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Old 01-02-2012, 02:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Okay, so a headlightmod is still in the works. It just screams for it, lol.

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Keep up the good work!

Any plans for the back end? Kamback or boat tail?
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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WANT to do a full boat tail but I think that is a ways off. Kamback is going to be first. looking for clear building material as I don't want it to obstruct the view from the rear view mirror(With the blindspot mirrors the rearview mirror is my only real rearward vision) Course It occurs to me I could rig a rear facing camera.
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So Looks like a rear view camera and an opaque kamback. Got to digging and found a 7" LCD headrest monitor and wireless camera Rig I got in trade a while back, Monitor works like a charm but I cant figure out the Camera. looks like I should Plug straight in but if I do the monitor shuts down... Thinking Ill just get another camera. mount the Monitor on the dash and attach the GPS unit to it, make a quick ghetto cover so its discrete from outside the vehicle and I'm onto another project.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #25 (permalink)
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so. following the formula "Safety, Reliability, Performance, then we meet girls", this weekends project was a steering rack replacement. At face value its not a eco-mod, But all the streamlining in the world is gonna mean squat if your steering fails at 60mph.



I went into the project knowing it was gonna be a pain, any time you mess with something dealing with front suspension your gonna be dealing with tapered fittings, but I had no clue what was in store for me. First thing I did was go buy a tie rod end press, good move. $15 saved me from who knows how long with a hammer and picklefork. Along with the standard hide and seek with bolts and nuts, there was a lock bolt inside the car, under the dash, covered by, I kid you not, the carpet which is BOLTED down with little plastic bolt thingys (Geos are weird).

But all told. with no more than the normal amount of things not wanting to go back together. it wasnt a bad project.

Slop is gone from the steering, the slight front end shimmy I was seeing from 40-45mph is gone. the car feels better connected to the road. and Im guessing with more precise steering geometry my mileage will see a boost.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Maybe a kick start like they have on old motorcycles!
That would be soooo cool. Where to put it among the pedals?
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Im guessing with more precise steering geometry my mileage will see a boost.
Just out of curiosity did you set the toe? You said it feels stable but that could be the case with excessive toe in, while eating the outside edge of the front tires.
Alignment on a machine would be the best but you could check it with a measuring tape. You would want to see about 1/8" less on the front side of the tires (or less as long as you toe in a little).
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:48 AM   #28 (permalink)
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That would be soooo cool. Where to put it among the pedals?
I was joking actually, the whole thing says engineering nightmare to me. but, if someone where to actually tackle this as a project the place that makes sence to me would be on the transmission tube as close to the drivers seat as you could get it. would need to be the foldaway dogleg type so it wouldn't intrude on the drivers space.

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Just out of curiosity did you set the toe?
No. The idea that I might need to do an alignment after the project was on my mind. But at the end she drives straight and true, no pull one way or another so I let it slide for the moment. I still plan on an alinement when I finally settle on a new set of tires (Cant decide to just keep the 12" ers and deal with it or update to some nice alloys and low profile tires)

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Old 01-10-2012, 06:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I love this thread! I have a '92 Metro and have only done a few things to it. You are inspiring me. I deleted the Rh mirror with the help of my garage corner, then added a snazzy metal cover over where it used to be. I've added a seal along that gap between the bumper and the hood. And I tried out a partial grill block, and liked it, but then the cardboard got wet and it fell off. Hope to put a permanent one on come spring. Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #30 (permalink)
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You might like some of the stuff I've done to my Metro.
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