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Old 08-24-2019, 07:19 PM   #271 (permalink)
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Those wheel covers look aggressive!

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Old 08-24-2019, 07:54 PM   #272 (permalink)
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They do, and I *love* how it looks! I’m gonna try and wrap all the rest of the coroplast on my exterior in the CF vinyl, I think it’ll look great! I’m already getting tons of compliments from my passengers on how it looks...
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:00 AM   #273 (permalink)
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Got two more mods done to the car, though they’re almost purely cosmetic...

I wanted to do an exhaust exit bezel. I drew my inspiration from the import cars that would have a shiny stainless plate right above the exhaust tip, usually etched with the brand exhaust they’re running (HKS, Tomei, etc.). I cut out a piece of flashing and hand etched it with the graphic from the Thrush muffler line (the duck or whatever it is), screwed it to the bumper cover, and it covers the ill-cut exhaust exit hole

I also finally wrapped my wheel skirts in CF vinyl like I had been wanting. I also bought a length of the edge trim that’s supposed to go on the edge of doors to protect the paint, and wrapped the outer edge of the wheel skirts in it to hide the edge of the coroplast... I think it looks great!
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Old 08-29-2019, 10:30 PM   #274 (permalink)
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Got my alignment fixed today, it was BAD... was showing like -0.34deg LF and -0.43deg RF... thing tracked straight but steering didn’t self center like normal and rolling resistance was awful, now the front alignment is 0.02 degree on each side(toed in *just barely* at all, factory spec is 0.1)... sadly it wasn’t all good news though... guess who needs fuel lines? This guy... we found a slight fuel leak, in the typical place for a Saturn Ion, due to the awful brown cancer that happens everywhere they use any salt...
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:06 PM   #275 (permalink)
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So, I’ve discovered a downside to completely smooth wheel covers... my previous ones had a valve stem hole and they weren’t made so perfectly, so a little air would pass through them from time to time. The new covers allow no air through, so what happens? My front brakes cook! Now, when I drive as a hypermiler this is a non issue, as I use my brakes very little. However as a rideshare driver in a very hilly city I’ve found that occasionally I smell brakes at the bottom of a long hill. Who knew just a valve stem hole could pass so much air? Anyway since my front rotors are now warped (they were ever so slightly warped before but it’s now painfully apparent), I’m doing a brake upgrade. It won’t help mileage in the least, but I’ll feel safer having better stopping power... Doing PowerStop Evolution slotted rotors and Hawk HPS pads
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:21 PM   #276 (permalink)
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Will you be adding any holes to the front wheel covers?
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:28 PM   #277 (permalink)
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Honestly I’m not sure how I would. My current version is just tape and vinyl, and I’m already having issues with the tape and vinyl wanting to come off at the edges. I think if I poke a hole in each front cover the covers wouldn’t last long
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:54 PM   #278 (permalink)
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Update, although I’ve been neglecting my car as far as hypermiling, I did get around to installing slotted rotors and performance pads. No more warping and better stopping, which feels like a win. However I’ve come across a handling anomaly that, frankly, I can’t afford to properly fix. There’s a vibration when turning right that I assumed was a wheel bearing but isn’t. The car also feels weird turning left, kinda darty, but the alignment checked out. Only thing I can even think of is maybe CV axles or maybe ball joints (though mine are only about 6mo old). It could be badly worn or maybe even broken struts but I’m not sure. I know they’re worn pretty badly. Anyway, I’m considering retiring this car from daily driver/work duty and get something less worn out, fix this one back up over time
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:04 PM   #279 (permalink)
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The bushings at the rear of the front a arms are known to separate. Take a big pry bar and see if you can force the a arm up and down by rear bushing. The bushings are available separately
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:40 PM   #280 (permalink)
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I replaced the rear 8' or so of my XFE fuel line with nylon and compression fittings, once I tighten them enough they are holding fine.

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