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Fitting A 1600 Rear Suspension In A 1200 Coupe?

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Any reason why you didn't go for newer style IRS?

Just thinking if you have to cut and weld shock towers, may have been worth it. I get the whole simplicity of a 1600 rear end though.

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Any reason why you didn't go for newer style IRS?

Main reasons are:

Simplicity: Very few moving parts, easy to adjust, easy to work on.

Size: Most of the other stuff I looked at was just too wide. S13 looks nice but even narrowing it as much as possible I think it's still way too wide. Miata looks good for this but required serious chopping of the floor pan.

Toughness: For what I'm doing with them, these bits are very robust.

Hidden ulterior motives: My goal was not necessarily to build the absolute best handling set-up period.

Just thinking if you have to cut and weld shock towers, may have been worth it.

I am not cutting and welding on the car. At all. :down:

Graham did weld-in shock towers, I am not. :no:

One of my main goals when I started this was to do the conversion in such a way that nothing was done to the car itself that couldn't be easily un-done and swapped back to a live axle in a day.

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Shocks mounted up. These were the shortest I could find but have plenty of stroke from the looks of things...

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Mounting brackets for the crossmember...

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Test fit on the car...

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welding them on...

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After cleaning and painting...

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Diff serviced, cleaned and painted...

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Control arms cleaned and painted...

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Mock up to see where the springs land...

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And no, not in love with those lower shock mounts. They work perfectly, but aren't very pretty. May re-do them at some point when the OCD takes over... :yes:

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Thanks! I love it, but it's been the neverending project. Hope to have it done by the end of this year. :yes:

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Just to update this neverending build...

Decided to get some sexy Japanese flares...

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Painted to match and installed...

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Pulled the rear crossmember back out to slot the LCA mounts to make the camber and toe adjustable...

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Then put it all back in and it works a treat. :yes:

How the engine bay looks as of now...

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And how the suspension sits as of now (may go lower)...

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As you can see, I fit a sedan grill, and I'm about to fit a MK1 Golf spoiler. I'll try to update this thread better now than I have been... :lol:

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