Any pictures of the engine bay with the covers painted? I bet it pops nicely.
It pops but haven't put in the plastic covers back in yet, mainly because haven't finished/started on it yet.. but will post pics as soon as it gets done.
Originally Posted by arnieosp
I am just curious, of all that work and all those parts bought and installed, what was "because I needed it" and what was "because I wanted it"?
Technically timing belt service is supposed to be at 90k. Usually the water pump/crank seal/cam seal valve cover gasket etc is not changed. I'm not a big fan of taking things apart multiple times so everything that could deteriorate like seals etc I went ahead and did while everything was apart. Better to do it now than when/if any other seals go bad which would require taking off the timing belt. Saves a lot of time and money especially if a shop is doing it, which is why usually dealerships don't tell you.
As far as the suspension is concerned, the lower ball joint and outer tie rod is a wear and tear item as well so same concept as above changed it out while I was doing everything else. Did it need it? Not necessarily, the lower ball joint yes it needed it, the tie rods, didn't need it. Caster bushing absolutely needed it. The caster bushing is a hydraulic fluid filled bushing which is really soft and wear out over time.
kuWuPt, smart move with the maintenance first...something I usually do before any comestic stuff. Which gives me a piece of mind, plus as you stated saves the "wallet". Now to the meat and potatoes...I like what you did with the paint stuff and air-FTW! so what's next for your GS? Another big up to a fellow NCarolinian!