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Old 10-10-12, 04:14 PM   #16
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Any pictures of the engine bay with the covers painted? I bet it pops nicely.
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Old 10-10-12, 04:45 PM   #17
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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"?
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Old 10-11-12, 01:41 AM   #18
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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.

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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.
the video shows a stock vs the polyurethane bushing. The upper ball joint seemed fine but I needed camber adjust-ability for later on when I put some wheels on.
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Old 10-11-12, 08:13 PM   #19
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuC1MOS6mkM the video shows a stock vs the polyurethane bushing. The upper ball joint seemed fine but I needed camber adjust-ability for later on when I put some wheels on.

these newer bushings look like they definitely transfer more WAY vibration . seems like the stiffness makes it ride less like a lexus
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Old 10-12-12, 10:50 AM   #20
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these newer bushings look like they definitely transfer more WAY vibration . seems like the stiffness makes it ride less like a lexus
Yes it is stiffer, but when lowering the car there is more load on the caster bushing which means it would wear the stock bushing faster and give more tire wear.
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Old 10-15-12, 12:11 PM   #21
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Trying to figure out how to mount the tank setup so came up with this. Trying to keep it simple, compact and serviceable. Excuse the horrible cell phone pic.



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Old 10-15-12, 01:43 PM   #22
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in for the BUILD! lookin good so far!
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Old 10-15-12, 04:07 PM   #23
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Baller 👍👍👍 ! Can u post pix of ur car before and after air ride installed ? Thanks
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Old 10-15-12, 09:35 PM   #24
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Thanks guys, will post some pics of it on air in a bit but the car was stock. This is how it looked when I got her.

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Old 10-15-12, 09:51 PM   #25
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nice build so far
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Old 10-18-12, 11:46 AM   #26
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Had the tank painted while it was out..



wrapped the base in black suede and the stand in gloss black.. how it looks assembled.

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Old 10-22-12, 05:41 PM   #27
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Suspension all done. Car as it sits now, aired out -





Cut a hole out for the control arm to help clearance and make alignments easier to do. Excuse the dirty engine bay, needs cleaning. Also, the plastic panels in the engine bay are off to get redone.

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Random pics of the engine bay where parts were painted gold & black.




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Old 10-23-12, 01:15 PM   #28
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NIIIICE! I wish I could go lower on my vehicle.....only in my dreams.... The covers come out great! Definitely like the look against the engine bay. It's like you got something special sitting there.
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Old 10-26-12, 05:41 AM   #29
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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!
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Old 10-27-12, 10:53 PM   #30
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i thought the transmission is sealed ?
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