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Old 02-27-2019, 05:42 PM   #191 (permalink)
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I just ordered new Moog wheel bearings, a set of drag reduction clips, and a set of Stoptech brake pads... should improve rolling resistance and increase stopping power when I need it... I started wanting better stopping power after some idiot in a F-350 pulled out in front me in traffic while I had a passenger aboard...

Also, I wanna thank Slowmover for preaching his opinion on highway travel. I recently decided to try his approach instead of going 75-85mph...

Now I cruise at 60mph, letting speed bleed off to no less than 55 on hills, and EOCing down the steeper down grades (admittedly sometimes getting up to 70-75 while coasting), and not only am I now getting my best all freeway mileage EVER (around 40mpg actual), but I also arrive more relaxed at my destination due to my head not being on a swivel looking for cops...

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Old 03-01-2019, 03:10 AM   #192 (permalink)
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So, while I’m going to be in there, is there anything else that should be done? The bearings are sealed, so no grease upgrades... anti-seize the slide pins, clean up all the brake hardware... anything I’m missing?
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:04 PM   #193 (permalink)
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So, while Iím going to be in there, is there anything else that should be done? The bearings are sealed, so no grease upgrades... anti-seize the slide pins, clean up all the brake hardware... anything Iím missing?
Check your steering linkage boots for cracking. You could also check the rotors for warpage and/or bleed the brake lines. But you should be able to feel any significant warpage in the brake pedal. And the brake bleed need can be checked by examining the reservoir.
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:45 PM   #194 (permalink)
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The rotors are fairly new, as I had a wheel come off summer before las and had to replace them, have maybe driven 25k on them and no shaking when I brake...

I’ll also check my CV boots for cracking while I’m in there...
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:55 AM   #195 (permalink)
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Car service was done. Old wheel bearings were really gritty, brake pads were well worn down but not bad enough to harm the rotor, slide pins were good and CVs were fine... installed new hardware (added drag reduction clips) and have the car in service again, it’s now whisper quiet and butter smooth, even up to 100mph lol...

But in the way there I had a wheel skirt come off, it just peeled off the car as I drove... makes me wonder if they were helping at all if there was enough force on them to break off the push rivets?
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:49 PM   #196 (permalink)
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54MPG!

Bought new rivets and out skirts back on, drove around today and got a record shattering tank! (Admittedly a short one at 114.5mi and 2.111 gal)... ambient temp was near 80F, and IAT was hanging out between 105 and 110F... 28 mi of ďnormalĒ driving, 25 mi of PnG on two lane roads, and 60-ish mi on the freeway (cruising at 60mph and EOC down any grade which permitted) the PnG portion was combined with the freeway leg (first bit driven this morning) and the UG showed an average of 49.5mpg at the end of it (sitting at gas station)...

I think my UG is now reporting pessimistic numbers somehow... not the first tank with longer trips that was higher at the pump than on the UG, but this is the first in nice weather with no mechanical defects holding the car back...
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:33 PM   #197 (permalink)
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:42 PM   #198 (permalink)
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Right now my car is top of the list above the usual suspects... of course, had I been logging my fuel all winter I wouldn’t be even close...
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:32 PM   #199 (permalink)
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...aaaand I lost my wheel skirt again... this time in the dark so it’s just gone... took the other one off so the car at least matches...

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