We left the RA29 after it’s initial shakedown and first drive since arriving at the shop where a couple of the most basic systems were addressed in Act 1.
The next items on the list were the brakes and suspension. With parts availability for the AE86 chassis being much greater than that of the RA29, Corolla GTS struts, hubs and calipers were sourced to provide the front brake and suspension setup. The smaller spindle size of the AE86 along with smaller rotor diameter is made up for with a vented rotor, a much better caliper design with many performance pad options and the availability of aftermarket brake kits, in the event I get lazy and buy one off-the-shelf.
The hubs were also shot in black and new bearings and hardware secured them along with new rotors to the spindles. To mount the calipers before the struts in the direction of forward rotation, the lower control arm needs to be spaced some to clear the lower caliper slide bolts.
The part is essentially a roll center adjuster that compensates for the amount of strut tube that was previously removed to fit the smaller length damper. With clearance for the caliper hardware, the last thing to do was get it on the ground!
To get the rear down, some length was removed from the rear springs and de Carbon dampers from a fourth generation f-body were used to compensate for travel. Even from the low angle of this picture, the monster truck look is almost gone. But something was missing…
If there weren’t so much planned for the RA29 project, I would leave it exactly as is… but, the end product is going to be much greater. See you in Act 3