STAGE 13

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“In this issue, we will connect the shock absorbers and the steering rack to the front subframe assembly.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: Everything is metal in this stage, except for the plastic Steering Rack Housing.

Magazine

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  • Assembly Guide: Model Instructions

Build


Front Steering and Suspension System

Step 13.01

Fit the eyelet of the Left Front Shock Absorber Upper Support (marked ‘L’) between the tabs of the Left Front Shock Absorber Axle (also marked ‘L’) as shown, then secure these parts together with one (1) EM screw.

The two Upper Supports are marked Left and Right as they are not the same:

As you fit these, make sure the small tabs on both left parts (arrows below) are oriented as shown here:

This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screw threads going into metal:

Step 13.02

Before we fit the rest of these Shock Absorbers together, it is important to understand how they fasten together. To show how this works, I took these pictures to illustrate the process. First, the large square post on the Axle is designed to slide into this slot of the Housing:

Then, the Axle is to be rotated counter-clockwise slightly, passing through the gap and into the long slot, as shown. Knowing how it will fit, disassemble these parts and move on:

Slide a Front Suspension Spring over the wider end of the Left Front Shock Absorber Housing, as shown:

Slide the long end of the Shock Absorber Axle assembly down into the Housing, compressing the Spring, until you can move the tab of the at the end of the Axle into the slot of the Housing and rotate it counter-clockwise to lock it in place as shown:

Step 13.03

Retrieve your Front Subframe assembly from the previous stage. Fit the lower eyelet of the Left Front Shock Absorber Housing between these tabs of the Left Knuckle Arm:

It is not easy to see in the instructions, but this Shock Absorber has to be fitted a specific way. The ‘key’ of the post on top of the Upper Support should be facing inwards towards the center of the car:

Secure the Shock Absorber to the Knuckle Arm from this side with one (1) AIM screw.

Do not overtighten this screw as it acts as a pivot point for the operation of the front suspension:

Step 13.04

Repeating what we have done but on the right side, fit the eyelet of the Right Front Shock Absorber Upper Support (marked ‘R’) between the tabs of the Right Front Shock Absorber Axle (also marked ‘R’) as shown, then secure these parts together with one (1) EM screw.

As before, make sure the small tabs on both right parts (arrows below) are oriented as shown here:

Step 13.05

Just like the first Shock Absorber assembly, slide the other Front Suspension Spring over the wider end of the Right Front Shock Absorber Housing, then slide the long end of the Shock Absorber Axle assembly down into the Housing, compressing the Spring until you can move the tab of the at the end of the Axle into the slot of the Housing and rotate it counter-clockwise to lock it in place as shown:

Step 13.06

Fit the lower eyelet of this Right Front Shock Absorber Housing between these tabs of the Right Knuckle Arm:

Again, the ‘key’ of the post on top of the Upper Support should be facing inwards towards the center of the car:

Secure the Shock Absorber to the Knuckle Arm from this side with one (1) AIM screw:

This is what our front suspension assembly should look like at this point:

Step 13.07

Fit the rounded tabs of the Right Steering Rod (marked ‘R’) over the eyelet at the end of the Steering Rack closest to the post. In the same way, fit the Left Steering Rod (marked ‘L’) over the eyelet at the other end of the Rack as shown:

Note that the posts of all three of these Steering parts should point the same direction (up) as we work on this assembly:

Secure the Right Steering Rod to the Rack with one (1) MM screw from this side, as shown.

As these Rods are also pivot points, do not overtighten their screws:

Secure the Left Steering Rod to the Rack with one (1) more MM screw, but from the other side, as shown:

This is what our Steering Rack assembly should look like at this point:

Step 13.08

Place this Steering Rack assembly into the Steering Rack Housing, orienting it as shown.

Note the position of the Steering Rack post (circled below) in this picture:

Step 13.09

Fit the tabs of the Steering Rack Housing to these matching posts of the Front Subframe (red arrows below).

This Housing has to be fitted at an angle (yellow arrow below) to clear the large rounded tab of the Subframe:

Secure the Steering Rack Housing to the Front Subframe with two (2) AM screws:

Step 13.10

Slide the posts at the ends of each Steering Rod up into the matching eyelets of the Knuckles 1 on each side, as shown:

Secure the posts of the Steering Rods to each Knuckle with one (1) UM screw on each side – two screws used in total.

I know I am repeating myself, but these are also pivot points so do not overtighten the screws:

Thoughts


I don’t think I have ever seen the steering mechanism of a partwork hidden inside a ‘steering rack’ looking part. Quite cool!

Next Up


Stage 14 – Front Left Brake Caliper, Front Left Brake Disc

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