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Old 10-06-2007, 10:24 PM   #151
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Damn man, you've been busy. Your car looks awesome on the riken's, too bad they're too skinny. Lookin great as expected, keep it up.

PS, let me know if you want to unload those rear bilsteins, my car is in need.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:30 PM   #152
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Fo sho man! I wish they were 16x7.5s and shiny...

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Old 10-10-2007, 01:50 PM   #153
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What's with the black wheels? Are they loaners while you get new tires?
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:41 PM   #154
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Well, they're not loaners as I own them, but they are temporary while I gather funds for tires and new(thicker and hubcentric) spacers. You interested? Or did you already get some Virgos?
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:22 AM   #155
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I adjusted the rear panhard rod tonight, one turn, I might want to go with two, but it isn't hard to do so I'll start with one. I think it might partially be one of the multiple reasons for my right rear tire wanting to spin so much, and unload so easily coming out of turns. It'll also look like my left rear tire isn't so far inside the wheel well, because it won't be. I didn't realize it was as far off as it was.

I'm going to sell off my upper strut-strut brace, and my lower cherry brace. I'm keeping the GT strut braces, and making my own lower braces out of aluminum instead of the heavy cherry one.

I still need stiffer springs, still undecided if I'm just going to toss on the GT springs after cutting them, or go with something more. If I go with something more, I'll be able to sell a pair of 25mm IPD sways and stick just a 23mm one up front, along with something stock sized(16, 19 or 21mm) on the rear of the car. I might stick a 23 up front anyway so I can sell the pair.

I'm actively pursuing getting the Tethys back on now, going to get a set of adapters from adaptitusa.com. Likely just 30-35s, instead of the 32-38 I was originally thinking of going with. This way I should be able to run 850 and 1st gen S/V/C70 series wheels including the later second gen wheels without clearance issue.

While looking at my strut mounts, I see icky stuff. They're way pushed up/stretching after a year and a half of hard usage, with occasional bottoming out of the suspension... Not cool. I want something stiffer in there, maybe I'll just have to get camber plates. Not until they're worse though, possibly sometime next year.

I can't wait to get the Tethys mounted up with the thicker spacers and some light weight 215/45-17 General Exclaim UHP tires... It'll feel soooooo nice...

That means, the Rikens are for sale!
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #156
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1.3"(almost 32mm) and 1.5"(38mm) hub centric adapters are on their way... I was wanting to do something like 30-35 so that I could run lower offset FWD wheels if I wanted, but oh well. I'll be limited to the Tethys and other 49mm offset wheels. I think by the time I get other wheels though, they won't need adapters...

I got two different prices from two different people at the same company, so hopefully I'm still going to end up with the right stuff(person I talked to last and paid gave the lower quote).
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:37 AM   #157
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Woah. I just calculated on Google maps that I got ~26.4mpg... Filled up the tank with some Plus instead of Premium(or was it premium and then plus???) and drove down to Corvallis Saturday night, without getting too crazy with the accelerator pedal. I had to make two pit stops in Albany because my alternator and/or regulator is giving me crap causing me to drive around with only 12 volts(and thus a weak ignition system too! ). Thanks Tony(and Tonya too for breakfast)! But yeah, it was all highway mileage except for maybe 5 miles of city stuff, for a total of about 168 miles. This is with the ignition advance still advanced 3 degrees. Maybe it is doing something? Maybe it isn't. Still cool though to set a new record...

Not cool to have an alternator/regulator give up on me.

Hopefully I'll get the exhaust sorted once and for all in the next couple of months.

And hopefully I'll take the time to make some new lower braces out of aluminum soon.

An upper brace would be nice too along with some stiffer springs all around, but I'll deal.

I also wish those new adapters were here already, my new tires too.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:06 AM   #158
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So far it's dynoed 99whp and 127lb-ft of torque through it's AT transmission. Fastest pass at the drag strip is a 17.6@76mph, with a 2.6s 60'.


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Old 10-25-2007, 11:11 AM   #159
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Dangit, why didn't my mom get one with a stick... :(
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:30 PM   #160
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1.3"(almost 32mm) and 1.5"(38mm) hub centric adapters are on their way... I was wanting to do something like 30-35 so that I could run lower offset FWD wheels if I wanted, but oh well. I'll be limited to the Tethys and other 49mm offset wheels.
17x7 ET43 might still fit, depending on tire size and how much you've clearanced the rear fender lip. They definitely would fit if you put the 1.3" on the rear and the 1.5" on the front.
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:01 PM   #161
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Yeah. We'll see. I don't think I'll ever fit anything other than the Tethys anyway so I should be gravy. When I go autoxing,(maybe I'll actually get around to it next year?) I'll try out the 1.5" on the front.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:47 PM   #162
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I just swapped in a 23mm front bar with new poly bushings from IPD... Was going to change the endlinks' lower bushings to poly as well, but looking at them closer I found that the OEM rubber isn't that bad yet... And the PLAY that I noticed in them, was from them NOT BEING TIGHT! They were snug, but loose enough for the endlinks to move up and down when the suspension moves. THAT was what was causing the bulk of my front end clunking! I feel like an idiot for not even checking that. Damnit. I'm positive there's a bit of clunking in my steering rack too(looks like it's starting to leak internally as well), but oh well.
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:11 PM   #163
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Wasn't expecting those yet...

