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 Post subject: Re: Picking up car tomorrow; it's like Xmas eve!
Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:47 am 
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Drove it down to the shop near the Geo Washington Bridge without any tires blowing, which I took as a good sign.

So it's at the shop to get:
Chargespeed front lip painted and installed
ZC cf hood w/Aerocatch pins installed
NJ Inspection
Rear fenders rolled a bit
See what can be done for clearance on the front rims

Hoping to get it back by the end of the week

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Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:09 pm 
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Can I tune it next week? Or, should I say . . . attempt to? LOL!

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Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:13 pm 
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If I get it back by then, sure. Should I reduce my deductible for next week, just in case? :lol:

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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:15 am 
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I should have it back by the end of the week. The shop called yesterday and said that they couldn't roll the fenders enough without breaking the paint, and I didn't want to deal with any more bodywork bs than I have to, so dropped off the Type X's this morning to get them put back on the car. I give up - going to have to look at the Team Dynamics; the offset has got to be messed up.

So the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:53 am 
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Oh WTF? =(

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 Post subject: Re: Picking up car tomorrow; it's like Xmas eve!
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:46 pm 
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Can't they just razor blade cut the paint right below the edge.. then you can touch it up yourself to keep rust off. And the touched up area will be out of sight...

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 Post subject: Re: Picking up car tomorrow; it's like Xmas eve!
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:06 pm 
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Honestly, I'd rather just keep the Type X's and not have to deal with any possible rear quarter panel issues again (been there too many times already). I can live with a set of SSRs on my car and sell the TD rims, and hopefully not lose too much money. I wish I had never even started down the path of changing rims that were basically ok to begin with, but you live and learn. Haven't even driven the car this summer, and really want to get it back; the car's too much fun to not be driven, and since I got the Benz chipped, mileage on that car has been really awful - 26.7 on a recent trip to Atlantic City, on premium, no less.

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:54 am 
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BTW - my X's are +42, and the TD's I ordered are +35; shouldn't they be more tucked in than the X's (I am eternally confused on offset)? I'll have to verify on the rims themselves, but I was thinking about that as I was cleaning off the X's on Tuesday night to drop them off on Wed.

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42's clear better than 35's. I have 40's and they would just touch with no work on the rear fenders. This is with 205-15 azenis. 35 is pushing it.. depends on tires too. And wheel width.

I get confused on the whole plus minus thing. I think I've seen it written both ways. I'm not sure which is correct.

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 Post subject: Re: Picking up car tomorrow; it's like Xmas eve!
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:22 am 
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OK, think I got it. From ehow.com:


The offset of a wheel is measured in millimeters and is determined by the distance from where the wheel mounts to the hub to the centerline of the wheel. The centerline of the wheel is the center of the wheel if it is being viewed from the rim side of the wheel (the part the tire stretches across), not the face of the wheel.

So, in my example, the +42 vs. the +35 means that the distance from where the wheel meets the hub is 7mm further out on the X's (making the distance from the mounting point to the outside of the rim smaller), or to say it another way, all else equal, the TD's outside rim is 7mm further out than the X's are.

I think I've got it. Though it is giving me a headache. :lol:

Now, this makes sense to me, from the experience with my car, ie, the TD's being too far out for my fenders because the offset's too small.

Did I say all that correctly?

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:49 am 
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I think you finally got it right, Tommy.

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 Post subject: Re: Picking up car tomorrow; it's like Xmas eve!
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:58 am 
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Thank God - I'm exhausted!! :mrgreen:

So I guess I'll have to put the TD rims up for sale, since I can't return them now. Then figure out what to do from there. Maybe just stick with the X's and be done with it.

Anyone want to buy a set of rims that won't work with our cars? :wink:

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Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:46 am 
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Sold the TDs last night for $400, so took a bath of $200. Lesson learned on offset. :roll: Not too bad, honestly, it could have been worse.

Also sold my stock hood, so my living room is starting to look like a living room again. Car's now waiting another shop visit - have leaking oil from the seals everywhere, so will have to have at least a couple replaced. Still have the wobble from 50-65 mph, but I do know now that it's not the rims. Figure tie rods are next for inspection. Just for giggles, I ordered the steering rack bushing from Majestic (and also brand spanking new stalks on both sides, need that satisfying "click" to everything again), which seems also could be the culprit. I'll try anything at this point.

