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Old 10-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #23301
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I was driving behind a mustang GT on a one lane road (Las Posas toward the ocean for you locals) and he was going about 65. I wanted to be going about 70-75 so I passed him. as I passed him I saw that it was a hispanic high-school aged kid, so I pretty much knew what was coming next. Yep, he speeds up because it's a personal insult that someone would ever want to go faster than him in his shitstang. Through some miracle, my 2.5L engine still gets me by him. I pull up to a stop light maybe a mile later, where there is two lanes at the light merging into one after the light, and of course the timing works out where he gets a rolling start and passes me. And slows back down to 65. I go to pass him again but he gets on it much earlier this time, and speeds up to a speed that he had no business doing. I was considering whether to push the issue or just settle back behind him, when I saw a curve up ahead and decided he needed to learn the difference between defining a good car by speed or by engineering and preventative maintenance. I won't say how fast we went into that curve, but I made sure I was looking at him at the instant that he was forced to admit to himself that he couldn't make that curve at the speed he was going because his shitstang wasn't anywhere near current on preventative maintenance. I went into that curve 100% sure Betsy was good to go. and of course she was. Took it like she was on rails.

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Old 10-29-2013, 06:22 PM   #23302
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Just filled. 355 miles at a little of 1/4 left. Very pleased. Attachment 532682

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Great MPG! Piece of electrical tape makes it easier to ignore the light.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:29 PM   #23303
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Don't get me wrong. I'm not looking to do pro-mod burnouts. Just wondering if its performing up to its full potential. Been doing ALOT of reading on this engine. Not sure what all has been done maintenance wise. Cooling system is good (after a t-stat replacement) but know nothing about whether the VANOS has been refreshed. I've read that that can cause low power.
Unless your car was previously owned by an enthusiast, 99% sure your VANOS components are original.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:30 PM   #23304
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Great MPG! Piece of electrical tape makes it easier to ignore the light.
So does flashing to EU2, and will gain a couple HP/tq from it
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #23305
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:54 PM   #23306
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Picked up a 30mm socket and snap ring pliers, getting ready to replace the rear wheel bearings. I had a 1" 3/16 socket which is 30mm, but the axle nut takes 12 point socket.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #23307
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #23308
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Its not difficult, but takes time. You have to remove many things to get tot he bearing. If its the driver's side, you have to drop the exhaust.
If you buy a harbor freight tool for FWD bearings its pretty easy. Without those, you will be throwing hammer on the housing for a long time.
There are a couple of videos on youtube that details on the DIY.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:31 PM   #23309
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:45 PM   #23310
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #23311
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:31 PM   #23312
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you should trim down your load bars, looks a lot better/cleaner. i did on my rack and get nothing but compliments when i have it installed. just my $.02, car looks great
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:04 PM   #23313
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:07 AM   #23314
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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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Old 10-30-2013, 06:44 AM   #23315
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:53 AM   #23316
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Wrapped my ugly beige aka gold-ish interior trim in gloss black vinyl. Looks much better. May re-do it with some nicer stuff down the road if I still like it. Easy evening project.

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:03 AM   #23317
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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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PB Blaster. WD40 doesn't do much. I would recommend a 15 mm box end wrench on this with some form of cheater bar. I used a 15mm and 14mm combination wrench linked together to get more leverage. Like this:

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Old 10-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #23318
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Ordered my aux kit and some assorted items for my Garmin stealth wire and glovebox charger install.
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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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