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I also had some time to play around with spacing

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I have 15mm spacers up front, which are nearly perfect (might go with 17mm later), and I had 25mm in the rear, which always bothered me because the wheels sat too far in after getting the custom fenders.....so, I got a great deal on some 32mm adapters, so I bought them for some trial fits, and realized that even those weren't enough.....so, I stacked some spacers together until i got the wheel exactly where I wanted, measured the stack, and ordered spacers from an online store that made them for me hub and wheel centric for $130....yeah, about $70 cheaper than Motor-sport tech, and same quality, and great service.....if you need the guy's info, PM me and I can tell you....I ended up needing 42mm....yeah, 42mm....but it looks AMAZING....final reveal pics will come later for all of this stuff!!

here are pics with the 32mm on there etc....not enough for me:

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Here is a pic of the 42mm spacers...the stacked set is 25 + 17mm spacers = 42mm....had those on for a couple of weeks to trial them, and while I waited for the 42mm set...

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Very nice. I look forward to your updates, that is a beautiful car.

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I had bought a complete S60R rear BBK for my car about 7 years ago, but never got around to putting the kit on....Aaron was kind enough to do his first powdercoat on my calipers many years ago, and Reid was kind enough to get them and hold them for me for the last several years.

I was finally able to get them from Reid and have them installed. I had the calipers, rotors, brackets, and new pads sitting around for 7 years!

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This is the day the rear BBK and trans oil was done....hmm....where's the bumper, you may ask...

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You may or may not remember the bumper looking this funny....something was definitely not right about it lol

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Then, of course there was this small issue caused by the old man about a minute after I got on a plane to India 6 years ago!

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Thanks Dad!

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Not sure how 130 is $70 cheaper than MST for a pair... Mine were 260 for 4 shipped...

Where did you order yours from?

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Somewhere early in this timeline, I figured I might as well install the short shift kit Kristian had sent me 5 years ago....I had received one of the first kits he sold, and there was an alignment issue with that batch.....Kristian was kind enough to just send me the updated final version of the plate 5 years after I bought the initial kit...class act! First is the pic of the original, and then of the new one installed.....it took me about 45 minutes to install..pretty straight forward!

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Have to say it's amazing, combined with the shortened shifter......awesome feel to it. a little notchier with the brass bushings



Not sure how 130 is $70 cheaper than MST for a pair... Mine were 260 for 4 shipped...

Where did you order yours from?

Hub and wheel centric adapters?.....MST quoted me $190 shipped for a pair of hub and wheelcentric adapters with studs pressed in....42mm

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There was also this issue with my dash that had been bothering me for many years....the rubber seals that surround my doors had also broken when the paint job was done....so pieces were hanging off, and some parts missing, and old clips were used to hold things on.....so I went to the junk yard to pick up some seals, and a dash pad in GREAT condition with no warping or peeling......Alex hooked me up with the new clips to attach all the rubber seals....so i attached the seals using the clips and 3M double sided tape where the factory had done the same (I didn't get pics of the seal install, it was pretty straight forward and not much fun)....but you can see the condition of the original dash pad before: Total cost for dash pad and seals was $40...not bad!

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And here is the replacement getting ready....transferred the airbag over:

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Much better:

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Hub and wheel centric adapters?.....MST quoted me $190 shipped for a pair of hub and wheelcentric adapters with studs pressed in....42mm

Yup...maybe it's because you needed ones that wide that there is an extra cost... I ordered 15/20 adapter style spacers with all hardware for $285 shipped, the adapters themselves were only $260 IIRC, it was the hardware for the slimmer adapter style that costed a bit more because I could utilize the stock lug bolts at that width. Did you buy yours from the guy in Florida (maybe not Florida...) that makes them on his own? I know that's where Gary bought his from a while back. And of course mine are hub and wheel centric. Wouldn't risk running non hub or non wheel centric ones ever.

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Good to finally see some pics Pras. I can't believe you went to India 6 years ago, it feels like a year ago!

