The front lowers went together pretty easily and you can see the swaybar end link did as well. Now it was time to put the knuckle back on!
One word of warning/caution, though: My FUCA ball joints weren’t in amazing shape. They weren’t super sloppy or clicking or anything like that. But they did have a tendency to rotate inside the control arm. I had to use a ratchet (not an impact) to very, very, very slowly tighten the upper castle nut onto the ball joint. A power tool just spun the nut and the entire ball joint together as a unit. If you find yourself in a panic because your ball joint is spinning, just stop, relax, and take it slow.
Soon enough I’ll get the FUCAs replaced with Figs pieces as well. I just couldn’t budget it right now.
With the front suspension essentially back together, it was time to move on to the rear.
Then I got the knuckle on and started attaching the various arms to it.
Except for the swaybar. Oops. Fun fact: you can’t rotate the rear swaybar up into place because now the LCA is in the way. So I ended up having to remove the rear swaybar from the car to get the sway bar arms up over the lower control arm and then I could re-attach the swaybar’s center bushings. Learn from my mistake!
Also notice the humongous hole right above the wheel hub. That had a giant bolt going through it and was what the rear emergency brake assembly was attached to and would rotate around. Since the StopTech rear kit for the SC300 deletes the emergency brake, I simply had CV Source remove everything. Like with the front, the dust shield is gone, too. This is much cleaner than hacking away at things with a cut off wheel.
I spent a good long time cleaning up the washers and bolts and hardware that would attach the axles inboard to the differential. Might as well, right?