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“In this stage you will mount the brake disc and the right suspension unit.”
This stage should feel familiar as it is many of the same steps as the front left suspension from Stage 4.
Front Right Brake and Suspension
Front Right Brake
Fit the two pins on the Brake Disc (Piece 1) into the holes of the Brake Disc (Piece 2), as shown:
Put the Front Right Wheel Hub Cover on the outer side of the Brake Disc (Piece 2), aligning the pin into the hole as shown.
MOM: So, this stage briefly had my boys (MarvelPhx and my teen son) wondering if I was up to the challenge of this build. The picture in the instructions is misleading and incorrect as to the alignment of the holes on the Front Right Wheel Hub Cover and the Brake Disc (Piece 2). I could easily logic the large pin fit into the large hole, but that’s not what the picture showed. Luckily, the boys saw what I saw and agreed that I still held “Cool Mom” status and we could continue on.
Secure these together from inside the disc assembly with two (2) CM screws.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Front Right Suspension
Insert the Front Right Spindle (Piece 1) through the hole in the Front Right Brake Caliper Baseplate as shown, and secure with two (2) CM screws:
Slide this spindle assembly through the back of the Brake Disc assembly:
Slide the Front Right Brake Caliper over the brake disc and secure it to the Front Right Brake Caliper Baseplate with two (2) CM screws:
Attach the Shock Absorber Unit to the inside of the Front Right Suspension Dome with one (1) EM screw.
The top of the Shock Absorber Unit has an oblong shape to it that matches the slot in the dome (so it does not rotate). The Shock Absorber Unit will remain loose even after the screw is fully tightened. This is expected:
Align the Upper Front Right Suspension Arm with the matching holes in the dome, as shown.
The parts list incorrectly identifies this as the left arm, ignore it. These screws should not be fully tightened as the arm needs to be able to move a little:
Secure this into place with two (2) FM screws on either side:
Drop the Suspension Ball Joint (Piece 1) through the hole in the Upper Front Right Suspension Arm. Bring in the Front Right Spindle (Piece 1) and align the holes of the ball joint and spindle. Then, secure with one GM screw as shown:
MOM: I highly recommend pre-threading the Suspension Ball Joint (Piece 1) and the Front Right Spindle (Piece 1). It was challenging enough to line the holes up, and pre-threading helped in identifying if the alignment was off.
MOM: I was excited to assemble this suspension since my son assembled the first one! The most challenging part of the assembly was Stage 8.8 due to trying to align Suspension Ball Joint (Piece 1) and the Front Right Spindle (Piece 1) correctly. The Brake Disc (Piece 1), Brake Disc (Piece 2), and the Front Right Wheel Hub Cover are plastic, and all the other parts are metal.
SON: For this it was a pain in butt because of the screws and where they are supposed to go, especially step 8.8 because you need to pre-thread it.
Running Total of screws used so far: 113
Stage 9 – Front Right Suspension 2, Right Torsion Bar