I am building up a spare front subframe ready for an engine change.
I have the Subframe and managed to pick up some SH Adjustable Lower Arms with Rose Joints, Heavy Duty Adjustable Tie Bars, Tower Bolts, Lower Arm Pins, Top Arms, Poly Bump Stops, Disc Hubs and Brand New red Dot Doughnuts.
I will be refurbishing all of the parts and just need some advice on the build, extras and finishings. So please take a look at my thoughts / questions below and if you are able to advise then please do.
Happy with the Top Arms - going to get a couple of Top Arm Repair Kits
There is a little bit of damage on the Hub ends of the lower Arms, I guess from removing the Ball Joints, would it be ok to either file this down either manually or with a fine grade angle grinder?
I am a little confused as to exactly what I need, I have the pins but because I have the Adjustable Lower Arms with Rose Joints, I can't figure out which bushes and bits I need.
I appear to need the rubber dust covers and a 3/8th Nut and Lock Washer.
I also think I need the Rose Joint Spacers but not sure what bushes I need, standard bushes or poly upgraded bushes or as I have adjustable Tie Bars and Lower Arms do I need these Fast Road Lower Arm Bushes.
Finishing - once cleaned up I was going to etch prime the main arms and top coat with engine enamel. For the piece that holds the Rose Joint in, i would like to get it re-plated but may not be possible as the rose joint is installed? If I just clean up the metal whats the best way to protect it?
So I need some poly / rubber buses, 7/16 Lock Nuts, Cup Washers and 7/16 Heavy Duty Washers, 7/16 Lock Nut, Tie Bar to Lower Arm 5/16 Bolt, nut and lock washer.
Once cleaned up I may get the re-plated or paint them - not sure what colour though as they look good metal?
Once I have stripped all the paint off, is it worth welding it up anywhere to strengthen it?
I also need some metal spacers to sit underneath the lower bump stops (Rebound Buffer).
For the tower bolts I need the washers and upper / lower rubber washers.
I'll also need some Engine Mounts and Bolts, going to go with the mounts with embedded nuts.
I am going to paint the Subframe with two part Epoxy Primer and then Top Coat with Celly (OEW) to match the rear one - mad colour I know.