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  1. Drove 600 miles (without AC!), met Tim in Washington who...recharged my AC, checked my brakes, fixed my turn signal, replaced my XC grille, drank the beers, ate the pizza. Hung with Mary & Jess & Tim while amazing new wheels were fitted to Mary's Yellow and the mysterious boost problem was diagnosed in 5 seconds flat. Rediscovered the joys of convoying without sweating like a pig. A Good Day.
  2. I wasn't being entirely serious about the blue...and it's weird how many people actually like the saff & white! It's temporary...
  3. and thanks for the deal! Did you cook up a price for the rear bumper?
  4. You think I'm leaving it looking like this? I'm going to enjoy all the double-takes for a while then get it refinished and painted...laser blue.
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    Saffron going White

  6. So! Last thursday I was cleared to lift more than 10lbs (recent angioplasty) so I had my first car day for a month. Rear brakes (akebono, worth it) front ss brake lines, oil change, vac tree repair, cabin filter and finally installing the iPd HD CBV. Found a split elbow from the fcp pcv kit I installed a month ago, plus one of the fcp ss lines was blocked and had to be tossed. With the vac leak fixed and the cbv I can feel 1-2 lbs of boost for the first time.
  7. Found a split inner CV boot on the passenger side, not there 3 days ago. Said a bad word...
  8. Atlantis 18" XC90 rims, Kumho LX Platinum 225/40/18 tires, and a 4 wheel alignment. Rims look excellent, really update the look of the car. However, they also downgrade the speed of the car as the hub centric rings were lost in the post (found out late Friday, of course...) and I can't drive the sod over 60 mph until I get some more. Help! Maybe I should have gone for pegs after all....:(
  9. Pop-rivetted PS mudflap on AGAIN, pulled 3 turkey baster-fuls of the Mobil 1 Synth ATF from the PS reservoir & replaced it with Lucas PS conditioner. Steering now feels sane again (previously sloppy across the center 10 degrees of travel) Anyone else have steering as sensitive as this? Ordered Akebono rear pads from FCP as my OEM pads have gone from new to 2mm in 9 months...brake dust begone!
  10. Thanks to unexpected artery (in)activity on Friday and the subsequent hospital stay I'm not allowed to lift anything more than 10lbs for a while, and 90% of car jobs are therefore banned. So I took it to the indy with a clear conscience to find out WTF is going on with the suspension. Turned out to be a dragging front PS brake caliper and slightly dragging rear brake pads too, cost me $50 for the diagnosis & fix. Car now drives like it ought to... Also discovered that, post PCV job, ALL of the minor turbo related oil leaks have desisted and the block is clean and dry, even after standing for a week. Deep joy. On the negative side, one of the hydraulic engine mounts I paid to replace 6 months ago is now sloppy as hell. 90% WIN, 10% Grrr. Not too bad for a Wednesday.
  11. Broke down & decided to keep the Atlantis 18" rims I picked up on Craigslist for…$150. That's my second set of $150 rims in a year. Where to buy the hubcentric rings? And the biggie - which tires?
  12. In this case, PM means Papal Mandate. Do you get a lot of Mandates? :lol: :lol:
  13. Looked fine - no cracks or deterioration, but at $55 bucks for peace of mind, replacement is cheap. The LH bushing is the easy one, if you followed the pinned howto and do it with the delta arms on the car, but the RH...I'll find the photos... PS Delta link from above As this so clearly shows :rolleyes: there's a 12 inch 3/8 extension going through a small gap in the PS delta link to connect to a 3/8 swivel & 18mm socket. I think it's a toss up whether your tools will fit - mine are Craftsman so reasonably common. There's "that" much space to get the swivel & socket in. And yes, the PS bushing has to be inserted into the arm before you can bolt it to the DS arm. Left and right will never be the same again. (Black object is a maglite) Delta link from below You can see the socket & swivel on the bushing nut. The writeup recommends a 1/2 16 point 18mm socket & cheater bar, and torquing the bolt one "point" at a time. Still can't imagine how this is supposed to work, in any case I couldn't get my bar in there at all. With the extension solution, torquing to the right setting was a walkover. Without this, I was preparing to take the whole arm off .
  14. Could that be the accessory socket? That's yellow and down there somewhere...
  15. Replaced the delta link anchorage bushings, both sides. Indy wanted 2 hours a side, which is about what it took me, but it would have been MUCH easier with a lift. Came up with a method of torquing down the bolt holding the PS bushing that differs from the pinned writeup and doesn't take a week, I'll post. Took the car out for a quick drive - 40 miles later, came back with a big grin. The ride is 120% improved, I should have done this months ago. PS - whoever designed the delta link system was on acid, I'll swear. "Left" and "right" take on new meanings previously used only in n-dimensional physics.