Originally Posted by Hardrvin
Geez, could you have any worse luck?
Have to let us know on the RCA. I'm torn on coughing up the money for the FIGS lower knuckle part versus just RCA's. The FIGS arms are pricey...
I hear you on the Figs parts. I don't mind paying a premium, but since I started the project, CDN to USD exchange rate went from not to bad, to on par, to now a 35% difference. My premium is going to exchange rate and the $40USD shipping that everybody seems to like to charge. I prefer a slower cash bleed.
I was like Blkdout and totally just thought about the front and getting performance bits for so long... I finally came to the conclusion of 'why didn't I do this stuff?'. Every bushing I saw back there definitely made me groan more though, especially after seeing the amount of play. People talk so much about the front end LCA#2, that the rear gets neglected on power cars.... I would guess the main reason it twisted the bushing to completion was because the bushing was basically mostly cracked through already.
After install of the Megan racing RCA my first impression is that it makes a bigger than expected impact to the arm angle so I do expect it to feel way different. The main downside is that it is quite thick compared to other products like 30-ish mm vs 17ish mm? This changes the height a lot which doesn't help those 'too low' IS300 issues. Coils are up little higher than I wanted them and still quite low. Hoping it feels less 'f-d' up though.
Anyway, pic of it mounted.
and then fixing the toe after replacing the tie rods/etc.
This alignment kit was from Tenhulzen I bought a few years ago, seems to work ok. Drove straight and had no tire wire last year. Still will likely take it in to actual rack after rear is done.
Old stuff definitely due for replacement
Anybody happen to know the height of the stock control arm from this point on the upper perch to the top of the arm? I chucked my stock arms a while ago and pretty sure these arms could be the cause of some of handling complaints if there is quite a bit more space here. Even the boot looks like ass after 1 season. Pretty much time for a better set of these.
More fun in the rear. Bought new sway bar endlinks even, went to remove the old one and the nut has been busted off for a while by looks of it, but bolt still inside rusted away, lol. The arm itself looks better than my sisters 2012 VW, but these bolts and bushings.... gah.
Started taking apart the rear totally. Will hopefully get most of the bushings I need this week or next and finish up.