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  1. Post A Picture Of Your Latest Purchase

    Finally! 27"x3 Curved Samsung Monitors!
  2. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Had the VR detailed over the weekend. First time in 8 or so years. My friend did a great job. I wanted the paint to be clean without any issues before the dip. Took all the trim off, as well as the side mirrors,rear spoiler and the licence plates in order to get at as much of the paint as possible. It looks really good; almost good enough to not dip it... almost. Dip ordered today, going with Matte Silver, like this: Once its dipped, the black around the windows and along the bodyline will return. Hopefully in time for IPD Garage sale!
  3. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I noticed the other day that my sunroof motor was lagging. It worked, but was slow to vent, and would only open with a hand assist; same for closing. So, I stopped by a local pick-n-pull that had three different P80 wagons and decided to practice taking the headliner and all the trim out just in case I needed to replace the whole thing. I got the process down perfect. I can take the headliner out without breaking a single clip, or creasing the liner. Then I changed focus onto the sunroof itself. That's when I realized that the motor is serviceable from the access port in the headliner that the console sets in... WHA, Wha, whhaaa... So, I took all three motors home with me, and installed them one by one into my car. All three work great; as good as mine used to. Needless to say, I only need one. But, I will keep one other for backup. Anyone need a sunroof motor from a 98-00 P80? I don't really think that is was that big of a time suck to learn how to remove the headliner without damaging it. I have a fiber opticstarfield generator from a defunct company called iSky that I have just laying around. For awhile now, I have been teasing that I want to install it into the headliner of the Wagon... Looks like I now have the ability to do it without screwing things up. LOL Sure would beat a suede headliner... or maybe both, a suede headliner with a starfield generator :D
  4. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Focused on another leak (other than the transmission, which seems to be doing OK); an oil leak. The back side of the block has a thin layer of oil all over, as well as the bevel gear.The bevel gear even has oil puddles in the webbing on the top. There is even some oil on the exhaust manifold.I've been looking all over for the leak, with no success. Then, a friend brought up the exhaust cam seal, and had Ichecked it. I thought, well... that is a place where oil could leak and get everything I just mentioned soaked... So, I ordered a new seal and planned to take a look when it arrived. It was like $15, so no real loss if it wasn't the issue. Tearing down the the upper engine mount and exposing the cam sensor cover was easy enough. Once I took the cover off, about 1-2 ounces of oil came spilling out. I thought, Bingo! I pulled the old seal and found that some of the sealant from sealing the valve cover was still lining the area where the seal sits. I cleaned it up and installed the new seal. All better. As with any leak, time will tell if this was the problem. But, there is a lot of evidence that it was, IMO.
  5. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Alright, update time: Wins and Fails addition Win: I got it all put back together today. Parts arrived yesterday afternoon. All looked good. Iinstalled the large seal first with the help of an ABS pipe topressure it into place, and used a blind bearing puller as a ram for the smaller one. When they both looked properly seated, I installed the o-ring and bevel sleeve. The sleeve took a bit on massaging (hammer) to get it all the way on, even with the supplied spline grease. Then, with the pass. axle and bevel gear still out, I started it up and put it in 1st gear. No sign of the oscillation! The sleeve turned on it's axis without any variation. So, it looks like the prior sleeve had in some way been damaged when it was installed revered, then corrected by the shop that installed the LSD. Fail: I would have posted a Video of the new sleeve, but apparently the Marshmallow 6.01 patch for the Cataclysm root broke myability to take video. Win: After letting the car run for a bit, I turned it off, then let it sit for a bit; since it used to leak a lot once turned off, I thought I'd let it sit to see if it leaks. No leak! Fail: I remove the pass. axle to reinstall the bevel gear. All went well, until I tried to bench press that bevel gear into place. I dropped it... on my ring finger. It actually bounced. It hit my finger, bounced, then landed on the ground. That som'bitch is heavy. My finger is going to be black and blue tomorrow, but nothing broken. Win: Ok, so bevel gear back in. Axle back in. Fail: I Can't find the rear drive shaft bolts to attach it tot eh yoke. Looked for like and hour. Win: Found the bolts, along with the rear bevel support! With the car off fall fours: I put another quart in the trans,started it again, put in in first, and let it run again. No leak. Turn it off, let it sit. No leak. While I was down there, did some maintenance: Replaced the missing exhaust bolt (turbo-downpipe), replace exhaust hangers (one missing, other broken), tried to clean up some of the trans-fluid all over the bottom of the car (going to have to steam wash that crap off). All in all, it looks like I might have finally solved the problem, a year and a half after it was installed. Between the missing o-ring and the "warped" sleeve, I'm not sure what it was, but let's hope it doesn't come back. Now, to turn my attention tot he Meth Tank, and it's leaking level sensor...
