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    ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Ok, I bought my ‘08 Alpha sight-unseen back in ‘11, and it’s been everyone else’s vehicle but mine until recently. I relocated to Colorado, and noticed on the drive out here it has the performance characteristics of a 1970’s grain truck. To top it off, one of the front rotors are warped, and braking is miserable. It’s my driver now, so it was time to do some upgrades!
    With 155,000 miles, lots need to be replaced!

    My first step was to ask someone with knowledge & experience - so I PM’d Mutaint for some recommendations. A HUGE THANK YOU TO MU for taking the time and helping me out! He recommended Old Emu Nitrocharger Sport shocks (90001’s & 60045’s), OEM front rotors and pads, and an Outfitter Designs Steering rack reinforcement and new OEM AC Delco tie rod ends.

    I went down to the local 4x4 shop and ordered the shocks and brakes. I attempted to order the Outfitter Designs steering reinforcement online, but it’s out of stock at this time (I called them and they say they’ll call me as soon as it’s available).

    So here we go: I’ll attempt to upload pictures and some video as well. Thanks for following, and, of course, I invite your opinions! THANKS AGAIN MU!!
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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Ok, the shocks replacements were a breeze. I had to sawsall one top nut off the drivers front; otherwise, it was simply unbolt the old and rebolt the new. However, as the pictures show, there’s quite a bit of wear and tear on my machine that needs to be addressed. For planning purposes, you can accomplish these in 2-3 hours no problem. Notice my “jounce bumpstop”... completely destroyed!

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Next up, the front Brakes. The 4x4 shop called and informed me the AC Deleon were on backorder, so they offered to swap them out with Powerstop Evolution sport carbon fiber + ceramic pads.

    unable to handle the chattering of my old brakes, I accepted with the understanding if I don’t like them I can return them for the AC Delos.

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    The brake replacement went smoothly as well. Simple removal of the pads, caliper, and rotors. Reinstall the new. Powersop threw me a curveball with some rubber sleeves or shims in the box; 30 minutes of phone routing got me to a technician to find out they shouldn’t have been included for an H3.

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Ok, now for the fun part. The passenger side has at least 1/2” play in the tie rod connection (please see videos below). My question - will new tie rods and the Outfitter Designs reinforcement solve this problem?? Thanks!

    well shoot, I can’t figure out how to attach video taken from my iPad. Any suggestions?

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Quote Originally Posted by Wgellatly View Post
    ...I went down to the local 4x4 shop and ordered the shocks and brakes. ...
    You need to get acquainted with Rockauto.com for your parts purchases.
    OEM (AC Delco, etc.) parts are much cheaper than at any shop or dealer.
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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Thanks Bunger!

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Quote Originally Posted by Wgellatly View Post
    I can't view any of the pictures posted in this thread. They appear as a broken link in Tapatalk, on an Android. Can everyone see the photos, or is it just me?

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    They show up as pictures on both my iPhone and iPad...

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Ok, I think I have the video link now...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gu2RsTOUTYQ

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Just a quick update - got the tie rods from Rock Auto, and am waiting for the steering rack reinforcement kit from Outfitter Designs... they’re still Out Of Stock! I’m assuming it will be best to do this all at once??

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    Re: ‘08 H3 Alpha Front end suspension brakes rebuild project

    Quote Originally Posted by Wgellatly View Post
    Just a quick update - got the tie rods from Rock Auto, and am waiting for the steering rack reinforcement kit from Outfitter Designs... they’re still Out Of Stock! I’m assuming it will be best to do this all at once??
    Wonder if OD is waiting on enough orders to warrant a production run? This is a mod I eventually need to do. I'd be willing to place an order now, if it will help expedite their production run. Let me know what you find out.

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