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Spring Plate Reassembly After Plating

I got my trailing arm parts back from the platers, and they look n-i-c-e. I asked for "yellow zinc" and it cost $75 to plate all my spring plate stuff including the retaining covers, including a bit of disassembly and a bit of additional cleanup. I had wire-brushed and degreased everything, but not perfectly.

Here's a photo in case anyone else is considering "yellow zinc" plating as an alternative to cad plating.



And here's what they used to look like.



But I have two problems.

First, I can't remember exactly how everything goes back together. From the fuzzy photos in my Bentley I think it should look like the following pics - please tell me if I am wrong. The little lockwasher under the flat washer for the camber eccentric; no washer and a smaller nut for the toe eccentric; two flat washers for each of the plate-to-trailing arm bolts (one on each side) - right?







Second, I can't tell which spring plate used to be right and which left. Does it matter which side the parts go on? I don't see a difference but maybe there is some subtle 1/4 degree of alignment difference I am missing.

Thanks - the 911 is getting closer to emerging from the garage, just as summer is ending.
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Old 08-28-2003, 07:18 PM
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Beautiful parts !!! I think I'll ask for yellow zink when I get mine plated. Check out a parts catalog that shows the blow ups of the parts you got plated. It might help with reassemply.
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Very nice John! It looks as if you've got the bolt & washers back together correctly! On mine, there was no difference between the left & right sides, so it didn't seem to matter. Psst...you're not going to put those 'yucky rubber spring plate bushings' on that 'jewelry' are ya? You might want to check out the bronze/poly bearings that Chuck Moreland has...(while you're in there!!!) Didn't we warn you about this '$ickne$$' that you've obviously acquired!
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Can anyone tell me if there is a shop in the Seattle area that can do this?

Many thanks,
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Thanks all.

I did change one thing - the toe eccentric now has a big nut and no washer, the camber eccentric now has a small nut plus lockwasher and big washer. That seems to be the only way it fits. Maybe I'm wrong but anyway the car is going to a specialist p-shop for alignment so they can fix it if need be.

KC911, I am in fact putting on Chuck's polybonze bearings and monoballs all around. Did the left side last night - aside from 10 minutes of file work needed to fit the inner bearing race over the tube (the stuff is made to very close tolerances, the opposite of sloppy), it was an easy install. Chuck has really thought through these parts, right down to the positioning of the grease nipples. Really impressive stuff.

The $ickne$$ is getting to be a problem. Now the car is whining for some 930 or S4 brakes to go with the shiny new suspension bits. Ungrateful little thing.

BTW for East Bay, SF area folks the plating was done at ED Coat in Oakland. Really nice people, especially Dave, welcomed my little job and did it with care.
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Bump: Does anyone know of a shop in Seattle that can plate like this?

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The plating and color are very nice.
Sorry no info on the assembly.
ED Coat is in my directory will look up soon.
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John,

Do you have any reputable Chrome platers in your area? They either do it or can refer you. When you visit ask to look at some of their work. When I had this done it was called "Yellow Dye Chromate". There may be a few variations on this theme.
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you need to check the PET -- if the P/Ns are the smae L & R then no worries re swapping.
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The yellow zinc plating should be much easier to obtain, and looks identical to the cadmium.
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I shoulda done that - am spending a lot of time looking at mine as I put in the engine and make a transmission adapter plate.
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I need to do the same thing, and the only place I've found in the DC area wanted $300 to plate everything! For $75, I'll ship to SF if I have too. Looks nice.
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