Discussion in 'Generation 4 - General Discusson' started by LongNap, Aug 14, 2015.
Made my car a little bit heavier today.
time to clean your air filter and spray out the bugs on the IC!
and the noise maker delete is missing the meth bung...LOL
The air filter I just cleaned a week or so ago, the old intercooler was in pretty good shape, but whatever the radiator/intercooler looking thing in front of both of those had a few bugs, but mostly just rock damage.
I was heading down the meth path earlier this year, but that is not something I trust myself doing. Once I got pricing for someone else to install it, I went the HPFP path. Much easier for someone with limited mechanical patience and tools like myself, and much cheaper for nearly similar results.
It's ridiculous how fun this car is to drive while getting massaged.
If your happy with meguires, jump over to the "mirror glaze" line. A 3 stage process of a light cut, glaze, then yellow wax lasts a month with maint washes once a week for me.
Added 2" of lift today
I'm not unhappy with meguiars, but wouldn't mind some better stuff. Though I did just buy all this, so I'll use it first before I do. I will definitely look into the mirror glaze line. I will be doing a full wash and wax, asap. Possibly a clay bar. I'll get some polish soon and probably do that before summer is in full swing.
I'm currently watching it hail sideways. Luckily it's more like snow. Not damaging anything. Guess that's what happens when it goes from 85-45 in a day.
Sweet! How'd you end up lifting it? Do the rear as well?
If you haven't clay bared it, I would do this first to take stuff off the paint first for two reasons. You get an idea of where the scratches are and you will make sure the polish is the only thing Polishing.
Or I'm just being OCD before I go to town with the orbital.
I don't think that sounds OCD at all. Makes perfect sense! Wouldn't want to start cutting still covered in contaminants. I'm gonna take an inventory of what I have tomorrow, and run to O'Reilly and grab a few things to make a good setup. Probably run to harbor freight and grab an orbital, I've learned my lesson doing this by hand.
So from expirience on the harbor freight orbital, make sure the backing plate is tight with the wrench that comes in the kit.
I broke mine and just got the griots garage one from an auto zone. Yes, I could have got the porter cable unit, but it was a unique situation that I needed it now, not later.
The porter cable will also accept the griots vented backing plates in the smaller sizes too.
So I put my old SEL wheels on the SHO today
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Those wheels look amazing.
Wow that looks beautiful
Very nice. What wheels?
They’re Stance wheels SC08
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Yeah, but the rear went up higher so I'm gonna try again with less back there. I took some truck coil spacers and reshaped them to fit.
Took inventory today and I actually have everything except a clay kit. Will pick up sometime next week, not in a hurry because forecasted rain til Friday.
Went to HF to get a orbital, no stock, anywhere. Not in store not online, and according to the sales lady it's not online because it probably has an issue, and won't be in store until resolved. She said six months +. So I went to Wal-Mart and grabbed a cheapy, may return it and grab the 7" from HF. Or might just try it out. The griot at AutoZone was $175 and the porter cable is about 130. Going to check Amazon. Any other recommendations?
Got my second tune revision flashed. No more 21psi spikes! Will look over the log later and hope to see knock is no longer an issue as well. Will also get at least one more log to send Matt. Car still pulls great!
I'll tell you what I did... changed the oil myself for the first time, not sure why I haven't been doing it all along. Piece of cake. Mobil1 with a Motorcraft filter.
Found that my bottom engine cover was missing, ordered a new one from dealer and installed it.
Did rear brakes a month ago. Fronts last fall. On its third set now (132k miles).
This car is fantastic.
I'd return what you got unless it was a killer deal. This would be a good start as it comes with what you need: https://www.autogeek.net/griots-garage-paint-perfection-kit.html
Not sure if the discounts Autogeek has applies to polishers, but they usually have 20-25% off and free shipping every other week or so. I personally have the HF DA with the 6" backing plate and noticed it wasn't listed at HF anymore (Just 7"). I use Meguiars 6.5" microfiber cutting and polishing pads. Typically, most people swap to a 5" backing plate and 5.5" pads as it's easier to work with and can get tighter areas.
Most of what I got, I already had from my previous vehicle. That is all meguairs ultimate. Compound,polish and liquid wax. So returning is not an option, but no real loss if I do have to buy new stuff. The polisher I have, and I use the term loosely, is from Wal-Mart and was $20. I will most likely return it, as I don't feel it will do any justice.
The 6" HF DA is what I was after, and apparently there was an issue with the latest batch, and are not expected to be back in stock for a while. According to the sales lady at HF.
That link is a steal for the griots polisher, as AutoZone has it in store for 160. And the compound and polish adds up to another 40-60 depending on bottle size.
I may try and use the craptacular polisher I have, as if it doesn't work, I'm only out twenty bucks. And other than a clay bar kit, I won't need to buy anything else. I was also considering the 7" HF, but after reading your comment, am thinking twice about finding a smaller one. Thanks for the suggestion, lots of thinking to do now.
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