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Old 08-01-2018, 09:15 AM   #5521
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I've been thinking of doing this recently. How well has it been working for you at keeping the car cool? My A/C seems to have a hard time cooling off the car/keeping it cold. It feels cold coming out of the vents and I stuck a thermometer in one of them and it defiantly is working like it should be so I feel like the cold air is just escaping the car too fast for the A/C too keep up with.
I'm doing this myself as well. I put in headliner the other day (will be redoing in a few days, stoey to come later) and did the roof in sun shades I bought a while ago on clearance. On a 108deg day I measured 25deg temp difference with pyrometer prior to installing headliner. Respect the butterflies and Foose flare.

Pulled front door panels last night for cheap new speakers. Did them as well. I plan on doing floor over next couple days and down the road doing inside of exterior door panels too.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:27 AM   #5522
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I'm doing this myself as well. I put in headliner the other day (will be redoing in a few days, stoey to come later) and did the roof in sun shades I bought a while ago on clearance. On a 108deg day I measured 25deg temp difference with pyrometer prior to installing headliner. Respect the butterflies and Foose flare.

Pulled front door panels last night for cheap new speakers. Did them as well. I plan on doing floor over next couple days and down the road doing inside of exterior door panels too.
That looks awesome, nice work! I think I'll do my doors and roof too when I get the chance.

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Old 08-01-2018, 10:09 AM   #5523
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Cool stuff! What are you using to hold the panels up in the doors and ceiling?

I have the better part of a roll of Reflectix left over, and after my wife stops scheduling stuff for me on the weekends, might have some time to do things again.

I plan on opening up the door panels to lube the window tracks. I should probably buy speakers and replace those while I'm in there. Plus the insulation.

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Old 08-01-2018, 02:19 PM   #5524
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Speakers are inside door cards. Think u want to do exterior panels for window track but may be wrong on that one.

I'm using the last of two cans of Gorilla Glue contact spray. Not recommended for headliner material...DOH!!!

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Old 08-03-2018, 12:24 PM   #5525
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After new struts, set the alignment.
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That is with two (2) 44-pound bags of salt in the trunk and 1/2 tank of gasoline...
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Pushing the car over a big sheet of paper and marking the paper at the edge of the tires, tracking front/rear is symmetric left/right within 1/8 of an inch. Front track is approx 1/2-inch wider than rear (There are 3/8-inch rear hub spacers installed).
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:35 PM   #5526
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I'm doing this myself as well. I put in headliner the other day (will be redoing in a few days, stoey to come later) and did the roof in sun shades I bought a while ago on clearance. On a 108deg day I measured 25deg temp difference with pyrometer prior to installing headliner. Respect the butterflies and Foose flare.

Pulled front door panels last night for cheap new speakers. Did them as well. I plan on doing floor over next couple days and down the road doing inside of exterior door panels too.
When you put the pieces in the door did you remove the plastic sheet that was already inside or did you just leave it? I'm trying to decide what to do with it.

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Old 08-03-2018, 08:44 PM   #5527
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I tore mine out. when I do the back doors I'm leaving the inside panels and just doing the outside door skin. much easier. Only reason I did it this way is inside panel was already off.

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Old 08-04-2018, 11:56 PM   #5528
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:28 AM   #5529
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Not sure if it's just me, but this can't be viewed. If it's from Google Photos, ensure you click the share button.

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Old 08-05-2018, 09:03 AM   #5530
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I saw them yesterday but I can't today. Looked like a struggle to remove the control arm.

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Old 08-05-2018, 06:05 PM   #5531
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Finally fixed that god awful squeaking! I'm so happy, overjoyed as I am writing this. Ever since I've owned this car it has been an issue, turns out the idler pulley that was replaced was really small compared to the Gates one I purchased.

I took a video of it when it started, it did not squeak even with the AC on, I'd put it on here but my reaction was similar to a little child on Christmas day.

