Re: 2002 Mechanical Restoration w/ M20 Triple Weber
Parts finally back from powdercoaters, was worth the wait, they did an awesome job. Went with a black semi-gloss.
Was a LONG Saturday getting everything put together, luckily Jeremy came in as well.
Here's the end of day shot, should get everything in the car this coming Saturday. Then it's time to start thinking about the M20 again.
BMW 2002 strut build ....
The bare powdercoated struts (obviously the threads on top and the spindle were masked.
Had the steering arm zinced, put in new ball joints, and greased up the inside (used some bearing grease).
Greased up the hub and bearings....
after putting on the grooved washer I tightened down the castle nut nice and tight before backing off one tooth and sliding the cotter pin through (after a couple of days driving, I'll go back in and tighten it down some more)
Next were the Bilstein HD shocks, these went in pretty smoothly except getting a good handle on the gland nut was a PITA. I've heard that you can smear a thin coat of ATF on the insert to prevent corrosion, however with the risk that the breather at the bottom of the insert might get blocked I opted to put them dry. Guess time will tell.
Bolted the steering arm to the bottom of the strut and safety wired the bolts. The little bolts are getting pretty spendy at $6.25 each BMW list price.
How struts will sit until they go into the car. I'll be reusing the Ireland Engineering Stage 1 springs along with new strut bearings and some fixed camber plates. No need to go coilovers unless I want a track car.