Previously, I left you guys with a picture of the 280zx front suspension I'd acquired.
I know it's taken me some time, but a few things have happened this past year: engaged my fiance, change in occupation, crashed my TE72 in the summer
, and broke a new phone. Setting everything aside, it was long due and it was time to upgrade a particular B310's front suspension. So I began placing a few orders. First on my list, Ground Control coilovers, but as I waited patiently for them to arrive I began cutting the spring perches and grinding up the welds to have it smooth enough for the coilover kit to slide on the struts. Sprayed a little paint for rust prevention. I then measured the diameter of the strut tube and purchased two 2-piece shaft collars at the local Grainger store. I've seen someone use them as temporary spring perches, props to whoever came up with the idea. So I set the shaft collars at a length I felt comfortable with.
The rotors and brake pads were practically new, so I sent them off to cut which saved me some $, and I ordered a few necessary parts: calipers, caliper hose, kyb shocks and misc.
Here's the setup
Of course, I was also going Lower on the front so I needed some clearance with a bit of camber. Off I go in search for camber plates. It was a bit difficult as I looked everywhere and couldn't find anything for the B310. I was even tempted to go Mookeeh universal camber plates! But I thought to myself, "Why should I put such an inferior made eBay product on my car?" A little researching paid off when I looked through a Super Street magazine that featured a B110 and a B310 Sunny. Cusco Camber Plates! Browsed around Cusco's website, and I successfully found a part number. Looked it up on Yahoo! Japan and found a few! I made an account with BIDJDM, placed a bid and presto... weeks later and I get this through FedEx!
Camber plates installed and set all the way.
Here's a shot of the front tire.
Finally, a shot of the new aggressive stance.
Overall, the swap was pretty straight forward and bolt-on, except for the brake lines which had to be customized. I also went through two sets of calipers, because even though they were refurbished, they were frozen and wouldn't budge. Waiting for the calipers delayed me the most, but I couldn't do it without the assistance of my brother, my father and my good friend Harold.
To sum it up, the suspension swap was definitely an upgrade and the ride quality is so much better. No longer does it bottom out and handling has improved significantly. The camber plates also makes a huge difference particularly on turns. Simply Amazing!