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“Next the anti-roll bar will be fitted by attaching it to the tie rods on the suspension.”
Materials: All of the parts in this stage are plastic.
Fitting the Tie Rods
Retrieve your Rear Frame assembly from the previous stage. On the right side of this assembly, press the two pins of the Right Tie Rod into the matching holes at this location on the Upper Frame.
These Tie Rods arrived in separate bags marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ to know which was which. These are not truly Tie Rods, but more like frame braces:
Ensure the free end of this Tie Rod is situated down into this lower notch of the Rear Frame, as shown:
In the same way on the left side of the Rear Frame assembly, press the two pins of the Left Tie Rod into the matching holes at this location on the Upper Frame. Again, ensure the free end of this Tie Rod is situated down into this lower notch of the Rear Frame, as shown:
Attaching the Anti-Roll Bar
NOTE: In Stage 38, the four ‘mounting bolt’ details of this Anti-Roll Bar will be optionally painted silver. It may be easier for some builders to do it now before the part is installed. The choice is entirely up to you.
Firmly press the bracket ends of the Anti-Roll Bar fit onto the ends of the Tie Rods we attached to the Lower Control Arms earlier on.
The two brackets of the Anti-Roll Bar brackets have small pins inside them that fit into the holes at the upper ends of the Tie Rods:
However, it is nearly impossible to just snap them into place without bending or breaking the delicate Tie Rods. We could gently ‘widen’ the brackets with some pliers, attach them, and then try to squeeze the bracket closed again. However, I decided to use my sprue cutters to cut off one of these small pins inside each bracket:
This made it much easier to snap the brackets onto the Tie Rods and it holds in place just fine with a single pin:
Rotate the Anti-Roll Bar up and over onto the Upper Frame:
Press the two pins of each Anti-Roll Bar Bracket into the matching holes of the Upper Frame, capturing the Anti-Roll Bar in place as shown:
Attaching the Anti-Roll Bar to the Tie Rods without breaking or bending anything was a pain in the butt. I tried multiple times to just snap it on to no avail. I even bent the brackets with pliers, but did not like how it deformed them. Snipping off one of the bracket pins on each side was a happy compromise that seemed to work well.
Stage 37 – Pirelli Tire, Wheel Rim