I love the paint repair on the bumper from your Dad, looks great! :P

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Good stuff. Looking forward to updates.

Do you have a better camera btw? My iPhone takes better pics :P

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Finally seeing progress on the this legendary 855 :) Looking at it now, definitely something funny about the front bumper (which I thought was perfect years ago). Needs a lip or something to finish it off.

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Good stuff. Looking forward to updates.

Do you have a better camera btw? My iPhone takes better pics :P

I know man...i have a Nikon that got dropped by someone, and has been taking blurry pics for a while, and I didn't know it until i emptied the memory card....sucks

but i've been taking all my pics the last month or so with the GS3 camera, so those should be okay once I get around to posting them.

gotta tell you I'm falling in love with this car all over again.....these minor touches are really doing wonders.....

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So, during this time, I was planning to take the car with me to San Antonio for the next 2 years of school, so most of this was just cheaper and easy small stuff I needed to do to get it ready for daily driving. One of the "bigger" things I wanted to do was to have some type of defense in the car.....so after some research, I settled on getting LI along with the 9500ix radar detector.

I spent a couple of hours mounting the sensors in front of the grill using zip ties and a level. For optimal performance, the sensors should be parallel to the road, and facing straight forward, and as close to the headlights as possible.

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I had to cut small slits in the mesh of the grill to push the wiring through, and I ran it under the the fire protector on the underside of the hood, to the passenger side and through the pass through in the firewall (same one I have the TT USB cable running through).

Then the wiring made a turn to underneath the drivers knee bolster, where I have a bunch of wiring and power/ground sources anyway. The CPU is located in there.

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Then, I had to mount the power switch and parking aid toggle somewhere accessible, and the easiest part to drill holes into and be able to replace in the future if need be was the cover down there. Towards the top is the power switch for the LI, and just below it is the parking aid switch/toggle.

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I don't like any wiring showing, so I got a hardwire kit for the passport, and a rear view mirror mount for it....this was pretty simple and straight forward. If any of you buy the mirror mount, know that you will have to trim the screws down a bit in order for the radar detector to mount in at a good angle, and to maintain adjustability for the rear view mirror...otherwise the mirror will hit the backs of the screws and won't budge...

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Below, you can see the radar detector mounted, and you can also see the "short" shift and knob I went with.....love the setup.

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In the above picture, you may also notice the wiper arms....i hadn't done anything with the wipers in probably 10 years....remember, I lived in Los Angeles, and we rarely had rain there, and when we did, rain-x treatment took care of me, so I never used the wipers....suffice to say the blades were not in good shape front or on the rear V90 wiper. I went ahead and ordered some Piaa Si-techs for the front and just a basic valeo for the rear.

This was in preparation for my test trip to San Antonio to make sure the car was capable of getting to most places that I will need to go for the next 2 years.

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The bumper is still a surprise in this....i'll have to post pics of the car later after all of the small talk here!

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I was also looking for a nice touchscreen/nav setup for the car so that I wouldn't have boredom during my drives, and so that I could get around easily in San Antonio etc.....I already had an aftermarket setup, so I sold that and started my hunt for a headunit that would do everything i need....BT, Nav, connect to the overhead screen, dual zone, HD, Pandora, USB, etc.....and at the same time i wanted a backup camera...

I went against everything Steve told me, and bought a $15 CMOS license plate camera off of Ebay from China.....install was pretty simple...had to remove the tailgate, and I did the clips at the same time....had to run the wiring behind the handle/lock panel without drilling any holes....just added a rubber washer in the screw hole i ran the cables through....

Since I didn't have a headunit, I connected it to the overhead, and I have to say...i can't tell any difference in picture quality between this and my neighbor's Alpine CMOS.....If this things goes for a year, at $15 I'm very happy....great unit and you can't see it mounted on the plate, and you can't see the wiring either....

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Nice work!

Are there any pics of the handle removal work & auto door opener install? I'm curious about that. Seen plenty of cars on overhaulin get that treatment, but they never show the components or install.

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