STAGE 8

Return to the BUILD


“In this issue, we will start to assemble the front suspension system.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: All of the parts in this stage are metal.

Tools

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver (appears to be PH0 sized)

Magazine

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R: Minor Updates and a New GT-R M•Spec
  • Fast & Furious Tales: The Barstow Battles
  • The NISMO Story: The 1985 Fuji 1,000km
  • Nissan Sport DNA Collection: An Ideal Model for Motorsports Novices
  • Assembly Guide: Model Instructions

Build


Front Suspension System (1)

Step 8.01

Fit the tabs of a Silentblock around this eyelet of the Front Left Lower Control Arm (marked ‘L’), aligning the screw holes as shown.

A Silentblock here in the USA is called a rubber bushing. Still, I believe these parts were mistranslated and are simply the control arm mounts:

Secure this Silentblock to the Control Arm with one (1) AEM screw, passing the screw through to the other tab.

You might find this easier if you pre-thread the screw through the Silentblock first (without the Control Arm). This can help make sure the screw goes straight through and threads the second tab correctly. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screw threads going into metal:

Step 8.02

Fit a second Silentblock to the other eyelet of the Left Lower Control Arm and secure it in the same way with one (1) more AEM screw:

This is what our Front Left Lower Control Arm looks like with the Silentblocks attached. These Silentblocks should be able to pivot around the screw. If they don’t, slightly loosen the AEM screws:

Step 8.03

Fit the posts of these two Silentblocks into the matching holes at this left-side location of the Front Subframe, orienting the Arm as shown:

Step 8.04

Secure these Silentblocks to the Subframe from the other side with two (2) CM screws:

Steps 8.05-8.06

In the same way as before, secure the remaining Silentblocks to the Front Right Lower Control Arm (marked ‘R’) with two (2) more AEM screws, as shown:

Step 8.07

Fit the posts of these two Silentblocks into the matching holes at this right-side location of the Front Subframe, orienting the Arm as shown:

Step 8.08

Secure these Silentblocks to the Subframe from the other side with two (2) more CM screws:

Thoughts


I know it may not seem like much, but I am very happy to see that these suspension components are made out of metal. There are a few partworks out there where some of the load-bearing chassis bits are molded in plastic. With as heavy as these large die-cast models can be, using plastic in these areas is just asking for trouble. These metal Skyline GT-R suspension parts will handle the load much better!

Next Up


Stage 9 – Front Left Knuckles/Arm, Mounting Bracket, Front Left Driveshaft, Dust Caps, Left Suspension Linkage/Upper Bracket (Soon!)

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