V8 front suspension

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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by ACote » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:55 am

speedbug78 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:08 pm
Shocks on the car are KYB gas a just (black?). Searching indicates these aren't too good for this car?
Definitely worth the upgrade. I had the same shocks on for a few years. The KYB gas a just work, but when hitting a pothole or speed bump it would make the car bounce and shudder. There's a bunch of threads on the Bilsteins available saying great things. I went with a Koni group order and it made it feels worlds better. Now it's just a solid thunk on bumps and the car handles much nicer.

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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by redroadster » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 am

Ive... steered away ...from this thread. lol
Any pics of the swap showing the steering ? & how it sits?
I would worry about the steering failing. , which is kind of what you are saying
Ive seen some atrocious steering set ups in these swaps , sometimes right after my white nuckle ride in the car

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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by speedbug78 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:14 am

Any pics of the swap showing the steering
No and I'm gone on a business trip all week. The steering is all stock though except for the steering shaft itself. I have 1 ujoint that's at a higher angle than I would like causing a notchy feel to the wheel, but the shaft is tight. I am planning to fix that part soon.

While tearing the suspension apart I did discover that there is a fair bit of play in the steering box and the adjustment screw is nearly bottomed out 😣. Or I can only get another 1/4 turn on it and it doesn't seem to make much difference.
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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by speedbug78 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:17 am

it would make the car bounce and shudder.
I have experienced this too. Where can I get these customized Bilsteins that people love so much?
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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by notoptoy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:52 am

JT68 on the forum, Jim Tyler, in the vendor links.
https://www.datsunrestorationproducts.com/
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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by jhayden » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:33 pm

Ross’s (Sports Imports) excellent tech article on suspension wear sequence is no longer posted on his web site :( , but many (including myself) have found that the upper shafts and bushings (best to replace all as you are planning) may develop considerable wear prior to lower ball joints requiring replacement.

Odds are great that your idler box needs rebuilding, and Dean will have the parts you need:
https://www.datsunparts.com/Steering


If you also have to remove your steering box, there’s an easier way to do it:
(Tip nr. 2)
https://risingsunracing.com/index.php/f ... -tech-tips


As this is written there is a complete nos set of Konis on eBay (NR).

Very few reservations expressed re the Konis on this forum, but none at all re JT’s Bilsteins.
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Re: V8 front suspension

Post by redroadster » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:33 pm

Ever looked a late 80s corvette alloy arms spindles ?
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