I use a China pen (not the country, the plates) to write on the windshield in front of the driver seat. This way it’s really, really, really obvious that there are still things left to do. Oh – bleed the brakes is already done! I can erase that!
If you are using aftermarket aluminum lug nuts on steel studs, it is vitally important to use a touch of anti sieze. Dissimilar metals have a tendency to do all kinds of bad things when they are in direct contact, and this is especially so for fasteners. Do yourself a favor and don’t forget this step.
Yes, they are $10 each. But they are forged stainless. Do you take your wheels off and put them on a lot? Have you tried to do that with cheap aluminum open-ended lug nuts? Yeah, they get mangled pretty quick. These things are not going to get mangled, and they’re not going to corrode. They’re also pretty tiny so they will fit a wide range of wheels. Lastly, they have the proper seat.
Look, think about it this way: you will probably buy this one set once and your car will fall apart around them.
We noticed this when we were buttoning things up. The LCA and the tie rod end come very close to the brake rotor. It’s not explicitly a problem because all of the parts stay in relatively the same orientation to one another throughout the range of suspension travel.
However it will be a problem for extended runs where the brakes get to high temperature. A little heat shielding tape around the tie rod end will help quite a lot. Granted this is radiant heat from the rotor across air which is a pretty decent insulator. But in an endurance setting it could definitely become problematic.
Since the alignment is guaranteed to be a gigantic mess, I left my ancient tires on the other wheels on so that I wouldn’t wreck my sexy new Nankangs. Let’s just say that I might have had the rear lower control arm eccentric set wrong. With nearly positive rear camber and likely a lot of rear toe out, even driving at 15MPH in my neighborhood was quite enlivening.
Let’s get this car aligned ASAP and see what it will do!