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Old 04-16-2013, 01:33 PM   #18021
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CSB, Guibo, exhaust gaskets and all the bolts and nuts arrived.

Thinking to DIY or give it to shop.
An indy shop is quoting $200 plus taxes for the job. I guess it is a good price, specially considering the exhaust has to come down.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:34 PM   #18022
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Blah so lazy. I have three weeks to change my thermostat and voltage regulator.
Take it to new jersey. I hear there's an old funny pirate that'll do it for free
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #18023
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Take it to new jersey. I hear there's an old funny pirate that'll do it for free
Lol, no thanks!
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #18024
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CSB, Guibo, exhaust gaskets and all the bolts and nuts arrived.

Thinking to DIY or give it to shop.
An indy shop is quoting $200 plus taxes for the job. I guess it is a good price, specially considering the exhaust has to come down.
I'd just get it done at the shop. If I had to do mine I'd picture all of the bolts being seized on, etc.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:41 PM   #18025
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i had a feeling that was the argument to be played. im sorry but thats retarded. in theory, i could see it being correct, but so is the theory that if you wiggle your ass slightly in a turn every turn for your cars lifetime, you'll wear the bearing out 5 miles sooner over 150k miles. or when you change tires to a wider size, or use the same bearing in a bmw with a different offset wheel... or when driving a zhp with a wider/heavier wheel. its negligible at best and only brought up for the sake of argument. quite simply, it's meaningless. climate or your favorite route to work would have far greater (if any) impact on the life of a bearing than a 15mm spacer ever would. some bearings last 50k and some 200k. it's not worth mentioning at all as a "downside"

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I wasn't trying to start an argument. And it's not "retarded", it's physics. There is an increased load on the wheel bearing with wheel spacers compared to a stock wheel setup. How fast is it going to increase the wear? I don't know. How big of a difference is it going to make in terms of duration of the wheel bearing life? I don't know. All I'm saying is that there is an increase in load on the wheel bearing.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #18026
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #18027
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Your cats are fine if it's only the precat O2 sensors giving an error. You probably just have a vacuum leak. CCV hoses maybe.
I will definitely check the CCV hoses. I have been getting 18.6MPG in town and I just installed the new O2 pre cat sensors, reset the MPG gauge and ran a quick errand. The gauge now reads 25.8 but I'm sure that it will lower a bit in a couple of days.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:11 PM   #18028
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Is that MPH or MPG in the pic?

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:33 PM   #18029
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It is MPG. Although, the MPH is similar since I live in downtown Atlanta.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #18030
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Looks great! way better. It looked like your car was into mud wrestling before. Now that's how a B2 Stealth Bomber pilot's car should look!


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Old 04-16-2013, 03:02 PM   #18031
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:13 PM   #18032
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Is that MPH or MPG in the pic?
Using the zoom and enhance option on my Eturbotronic46 keyboard I was able to determine that it is MPG.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #18033
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:19 PM   #18034
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #18035
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Been a busy day in total:
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3. Replaced the shift boot
4. Properly cleaned my summer wheels. If anyone thinks that spray-n-wash **** works, you're delirious. Elbow grease, bitches.
5. Went ballistic on my interior. If it wasn't carpet, it got scrubbed with this purple-y Lysol scrubs. What. A. World. Of. Difference. Even shoved the wipes into the crevices with q-tips.
6. Decided to shadow line wrap my window trim.

Tomorrow I'll wash and wax. Today it was drizzle-y.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #18037
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After watching a couple videos on CCV's I don't know if I would attempt it. Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #18038
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After watching a couple videos on CCV's I don't know if I would attempt it. Good luck!
I did mine last year, took me like 4 hours from opening the hood and closing the hood. But I did also change my dip stick guide tube at the same time. Wasn't too bad just need to be patient
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #18039
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #18040
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