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  1. Tire Chains

    If it helps, I see a lot of snow tires/wheelsets being sold on craigslist. Usually steelies. Seems like a lot of Volvo owners bought a set when they got a car, the car gets sold, so they've got a set to get rid of. Tread depth is obviously one factor, but rubber composition and sidewall flex are another. Nearly bald snow tires are probably still better than a set of summer rubber. Thule used to show snow chains/tires on their website, and I assumed they'd be the manufacture of Volvo-branded equipment since they do some of their other accessories. I don't see it as an option under their product listing right now though. I know some mountain passes can have hard requirements on chains, but I think chain's value has decreased as snow tires have improved. If you absolutely have to, what about wrapping the ABS wire with some DIY shielding? Couple layers of heat shrink around a layer of rubber? Periodic spot-checks for signs of rubbing on the brake line from the chain.
  2. So the engine itself is not new to you, correct? It's the same engine that was in there and working before? Or is this a recently acquired salvage engine? If you just filled up the car with coolant it's slightly possible there's a huge air pocket. Give the hoses a few good squeezes. Though these cars don't seem to struggle much with that, and don't have additional bleeding requirements. I'd start with the thermostat. Make sure it's opening. Next guess would be failed water pump impeller.
  3. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    And I'm saying that for a complex issue, the discussion needs to be more focused on the bigger picture. Not worrying about which gun people can have. I'm not opposed to some basic limitations, but I don't think that's the core issue and we all are wasting too much time and money on it when it should be spent elsewhere.
  4. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    Boston marathon bombing comes to mind, though I'll concede that a gun is a relatively accessible item. I just see a future of wack-a-mole, and it won't necessarily be exclusively bombs either. I'd love to be wrong about that.
  5. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    It is somewhat relevant. If there are other ways to cause harm that are of comparable accessibility, and we don't see a way to solve those problems too, then we're chasing our tail. I don't think its a silver bullet to squash an argument, but it's still an important angle to consider. The goal of any gun control in this context is to reduce events like these from happening, or reduce the amount of damage. If humans continue have other ways to cause damage, and it isn't just one other mechanism, nor is it something easily restricted, then does this gain us anything? Maybe, though one thing we saw under Obama was adversarial where they couldn't let Obama appear to gain any ground. And especially not with something like guns. If some R politicians support it, and one of their own is President, they can pretend like it was their idea.
  6. I thought I remember not having to drop the subframe too but it's been so long. When OP says it rattles around, that's vertical play? The bar will move side to side freely if it doesn't have any kind of retention system. Endlinks make quite the racket when they are worn or the bolts are loose. Sure those weren't the source?
  7. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    Sure, and I guess I should have been more specific. I was thinking more the difference between 5 and 50. If you're going to limit to maybe less than 5 weapons, I can see the angle. Unless we go with a very low maximum ownership count, I don't see the difference in one gun locker full or twenty.
  8. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    Technically it's a decongestant, not cough medicine. And the implementation leaves room for improvement. I recently tried to buy the maximum possible because I never have any on hand when I want it and the pharmacy is always closed when I realize this. I got conflicting answers on how much was allowed, and turned out most of it didn't really matter anyway since apparently I could only buy one box at a time. Quantity didn't matter. Big box of big dosages, or small box of small dosages. I wanted one of the 12hr, and one of the short acting. Told me I could come back the following day to buy the other one - because that makes sense. Best I could tell, none of the packaging corresponded with the limits on daily or monthly quantities either. The patterns they're going to find are annoyed people who have allergies and a runny nose Because you can only shoot one weapon at a time? Two if you think hollywood is real. Does it really matter if I have a basement stock pile of weapons? I know that makes for a great media blurb, but humans only have two hands.
  9. Us Assault Weapon Ban **read First**

    I see worrying about the guns themselves as like worrying about trying to ban the act of suicide or ban drugs. If there's effort and money to be spent, I'd be more interested in trying to prevent them feeling like this is a good idea. Unfortunately that's going to be a lot more difficult than just banning some item or act. At it's simplest level, it's as if they want to demonstrate some control over a society and I'm not sure more attempts to control people is the right response. Doesn't mean I'm opposed to some simple gun controls - I just mean that we have many other social aspects that are possibly becoming too overbearing. Especially collectively.
  10. damn oil cooler lines

    The oil itself is going to be what, 250F/120C at the upper limit? You think the engine bay is reaching 140C? I'd think your coolant would be boiling by then.
  11. damn oil cooler lines

    Ya it's crazy. I believe a few years ago someone here who worked in an industrial environment was making replacements. Want to say he'd use old ones as cores for the fittings and press new hose on. And someone was pulling good looking ones from salvage yards to sell.
  12. spring seat removal - stuck on strut

    I'll confirm what TryingBe says - make sure you got the + shaped nut off the top. There is a specialty tool, but everyone just taps it's arms to back it off. The inner part of the seat is a metal collar, so I suppose it's possible it rusted to the shock shaft. But the seat looks pretty new. PBBlaster might help separate it.
  13. Motorcycle Picture Thread

    Superduke... 10 years off... not trying to go crazy. There's also the 390 Duke, which if it's gonna spend most of it's time in the city might be nice to have such a light nimble bike. FZ1 arguably isn't a true liter bike, despite being 1L. That term is usually for the supersports. FZ1 is more mannered because that's the goal of a bike like that. Still plenty of power but doesn't need to break magazine records at the expense of day to day usage.
  14. Motorcycle Picture Thread

    If I lived in the city, I'd totally have a scooter. No good pictures but 2 weeks ago I did another trail riding event. Kinda like a road rally through the woods I guess. VT on Saturday, back to camp, then NH on Sunday. They arrow the route so you just follow them, and the freshly churned dirt. As soon as you hit the woods, you can go your 100%. No one else around to bother besides other people doing the same thing. I think that's what I like about it most. And because they've plotted it out, you don't even have to figure out a trail route that makes sense.
  15. 850 Starter

    Ah, I was pretty off base on that one. Maybe I rounded the bolt head then? Been a while since I've had one out. My bad. Glad it went easy. I kinda like the clips once I got used to them and learned to trust them. Don't think you should need additional holders if they're still in proper shape and installed correctly. Non-supporting members get a word censor applied. It's a carry over from many years ago when the forum banned bad words entirely. It's sometimes funny so I don't think there's a hurry to remove it. There's a few easter-eggs in the list of words that get filtered too.