Sector111 DSbrace instructions, don't follow them.
5. Remove nut at Outer Joint of Toe Link and
separate Outer Joint using tie rod
There is no reason on God's green earth to do this. Leave it on the car. Seriously. They would have you take off the caliper so you could reach this joint with a puller, and a few minutes later, install it on the car again. Complete waste of time and effort.
Before you begin, scribe between the upright and the upper ball joint. This will get you back close to where you were. You do not need to measure anything off the car.
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Take off everything except the outer joint. Put aluminum antisieze on the outer joint and run the jam nut back and forth until it runs freely.
Assemble rod system on the car, with jam nuts and aluminum antisieze. Run jam nuts all the way to the joints and screw the big link rod up to the jam nuts.
14. . Install DSbrace assembly onto car,
making sure to align the frame adapter
with groove on subframe.
o Secure DSbrace to subframe with 2
small bolts supplied with hardware kit.
o Tighten bolts to 7 ft/lbs
Note : Use blue loctite on these bolts
o Install second NordLock and lock nut.
o Torque to 44 ft/lbs
Don't torque this yet. You still have a heat shield to install.
Order for this that worked for me:
Check that the frame adapter smoothly aligns with groove on subframe. I had to file a bit on the car to make sure the groove was perfect.
Fettle the stamping to made sure the holes line up with the frame. Nobody is perfect, not Lotus nor Sector. Some light rat-tail file may be required.
Loosely assemble everything. Small bolts have to be completely in and not tightened.
Torque top small bolt.
Now install the heat shield. If the small bolt promises to come out and go back in with no drama, take it out and place the heat shield, washer and bolt. If there is any spring at all the assembly, don't take the lower small bolt out, just loosen it a bit, fit the heat shield behind it and slide the (slotted by yourself with a hacksaw) washer in.
Torque the small bolt.
Torque the big bolt, making sure to align the frame adapter
with groove on subframe.
Turn the big rod by hand until your scribe lines (remember them?) line up.
Take it to the alignmentguy.com
Phil Ethier Minnesota USA
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