Gordy's ecotec 510

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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Sleepys-14 » 08 Mar 2012 19:26

Well, I got to work at making the subframe and trans mount. I wanted to retain as much factory parts, so I could change engine setup or swap between the steering box and steering rack if need be. I took the mounts I had previously made for the Ka and LS1 off, and made some for the LE5. Here is what I came up with...

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I then had them sand blasted and powder coated along with the strut tubes.

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I then really got busy on the suspension and got all of the parts I needed to put the rest of the suspension on the car. I had a couple long talks with Koni and Ground control to put together a setup that works for my setup. I was really nice talking to them about suspension setups in general, they were very helpful and knew what they were talking about. Got my brakes and wheel bearing all put together at the same time. So I assembled everything and installed them.

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Really cool double adjustable caster on these camber plates

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Started assembling the fronts.

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Got my control arms and tension rods bolted in.

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Assembled with bump steer spacers.

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I then went to the back of the car and installed the rear subframe and diff. Bolted the coilovers in at the same time also.

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I put the clutch(exedy stage 2) and flywheel together and tossed it on the engine. Then the engine went in for the final time after I got the steering column mounted. The steering column is a used nascar collapsible shaft with an adjustable roll cage mount, so you can pretty much mount it where ever you want. Pretty sweet.

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I also got my adjustable rear swaybar and front poly blocks.

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Thats it for right now, but more to come.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby two_68_510s » 08 Mar 2012 20:57

Man that was a hell of a run! That is a cool steering column mount.
Looks good
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Byron510 » 08 Mar 2012 21:02

I have to admit, I am liking those rear Koni coil-overs.
Are they adjustable for both compression and rebound?

When you get it sitting on it's wheels, and sitting at ride height, can you let us know how much bump/droop you have at a particular cross member installed height? I'd really appreciate it, and maybe some part numbers and costs on that Coil over set up :D

Thanks, watching with great interest.

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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby kayakdude07 » 08 Mar 2012 22:11

The car looks like it is really coming together!
It looks like you have enlarged the hole on the top of the strut towers to improve adjustment clearance for the camber plates.
Care to enlighten us on how this was done? It looks very well done. Did you weld in thicker material as well or ??

Also, where did you purchase the K-sport E-brake?
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby miguel sss » 09 Mar 2012 05:34

Hello!

Your project is very good .... I wanted you to help me with a measure ... wanted to know about measuring the shock front, open and closed and the measures the yellow part ....

This koni shock you placed, is shorter than the shock of origin for the 510?

Thank you and come more news :wink:

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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby RonM » 09 Mar 2012 16:14

Sleepy,
Holy sheep dip man, you have been working. Dude That cross member is a serious piece of work. Very nicely done! I'd like to second that request for info on the coil overs. It's interesting to see this kind of outside the box project and you're unique solutions. Please keep the posts coming.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Sleepys-14 » 09 Mar 2012 21:02

Byron- The shocks are just rebound adjustable. They valved the shocks for the weight and spring rates of my car. Everything for the rear coils came out to be $525. Not to bad, still expensive but they should be better than your average bear. Once I get them on the ground I will get some measurements for you.

Kayakdude- I had some plates laser cut for my upper mounts, I wanted a little more adjustment, but I hate those bolt in strut tops. I placed the piece under the strut tower and welded them from the top, so there is no chance of the plates breaking loose, not that they ever would. The e-brake I bought used from a guy, I am actually selling it right now if you want to pm me about it.

Miguel- The only measurement that I took was of the front strut body length. 13"

Ronm- Thanks, You should talk to Jay at ground control ( emailing him is way faster). He is their "datsun" guy. He really helped me a lot. I was about to get some mr2 inserts before I talked to him... Basically the only reason people use them, is because they fit, not because they are right. He said the valving on the koni's is made for the 510 specifically (not mr2 ect.), from ground control's specs. Im not saying that they are going to be perfect or anything, but I am going to guess that they should work better than something that was designed for another car.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Sleepys-14 » 12 Mar 2012 18:37

I was able to put it down on the wheels and roll it outside to sweep the garage! Still got a ton to do, but im working on it pretty steadily now. With 3 days a week, I think this will be done by june/july????? I hope.

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I also got to ride my bike a bit, while it was warm out. Time to put it on craigslist so I can focus on my 510.

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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Sleepys-14 » 12 Mar 2012 20:20

Ill install my axles this week once I do some more fab work. I need to really get the steering column done so I can steer this thing.

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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby StrutlessWonder » 12 Mar 2012 20:51

Looks great. WCR cv axles? Troy Ermish? The right side looks shorter than the left. Custom length or optical illusion? Are your cad-plated cv bolts allen or hex head? Are you going to safety-wire them? I used safety wire and loc-tite and nord-lock washers. Then found out my axles were about 1" too long. DOH!!! So I took it all apart and haven't yet had custom new shorter axles cut. Sigh.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby Sleepys-14 » 12 Mar 2012 20:54

They are troy ermish axles. The boots are squished on one of the axles, so the shaft looks shorter... Not to worry. Not even sure about the bolts yet. Once I get to putting them on, then I will take some pics.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby okayfine » 13 Mar 2012 06:39

I used blue Loctite and still had the bolts come loose.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby RonM » 13 Mar 2012 13:45

okayfine wrote:I used blue Loctite and still had the bolts come loose.

Julian, what axles do you have? Blue LT is what Tory Ermish recommends for his setup and it seems to do the trick. I've heard from the guys at Rebello that WCR axles sometimes have trouble with bolts backing out even with loctite and require safety wire. Regardless it's always a good idea to check them on a regular basis.
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby johnbureezu » 13 Mar 2012 22:24

Sweet XS man!
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Re: Gordy's ecotec 510

Postby qship510 » 15 Mar 2012 20:32

I made my own CV axles and had the same problem with the bolts coming loose. I don't think it matters which vendor, I solved my problem by buying the proper Snap On socket for VW CV bolts. Just wasn't getting them tight enough with an allen wrench.

However, I safety wired that set for good measure, and would recommend the same for others.


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