STAGE 035

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“In this stage you’ll assemble the rear suspension and fit the rear axle and the drive shaft in place.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Springs are metal while the other parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Assembling the Rear Suspension

NOTE: Due to a concern with the Stabiliser Bars, I have changed the order of the steps from what is in the instructions.

Steps 1-2

Retrieve your Rear Axle assembly from the previous stage. Slide a Spring onto each Rear Right Shock Absorber, as shown:

Step 3

Retrieve your Chassis assembly from Stage 031 and turn it upside down.

As we are going to be flipping the Chassis over a lot in these steps, I taped my Steering Column to the Chassis to keep it from flopping around:

Step 4

While keeping the Springs in place, fit the Shock Absorbers to these matching holes of the Chassis, orienting the Rear Axle as shown.

Make sure the four (trailing) Arms are lowered into the matching forward recesses as you fit this Axle:

Note how the Springs fit in these circular recesses:

Steps 5-8

Carefully turn the Chassis right side up and secure the Shock Absorbers to the Chassis from the other side with two (2) PS11 screws – one on each side. You will need press down on the Chassis to get each Shock Absorber post to come up through the respective holes:

Steps 9-10

Flip the Chassis upside down once again and fit the posts of the two left trailing Arms to these matching side holes of the Chassis:

Step 11

Secure these Arms to the Chassis with two (2) PS11 screws.

Do not over-tighten these screws as the Arms need to be able to pivot:

Step 12

In the same way, fit the posts of the two right trailing Arms to these matching side holes of the Chassis:

Step 13

Secure these Arms to the Chassis with two (2) more PS11 screws.

Again, do not over-tighten these screws as the Arms need to be able to pivot:

Step 14

Turn the Chassis right side up again, and then slide the rear end of the Drive Shaft into this opening.

To determine which end is which – the two posts of the Drive Shaft are farther away from the rear end, as shown:

Step 15

Make sure the rear pin of the Drive Shaft fits into the hole at the front of the Differential on the Rear Axle, as shown:

Step 16

Next, fit the two posts of the Drive Shaft into these matching posts of the Chassis, as shown:

Then, secure the Drive Shaft into place from the bottom with two (2) PS25 screws:

Steps 17-19

With the Chassis upside down, fit the Left Stabiliser (marked ‘L’) onto the matching pins at this location, orienting it as shown.

The angled arm of the Stabiliser should rest towards the inside of this tab of the Rear Axle (circled below):

Secure this Stabiliser into place from the other side with one (1) PS25 screw:

Step 20

In the same way, fit the Right Stabiliser (marked ‘R’) onto the matching pins at this location on the Chassis, orienting it as shown.

Again, the angled arm of this Stabiliser should rest towards the inside of this tab of the Rear Axle (circled below):

Step 21

Secure this Stabiliser into place from the other side with one (1) more PS25 screw:

Step 22

Look closely at the two Rear Transverse Stabiliser Bars as they are not the same – 35B has the smaller hole in the long tabs and 35C has the larger hole:

Steps 23-24

IMPORTANT: There is an error in the Pack 5 instructions regarding these Stabiliser Bars. I realized it after the entire assembly was fitted to the Rear Axle and correct it after reaching Step 31. I recommend reading through this entire page before beginning these steps!

Fit the recessed eyelet of the Stabiliser Bar with the smaller hole (35B) to this post of the Right Stabiliser Bar Holder, as shown:

Step 25

Secure these parts together with one (1) PS25 screw.

Do not over-tighten this screw as it the parts need to be able to pivot around this point:

Steps 26-27

Now, fit the recessed eyelet of the Stabiliser Bar with the larger hole (35C) to this post of the Left Stabiliser Bar Holder, as shown:

Step 28

Secure these parts together with one (1) more PS25 screw.

Again, do not over-tighten this screw:

Steps 29-30

Press the long tabs of these Stabiliser Bars over the pins on either end of the Stabiliser Bar Connection, as shown.

The pins of the Bar Connection are not the same size, so each Bar fits over a specific pin. Also, note that the Bar Holders and the center ‘bump’ of the Bar Connection should all be on the same side of this assembly:

Steps 31-35

With your Chassis upside down, fit the Bar Holders into these matching recesses of the Chassis, orienting it as shown.

This is where I realized something was not quite right. See, this assembly is called a Watt’s Linkage and serves to keep the differential centered left to right under the car while allowing it to still move up and down in a nearly straight line. As the suspension compresses against the Springs, the Bar Connection should prevent this side to side movement. However, while testing this, it became obvious that our Stabiliser Bars were on the wrong sides:

The steps to correct this problem are included in the beginning of the Pack 8 instructions, but we can fix it right now. Simply remove the screws holding the Bar Holders to each end of this assembly and swap the position of each Holder to the other Bar:

The corrected assembly should now look like this:

Step 36

Fit the center post of the Bar Connection to the matching post on the Differential Cover, as shown (yellow arrow below).

When we fit this assembly back onto the Chassis, note how the position of the Bars has now changed – for the better:

Secure the Bar Holders to the Chassis from the other side with two (2) PS25 screws – one on each side:

Step 37

Secure the Bar Connection to the Cover with one (1) PS14 screw.

This is also a pivot point, so do not over-tighten this screw:

With this change in the Bars layout, now when we move the Rear Axle up and down against the Springs, the differential stays centrally located:

Thoughts


I truly appreciate that our Agora Models ‘No Time To Die’ DB5 comes with a working Watt’s Linkage! On the Eaglemoss ‘Goldfinger’ DB5 I built years ago, this entire assembly was a single piece of unmoving plastic. Attention to these details is what makes this model so good!

Next Up


 Stage 036VB – Outer/Inner Spokes, Outer/Inner Wheel Rin, Outer/Inner Ring, Spoke Retainer Ring, Wheel Hub Back/Front

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