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Old 09-03-2013, 01:03 PM   #22181
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whats it in the shop for
One of my caliper bracket bolts is stripped to all getout from some serious seizing, so I can't do my front brakes. Even extractor sockets weren't working. I don't have the clearance of a lift or more powerful tools to get it out, so I asked a shop nearby if they would be able to extract it. They sounded unconcerned about the job.

Gave them two new bolts to put back in. Hoping it won't cost much.

Really PO'd about it because it's such a stupid issue.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:37 PM   #22182
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Put me front and rear bumper trims back on today, waiting on clips to do the sides. Not entirely happy with them, so will get a proper paint and clear coat soon(ish) they look better than before at least.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #22183
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Got a 20% tint all around and washed it!
Don't you just love those wheels? Takes me longer to clean the wheels than the rest of the car... What kind of "tool" do you use on them. I found a champagne flute brush at a local hardware store that works pretty well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #22184
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #22185
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #22186
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:54 PM   #22187
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Nice pics ^^

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:00 PM   #22188
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Nice pics ^^

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Where did you order from?
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:10 PM   #22189
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Where did you order from?
I just threw them into the same box, but i bought from:
BMA(fuel pump, thermostat, zimmerman rotors, expansion tank)
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Amazon (o2 sensors, brake pads) and Discounttiredirect.

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:45 PM   #22190
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One of my caliper bracket bolts is stripped to all getout from some serious seizing, so I can't do my front brakes. Even extractor sockets weren't working. I don't have the clearance of a lift or more powerful tools to get it out, so I asked a shop nearby if they would be able to extract it. They sounded unconcerned about the job.

Gave them two new bolts to put back in. Hoping it won't cost much.

Really PO'd about it because it's such a stupid issue.
Happened to me with my lug bolt. Thank god for flatheads and Hammers. Always could be worse man!


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Old 09-03-2013, 11:58 PM   #22191
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #22192
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Happened to me with my lug bolt. Thank god for flatheads and Hammers. Always could be worse man!


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Shop was able to get them out just fine. They were able to get a lot more leverage than I could and smashed a smaller extractor socket onto it...which is what I was struggling to do given my clearance. Came right on out!

Those front caliper carrier bolts are very soft, and can really deform easily - plus they're torqued at almost the same spec as our wheel bolts. Now that I see how easily they can round, I only use a 6-point socket and a massive breaker bar to remove them
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:49 AM   #22193
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half the parts came in for maintenance which is gonna include replacing the oil separator valve and hoses, spark plugs, oil&fuel filters, throttle body gasket, and some other minor things.
Planning to bleed my brakes and install the stainless steel brake lines at the same time as well...or I might just wait until I get new calipers/rotors. We'll see. Gonna be a busy weekend!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:50 AM   #22194
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half the parts came in for maintenance which is gonna include replacing the oil separator valve and hoses, spark plugs, oil&fuel filters, throttle body gasket, and some other minor things.
Planning to bleed my brakes and install the stainless steel brake lines at the same time as well...or I might just wait until I get new calipers/rotors. We'll see. Gonna be a busy weekend!
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #22195
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lots of cutting grinding and drilling in order to get the oem exhaust off.. engine and tranny mounts, tranny fluid, new to me magnaflow exhaust going on today if I can find some time.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #22196
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Replaced the Camshaft Position Sensor, Intake side. Car runs better already!
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #22197
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Supersprint rear muffler section, 2nd res delete. Sounds amazing!
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #22198
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Installed new cross drilled rotors, new brake pads, lower control arms, bushings and upper strut mounts...She is riding lovely now!
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #22199
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Ordered front control arms, bushings and hardware to replace the worn units, and a couple of other small parts that aren't worth mentioning
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #22200
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Painted side moldings

today i painted my door moldings the same color as the car. To me it makes the car look much cleaner in a sense.

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