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Re: LCA recall.
The hole you had to drill out bigger was an empty hole in the Lower Control Arm. That should have no affect on anything related to the LCA recall. The rear bolt in the LCA is replaced when you install traction bars with a longer bolt to accomodate the heim join in the traction bars. I'm unclear why when you removed them you would have left the longer bolt in the rear, the stock bolt is more than sufficiently long to go through and be torqued to the appropriate spec.
With the LCA the issue is primarily with the front bolt which does not go all the way through the attaching point but instead screws into a threaded hole in the lower cradle. The recall addresses the fact that they used the same length bolt for the front and rear attaching point and it wasn't quite long enough for the front. I've heard some people mention a stronger bolt as well. I'm not sure about that because the bolt grade is 10.9 on both the original and the new so unless the originals didn't actually meet spec I'm not sure about a harder bolt.
That being said after the winter I heard a slight popping in the front so I took my car in to have the LCA repair done. After I got it back the sound was still there. I noticed that the heim joints on the traction bar were slightly corroded from the winter so I thought I would take them off just to try and eliminate things from the problem. When I took them off the sound got much worse so I looked around some more and found that after the repair the left front bolt attaching the LCA wasn't torqued correctly and I couldn't torque it to spec so I took the car back in. The threads in the lower cradle had actually stripped out so they ordered me a new cradle and no more popping.
As for the traction bars, I haven't reinstalled them because I decided to compete in SCCA Solo this year and I didn't want to move to the category that they would place me in.
Hope some of this helps.
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Last edited by hwc2243; 04-29-2009 at 05:40 AM.