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We Fix Our Chassis Flex With A Few Bolt-On Parts From BMR.
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October 01, 2010
The new trailing arm simply bolts on in place of the stocker. We left the end that connects to the chassis disconnected while we tackled the toe rod above it.
The new trailing arm simply bolts on in place of the stocker. We left the end that connect
And here are the nearly installed trailing and toe arms. We did run into one issue involving the inner toe rod bolt (yellow arrow) on the driver side. It was really difficult to get this out since it ran into the gas tank before being all the way out of the hole. Since we didn't want to drop the tank, we used a prybar to gently deform the tank until the bolt came out of the hole. On reassembly, we simply reversed the bolt and ran it in the opposite direction (with the nut on the side facing the tank). This wasn't an issue on the passenger side.
And here are the nearly installed trailing and toe arms. We did run into one issue involvi
The insert for the outer frame was a bit trickier to get into place. We inserted it into the slotted hole and then carefully maneuvered it until it lined up with the two frame holes (red arrows). We also had a small magnet on hand just in case we knocked it too far out of position.
The insert for the outer frame was a bit trickier to get into place. We inserted it into t
Lastly, we installed the new driveshaft tunnel brace. It's easy to see this brace is far stronger than the flimsy stamped steel factory piece. Also, all of the BMR parts can be ordered in black hammer tone or red powdercoat finishes.
Lastly, we installed the new driveshaft tunnel brace. It's easy to see this brace is far s
We scribed around the eccentric before removing the stock toe rod. This helped us at least be in the ballpark alignment-wise when the swap was done.
We scribed around the eccentric before removing the stock toe rod. This helped us at least
Here's how the outer inserts should look when properly in place.
Here are the new subframe connectors fully installed. Total time to get them installed was a leisurely hour. Combined with the rear trailing and toe arms, we had less than three hours invested. After an alignment, we will have to hit the track to see if we notice a difference.
Here are the new subframe connectors fully installed. Total time to get them installed was
The toe rod's job is to hold and maintain the toe settings of the rear wheels, similar to tie rods up front. The new ones are much stronger and, like the trailing arms, employ poly bushings for even less deflection. BMR also offers an adjustable version.
The toe rod's job is to hold and maintain the toe settings of the rear wheels, similar to
The BMR subframe connectors use factory holes in the frame, but not all of these holes are threaded. To solve this, BMR provides inserts. The one shown here adds a nut to the hole and clearance for the rear bolt (which already has a nut welded in the frame hole). The extended handle made it easy to get in place.
The BMR subframe connectors use factory holes in the frame, but not all of these holes are
With the inserts installed, we could then attach the subframe connectors. The connectors increase stiffness by joining three key areas of the vehicle's chassis. Constructed of 1x1-inch tubing (0.120 wall thickness), they are definitely strong enough, and their low-profile design doesn't kill ground clearance.
With the inserts installed, we could then attach the subframe connectors. The connectors i
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