Now I know why I got two different quotes, the cheaper quote came with metric studs pressed in, instead of the standard ones that match my current lug nuts and OEM stuff. So I'll have to get some new lugnuts. But, this way I have some nice ones to sell that I was using before... These did come with some nice deep ones for mounting to the car though. I just ordered the tires, and they should be at HM Motorsport sometime next week, and hopefully I can get them mounted and installed on next friday. I haven't checked to see if they're hub centric yet, but they better be(to the car, that is).
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:52 PM   #164
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MMM spacers, wish I had the money for some 'ballin FWD wheels. I'm happy with my MSW's on the wagon though. Lookin good as always man.

You gonna have TJ mount up your tires for ya? He's still over there at HMM. Tell him I said hi.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:36 PM   #165
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Oh sheet, that's right! I forgot all about that... But I'm having Tirerack ship them there anyway... So, they're probably going to HAVE to charge me something decent because I'm going through them already. We'll see.

I gave the car a wash a couple days ago, and spent a little time on the Rikens, they looked pretty good after a decent wash and some light polishing done on the lips! Sadly I didn't put the car in the garage and everything got coated with condensation overnight, and now they have some light oxidization that got rid of the shine already. Doh! They should clean up pretty nicely if someone spends the time to polish and seal them though!
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:14 AM   #166
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Well, I had a little bit of everybody working on the car... Haha, not really, but I did make sure they had someone else sit in the car while TJ aligned it. My f'n frame or subframe or something though pisses me off, tweaked to one side, or something. Could only get a max of .5 degrees camber out of the driver's side, with like the ability for almost a full degree on the right side. Anyway, for the big disappointment, the new adapters are FAR from being hub centric. I guess that's why I got one quote from one person and another from another. I thought that was just due to the fact that I was going to let them put in metric studs that they usually use instead of the standard studs that I originally asked for in the quote. Regardless, the car shakes. It's lame. Not going to cut it, by any stretch of the imagination. I'll remove the wheels on sunday and reinstall them myself, but I'm not expecting any improvement. The car needs to go lower up front, there's some wheel well gap now! Blah. We'll see what it looks like in the sunlight tomorrow morning.

I think I'll be trying to return these adapters, and going with some known high quality ones that are both hub AND wheel centric. I might even go THICKER on the adapters(in the rear) as I seem to still have room back there... I want to take up every last bit I can! It also seems I could just get a set of 4 8.5" wide wheels with the right offset and run them without issues, depending on what tires I toss on them... All with no crazy fender mods!

This also makes me wonder if the ones I had before actually WERE hub centric to the car, I never really gave it much thought when I had them off. If they were, I sold them for not enough.

The boys at HM Motorsports are awesome though, mad props to them. Thanks Jordan and TJ! And Eli for being a talkity talker. And John for sitting in the car while it got its alignment.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:14 PM   #167
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:10 AM   #168
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Old 12-05-2007, 03:19 AM   #169
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Exhaust has been "edited" so that it's about 2" higher where it goes underneath the rear axle, and an inch or so higher in the middle of the car. MUCH better. Got a new downpipe on with a different setup that includes an ovaled 2.5" pipe coming off of the two secondaries. Car still sounds like it has an exhaust leak, which is REALLY annoying because it DOESN'T... It's better though, and it seems to feel better on the butt dyno as well, which is REALLY good. Haha.

The incorrect adapters have been returned, and I'm waiting on a set of hub AND wheel centric adapters to come back from the company. Usually they wouldn't do both hub and wheel, but they're hooking me up because they messed up the first order.

19mm rear swaybar was installed and the PCV system was serviced for the first time ever since I've owned it, tonight. Hopefully that'll take care of most of the oil leaking issues that my car has... My fingers are crossed anyway.

And, most importantly, I HAVE NEW TAILLIGHTS! But damn. If I pay around $300 for a set of new Euro headlights, I'll be happy. I mean, I just spent almost $300 on some new Volvo TAILLIGHTS! Painful, for sure. It had to be done though, my taillights have always needed to be replaced, but the fact that someone decided to bump into my car with there's sealed the deal. Somehow they managed to avoid hitting the actual body of the car, and just scratched the bumper a little bit and broke the taillight further.

A couple weeks ago I also installed some new bulbs for some of the switches inside the car. Yay for a driver's seat heater switch that lights up! And an AC switch(even though the AC needs charging), and the rear foglight switch.

Next on the list:
-oil change
-going through the interior to get rid of annoying rattles
-pulling door panels to lubricate lock assemblies and window guides/motors/gears etc.
-toss in the black door pull knob things to further my black and blue interior
-get some alloy tubing for new lower chassis bracing
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:11 AM   #170
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Since we're missing pictures in this thread, here're some from the Canada meet this year.






Ps. The tirerack had a closeout on Koni Sport rear shocks, with "fewer than 3" available according to their site. I got carried away and ordered them today, they're already on their way.

Dan, you want the Bilsteins you say? Send me a PM with an offer.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:14 AM   #171
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And more, cause I want more.




I can't wait to get some pictures with the new adapters on... The tires are a good bit smaller, but the wheels are pushed out a decent bit. With the axle one turn more centered things should look a little better as well.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:19 AM   #172
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Nice, It's weird I see a blue/blue 240 just like that almost everyday. Except stock and beat up, seeing how my mom has destroyed it. Your car looks good though. I like that black 744 too. The headlights look like they're from a Lancia Delta Intigrale.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:40 AM   #173
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Heh, thanks. I think the 740 has Mercedes E class headlights in it, if I remember correctly.

I'll need to get some pictures after I finish the two tone doors. I don't have black door pockets for the front, but oh well.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:52 PM   #174
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Looking great man

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Old 12-07-2007, 06:17 PM   #175
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I'm glad they are going to resolve the spacer issue for you, good work.
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