My First “Project”

When I bought this car I had images of wrenching on it myself, doing all of the maintenance, teaching my two boys all about how to work on cars etc. But the truth is that I have no freaking clue what I’m doing. My Dad is a genius when it comes to working with his hands. He’s built race cars, custom knives, beautiful furniture…the list goes on and on. Somewhere buried deep in me must lie some dormant genes just ready to come out right? This car is going to help me discover them. Slowly.

The Project

My car needs new shocks, it’s bouncing all over the place. No, I’m not actually going to replace the shocks myself, that’s a 201 class and I’m still in 101 territory. I just needed to confirm a few things about the suspension. I just needed to know the type of front struts that I have and I needed to know the size of the rear sway bar so that I can get some replacement bushings.

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Tools ordered, car jacked up for the first time and the best helper in the world ready to lend a hand!

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The front wheel is off, just look at those beautiful 930 brakes!  Now time to discover who made these struts…

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It’s Boge for the win!  A set of Bilstein HD inserts made for the Boge struts will fix my bouncy ride.

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It turns out my M491 Carrera has the standard 21mm Carrera rear sway-bar and not the 20mm 930 sway-bar.

Time to order some suspension parts. I know this might seem like the stupidest little project but for a guy that isn’t use to working on cars it was a nice confidence booster that getting the car in the air and handling simple work is no big deal. Maybe I’ll try to tackle this suspension upgrade myself after all…

 

2 thoughts on “My First “Project”

  1. Hey man- super kudos on building this site and the content! It looks great and it’s a really enjoyable read. Keep Vrrroooooming!

    • Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. As the summer winds down around here I’m going to have to work harder to find ways to enjoy the car. But I’m up for the challenge 🙂

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