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Old 01-27-2017, 05:21 PM   #451 (permalink)
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Good question - this was as read from the engine's coolant temperature sensor, by Torque and a bluetooth dongle. It's not necessarily representative of the temperature throughout the engine.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:31 PM   #452 (permalink)
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Great thread, Ecky. I like rebuilding bicycles, and can change oil and swap wheels on my cars, but haven't summoned the courage to do stuff like removing my dash or front fascia or redo suspension parts yet.

Anyways, how do you manage all the cords to your heaters? I have a block heater, and impulse-bought one of those Kat's oil pan heaters the other day, but I'm not sure whether I want to try splicing both of them into one plug or just deal with two cords. Thanks.
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:41 PM   #453 (permalink)
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Thanks!

All of my cords meet at a short outdoor power strip which sits in the area between the radiator and front bumper. You could get something like this and zip tie it to your grille:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0065...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Ah, of course!
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:23 PM   #455 (permalink)
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A few months back I had noticed a small oil leak from the rear of the engine. When I installed my pan heaters, I discovered for certain where it was coming from - around the timing chain tensioner.








My service manual informed me that there's a rubber gasket with a filter, and a metal gasket, so I ordered both from G1parts. Part numbers 14511PHM003 and 14515PHM004.




The rubber gasket was rock hard and broke to bits when I removed it.




New gasket installed:




Part reinstalled. I'll clean up the oil next time I'm at a self-service car wash.




While I was at it, I did an early oil change with Honda's Green Oil, which I ordered from the UK. It's noticeably thinner than 0w20 when the weather is 20F.

Current miles: 219,386

Clean car pic:

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Old 02-07-2017, 04:55 PM   #456 (permalink)
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After puzzling over how to mount my mirror replacement screens, I realized I had been overthinking things. While a foam or fiberglass enclosure molded to the shape of the dash would be classy, turns out there are pre-fabricated solutions to mounting screens.




Daox's 3d-printed mirror blanks w/camera pods should be arriving in a few days.

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Hah, I like the mounting solution. How much did that run you?
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:19 PM   #458 (permalink)
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About $8 per side, they were top sellers on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:24 PM   #459 (permalink)
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:12 AM   #460 (permalink)
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Nice!

Those are way cooler than the tiny mirrors I had on Ron Burgundy. How have you not installed them already?

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