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    1. Member andymccauley's Avatar
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      04-17-2011 08:50 PM #36
      my intake manifold was loose!! n it was missing 2 bolts!!

      its tight now but still missing a bolt i didnt know the one closest to the pulleys was longer so ill have to get another one of those.. runs better than when i got it now!!

      i changed the fuel filter and its leaking a lil bit. i changed out the washers with new ones but i think maybe the inlet side washer is a lil to big it can move around a lil on the bolt.
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      04-18-2011 10:30 AM #37
      got the fuel leak fixed. had to put an old washer back on.
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      04-18-2011 10:48 AM #38
      Take the old copper washer. Heat it up till it glows. Drop it in a cup of cold water. Van. It's like new. Trust me. It works. If its really old than do it twice. It really soften up nice
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      04-22-2011 02:13 AM #39
      ill have to try that next fuel filter

      got a wierd problem that just started happening 4 some reason im guessing due to bad grounds. the water temp light blinks constantly and when the lights get turned on the tach n dash lights stop working but with lights off the tach is fine.

      also washed it 4 the first time the other day n it was fine after that til this dayzz later. also cleaned out the rain tray, alot of rotting leaves in there.

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      04-22-2011 02:05 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by ftillier View Post
      If you're going to do the ball joints, you should just swap the tie rod ends and replace the strut bearings now while you're in there.

      Check your shocks too, now's the time to replace all that stuff so that you don't have to do another alignment in the near future.

      While you're at it, you could replace the A-arm bushings - use OEM rubber ones, not poly.

      Basically, freshen up the whole front end so you don't have to worry about any of it being worn.

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      What he said.

      There was someone on here selling a whole kit for like $50.

      P.S. I'll take your snowflakes if you don't want them

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      04-22-2011 02:17 PM #41
      tops are not stupid expensive, just a little expensive

      two places I found:

      http://www.mtmfg.com/category/view/1015

      http://www.chucksconvertibleparts.com/rabbit_tops.php

      good luck and let me know which one you go with and how you liked it. I still need to pick mine out.
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      04-22-2011 05:48 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by RedWabbitVR View Post
      tops are not stupid expensive, just a little expensive

      two places I found:

      http://www.mtmfg.com/category/view/1015

      http://www.chucksconvertibleparts.com/rabbit_tops.php

      good luck and let me know which one you go with and how you liked it. I still need to pick mine out.
      any with a rear window already cut? i was looking at some stickies on another site on how to replace a top. doesnt look very hard n kinda straight forward but the back window is what kind of discourages me.

      as 4 the front suspension overhaul. this rabbit has ALOT of rust some in some bad spots some in some spots that can be fixed with just a body panel replacement or a door. i mainly bought this car 4 a back up vehicle just need it to be driveable n efficiant.

      issue in my last post is what im really worried about.

      n keeping the snowflakes gunna throw em back on after the alignment n balljoints.
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      04-26-2011 10:03 AM #43
      super wierd but i know its got to be a ground now. after a few days of the temp gauge light flashing and the dash lights, and tach not working with the lights on. it rained n the problem went away. also when i turned down the dimmer the tach would come on half way also the hi-beam indicator light would come on kinda dim too. its fine now tho.
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      04-29-2011 03:04 AM #44


      used one jack to hold the car up n used the other one to put tension on the hub so it would b up n out of the way.



      balljoint out.



      new one almost in.



      finished (sept for the 17mm bolt)
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      05-03-2011 02:25 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by andymccauley View Post


      used one jack to hold the car up n used the other one to put tension on the hub so it would b up n out of the way.

      PLEASE use jack stands.

      You're from Astoria? I lived there not too long ago, and Warrenton.


      P.s. I hate Astoria..

      P.s.s. Use jack stands


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      05-07-2011 04:56 PM #46
      astoria born n raised. used jack stands when i did the CV axle love it here but cant wait to get out.

      im pretty sure my cat is shot. so ive been pondering cutting it out cutting the flange off of it and welding it to a glasspack n sleeving it over the existing pipe. sound good??

      also put down the crack pipe n put some new vaccum line in 4 the brake booster line cuz it had a leak.



      snapped a pic of both my rides too.

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      05-07-2011 05:15 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by andymccauley View Post
      astoria born n raised. used jack stands when i did the CV axle love it here but cant wait to get out.

      Do you know the Palmerton's?

    13. 05-07-2011 07:21 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by andymccauley View Post
      im pretty sure my cat is shot. so ive been pondering cutting it out cutting the flange off of it and welding it to a glasspack n sleeving it over the existing pipe. sound good??
      Pull off the cat, take a long screw driver, and chip away at the junk inside. Empty it out into the trash. Now you have a hollowed out cat, that looks like a cat from the outside, so it will pass a visual inspection when you go get DEQ.

      Alternatively, just get a new cat, they're not that expensive, and they're there for a reason. If you burn through your cat, fix the root