My WTF am I doing Build/Maintenance Thread

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    Yea I have some clear coat I'll spray on there from when I cut out the camber plate holes, but thank you.
     
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    Would a washer under the bolt head be beneficial?
     
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    Somebody noticed. I actually just noticed myself looking at the washer on the floor. Probably - I didn't check my washer bin for the correct size - the original one was too large to fit correctly in there but I know I have a mess of them, I'll get one added.
     
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    About to find me a shop to diagnose my clunks. I'm out of ideas. Everything is straight and tightened to spec...as close to spec as my digital torque wrenches can be. Sounds like my rear suspension isn't even engaging so my shocks are set all the way hard or something else is thunking around I didn't loosen previously.
     
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    Clunk and noise is from...the passenger rear and is essentially the same issue. This one still has the welded nut but apparently I fucked up the threads on it. This cause a slight backing out of the bolt which resulted in just enough horizontal motion of the strut to make a racket. I ordered new trailing arms for each side, after 105K its just time to replace these things and stop wasting time.

    Until they arrive I'm trying to knock the welded on but stripper nut out and/or drill it out. I don't think I have a metal bit that is the right diameter and I know I don't have a torch. I'll try again tomorrow.
     
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    I just replaced all the suspension parts in the rear of my car and it feels great, too much rusty stuff back there to do an alignment so I finally bit the bullet and did it all. I sitll have one small clunk up front that I am pretty sure is the spherical bearing on the top hat. I used some pu parts in my juan without issues.
    https://mazdaspeeds.org/index.php?t...build-maximum-carnage.7025/page-21#post-96939
     
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    Heck ya! Looking at all that rust is why I'm glad I live this far south, I have no rust - just 10 years of me driving hard I guess. Well...and breaking shit, I'm good at that.

    That being said I ordered new trailing arm links and they should be in Friday. Ordered new bushings - bot sure the new arms come with them or existing one probably need replacing anyways. I'm certain that will fix the noises and clunks I was hearing (I've said that too many times now).
     
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    I just did my rear brakes this past weekend...don't think I've ever had them serviced before (shame on me) and man, the rust back there is shameful.

    How did the replacement of all the components go?
     
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    No broken bolts but I had to get the MAP torch out many times. It was a long and slow process but was pretty rewarding. The trailing arm control arm alignment bolts did have to be cut out as they were just too stuck but new ones for that are cheap.
     
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    New trailing arms delivered last night - all shiny and black...and covered in labels.

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    Passenger side shouldn't take me too long - most things are off on that side already. I'm ready to drive again and not have to fix anything for a bit....my motorcycle isn't gonna fix its self apparently.
     
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    Passenger side all done and torqued up except for the bolt that got me here in the first place. I have some temp bolts of the same kind but only 8.8 grade, the proper bolts are on the way, I don't know why I didn't order them at the same time. Neither bolt want to thread into the passenger side 'easily' and now I'm a little gun shy on just cranking it in there, really don't want to end up back where I was. Both bolts fit fine on the uninstalled driver's side. I'll replace the driver's side and look at it again after that.
     
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    Might just need to run a thread chaser through there
     
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    Excellent idea...can't find one for m12x1.25. I sacked up and took a socket to it - went in no issues. Finished the driver's side and took a drive around the block. I think I'm finally back in business but I'll know for sure on a longer drive tomorrow.
     
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