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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You have before.
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Rick_a
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 09:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)


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You know; I would probably even have a car driver over for dinner.



You, sir, are extra un-ordinary.
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 02:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My great vehicle luck continues.

A replacement blower fan assembly came in from Amazon...in a wide open package...broken. One of the positioning pegs is broken off. Should work fine.

On attempting to install some springs...the rear went as expected and took minutes...the front...had everything (literally) stuck and one of the strut shaft bolts released its threads on the way out...killing both the bolt and shaft. Complete KYB struts are on the way...but what a hassle. I spent all day carefully working corroded fasteners out...just to have the most important one fail spectacularly.
20191219_092307 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr

The top collars were so oxidated that they literally crumbled in my hands...so it might be for the best. The rest of the strut is also relatively skanky.
20191219_093200 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
20191219_093212 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr

I'll probably just drill this sucker off.
20191219_092333 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr

I did a bit of a plus size while I was at it. Those stock tires are found lacking. They'll be on one of these weeks.
20191218_120245 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr

Original is 175/65R15. I went 195/55R15 on alloys. The new stuff is only 1/2 pound or so lighter. The wheels I wanted were 3lbs lighter each, but were backordered for weeks.
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 03:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

At least this is progress, albeit slow and aggravating. Maybe you should wait a while before the reverse donuts.
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)


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. Maybe you should wait a while before the reverse donuts.



At least my pleather steering wheel wrap installation went okay.
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 03:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

20191212_131311 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow, those struts are nasty! My brother just swapped out both front struts on his 2005 Toyota Rav 4 and they were in much better shape than that. Good thing you're replacing the struts.
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Rick_a
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019 - 05:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The front brake line fittings make me feel uneasy as well. Probably going to go braided on those.
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Rick_a
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019 - 08:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I just found out that my car has a passenger airbag recall. After this round it'll be the next course of action.
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Rick_a
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019 - 08:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

One of the AC control knobs has a dead bulb...it's necessary to pull the radio to get to it. All those little panels to get to it are a PITA.

It may stay dead for a while...
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 11:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's back together with a working blower motor. What a hassle.
20191226_125305 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, December 27, 2019 - 09:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Those wheels look good on it.
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What a hassle. Blower motor looks like it is needed for that green house front window.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I would have soooo many antennas on the roof of that car.
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Rick_a
Posted on Friday, December 27, 2019 - 01:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I just ripped out a piece of glued on floor mat. There was glass and dirt all underneath it. The carpet got a few bald spots getting that out. Who does that? It was completely sealed around the perimeter. Some jerk glued it over a dirty carpet.


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Those wheels look good on it.



Some lady driving by the other day laughed at it. I assume that means she's quite impressed.


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Blower motor looks like it is needed for that green house front window.



I keep it on a pretty low setting this time of year...the 2nd lowest fan setting and lowest heat setting. The old Fit had a hard time keeping the rear seaters cool in the summer. We'll see how this one does.

I really like how this car handles. With 100% more power it would be a legitimately fast slow car.

Right now it's getting 32MPG over mountainous terrain. Not too bad.

This looked like fun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrnCpimnjH4
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Rick_a
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 - 03:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So, took the Fit in for an alignment and passenger airbag recall. Feel better about carrying a front passenger, and the front toe was corrected. The right rear toe is 0.01 out of spec (not adjustable). I could probably loosen the entire rear beam to see of I can center it up or leave it be. It used to oversteer a bit when pushed a little. It's more neutral now. Not sure how I feel about that It saves from undue front tire wear, in the least.

I was expecting the usual dealer list of things to correct that often don't even apply to the vehicle in question, but they were honest. They also missed that the TPMS system light is on as the new wheels don't have the sensors. They also didn't check the tire pressures...which is a very basic and fundamental thing to do...one would think.

A salesman came up in record time...and opened with an offer to run numbers on a new car. How bonkers. I literally just wanted to see a new Fit up close as I haven't had the opportunity...said he'd pull one around for me. I said, "no thanks, I'll look for myself," at which point he slinked back into the dealership with a dejected look on his face.

I really like the interiors of the new cars...it's a bit more refined...but the 2nd Gen car is probably the best. I'd like to drive a 2018 or '19...but I'm not signing a sales contract first
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 - 05:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We know the salesman following a potential lead is more important than tire pressures. Nature of the beast. Could they shut off the TPMS light?
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Rick_a
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Of course.

I've researched it...there's no way to turn it off. Some use a piece of black tape. It's occluded by the steering wheel for me, so it's not much of a bother.

I told the GF that it would get supercharged when it comes time to adjust valves and replace plugs. I don't think she was really listening

50% more power would be nice. 100% would be better, but that gets expensive and more laborious.
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

In order to return the car to its formerly misaligned front end responsive glory, a 19mm rear sway bar is coming. Previously, pushed hard it would oversteer. Currently, the tendency is the typical FWD understeer.
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Rick_a
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 07:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have full race car mod. Sometime during it's previous ownership life someone curbed it pretty good...cracking the bumper cover. The crack was propagating steadily, so out came the drill and zip ties.
20200117_120916 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr

I also tried to do some better pics...unsuccessfully. I can take pretty good pictures of other people's vehicles, but never my own.
20200123_102123 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
20200123_102859 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
20200123_101634 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
20200123_101909 by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I saw a picture somewhere that had a cracked bumper cover. It was a white car and they drilled holes about an inch and a half apart along the break. They then used the black wire ties to hold it together. It looked just like stitches! I thought it was brilliant!
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 02:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's a common way to fix abs plastic among racers and stunt bikers.
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