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Old 05-02-2013, 12:43 AM   #18621
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http://www.ecstuning.com/ES129793/ 55 bucks.
Need to do this on my car too :/
shipping will cost you more than the part costs.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:46 AM   #18622
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:25 AM   #18623
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New shift boot , Tri stitch! Lol bashed the shift knob off my jaw tying to remove it
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #18624
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #18625
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New shift boot , Tri stitch! Lol bashed the shift knob off my jaw tying to remove it
Nice! Post pics!

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #18626
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Finally finished (kinda) what I started couple weeks ago. Installed exhaust back after cutting out the muffler just to see if I want to keep muffler or maybe change it. It's much quite at idle and a little bit louder at higher RPMs. Love it. Now I have to purchase exhaust tips and have it all welded. Would love some suggestions. Quad exhaust with m3 bumper.

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After dropping the car one thing has been getting on my nerves. Whenever I have to lift car's front (middle), a factory jack has to be used to lift one side of the car and only then I can slide under aftermarket car jack to lift the car. Kinda regret going so low...
As suggested, ramps or wood blocks are your friend
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #18627
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Bent rim replaced; what a difference!

When I had my left rear wheel bearing replaced by my Indy, I found out that the left rear wheel was bent and needed to be repaired / replaced. I went to Metro Wheels in Marietta, GA tidayt to inquire about repair and they owner happen to have a ready to go Style 68 rear wheel sitting on his shelf. He swaped me wheels for just a few bucks more than the repair would have cost and saved me from having to wait several days for the repair turnaround.

30 minutes later I was back on the road and the difference is nothing short of amazing! I cannot believe how much that bent rim was affecting the entire ride and feel of the car. With the wa-wa sound and the bent rim shimmy's all gone, I am just pleased as punch today!
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:16 PM   #18628
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Got some wax on her. I can see my reflection again!
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:52 PM   #18629
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Picture speaks for itself. Rebuild time. (Crush washer in hand but not pictured)
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:03 PM   #18630
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bad idea. that will cause it to hang and fail. eventually eats up the rollers on the regulator when it puts tension on the cable. trust me

Which regulators are you installing? and how often are they failing
if it goes bad, ill replace it again, i replaced it every two years anyway..

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Old 05-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #18631
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Just had her changed oil and replaced oil level sensor . My car needs TLC every week.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:29 PM   #18632
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Finally tackled the taillights ground problem super easy and found the PO's ghetto rig (stripped wire that's bolted)
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #18633
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Washed/waxed it as previously mentioned...

Then it got covered in pollen...

Wiped the pollen off...

And it started raining.

WTF!!!!

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #18634
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:42 PM   #18635
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Picture speaks for itself. Rebuild time. (Crush washer in hand but not pictured)
Why are you rebuilding the chain tensioners? Are you having problems?
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #18636
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Washed/waxed it as previously mentioned...

Then it got covered in pollen...

Wiped the pollen off...

And it started raining.

WTF!!!!
You speak on behalf of a lot of other guys who wash their cars every week haha.


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Old 05-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #18637
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Picture speaks for itself. Rebuild time. (Crush washer in hand but not pictured)
Are you exhibiting symptoms? No way I would touch the chain or the tensioners if it isn't showing signs or wear. Do you have to redo the timing if you do this? If not, have at it. If so, damn that's gonna be a bitch.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #18638
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Are you exhibiting symptoms? No way I would touch the chain or the tensioners if it isn't showing signs or wear. Do you have to redo the timing if you do this? If not, have at it. If so, damn that's gonna be a bitch.
no symptoms. just PM. Nothing needs to be done except unbolting the thing. easy in easy out. the old spring will be about 1/4" shorter due to age/wear. A chain that flops around tends to exhibit excess wear at the joints making it stretch, apparently. so i figured i'd do this for a few bucks.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #18639
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no symptoms. just PM. Nothing needs to be done except unbolting the thing. easy in easy out. the old spring will be about 1/4" shorter due to age/wear. A chain that flops around tends to exhibit excess wear at the joints making it stretch, apparently. so i figured i'd do this for a few bucks.

are you changing out the tensioner piston and cylinder also? or just the spring?
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are you changing out the tensioner piston and cylinder also? or just the spring?
just the spring.
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