- Visited the 818 for a little bit while I was home for Thanksgiving. I wasn’t able to spend a whole ton of time working on the car, but I was able to knock out a few little jobs that I was waiting on parts for.
- Wheels and tires installed!
- Advanti Storm S1 Hyper Silver wheels. 17×8-40 and 17×9-45
- These did not fit perfectly (see pictures). The rear wheels had a offset of +45mm instead o the recommended 40mm. Even with a 5mm spacer, they hit the upper trailing link. So, I created a low-tech solution with washers to move the upper link inboard about 1/4 inch.
- The wheels required spline-drive lugnuts and of course TireRack sent normal ones. Otherwise the experience with TireRack was pretty flawless.
- Interesting thing to note, it appears I didn’t have the steering rack as centered as I thought when attaching the column because the rack itself is not centered in the car. The front wheels hit the frame full right, but not full left. However, the travel is almost perfect to the left so perhaps I should just add a steering stop for the right turns and then everything will be the right amount of travel.
- Little items taken care of:
- Transmission rear cover installed and filled with fluid. I forgot to tighten the drain plug entirely before filling…but a few drops of oil on the floor later everything is good. I filled with 3.7L of fluid per the recommendations on the forum. This will show about 2in over full on the dip stick.
- Rear axle pins installed.
- Clutch slave cylinder installed.
- Clutch fork boot installed.
- I ordered Corbeau A4 seats:
- I chose the A4s because they’re small, affordable, from a reputable brand, have several configurable options, and have the ability to work safely with both a 3 point and 5/6 point harness. They seem to be a good compromise between street comfort and track capability.
- Mine were ordered in black cloth, sub-harness hole, driver seat lumbar bladder, and driver seat shaved base (for more headroom with a helmet).
Transmission rear cover installed
Rear wheels fitted
Here is the clearance AFTER I modified the trailing arm spacers
Another view of the *after* clearance
My low tech solution to moving the upper trailing arm
Front driver’s side wheel at full lock. It clears the frame by 1/4 in
Front passenger side wheel hitting the frame at almost full lock
Front driver’s side wheel clearance
New wheels vs the old
Clutch slave cylinder installed