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Old 08-12-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Post Ok, I'm about to have one crazy DIY weekend

Ok, I have decided to go all out and repair all of my problems. Here's what's going to hapen this weekend:

Control arms
control arm bushings
Meyle RSM's with Z3 reinforcement plates
Diff bushings

I have done the following repairs since I bought the car 1 year ago:

spark plugs
air filter
oil change
fuel filter
brakes and rotors
radiator
VANOS seals
Serpentine belts
Valve cover gasket
Brake fluid flush
Subframe repair
H&R Cup Kit (not really a repair, more of an upgrade)

What else should I do while I'm at it? I want to get the car running perfect before school starts so I dont have to worry about anything. Tell me everything. Thanks
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:52 PM   #2
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Neil...didn't you have a similar thread....listing those above...may be repetitive bro...good luck tho
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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not really, I had a thread that asked about my hesitation problem and one that asked about my strut mounts. Now im making one that asks for opinions on what I should do while my car is up on jacks. No point in just making another post in one of my existent threads only for the thread to just fade away. It gets annoying when people ask for help and nobody replies cause they are too busy replying to threads about killing lambos. Jeez man, I have already searched for answers and I just need recommendations.

If you have any, please feel free to tell me rather than shutting me out
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not really, I had a thread that asked about my hesitation problem and one that asked about my strut mounts. Now im making one that asks for opinions on what I should do while my car is up on jacks. No point in just making another post in one of my existent threads only for the thread to just fade away. It gets annoying when people ask for help and nobody replies cause they are too busy replying to threads about killing lambos. Jeez man, I have already searched for answers and I just need recommendations.

If you have any, please feel free to tell me rather than shutting me out
I'd add sway bar end links to the list as the front can wear out and break (as mine did). Other than that I think you have all the front end stuff covered.
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Hey thanks for the heads up man, I'll add that to my list. What place has the best endlinks? Should I go OEM? I will need them by Friday so I have to get them with fast shipping!

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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Hey thanks for the heads up man, I'll add that to my list. What place has the best endlinks? Should I go OEM? I will need them by Friday so I have to get them with fast shipping!
If you need them by Friday you are looking at having to get them locally. I see them on ebay all the time for like $30 a set. Maybe you could do that and pay for overnight shipping. You'll still save over dealer prices, they charge $60 each here...
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:07 PM   #7
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final stage resistor if its giving you slight problems, itll just crap out on you when you most need it.
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final stage resistor if its giving you slight problems, itll just crap out on you when you most need it.
I think he was talking about stuff as it relates to front suspension, not random stuff.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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looks like you have your work cut out for ya!
What differential bushings are you using? and where did you buy at?

One other thing I could think of is your tie rods. But I'm sure you would notice that (steering play).
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I think he was talking about stuff as it relates to front suspension, not random stuff.
hmm I dont see anything about him saying suspension unless im missing it
Well, not everything he listed was suspension either, sparkplugs and air filter. Anyways, FSR is a gud thing to look for if you got some use and abuse on it.
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I'm open to all ideas, it's cool. Thanks for the heads up on the FSR, the symptoms are erratic fan speeds right? I might have to look into that. Any other suggestions?

About the swaybar endlinks, can't I order them from a sponsor and get 2nd day shipping or something like that? I hope that is an option because this weekend is the last one before school starts.

Btw... The diff mounts are OEM.

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:59 AM   #12
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I'm open to all ideas, it's cool. Thanks for the heads up on the FSR, the symptoms are erratic fan speeds right? I might have to look into that. Any other suggestions?

About the swaybar endlinks, can't I order them from a sponsor and get 2nd day shipping or something like that? I hope that is an option because this weekend is the last one before school starts.

Btw... The diff mounts are OEM.
Have you thought about doing a coolant system overhaul? I'm envious of you as I don't have the skills to do everything you have planned on my own, but that would be a very good investment. Your car will be running like new. Good luck!
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:32 AM   #13
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check your intake elbow tube for cracks if you still have your hesitation problem. depending on how many miles you have do an Inspection I or II and use this as a guide. good luck..

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Ok, I have decided to go all out and repair all of my problems. Here's what's going to hapen this weekend:
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Be sure to rent the proper tools, or else you may not be able to finish it.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:47 AM   #15
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Diff Bushings, better have proper tools. Diff bushings in my opinion is one of the more challenging diy's.
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you should have replaced the end links when you did the H&R's, but better late than never. Good luck, im going to have a long DIY myself too.
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Be sure to rent the proper tools, or else you may not be able to finish it.
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Nothing is worse than having to stop to go get the tool you need. When you get back, you can't remember where you left off! Definitely make sure you have everything you need before you even consider jacking up the car
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Depending on ur milage, u should be doing water pump and thermostat. Radiator and expansion tank also go on these cars, and should be replaced before 100k. I'll be doing the latter in the spring, and did the WP and tstat at 70k.
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Yeah, I know it's about time to replace my thermostat and waterpump. I have already replaced my intake boot so that's good.
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