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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by Raydar on August 19, 2017, 11:23:11 PM »
Fieroguru's lateral relocation kit?  I think it requires larger wheels.

For those bolts, would they help my current situation?

Per Paul... his kit requires 17s. (Although some 16s will fit, he doesn't advertise it.)

It won't help your situation. I just mentioned it, because it also requires grinding on the knuckle (albeit in a different place) and causes no harm.
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General Discussion / Re: Visiting where I grew up
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 19, 2017, 09:59:12 PM »
Well, it was an interesting visit.  Some good friends had died.  One in 1988, and my dad was a pallbearer, but some 15 years ago we were told that his wife had died.  I found the gravestone, and her birth in 1913 is listed, but not her death.  She would be elderly, but her name is still on the mailbox.  No answer at the door, however.

I stopped by my old parish.  It's closed as a church, and is now a residence.

I stopped by my old home.  I barely found it, and could hardly recognize it.  Very sad.  The property is terribly run down and overgrown.  I spoke with the current owners.  The barn was torn down.  The shop had been converted into a residence, but five years ago burned down.  It looks as if the fire was within the last year.  No cleanup has been done.  The cooler is almost hidden by trees.  The fresh, clear, cold well water is now muddy.  The ponds are full of oil, the banks are gone with the water, and there is various vegetation where the ponds used to be.  The vineyard is gone.  The orchards are gone.  The pastures are choked with vegetation.  The back yard is now totally overgrown.  The front yard is a mud pit full of trash.  The brick columns at the head of the driveway are broken apart.  The flower beds are gone.  Half of the driveway is overgrown.  There are brambles where the mayflowers used to be.  The bee hives are gone.  The gardens are mud pits.  The fences are mostly rotted away.  The house is still there, externally much as my dad built on it, but the interior is in disrepair.  Overgrowth is growing up around the house.  The smokehouse is a shambles, not because it rotted, but because it was used for target practice and for a ramp.  The corrals are rotting away.  The storage bins have collapsed.  Someone used a trencher and cut through the irrigation lines.  The pigpen is smashed.  The training yard looks as if it was used for a tractor pull, then let to grow over.  The plow, harrow, and bushog appear to have been left out to rust away.  The greenhouse is just a foundation.  There is a heap of trash where the woodpile used to be kept.  The cistern was similarly filled with rubbish.  There are hoods and old tires where the volleyball court used to be.  The chicken coop and rabbit hutches were crushed.  All the stock chutes are smashed.  The cattle feeders were taken over by wildlife.  The farm light is laying on the ground.

In town, the grocery store's roof fell in.  The department store is just a building with graffiti and broken windows.  The hardware store is gone.  The feed store, however, was still there.  I spoke at length with the owner, whom I remember.  He has more grey hair now than I remember him having, 30 years ago.  Many of the shops where we used to go are gone.  Of course, the owners would be old, now.

Lots of people went there to retire, but the recession hit hard, apparently.
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 19, 2017, 09:23:43 PM »
If I remember correctly, there is a protruding "corner" on the 88 knuckle that gets in the way of some struts.
That corner can be ground without affecting the integrity of the part. It's really not that much material to remove.
As long as there are no deep grooves or anything else that will allow a crack to start or spread, there is no harm.

That makes me feel better.
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 19, 2017, 09:23:10 PM »
Fieroguru's lateral relocation kit?  I think it requires larger wheels.

For those bolts, would they help my current situation?
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by Raydar on August 19, 2017, 02:54:09 PM »
If I remember correctly, there is a protruding "corner" on the 88 knuckle that gets in the way of some struts.
That corner can be ground without affecting the integrity of the part. It's really not that much material to remove.
As long as there are no deep grooves or anything else that will allow a crack to start or spread, there is no harm.
(Fieroguru sells a kit that changes the 88 rear geometry just a bit - for the better. Installation of the kit also requires a bit of grinding. I've done it on both of my cars. No worries.)
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by Fierofool on August 19, 2017, 12:09:56 PM »
This is probably why there was slop.  Someone may have installed regular bolts instead of the camber adjustment bolts.  These are also available from NAPA and maybe other parts stores. 

https://www.fierostore.com/Product/Detail.aspx?s=57517&d=335&p=2
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 19, 2017, 10:01:11 AM »
On a previous Fiero, the camber was off, but there was a bit of looseness in the holes on the struts, so I moved everything to where it was visually straight, and tightened it.  That was on a pre-'88, though.
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 18, 2017, 07:09:45 PM »
So, camber is way off.  Yes, I'm concerned about grinding on the struts.
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by Fierofool on August 18, 2017, 07:03:13 PM »
Suspension won't bolt up if the axles are the wrong length.  Grinding on the knuckles or struts can cause a failure.  The only area that I know of that's safe to grind on is the spring perch.  When going with oversize or wider tires or the wrong offset wheels, you can encounter interference on the spring perch.  Some of that can be ground off for clearance.  But that usually happens with the pre-88's.
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General Fiero Discussion / Re: My '88 Fiero - The Never-Ending Saga
« Last post by GTRS Fiero on August 18, 2017, 06:05:18 PM »
Well, the cruise doesn't work, and the alignment of off.  WAY off.  I've never heard of having to grind on the struts to fix alignment.  The '88 is very adjustable.  I would think think that ot could compensate fine--if the axles are the correct length.
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