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Post by Neon4Life » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:31 pm

man why pay to have something greased. why not spend 5 min jacking up the car and grease it yourself. im sure with buying a grease gun youll save money in the long run. its only like $10 or so at the parts store.

just saying. :D
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Post by TheRandom1 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:33 pm

You're a retard. Just saying. :lol:

It's not *just* for the greasing that I do that. The techs I go to know a helluva lot more about this shit than I do, so I pay them for an oil change, grease job, and to look things over and see if I miss anything.

Besides, with oil, filter etc it costs me 20 bucks for an oil change. When I go there it costs me 30, so to me, it's worth the extra 10 bucks once or twice a year for grease AND peace of mind that a professional doesn't see anything wrong with my car that my piss-poor eyes may miss.
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Post by Neon4Life » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:37 pm

ok.


my badddddd.

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Post by 1972demon » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:39 pm

must have been changed at one point , along with the tierod ends, i dont think there seviceable form factory either, all my cars aren't anyway.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:13 pm

I know the tie rods have been done, I just paid for them to be done a few months ago. The balljoints haven't been done while I owned the car, and I bought it with 6K on the clock... doesn't make sense that they would have been done before that.
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Post by 05SEblue » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:43 pm

If I thought i was capable I would do the bushings for you, we had a friend do it, it only took him an hour, so I'm not thinking it was too bad. btw sorry for the late response haha
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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:29 am

I'm sure it's something I can and probably will end up doing, I just need to confirm that's what it is first.
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Post by racer12306 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:43 am

You can pull the plugs out of the lower ball joints and stick a zerk in there to make them greasable too.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:46 am

Found out something interesting the other day too that pissed me off. In hindsight I should have realized this tho.

My warranty is bullshit. I realized the car was “under warranty” and went in to Carmax to have it looked at. I was told that if it turns out to be something under warranty, I’d have to show my receipts on all service for it to be covered. So, for example, if it’s my trans going bad, I’d have to show proof of trans flushes at scheduled maintenance etc. Yeah… I don’t keep receipts and I do my own service whenever possible.

So basically I spent a lot of extra money for nothing. That makes me warm and cozy inside…
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Post by Neon4Life » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:58 am

That's why warrantys suck now a days. Everything is recipets or nothing.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:13 pm

Do you have the original paper you signed that requires that of you?

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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:16 pm

Hell if I know, may be in the owners manual, but a lot of that was lost in a flood a few years back.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:51 pm

Pulled out the passenger seat to see about some padding on the top bar. It looks like it should be rather easy, just have to figure out a way of getting the seat cover the rest of the way off so I can figure out how to wrap some padding around the top bar.

Looks like I'll need some hog ring pliers, which I do not have.


Edit: Figured out how to separate things, don't need hog ring pliers, just a regular set (or strong fingers) and voila, things come apart.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:09 pm

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Fairly certain the part right up at the top of the seat (left of the picture) is what is poking me. Now to figure a way of covering it.

Some pics showing how the foam is worn out and torn in a few spots.

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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:39 pm

Lower engine mount is busted. That's where my clunking is coming from.

Also, I'm going to need a brake fluid flush when I do my brakes next, my power steering is leaking (I knew this) my 2 front tires are bald, my belts are starting to crack a little bit (I'll do those when I do the timing belt in fall or so) and the right rear strut is sagging.

So, other than normal maintenance type work, I have to do coilovers next year. No big deal.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:35 pm

Hmmmm.

Should I modify the headrest bracket for more comfort, or do away with it entirely and go with a lowback bucket look? Only down side to going low back is that I'd have to cover the holes somehow.....
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Post by Paul56 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:41 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:Yeah… I don’t keep receipts and I do my own service whenever possible.

So basically I spent a lot of extra money for nothing. That makes me warm and cozy inside…
Even if you do the work yourself... you can always use the receipts for the parts & materials for the work as proof.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:43 pm

I don't keep those...
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Post by INVUJerry » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:19 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:Hmmmm.

Should I modify the headrest bracket for more comfort, or do away with it entirely and go with a lowback bucket look? Only down side to going low back is that I'd have to cover the holes somehow.....
You get into a wreck, you have no head/neck support. If you get whiplash, I doubt your insurance company would cover the damages.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:01 pm

Good point, Jerry. I had not thought about that...

And since this is my DD, that would probably not be a smart idea.
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Post by theTeejmiester » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:03 pm

these days it almost impossible to get insurance to cover anything, so fuck it, low back all the way :rockon:
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:35 pm

Got bored and did a really quick spray down of the engine bay today.

Before:
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After spraying it all down:

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All dry:

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Looks a lot better, but my pics kind of suck and don't do it justice.
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Post by LowNSlow » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:49 pm

Still dirty... get to cleaning!


*just jealous that I dont have something to clean and work on* :(
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:52 pm

It's not terribly clean, but it looks a lot better than it did. Sometime before the Indy meet, I'll take some simple green and a scrub brush and clean it up better. Perhaps some armor all on some things to make it look really nice too...
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Post by theTeejmiester » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:25 pm

take some foaming tire spray, without silicon because that shit can catch fire, i love it. spray, close the hood, turn the car on for 10 mins, open the hood and wipe off the excess, looks fantastic and i have been doing it that way for four years now with no problems :thumbup:

oh and amorall is silicone based so be carefull with it, fucks shit up fast
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:25 pm

get your ass back out there and REALLY clean it :lol:
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:28 pm

Sorry Josh. I was only making your job easier in two weeks.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:50 am

Well, yesterday I got one of the seats done. Basically, I just took a piece of ABS plastic, and melted it a little bit to form it around the bend in the headrest bracket. It's ugly and haggard, and only held in place with painters tape... but it seems like it's going to do the trick, so today I'll work on doing the drivers seat.

If you boys and girls are good, perhaps you'll get pics today of the repair.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:20 pm

Pics below... drivers seat is FUCKED! The foam completely tore out around that bracket, so now that my fix is in, it actually sits further out than anything else and is a bit uncomfortable.

Yes, I know my handiwork sucks, but I only wanted something cheap to hold me over until I decide what I want to do about the shitty seats...

The plastic cover I made:
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The repair:

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The seat foam is a bit haggard, and completely separated:
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One of the cross bars actually seems to have gone completely through the foam near the middle of the seat:

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So needless to say, I think it's time for either new seat foam... or bigger better seats. I'm voting for option B.
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Post by INVUJerry » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:58 pm

Viper fatboy seats. I vote them.
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