Ed's D

My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

Toby TABs, Alignment shims

I’m planning on replacing the Trailing Arm Bolts since the stock bolts are prone to bending, and eventually breaking. DeLorean Parts Northwest has replacement bolts made of inconel steel. Basically, this is aircraft grade steel that will never bend. They’re expensive, but well worth it.

This is a relatively easy job if you have the proper tools, and a manual transmission. With my larger automatic transmission, there isn’t enough room to slide the driver’s side bolt out. The old bolt now has to get cut with a saw, and the replacement inserted backwards. You could insert the replacement bolt correctly if the transmission was lowered, or removed from the car. Oh how I wish these were replaced when my car was being refurbished….

So this is going to be a huge job. I don’t have all the tools, but at least I have the bolts.

I also bought some shims for when I finally get a four wheel alignment. I’m told DeLorean shims are a little different than normal shims, so I bought 6.


Costs

K1000DP – Toby TAB Custom Trailing Arm Bolt Kit from DeLorean Parts Northwest – $74.95 plus $4.60 shipping

(6) DeLorean Shims @ $2.46 from DMC Midwest, $14.76 plus $8.13 shipping