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PostSubject: Grip S chassis build   June 21st 2012, 2:59 pm

One day I wanted to go to the track just to try it out, and well since that day i got addicted to it. So my car became a track car build with street car in mind...so I thought. I bought this chasis about 2 Years ago from someone on here, cant remember who. It was somehwere in indiana, the car needed some new fenders hood and bumper.
This is how I got the car with a hood just dont have a picture.

The Hatch had wing holes so changed that.


The donor car



About a week after I bought the car had planed on going to Tail of the dragon in tenessee. So quickly swaped all the panels over and old crapy coilovers and the car ened up looking like this.

Some sunken in wheels, but thats all I had with a decent tire.

Made it to tenese

The car stayed like that for a ffew months.
Went on an cruise to Iowa, front wheels are dirty because I was running carbotech front pads

Then I found some wheels with star specs on them from someone on here again.
Getting them to fit 16x8 10 offset with 225-50-16



The car needed new suspention the front was blown. So decided to do the front first. Bought some 3000gt bilstein front inserts took apart the unknown brand coilovers. Made some sleeves to take up the room. Dont have too many pictures of this one but just wait theres much more.




Also fixed the rust on my floor

For the back of the car I used z32 uprights and bilstein rod end shocks. I only have 1 picture of that but its okay I have more next time around all of this is still 2010.
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I now have to go to work but will continue tomorow for now i will leave you with 2011 winter photo.
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 21st 2012, 4:43 pm

Nice work on the Bilstein inserts.

On another note, it is "chassis" and "grip"
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 21st 2012, 5:14 pm

I thought he meant Gripy's chassis build.
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 25th 2012, 1:28 am

Ok well at this point of the build the car was stock KA, Bilstein front shock inserts, rear Bilstein rod end shocks, 94 Q45 front brakes, some carbotech brake pads, and 16x8 rota grids.
The car was driving pretty well a little rough in the front due to the shocks not being re-valved. Either way it was a blast and was very happy that it did not burn a drop of oil or leak any fluids. This by far is the strongest running KA I have ever had. Took the car to Tail of the dragon for a week, and drove it home with zero issues.
Then finally went to my first track day. It was at Blackhawk Farms Raceway hosted by HRP, and it was the best time Ive ever had in a car. After that came home with boiled blue brake fluid and some photos.
Here is some photos of that event and Tail from 2010-2011
















Ok so I went to 2 more track days after that and got hooked, it was a blast. So winter came and decided to redo some things on the car.
Started with tear down and fix the little rust developing in fenders from pulling them and few other spots.


Broke a subframe stud so I cut a hole in the trunk, pounded it out, and ordered a stainless steel 20mm shoulder bolt. Spot welded it in and closed the hole. Didn't find much information on it forgot to take a picture, but 20mm shank diameter and 80mm bolt works great with a riser subframe bushings. With regular bushings you will need a longer one.

Decided to do some stitch welding to the front shock towers and make some fender braces.







Made new front shock housings with static -2 degrees of camber without camber plates, and slightly more room for a bigger tire inside later on.
Made solid differential bushings out of some 6061, and solid engine mounts out of UHMW plastic. Also have some new front shocks re-valved, changed my spring rates to 10k front 8k rear. Built some much nicer rear upper shock mounts.
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Bought a OMP seat and 6pt harness for it so needed a harness bar and that escalated into building a half cage. Wink









To mount the seat I wanted it a bit lower and thought $200 for rails is ridiculous. So I took a hammer to the floor welded in 1x1.5 rectangle stock. Bought some universal sliders and mounted the seat. In the end it was cheaper but kind of a pain if I were to do it again I would just cut the whole floor out and make a nice flat floor pan.





The rear toe rods had allot of flex in them every time I had to align the car.(circuit sport) So i decided to make some with quality bearings and much stronger materials. While I was at it built some traction rods as well.

This was just the first draft, the threaded end was changed on the final product. Haven t had time to redo it to the new one.





I have not had carpet in the car for a while so figured to Herculine it. Some people told me it will melt get dirty and be very hot in the car. So far the only thing that melts is my right heel on very hot track days, which is why I bought a heel guard and it works great.



Since I did a little bit of body work it needed paint was just going to match the original paint and touch it up. But... well that ended up into painting the car metallic Cadillac silver inside and out, except engine bay. If I did it would of ended up with engine work and what ever else i came up with so I just left it for next winter.



I also decided to try our 2003 altima rear rotors need a bit more rear brake bias.

Have a bunch of little things I am kind of working on when I have time. Just made an exhaust yesterday from some sort of aftermarket 2.5in Honda muffler and resonator. In the end it actually sounds very nice. At the track I just run downpipe now KA's love to breathe lol I will try to get a picture of it.
Will post finished pictures of the car soon need to get the photos of another computer.
This season so far Have done about 350 track miles and everything is much more solid. It would be cool to see more S chassis at the track. I would recommend it to anyone that likes driving, does not matter what car your in or anything. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 25th 2012, 2:44 am

Making your own arms and shit, cool! Did you design them as well, or just copy some arms that are already out there?
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 25th 2012, 12:25 pm

I designed them to what i figured would work, actually made 2 diferent lenghts to see what worked better. Then to make sure they were what they wanted I beat on the car lol. Plan on doing RUCAS sometime in the future.
My favorite was the engine mount because it was like $10 in materials.
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 25th 2012, 12:49 pm

Nice work. Keep it up.
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   June 27th 2012, 11:02 pm

LOL at the big dumbass watrmarks on pictures noone would ever want to steal . .hahaha
either way .. shit looks like its coming around pretty legit .. but what do I know .. I just skimmed through the pictures ..
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PostSubject: Re: Grip S chassis build   August 25th 2012, 9:53 pm

Most of the build is pretty cool, but I fucking hate when people herculine or use bedliners in their interior.
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