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Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:57 pm 
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So here's an update, since you've all been asking so much about them. :wink:

Shop replaced all of the seals on the engine, which should stop the oil leaks.

Need a new steering rack; has it ordered, and will be putting it in next week. That was the source of the vibrations through the steering wheel (about 98% sure), so when I get it back, it should be all a-ok, with no vibrations, no oil leaks, new rollbar put in, aerocatch pins in, and car ready to roll. Wish this had happened a week earlier so that I could be at N18 right now, but I'm getting a bit old for an 8-hour drive in a fixed back seat that's half a size too small for me. :lol:

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Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:27 am 
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LOL! I know the feeling.

I'm also pretty darn ready to get to tuning. I've checked out all my tuning hardware getting Stu's CRX drivable a couple weeks ago and it all worked perfectly, even if it was pretty retarded. I need to pick up a decent inverter, though, because datalogging sucks the battery down pretty darn quickly.

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Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:00 am 
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Car's finally ready! Getting it tomorrow morning before work. Hope everything's working correctly.

Beav, then I'll be ready to have you work your magic. :lol:

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Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:28 am 
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Picked up the car this morning. Rollbar looks great, Aerocatch pins on hood look great, no leaks, car doesn't vibrate at hwy speeds anymore.

Not so good things - speedo doesn't work, got after 15 mins. Though I do know that the last guy to work on it had to ziptie the VSS to the housing in the engine to keep it down low enough to catch and detect speed. So I'm sure that's what's happening on the speedo; I'd assume the CEL is for the same issue, but didn't have enough time to read the code.

Also, the steering wheel has 1/2-3/4" play in it now that it didn't have before. They put in a brand-new complete rack, so I'm assuming that something is not right there. Left a voicemail; will be getting back with them, probably taking it back in.

It was good to have it back on the road and running mostly fine. Hopefully will get resolved shortly.

Leaving in 15 mins for a Cadillac V event at Monticello Raceway; should be fun to beat up on the V series Caddies for 4 hours for free. :P

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Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:24 am 
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That event at Monticello was awesome. Even though the were slushboxes, it was a ton of fun to drive the V series cars out there. Drove the V hearse, too - that would be an amazing grocery getter for some MILF.

Taking the car back today; no reason for me to even look at something myself that I paid to be fixed. So doing that, then going to the Outer Banks for a week; hopefully the car will be done when I get back.

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Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:25 am 
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And then I can tune it. LOL!

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Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:10 pm 
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I've officially given up - too much vibration in the damn car on the way home yesterday from Rochester, so ordered remanufactured OEM calipers, pads, rotors, and a set of 15" Enkei RPF1s in black. Now, if that doesn't fix it, I'll probably just shoot the car and put it out of its misery.

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Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:29 pm 
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LOL, thanks for the happy thoughts, Beav! :lol:

Dropped it off today; new remannied calipers, new rotors/pads, and RPF1s going on tomorrow or Fri. At least now I'll be able to use the spare if I blow a tire. Small consolation, yes. But overall, at least things will fit well, hopefully the vibrations will be killed, and my overall setup will have substantial reduction in unsprung weight. And hoping to get decent cabbage for hte Type X's and Wilwood calipers & rotors too, to help pay off some of these recent purchases.

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Of course, another delay. One of the remanufactured calipers was misthreaded, so I just ordered a replacement, and that will be sent right to the shop, so another week or so to get back again. :twisted: This is mostly sad, but a little bit funny, too.

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This is turning into a comedy of errors.

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Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:47 am 
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The_Acid_Beaver wrote:
This is turning into a comedy of errors.

Thanks for your concern. :P

Hoping to get everything back by Thursday, or at least move on to the next problem.

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Hopefully ready for a tune!

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Caliper should arrive at the shop on Friday. THEN, ready for a tune. :!:

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SWEET! What are you doing Sunday? LOL!

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Caliper is on the truck this morning for delivery to the shop. Will probably pick it up Monday morning, then it'll be ready for tune. :D

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VERY cool. =)

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