STAGE 025

 Return to the BUILD


“Next you’ll assemble the front left suspension by fitting the lower control arm and shock absorber then attaching the wheel hub.

These steps will be nearly identical to those we did with the right front suspension in Stage 23.

Contents


Parts

NOTE: At the time of this writing, part 25-A was incorrectly named Lower Right Control Arm in this stage – it is actually the Lower Left Control Arm:

Materials: The Lower Right Control ArmShock Absorber Spring, and Pins is metal, but the other parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling the Front Left Suspension

Step 1

Fit a D-shaped end of the Anti-Roll Bar Connection to this matching recess of the Lower Left Control Arm, as shown.

This Connection is the same at both ends, so it can be fitted either way:

Step 2

Secure this Connection into place from the other side with one (1) PS31 screw:

Step 3

Retrieve your Chassis assembly from the previous stage. Fit the arms of the Lower Left Control Arm into these matching slots of the Left Suspension Mount at the front right corner of the Chassis, orienting it as shown:

Step 4

Secure the front arm of the Lower Left Control Arm into place with a Pin inserted from the front.

These Pins should always be installed smooth end first:

TIP: Try your best not to accidentally push the Pin into the nearby slot of the Suspension Mount. If you do, the Upper Control Arm and Suspension Mount will need to be removed to retrieve the Pin:

This can be very tricky. Not only do we need to align the Control Arm with the holes in the Suspension Mount, but we need to squeeze this Pin through both parts until it is flush on both sides. It is very likely that you will need some sort of metal tool to press the Pin through – in my case, I used a pair of duck bill pliers:

Steps 5-6

In the same way, secure the rear arm of the Lower Left Control Arm into place with a Pin inserted from the rear:

Steps 7-8

Fit the eyelet of the Shock Absorber Rod into this gap of the Lower Left Control Arm as shown, align the holes, and press a Pin through both parts from the front to secure them together.

NOTE: For clarity, I temporarily turned my Chassis assembly upside down so I could show this step better:

Step 9

Slide the Shock Absorber Spring down onto the Rod, as shown:

Step 10

Fit the Shock Absorber Cylinder into the open end of the Spring and down onto the Shock Absorber Rod, as shown:

Step 11-12

Rotate the free end of the Shock Absorber Cylinder and fit its eyelet into this notch of the Left Suspension Mount, as shown:

Steps 13-14

Secure the Shock Absorber Cylinder to the Suspension Mount from the rear with the final Pin, as shown:

Step 15-16

Retrieve your Left Wheel Hub assembly from the previous stage. Fit the short posts of this Wheel Hub into the eyelets at the end of each Control Arm, orienting the Hub as shown:

Step 17-18

Secure the Upper Control Arm to the Wheel Hub from above with one (1) DS24 screw.

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

Step 19

Secure the Lower Control Arm to the Wheel Hub from below with one (1) more DS24 screw:

Thoughts


We have now mounted both of our front Wheel Hubs to our Chassis. In the next stage, we will add the steering components and the Anti-Roll Bar to complete this section of the model!

Next Up


 Stage 026 – Steering Rod/Holders, Steering Column/Link/Gear, Anti-Roll Bar/Brackets, Pins

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