  6. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Got the collar off today, finally. I used a 38-50mm Blind Bearing Extractor with a slide hammer to slowly slide that thing out. It took about 20 minutes of banging away at it, but was simply the easiest way to do it I have used. I posted a video on FB of the shaft spinning without the collar. As far As I can tell, the osculation is gone. This leads me to think that the collar was damaged when the shop that installed the Quafe LSD had originally installed the collar the wrong way around. I inspected the collar, but there is no visible damage. All the splines are in great shape, and the overall condition is good. There are sings of some grooving to start on the outside where the seal was rubbing up against it; but, i think that was due to the osculation. I can confirm that, from the assembly diagram, there was a partmissing: Numbers 20, 19, 22 and 21 were all there, but the O-ring (#23) was missing.This is probably the main reason that there was a leak, but I think the improperly installed, then improperly reinstalled collar had a lot to do with it as well. New collar on order, as well as all the seals and o-rings. With less than 2 weeks to Triple X, I got to get this thing fixed soon if I want to not miss another one...
  7. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I attempted to remove the collar this weekend, but had all the wrong tools. I'm going to call over a friend and see if he can bring the proper items; I attempted to usethe blind bearing removal method, and he hasone that is big enough to fit (thebiggest one Ihave an 26-32mm, but an38-50mm is needed). In other news, I was able to remove the pass side axle and check to see if it's bent. As far as I could see, it is not. So, all the oscillation in the video is in the collar/trans area. One possible problem eliminated. More as things go...
  8. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Ok, so, update from this weekend. Removed the pass. CV shaft and bevel gear from the car. Cleaned up a lot of the gear oil from the underside. And inspected the area for leaks. It is very obvious that the leak is coming from the pass. side only of the trans; so, that is were I concentrated. I noticed that the outer seal (#22 in the image above) was wet, but not damaged. Also, the inner lip of that seal was were it should be, on the inside. Prior to this, the second time this leak was addressed, the entire edge of the inner seal was poking out the outer seal. So, it was quite obvious at the time that was the issue. Looks like it was a bit more than that... In a stroke of genius, Goldpancho suggested that we start it up and put it in gear. Since the only thing wrong with the car at the moment is the trans., it was done. We both noticed that the collar has a wobble to it. He even took a video of it and posted it on FB to share(FB Video post). In the video, you can see the collar oscillation, but it also relieved what looks like a bent axle. All of this points to possible carrier bearing damage, am suggested by Lookforjoe when I asked him for his opinion. With all this, I wasn't quite sure what to do; so I buttoned it up and quit for the day, then started researching the problem. This weekend I will pull the axle and check it for damage and/or verify if it is bent. Also think I'll pull the collar and all the seals to take a look behind there and see what I can see. The only thing I can think of that might have damaged teh carrier bearing would be when the shop that I can rebuild the trans. and install the Quaife LSD, they had installed the collar backwards. I remember not noticing this when I was assembling the engine for installation, and tried to force the Bevel gear to mount on the collar; only to have it stop about 1/2" short. That's when I started asking around what could be wrong, and Lookforjoe came to the rescue again, and mentioned that the collar was backwards. I removed it and turned it around, and reinstalled it. Then, put the bevel gear on with out any more issues, and didn't look back. In hind sight, I probably should have looked in there and checked for any damage that my "forcing the BG to mate" could have done. Oh well, next time, right? At minimum, this is a new collar kit. At worst, I'll have to pull the tranny and replace the bearing. Not looking forward to one, and dreading the other...
  9. Post A Picture Of Your Latest Purchase

    Yup, It's the 1000ca version not the 800cca;so I paid $150 out the door. I haven't purchased a OEM battery in like 20 years. But, due to all the computers and electricalneeds of this car, its the really the best battery on the market. This,or the Interstate Battery version, which costs more currently.
  10. Post A Picture Of Your Latest Purchase

    60lbsof lead and acid. The V12 in the CL600 needs mass quantities...
