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 Post subject: DIY GTi rear toe arms
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:04 am 
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Thought that i would share:

http://www.redlinegti.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=40168


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:03 pm 
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Just some thoughts...

The 95-01 North American cars...

The toe bars are longer and are heavier built.

The result of using the adjustable toe bars made for the 89-94 cars is that they are too short when dropping the car to the 89-94 ride height. The center shaft has to be longer by about 20mm I'd say if not switching over to disc brakes and the resulting change in the rear control arms to the GT(i) arms.

This is experience from using RTCW's toe bars on my car pre/post rear disc change.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:09 pm 
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Whiteline adjustable Subaru impreza wrx arms fit, just need to get some smaller internal dia sleeves made with the same external dia to fit the bushes.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:12 am 
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I know, but Im on a tight budget. The WRX arms retail for $326AUD and the mazda arms cost me $36 from a wrecker. They do the same job in the end and if i want ill replace the bushes with poly urethane later.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:39 pm 
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Point taken,
the reason I went down that route is because trying to get anything "special" for the Swift over here is like trying to find hens teeth!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:59 am 
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Redline thread updated. Toe arms finished and installed for a total cost of $46AUD.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:24 pm 
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:shock:

Thank you for posting this. That is one of the problems with me getting mine back on the road.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:29 am 
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swiftmotorsport wrote:
Whiteline adjustable Subaru impreza wrx arms fit, just need to get some smaller internal dia sleeves made with the same external dia to fit the bushes.


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Love the single cable tie just holding the rear brake lines :lol: I'm sure it was only a temporary thing!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:50 pm 
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Yes they were only temparary, I've now removed them to save weight! :lol: .

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:23 pm 
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swiftmotorsport wrote:
Yes they were only temparary, I've now removed them to save weight! :lol: .


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:51 am 
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suprf1y wrote:
swiftmotorsport wrote:
Yes they were only temparary, I've now removed them to save weight! :lol: .


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Just save yourself the hassle next time and use bubble gum :-P

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:19 am 
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http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Swedged-6 ... ,2130.html
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113$ for two bar kit plus shipping
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:24 pm 
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Nice find, but you'll need either:

- a shim to take up the gap from 0.5" to 12mm.
- a 12mm insert to replace the 1/2 insert that fits inside the bushings.
- to knock out the 12mm stud on the knuckle and replace it with a 1/2" bolt/stud.

I'm sure if you can crank down the nut tight enough that it shouldn't move but I'd rather have a proper fitting bolt / sleeve.

Thanks for the tip.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:44 am 
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I'm thinking of getting a pair of appropriately sized threaded donor control arms and welding on stock swift/metro ends.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:23 am 
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Could we not just weld a steel strip to the existing arm to reduce flex and then change the bushings to poly to keep it firm?


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