Do your STI rear endlinks look like this? A friend and I were researching making aftermarket endlinks for my car and I stumbled on the fact that they should not be bent. Rut Roh!
cboggess said:we've been doing the same thing, and have actually been running the prototypes on my car for about 3 months, but have run into a few issues that may lead to playing around with them some more.
1) they are going to be noisy. really noisy. torque them down to 50lbs to help with that some.
2) I really hope you are using extra long shanks on those. If you only have them in by a few turns they you need to thread them in some more.
3) you need a jam nut between the male and female end. yeah yeah I know it won't fall apart if both ends are bolted, but each end will turn indepently if you don't have them locked together with a jam nut. This can lead to premature wear.
4) you need spaces on either side of the spherical bearing at both top and bottom or your missing most of the point of having spherical bearings. If you're going to do it without spacers you may as well have just drilled a couple holes in a bar of steel and used that.
5) If those are not teflon lines you will want to look into getting some dust shields.
6) Make sure you use grade 8 or better bolts. We tried going with a pressed in stud config for the fronts we prototyped and tore them up really quick because they were nowhere near grade 8.
other than that those look really nice.