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  1. Getting ready for tonight. Tearing down and getting everything prepped. Tomorrow new struts, lowering springs, IPD sway bars, sub frame bushings, tune up, PCV, water pump, timing chain too!! Figured while I had so much stuff off it would be the best time to get in there and get a good starting point. Please wish me luck guys! Steve
  2. I have the following 2 items (more to come) I have a hitch for a 1997 850 wagon. It is a 2in receiver hitch. I do not need a hitch on the car I bought. If you want to I can order a new hardware kit for it so you can install with all new bolts,washers, etc. If so then that would cost $15. I will be taking this off the car this weekend. I can add a wiring harness adapter too if you need it. Free just pay shipping for the hitch. I am @ zip 72401 I also have a set of IPD HD Front end links. I got these included on a purchase of an IPD sway bar. I have already purchased Meyle Front end links brand new and would just prefer to use the new part when I install. The IPD end links look good (with some cracking on the rubber) and have good free movement of the end link. $15 +shipping (should be really cheap) I need a rear door latch for a wagon if you want to trade. Steve
  3. So I landed a set of front and rear IPD sway bars!!! I am very excited about that. I already have all the parts to do a complete front and rear suspension rebuild and now I get to upgrade too! Do any of you run lowering springs and the IPD sway bars? What do you think of the combo? I am scheduled to do the entire suspension this weekend. I just wonder if I should swap out springs while I am under the wheel well. I also came into some extra spare cash for this car: Next up would be all new brakes. What would you guys suggest for brakes? I do not "THINK" from reading online that I can do a 302mm upgrade with my 16" Rims. I have read that some 16" rims can fit 302mm rotors, is that correct? I would like to rebuild them ( all new rotors, calipers, brake lines, etc) and try to get a slight improvement while I am doing the job. Thanks guys, Steve
  4. What did I do to my car today: Shifted the gear selector between gears 10-20 times to get rid of a Arrow that was flashing on my Dash.
  5. Hello Everyone, My name is Steve and here we have a simple 850 T-5 Wagon thread. I have 2 teenage sons and this car will serve as my work car and most likely land into my 14 year olds hands when he can drive. The goal is for him to learn to turn a wrench and maintain a car during that time too. I spent a few months trying to find a 240 wagon and even a BMW wagon before going with this 850. The good is the car runs very solid and appears to not have many issues. The engine runs solid, transmission shifts good, etc. The suspension is a mess. I get some shaking/shimmy after 70mph and I feel every bump. The first round of parts have been ordered. Over the next few weeks here is what the Wagon will have done. New Ignition coil, wires, plugs, distributor cap/rotor Oil change/Fuel filter Vacuum hoses, Vacuum tree, Fuel Injector O-rings DIY cold air intake New front struts & rear shocks New Motor mounts, tie rods, etc. New tires There could be some Plasti dip coming soon to. The plan is to get the car driving nice and good again. I plan to get the engine checked out at a local shop this week. Get a full scan done and get the current miles from the computer. Then I can figure out when I will need to do the timing belt. I will also have them check cylinder compression, coolant system, etc This is not a show car and I am really trying to focus on DIY and bang for your buck.
  6. I figured I would start off with a big hello to everybody here. This is how the car sits right now. Figured I could enjoy the car for a few years and pass it on to my youngest son when he is ready (14 years old now) we should get some great chances to teach him how to maintain a car and turn some wrenches.
  7. Do you still have the MSD coil?