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Old 02-16-2018, 10:47 PM   #131
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(Hey everybody! Been kinda busy, turns out that being a surgery resident is hard work...)

The latest project: cooling system refresh. Replacement parts include:
-Radiator
-Radiator hoses
-Water pump
-Water pump pulley
-Thermostat (replaced just before I bought the car, but while I'm in there...)
-Cooling fan switch
-Fan clutch and fan
-Expansion tank and associated lines

Of course, I've been hit with a case of ///Mission creep along the way. I was hoping to have it all buttoned up tonight but I noticed that my idler and tensioner pulleys are pretty loose. Unlike my truck (which, incidentally, needs those items replaced as well), it's a real PITA to get to those parts. Rather than get the car back on ramps, take down the intake (which requires removing the headlight module cover), the fan shroud, the underbelly tray, etc., I just ordered new parts and I guess the car will sit until they arrive. I guess I can at least pour the coolant back in the car. I could also just put in the belts and fan, and leave the shrouds off until next weekend.

Gotta say, it's tough to finish even simple projects like this when I often have less than an hour of free time before I need to get some sleep during the week. Oh, well...it'll be that much sweeter when I'm done.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:16 AM   #132
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(Hey everybody! Been kinda busy, turns out that being a surgery resident is hard work...)
Gone a long way from talking about the future during a drive back from Detroit. Awesome to see!

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Gotta say, it's tough to finish even simple projects like this when I often have less than an hour of free time before I need to get some sleep during the week. Oh, well...it'll be that much sweeter when I'm done.


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Old 02-17-2018, 01:56 AM   #133
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Gone a long way from talking about the future during a drive back from Detroit. Awesome to see!
I was thinking about that trip recently. It's pretty interesting to see what's changed, and yet what's stayed the same. Even down to the continued, unexplained presence of RX-8s in our midst.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:58 PM   #134
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Drove the car to work today, and in true blee fashion, I got the dreaded EML and SES lights. The tire pressure warning light came on shortly afterwards.

The car seemed to be running fine, although I didn't gun the engine. I parked the car and checked under the hood...oh, yeah, maybe I should've reconnected the throttle position sensor harness. I hope that takes care of it. I was hoping to get the car to a safety inspection station on my way home tomorrow morning; any guesses on whether the SES light will be out? Tire pressures were fine all around, if a little bit high; I last put air in the tires when it was 30 degrees cooler outside.

Side note: Now it's time to tackle the original suspension. I think I've got it down to Bilstein PSS10 vs. Eibach/Konis, or just EOM/Konis. (plus all of the associated rubber and maybe camber plates) Any thoughts?

Side note, x2: It's probably also time to tackle the differential bushings and the rest of the rear suspension bushings, with the exception of the subframe, as those were replaced when I had the plates welded. It looks like a PITA without a lift.
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