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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:33 pm 
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Location: walsh,alberta,canada
so I have this problem with gravel roads
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destroys the underside of my car, the suspension components taking the brunt of it. so I decided to do something about it.
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traced out the arm onto cardboard, then cut it out, then traced the cardboard onto 1/8 steel. used a plasma cutter to get the rough shape, then a angle grinder/flapper disc to finish shaping them.
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then for the sway bar mount hole...I used 2 inch od seamless tubing (not exhaust pipe), centered over existing sway bar hole, welded full circumference on the inside of arm.
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then used a hole saw, cut a 2-1/8 hole in the one steel plate (I marked the hole from the outside of arm, onto plate)
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lined up pretty good! now for welding!
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used various clamps, welding one inch at a time, alternating sides to keep the heat stress to a minimum.
finished product! some touch up welding to fill the low spots, then a final flapper disk grinding.
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before and after
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the arm was fully sandblasted, in and out. I will pour some ''KBS COATINGS'' urethane rust seal into the two remaining holes on top, and role it around, covering the entire inner cavity, to prevent rusting from the inside out. then seal the holes.

that's one finished.

waiting on new whiteline bushings.
in total, maybe 2.5-3 hours for the first one...second one will be quicker.

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3 tech 6*gear
3 tech turbo grind cam
3 tech cylinder head/w/port,polish,blend,oversized s/s valves
gti brake swap
89 white gti twincam....need I say more?
92 metro aka ''blue lump of coal''
92 white metro lsi vert
91 blue chevy sprint (gas sipper)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:46 pm 
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Nice work! Looks almost like a casting. :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:56 pm 
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shit thats nice. you should start making then for sale. im sure there are a few people who would buy them.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:33 pm 
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those will probably be stronger than the arms i added gussets to for rallying. :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:43 pm 
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Well done , That looks great :D

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:26 pm 
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FINALLY AN UPDATE!

been silly busy with work, moving locations and setting up a new shop.
finally got my internet back, was off-line since Saturday due to the shop move.

so on the easter long week-end I tackled the DESTROYED rear swing-arms on the metro- I noticed when I put my summer tires on, I had at the most an inch of steel left, around the outer bushing :shock:

we all know what its like, trying to remove frozen bushing bolts- out came the sawz-all and angle grinder with a zip disc. found enough good used bolts in my bolt bin.

here are some more pics 8)
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look at the hole pounded thru from the gravel road :shock:
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on the right is where the lower outer bushing goes
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mounted on car
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all new whiteline bushings, very well lubed. I wanted to install the rear sway-bar, but I could not find one of the mounts that I had cut off of a parts car, nor could I find my new end links and bushings :x

WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN THE HANDLING!

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89 1.0 turbo firefly
2"exhaust,no cats/resonator
3 tech 6*gear
3 tech turbo grind cam
3 tech cylinder head/w/port,polish,blend,oversized s/s valves
gti brake swap
89 white gti twincam....need I say more?
92 metro aka ''blue lump of coal''
92 white metro lsi vert
91 blue chevy sprint (gas sipper)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:26 am 
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Nice work! Your using the same blue that I have been using for my own car. Was it the salt/rust damage tallied with the gravel abrasion that caused that damage?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:29 pm 
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they don't use much salt if any in my area- most likely from driving 55-70 mph on gravel roads.... :-P
my rear bumper skin is chewed thru as well.... exhaust pipe gets hammered flat at the bend around the gas tank...gas tank is chewed up as well.

every 3 months I spray the underside with gravel guard... it helps a bit.

epoxy- based paint, safety blue in color- almost matches the car!

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89 1.0 turbo firefly
2"exhaust,no cats/resonator
3 tech 6*gear
3 tech turbo grind cam
3 tech cylinder head/w/port,polish,blend,oversized s/s valves
gti brake swap
89 white gti twincam....need I say more?
92 metro aka ''blue lump of coal''
92 white metro lsi vert
91 blue chevy sprint (gas sipper)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:33 pm 
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Nice replacement part, but for the look of the first picture you have a rust problem! :shock:

In my opinion, if you can see rust, deal with it. Will only get worse.

http://owatrol.com/en/all-our-products/ ... l-oil.html

If you can see rust, put this on using a radiator brush.

PROPERTIES

Penetrating rust inhibitor
Stops rust and protects the base metal from further rusting
Penetrates and protects down to the sound metal.
Drives out moisture and air and stabilises
Leaves a bonding film on all surfaces
Excellent adhesion including on galva, alu, zinc, wood ...
Maintains the natural look of the surface (metal, wood, etc.)
Enhanced adhesion, ideal foundation for primers or finishing coats.
Allows paint to be applied direct to firm rust.
Heat resistance up to +175°C
Paint Conditioner
Makes alkyd paint rust inhibiting
Improved paint flow and workability
Better viscosity which allows painting to be carried out in cold, warm or windy conditions.
Replaces damaging thinners; improves hiding power of paint.
Wood impregnation
Deeply penetrates and seals wood.
Protects metal parts.

WHERE TO USE

Ferrous and non ferrous metals. (may be applied on wood, plastics, glass,...)
Lightly to heavily rusted surfaces.
On new surfaces, use OWATROL AP60
May be used in any oil based paints, air drying alkyds, lacquers and varnishes, one component urethanes and asphalt / petroleum based paints. May be mixed with oil based stains/paint to improve impregnation of wood and protection of metal surfaces (hinges and fittings)
Do not mix with quick drying paints (car paints), chlorinated rubber paints, with two components paints and water based paints (see OWATROL-EB and FLOETROL)


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