rear-suspension, left side

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The one completed hub begs to be assembled. There are a number of steps involved to correctly complete this job. First is to create a level working environment. This is somewhat easy for me, as the car hoist I have is adjustable at the four corners. I already had the chassis levelled out, so the only thing needed was to check and fine tune it.

Next, I created a dummy shaft for the outer fulcrum, having a slightly smaller width as the hub. This simplifies assembling the hub to the wishbone considerably and makes sure the shims which are inside the fulcrum stay properly positioned.

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The "hub—wishbone fit" was pretty much dead on. There are shims to make sure the hub is centred and to prevent bending the ends of the wishbone. I had bought a set of 8 or so but I could only fit (with considerable effort) one shim of 3 or 8 thou (cant remember). Not sure how critical this is.

Next up was setting up the lower wishbone having a 2" downward slope over its length; presumably emulating the normal ride-height like that. Fitting shims between the drive-shaft and the brake-disc makes it easy to adjust the camber. The one-tenth of a degree negative camber should do just fine for now. I bet I need to revisit this once the car is completed and the proper ride-height is determined.

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The big nut on the drive shaft needs to be torqued up (only to 75Nm apparently, which seems small for such a big boy). Doing that is somewhat awkward on just the hub, on the complete assembly however it is basically just a matter of 'putting the thing on the handbrake' and torque up the nut. Also the previously determined endfloat can be checked again now, which I will do tomorrow.

For the 4 inner lock nuts I've have fitted some temporary nuts for now; to be replaced with the metal-lock nuts once the whole assembly is attached to the chassis.

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So, for the other side, I still need the inner oil seal and a set of shims to be able to complete it. They should arrive this week.