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Old 07-02-2019, 11:45 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Looks great
Kinda surprised I didnít see any tire spats in that last pic
Oddly enough Iím also surprised Iíve not gotten around to doing tire spats...

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Old 07-06-2019, 02:08 PM   #222 (permalink)
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I had to replace a failed wheel bearing the other day; have no idea how a MOOG bearing can fail in 20k unless sharp potholes (I’m surprised I’ve not bent a wheel yet the potholes are so bad in my city) killed it... I also lost the vortex generators in front of the rear tires, I guess double sided tape wasn’t enough to hold them on through a car wash? The fronts are still hanging in there okay though and they look cool attached to the lawn edging, I’ll prob keep them just for the aesthetic...
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:49 PM   #223 (permalink)
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I had to replace a failed wheel bearing the other day; have no idea how a MOOG bearing can fail in 20k unless sharp potholes (Iím surprised Iíve not bent a wheel yet the potholes are so bad in my city) killed it...
Yes. Those potholes could totally wreck a hub bearing unit... and speedbumps taken fast to save fuel!

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...I also lost the vortex generators in front of the rear tires ...
Was that an effective mod for you? Where were they placed, exactly?
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:00 PM   #224 (permalink)
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Yes. Those potholes could totally wreck a hub bearing unit... and speedbumps taken fast to save fuel!


Was that an effective mod for you? Where were they placed, exactly?
The speed bumps in Morgantown are too harsh to take at much over a crawl, when you also consider my 50+psi tire pressure, cheap lowering springs, and track package shocks and struts... I did NOT build my car for ridesharing use lol

I sadly hadnít really gathered any useful data on whether the VGs worked or not, my gut was saying that they were doing something; I recorded coasting speed in a certain stretch of nearly flat road at 45-46mph (May have still been accelerating a little) where I only remember hitting 43-ish before. Now itís hard to say for certain, as my tires are far more worn (and maybe low-ish from how the car has been feeling) than last time I remember noting my speed through that area... but thatís a really really vague datapoint and Iíd like to do more testing... I still have the VGs on my lawn edging air dam, placed just ahead of the trailing edge the air dam, right before the tire. I had the ones for the rear tires placed similarly, but on the rocker panel cover near the back and bottom, where the tire protruded most from the bodywork
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:04 PM   #225 (permalink)
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So I’ve noticed my coasting distances have gotten massively better for some reason. I’m not sure if its the 60psi in the tires or the vortex generators but I’ve had to re-calibrate my coast points after having had a roadside chat with a cop... apparently, not only did my car build more speed than usual during a downhill coast, but I had also forgotten what the speed limit was through that section of road... 56 in a 40... somehow I did talk myself into a verbal warning but it should be stated: all the fuel saved by EOC downhill won’t pay for a ticket if you get caught speeding lol
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:03 PM   #226 (permalink)
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So apparently I’m also now having trouble with my exhaust system? I’ve been having a terrible intermittent rattle, which has been accompanied with an intermittent funny smell at the tailpipe and an intermittent loss of power. My thought is that something, being pieces of the cat core, or a loose muffler baffle, is loose in my exhaust system and causing these symptoms. I’ve no real way of knowing, so I’m gonna “fix” the whole thing... new muffler, new resonator, new downpipe, and possibly a new manifold...
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:04 PM   #227 (permalink)
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Iíve seen a few ions / cobalts rattling their exhaust due to a bad flex pipe. If it is, you might be getting an exhaust leak there too.
If the problem is the flex pipe, it may have been taken out by bad motor mounts.
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Any codes being thrown? Maybe something in the catalytic that is clogging it up every now and then?
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Car is throwing an 0420 code, you know, “catalyst efficiency below threshold”... it runs in closed loop though and over 95% of the time runs totally fine
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Car is throwing an 0420 code, you know, ďcatalyst efficiency below thresholdĒ... it runs in closed loop though and over 95% of the time runs totally fine
If it's P0420 then replacing the other piping won't fix it; it needs a replacement catalytic. You could probably try cleaning it too. RockAuto has good prices on aftermarket catalytics, or you could just straight pipe it with an O2 fooler.

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