One of the main things that I will be focusing on this year is actually my own 1997 Acura Integra RS SE. You might’ve seen a little bit about it in my 2012 recap, but incase you missed it, it’s been an ongoing project of mine for the past couple years.
I won’t go into too much detail about what’s already done with the car, but rather I’m going to be showing everything that’s being done to the car this year as I have quite a lot planned for it (not to mention a basement full of car parts). Since I’ve owned the car, it has been my daily driving serving double duty on both the street and the track, as well as summer and our harsh Canadian winters.
The car actually came equipped with DropZone N1 coilovers ,which to be honest were not my first choice, but they’ve done rather well so far for my purpose and were already set at the ride height I wanted. Of course a lowered ride height (in this case, slammed) means an increase (or is it decrease?) in negative camber. A lot of it infact. To help cure as well as control the camber, a set of camber kits were in order. Hardrace was the brand of choice, with the front camber kits being shown here…
Before we begin, I would like to give out a huge thanks to my good friend Ray who helped me with the install (Thanks bro!). Moving on with the actual install, we first had to get your car up in the air, which for most cars, no problem. Cars with about four inches of ground clearance however, problem. I’ve gotten used to this by now, so driving onto a few planks of wood to help give the car some extra ground clearance always does the trick. After that, raise the car even more by using a floor jack, then put the lift arms under the car and we’re in business.
Here we can see the Hardrace rear camber kit next to the OEM control arm. In this photo the Hardrace component is about the same length as its OEM counterpart with lots of room for adjustment available.
Before installing the new camber kits, we went ahead and took the precaution of coating them in anti-seizing grease to help prevent them from getting stuck in the future. Simply take the rear camber kits apart…
Putting the camber kits back in weren’t too much trouble as the fit on these were perfect. The tricky part was getting the trailing arm to line up with the camber kit so you can bolt the two back together.
While we were at it, I went ahead and had my rear drivers side coilover assembly taken out to get the height adjusted (it always sat a little lower than the passenger side – 15mm’s as it turned out). If you have coilovers and winter drive your car, there’s a good chance that the collars on the coilovers are seized. Make sure to spray them with penetrating oil and let it soak in for a while to help get them loose again.
Now we want to lower the front suspension to give us a bit of wiggle room to get the factory control arm out, however we do not want it to drop completely and have the CV joints pop out of place. To help prevent that from happening, a jack stand is put in place to help support the suspension.
Tah-dah! Here we can see the factory upper control arm next to the Hardrace camber kit. As you can see, the Hardrace unit (or any other aftermarket camber kit for that matter) allows you to move the position of the ball joint, thus allowing you to adjust the camber.
Before we got there however, I couldn’t help but notice how cambered out the wheels were before we actually got to aligning them. Not exactly Hellaflush but damn! This is exactly what I’m trying to fix.
We were actually expecting the adjustment of the front kits to be a complete pain given the ball joint’s location, however Ray was able to squeeze his arms into the wheel wells with just enough room to get to the adjustment bolts.
Unfortunately we actually ran out of time to properly align everything to the specs I wanted, so after a “lightning alignment”, I made another appointment with Ray to see him in the near future to get everything to the right specs as well as install some Energy Suspension steering rack bushings. So far however I’ve been very happy with how the car’s been driving as the steering response and feel has been significantly improved. Stay tuned for more!
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