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Old 12-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #14261
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Not to dredge up an old matter of debate but this is a measurement produced by a vendor who wants to sell you their parts so it is by every means a highly conservative estimate. They appear to say that at 50k your shocks have lost 50% of their life (suspiciously round numbers should be a red flag to anyone who has ever written research reports, smacks of data manipulation).

So you have here a vendor of parts telling you that at 50k they are half peak performance. Is half used "blown"? Perhaps for performance driving but for daily use? To me "blown" means shot or broken, not past their peak performance. How willing are they to be conservative to boost sales? At what point are tires blown? When they have 50% of tread life left on them? Not by my estimate. More like someplace over 75% and even that is somewhat conservative as they are well used but far from "blown", unless of course you sell them.

My entirely subjective opinion (as backed by my highly subjective seat based estimate) is that you could look at all this and roughly estimate that by 75k shocks and struts have reached a point where they are truly in need of replacement. My car was driven very lightly by original owner (50k in ten years) and when I hit 80k it was clearly not as solid on the road as it once was.

But that's just my opinion, ymmv.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:59 PM   #14262
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:00 PM   #14263
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Received 2 bottles of redline diff oil and 2 with transmission oil. Can't wait to do a fluid flush on this bad boy.
I have to flush my transmission. I did the diff not to long ago. What oil are you using for the transmission?
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:23 PM   #14264
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I bought redline fluids for both and liqui-moly for the motor.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #14265
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I'll have to hit him up. I just been waiting for my winter break to get the fluid changed in the transmission. Good look.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #14266
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:52 PM   #14267
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My quest to improve MPG may have been completed. I found that the vacuum line at the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel filter was dry rotted to the point that my fingers were black form just handling it. Replaced it with a 4 inch section of vacuum line form Advanced Auto Parts. The engine idle is much smoother and seems peppier. I have also seen a fair improvement in the fuel mileage. I strongly suggest you check yours! Thanks to JFOJ's posts and wisdom for suggesting it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #14268
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #14269
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #14270
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Those are sick! Also, I have an Phoenix too
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #14271
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #14272
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:17 PM   #14273
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Those are sick! Also, I have an Phoenix too
I love this color. I turn heads everywhere I go.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:29 PM   #14274
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No, why?
If you did, you technically don't need to worry about the spare tire thing. They will come and refill it and whatnot for no cost other than your monthly dues. Regardless, I have two compressors and my spare tire on me at all times.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #14275
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I do remember that, a month or two ago was it?

Carpet is out now, so I'm moving right along.
Yeah, it's one of the best things i could ever do to this car. Completely changes to look of the interior, and really darkens it up too.

I don't have tint... Yet. So the full effect has yet to come to realization.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #14276
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Not to dredge up an old matter of debate but this is a measurement produced by a vendor who wants to sell you their parts so it is by every means a highly conservative estimate. They appear to say that at 50k your shocks have lost 50% of their life (suspiciously round numbers should be a red flag to anyone who has ever written research reports, smacks of data manipulation).

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My entirely subjective opinion (as backed by my highly subjective seat based estimate) is that you could look at all this and roughly estimate that by 75k shocks and struts have reached a point where they are truly in need of replacement. My car was driven very lightly by original owner (50k in ten years) and when I hit 80k it was clearly not as solid on the road as it once was.

But that's just my opinion, ymmv.

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Call Bilstein about it then.

I'm no longer concerned, I run Bilstein dampers with less than 10k on them.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:40 PM   #14277
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I love this color. I turn heads everywhere I go.
Yesterday I got asked 3 different times in an hour while I was stopped at different places if the colour was stock or if I painted it. I didn't like it at first...but it grew on me, now I love it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #14278
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:31 AM   #14279
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So not today, but definitely lost my two passenger side tires because of manhole. Had to put my style 67 wheels back on the car and take off the CSL reps .
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:39 AM   #14280
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So not today, but definitely lost my two passenger side tires because of manhole. Had to put my style 67 wheels back on the car and take off the CSL reps .
Awwww damn. Any wheel damage?
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