BlehmCo Front Lower Control Arm bar
The lower tie bar shown in the pictures is still under development. It will be manufactured by BlehmCo and should be in production very soon. I do not know the exact date, and I do not know the cost at this time. If you have any questions about it , you can contact Matt Blehm (Matt93SE) at Maxima.org
I was simply a test mule for this particular piece for the 4th gens. I will say that the lower tie bar is a custom fabricated sub frame structure that connects the two lower control arms of the front suspension thus tightening it and reducing chassis flex in hard corners. For those of you who have added a rear sway bar, and complain about over steer problems, I would highly suggest this piece. It definitely tightened the front of the car during corners, and caused it to push a bit more than normal. It basically returns the car to a more neutral setting after adding a rear sway bar. After driving on it for only about 20 minutes, I was very upset when I had to remove it for Matt to make a jig. I can't wait to get it back on the car. Keep in mind that the pics you see here are only pre-production pictures, and are not the actual finished product. My car was a 5 speed test mule, and Matt wanted to try the piece on an automatic to make sure it cleared the transmission before putting it into production.
BlehmCo Front Control Arm Bar installation!
The following instructions are simply a guideline for the installation of the BlehmCo Front Lower Control Arm bar currently in production for 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation Nissan Maximas as well as B14 Nissan Sentras and 200SXs.
This installation is possible to be performed without the vehicle being raised from the floor, and it is even advised that the installation be performed this way if possible. Due to differences in vehicle height due to aftermarket suspension drops etc, this is not always possible. If installation is performed on a vehicle that is lifted in the front, it is advised to only hand tighten the front control arm bolts while the vehicle is raised, and to continue tightening the bolts to spec once lowered.
The first step is to remove the four nuts in which the bar will be mounted to. The two front main nuts on each control arm should be removed. They are 27mm nuts, and will be fairly tight. A good impact wrench or breaker bar will definitely be of help here. If you have to resort to a breaker bar, it is likely you will need to lift the front of the car.
The second set of nuts is a 19mm nut that is located just behind the front tires on each side and is shown in the picture below.
The washers on each nut will no longer be used. The washers on the rear are an abnormal shaped cup looking washer, while the front washers are triangular shaped. The mounting points on the bar will act as the washers.
Once the four nuts are removed, raise the front of the control arm bar into place on the lower front control arm bolts. You will notice that the bolts angle out to the outside of the vehicle on each side. You will need to place the bar on one side, and thread one nut onto the control arm a very small amount to keep the bar on the car. Move to the other side of the car, and place the other side of the bar on the lower control arm. Gently hand thread that nut onto the bolt as well. The front of the bar should be hanging now.
Move to the back side of the bar. Place the mounting points up on the bolt, and put the nut on. Hand tighten the 19mm nut that goes onto this bolt. Move to the other side and repeat.
Now move back to the front of the car and tighten the front control arm bushings the rest of the way. If your vehicle is still raised, then lower the car before doing this step. You do not want to preload the front rubber control arm bushings in this position. Lower the car and tighten them down. Now move to the back of the bar and tighten those nuts down as well.
That?s It. You're Done.