 27mm race bar, and they try to scare you off by saying they don't warranty its use, and you need chassy reinforcement."

I think this is a typo. The front bar is the only bar measuring 27mm. The rear bar is 25mm or 1 inch.


Same page regarding "your friend"...
"I had a friend with this on his TL. He had a wreck and the only thing left of his suspension was this bar and the pieces attached to it."

The bar was fine along with the custom bushings and brackets. The endlink rods will always give up before tearing anything up underneath the body since if you look closely, the rods interior is made up of plastic. Rumour has it that people HAVE already broken their endlink rods in their CLS taking it to the extreme at the track. I can't really comment on this since you really have to be experiencing ALOT of lateral G's to be able to do that. I guess they were lucky enough to be blessed with god's greatest tire and suspension for them to be able to do so.

P.S.

I drive a TLS dammit :p

Oh, and before I forget, I like the site, if me reading it and quoting it didnt give it away already. I am totally for do it yourselfers! And one final thought. Ever think of investing in the Helms manual? Reason why I ask is that the only thing I'd be scared of is not torqueing the nut/bolts properly. I never knew how much of a difference it made untill I started to get warped rotors because of improper lug nut torque.
 

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Hmm. Lemme think about it and get back to you.



Ok - I'm back.

YES!!!

Check out the columns section. That's kind of the place we've been putting them, but I think a FAQ forum may be in order.
 

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edgalang:
Ha ha well aren't you pissy :)

The sways....chroming them, or polishing them to a chrome like finish...is what I meant. I didn't know anyone would EVER be so picky! But then I didn't think about you :D.

Yeah I just realized that today...haven't gotten around to changing everything...including my sig...but I will today.

"The bar was fine along with the custom bushings and brackets. The endlink rods will always give up before tearing anything up underneath the body since if you look closely, the rods interior is made up of plastic."

So I don't see what your problem is here :). Neuspeed says that it'll rip up your chassy...which it won't...that was the point I was making...and yes, that was you I used as an example, you're right.

Actually as much as I give you crap I appreciate you catching those...you nitpicky bastar....nevermind :).

Nah if I ever need a page from the Helms manual I'll get a friend to scan it. $70 is a bit much for me right now. Once I do get one though I'll convert the whole thing to PDF for everyone.

Austin519
p.s. - we all drive TLs bud...we just have the Type S package :D
 

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autoxcls:
I'll write some up tonight :D

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Austin519 said:
edgalang:
Ha ha well aren't you pissy :)

The sways....chroming them, or polishing them to a chrome like finish...is what I meant. I didn't know anyone would EVER be so picky! But then I didn't think about you :D.
I just wanted to raise a flag before you did anything that you might regret. Sometimes I take people over the net literally...so if you say you are going to chrome them, then I'll assume you really meant chrome plating. As for polishing them to shine by stripping off the black coating...uh...the only thing I'd be worried about the reduced rust protection. I was always under the impression that Neuspeed coated their bars for a reason, but then again they came out with the polished strut bar, so I'm kinda stumped.

Austin519 said:

So I don't see what your problem is here :). Neuspeed says that it'll rip up your chassy...which it won't...that was the point I was making...and yes, that was you I used as an example, you're right.
I read up about a miata that had oversized sways and he ended up stripping the thread where the brackets were held. If our endlink rods snap first, then I'm a happy camper (since that's alot easier to fix)...but if the bolts strip the threads in the chasis, then it'll be hell trying to fix that. My point? I dont really have one...I was just trying to be the devils' advocate since noone seems to be saying anything bad about our sways...but if they were...I'm guessing these would be it.

As for the Helm's manual. :angel:
 

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i think this could be very helpful for people, especially if it has lots of pics...i need good directions to read when i change my sways as I was just quoted 60$ to change them from my performance shop:bs:...Shyne:king:
 

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edgalang:
Dude...you'd have to like...either 1) drive off a small cliff or 2) use an impact wrench :rolleyes: to do that :). So I'm not gonna worry anyone.

As for the bars...the polishing would be followed by a clearcoat...but electroplating the sanded bars shouldn't weaken them any...where'd you get that?

Shyne:
Well until I get it written all up...and I'm sorry but I didn't have time last night like I said autoxcls...then you can just check my cardomain site out. It's pretty easy...you're just in an uncomfy upside down position. Get a mechanics roller and the tallest jackstands you can. It would be extremely nice to jack the car up a good 24" from ground to chassy.

BlackShadow:
Yessir!

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Austin519 said:
edgalang:
As for the bars...the polishing would be followed by a clearcoat...but electroplating the sanded bars shouldn't weaken them any...where'd you get that?
I asked jeeves of course :typing:

As for trying to break our own bars...a small cliff? naw...how bout driving up a sidewalk (if your clearance will let you) ;)
 

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speed:
I got mine from Lightning Motorsports...you WILL have to specify the rear RACE bar or you won't get it...any they'll probably give you shit about it. They were like $130 apiece...but I'll tell you who you should go to is Shawn over at www.afsmotorsports.com. He's a nice guy who I've been buying all my stuff from...he will cut you a deal. Tell him you know Austin with the 2002 TLS and he'll probably be more willing to deal :) I've beat him into submission on price so many times. Heh...

edgalang:
I'd rather tell my friends I drove off a cliff than ramped up a sidewalk :D

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