  11. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I took the VR to Whistler, BC for the holiday. Turns out, this was not a good idea... Everything was going great up until Vancouver. When I came off of Hwy99 and merged onto Oak St., which is somewhat up hill, the transmission started acting weird. Things like;not going into first gear, bogging down in 2nd and 3rd, gear meshing noises (but not grinding). I pulled over for a pit stop, and took a look. The entire back of the car was covered in oil; and the underside.. and it stunk; stunk like trans fluid. So, then I bend down to see what I could under the car. Trans fluid was dripping out at a rate of one large drop every minute or so. The leak was coming from the same area it has in the past, but at a much higher rate... 150 miles from home... I googled auto parts and found a NAPA about a mile away. I re-routed to NAPA and bought all the quarts of oil they had available (6 quarts to be exact). Then I poured 2 of them into the M66. After a brief discussion, the wife and I decided to continue on to Whistler. I stopped a few times to check things out and it all looks as good as it could. We made it the last 70 miles, checked into the Hotel, and parked the car in the in-door garage. And left it there for three days... The reason I decided to take the VR is for the AWD. I was convinced that it was needed in the snow. But, Whistler is SOO we maintained and manicured that it was totally unnecessary. (I even noticed that not a single vehicle there hadstudded tires, or even chains on. All were M+S and snow tires, but no studs. In contrast I heard a taxi in downtown Seattle with studs on go by already last week... stupid scaredeypeople.)It was supposed to snow while we were there, but that had changed by the time the days arrived, and no snow was expected until next week. In my defense, it was my first time in Whistler. I could have, and should have taken the CL600, but I was all "We are gonna need the AWD, I can just tell..." Anyway, when it was time to leave, I threw another 2 quarts of oil in the trans anddrove like a grandma (shifting at 2500-3000 instead of 4000, etc.). We stopped for lunch in Vancouver and I checked on the trans, threw another 1 quart in and made a b-line to Seattle. 440 miles round trip with a leaky trans. I got it home and parked that biatch. Over the next week I'll tear it down and look at the damage. I really hope it is just the passenger side seal (that I have already replaced twice) and not something else. My though is that since I installed a new rear trans bracket (thanks Lookforjoe), and re-leveled the transmission, which was sitting low and misaligned in the first place, the seal that was damaged from the misalignment seemed to get worse when the alignment was corrected. The biggest problem is:because the bevel gear is installed over the output shaft and pass. side seal, I cannot monitor the seal after replacement to see if that is the problem. What I am planning to do is temporarily remove the bevel gear and drive shaft to disable the AWD until this is solved once and for all. With thebevel gear removed, I can have much easier access to the area to verify that the problem is fixed; then reinstall the bevel and drive shaft after this is fixed once and for all. Sorry for the long post, but this has been a reoccurring issue for over a year. I just want to document it so i can remember how much of a pain it was ;)
  12. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Ok, lots done today; I changed out the broken rear trans bracket for the replacement one (from Hussein's V70XR!). The vertical section of the new bracket was a bit smaller, so there was a lot of adjustment needed. Overall, I think the position was raised about 2 1/2" (about 1 1/2" for the difference in bracket and 1" for the alignment). The engine is now dead nuts level in the bay. From the short test drive I found that most of the odd noises are gone. The "grinding" noise of course is gone, since the trans case is no longer in contact with the frame. The noise of the bearing being stressed is also gone. And, in a weird side note, the typical single mass fly wheel "bag of anvils" sound when the clutch is out seems to have reduced significantly. There is still a bit of noise when it's in neutral and the clutch is out, but I only notice it now when I'm listening for it (where as before it was so loud i always sat with the clutch in at red lights so others don't hear it). I topped off the trans fluid to make up for slow leak as well. Next, I changed out the break-in oil for full synthetic, since the engine is FINALLY ready for regular oil (took almost a year for me to put 3000 miles on the dial). New filter as well. Did a full service while I was there; checked all fluids, yada yada... I also finally connected the reverse lights. The sensor has been in the trans since it was installed, but I lost the harness, until I found it a few days ago. So, Iconnected it and BAM reverse lights! The STI chinstrap was detaching itself from the lower bumper. I changed out the screws for bolts and nuts with some lock-tite to keep them in place. Then I moved on to the interior. I connected the shift boot cover to the shift boot. I still have not figured out what the big red button is going to do, which is why I haven't finished the shift boot. But, then I realized the boot and the knob have very little to do with each other. So, I finished the boot. Then I decided that the black stainless steel vinyl on the mirrors was getting old.. it had been on the car for like a month and a half... Anyway, I had ordered a sample of a gloss red that I might use to wrap my CL. The sample was 1'x5'. After I wrapped the mirrors I looked around for what else I could wrap. Then I thought EYEBROWS! I think it came out alright: Please excuse the crappy potato pic. My Nexus 6 is in the shop and I had to go back to my Galaxy S4 until it's back.
  13. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Ahh, I see what you mean now. I used the 98-99 one. Thanks man. I'll get that info to you right away. I did purchase the 98-99 mount per your suggestion when Ibought the bracket from you. I think I'm just grasping at straws to find the reason for this leak really. I just don't want to tear it down for a third time just to have it leak again in a month. So, my conspiracy theory gear kicked into meltdown. The leak has been an issue, off and on, since the install. This bracket issue just happened. I'll figure the leakout eventually ;P
  14. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I used Hussein's bracket.
  15. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Well, here is a very bad pic of the issue. Looks like I need a new rear Trans mount to fix this.