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I would just like to thank this forum and those who have posted youtube videos, if I can do this simple job anyone can do it with some google.

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Old 08-06-2018, 10:08 AM   #5532
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I already did the upper mount, so I did the rest of mounts this weekend. I'm cheap so I just went with the $11 amazon versions.

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The bottom dogbone was COMPLETELY shot, it wasn't doing anything.



The top dogbone was WAY beefier than the bottom. Much heavier, much more solid looking mount. This one was in good shape but the smaller piece of rubber at the top was pretty shot, so I replaced it. I kept it though for possible rebuilding, the design on this top dogbone looks much better.




Last was the trans mount, it was pretty sloppy so I'm glad I replaced it.







The car had a brief shake (mostly noticeable as a quick muffler rattle) on first startup and when starting in first gear, but now that's completely gone. . Car feels great shifting through the gears.

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Old 08-06-2018, 11:03 AM   #5533
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Replaced my EGR gasket with one that has a mesh, and also replaced the PCV valve. Also figured out that the last squeak I've been getting from the SL over bumps on the passenger side is most likely from the front sway bar bushing. When the subframe gets replaced, so will the sway bar and the bushings.

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Old 08-10-2018, 08:03 PM   #5534
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Finally put the refelctix down today. Took a little longer than I thought it would but that's mainly because of how much of a pain the door card where to put back on. If your going to put refelctix in the doors, I highly recommend putting it behind the outside door panel. I had to make to many cuts in the refelctix for the various tabs, the door handle, and a block of styrofoam that the refelctix was getting in the way of. By the end of it all it felt like what was left wasn't even worth being there. Definitely going to move it at some point (whenever I figure out how to get the outer door panels off).
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:55 AM   #5535
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Finally put the refelctix down today. Took a little longer than I thought it would but that's mainly because of how much of a pain the door card where to put back on. If your going to put refelctix in the doors, I highly recommend putting it behind the outside door panel. I had to make to many cuts in the refelctix for the various tabs, the door handle, and a block of styrofoam that the refelctix was getting in the way of. By the end of it all it felt like what was left wasn't even worth being there. Definitely going to move it at some point (whenever I figure out how to get the outer door panels off).

That looks awesome, nice work! I did my outer door skins in peel n seal when I had them off to fix my windows. I'll find some pics later.

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Old 08-14-2018, 07:37 AM   #5536
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- Replaced the Catalytic Converter w/New.

- Installed New Denso Downstream O2 Sensor.

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Old 08-14-2018, 02:49 PM   #5537
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got 2 new General Altimax tires and a new cat back exhaust. had to get inspection done, which i passed.

also found out that the BFG radial t/a was discontinued!!!

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Old 08-14-2018, 02:54 PM   #5538
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Finally put the refelctix down today. Took a little longer than I thought it would but that's mainly because of how much of a pain the door card where to put back on. If your going to put refelctix in the doors, I highly recommend putting it behind the outside door panel. I had to make to many cuts in the refelctix for the various tabs, the door handle, and a block of styrofoam that the refelctix was getting in the way of. By the end of it all it felt like what was left wasn't even worth being there. Definitely going to move it at some point (whenever I figure out how to get the outer door panels off).
there are torque bolts around the inside of the door. then a pin in the outside door handle. take that pin out and take off the handle. also it is a good idea to unscrew the black trim as well as loosen up the mirror. just do it in a warm temperature.

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there are torque bolts around the inside of the door. then a pin in the outside door handle. take that pin out and take off the handle. also it is a good idea to unscrew the black trim as well as loosen up the mirror. just do it in a warm temperature.
See, I know how to take it off and I've tried to once before to get at the window regulator. The problem is that one of the bolts is rounded and some of the others on both sides just spin due to the tabs they screw into snapping. That's why I'm too sure how to get it off. I was thinking bolt cutters but I have no idea how those work so idk if they'd be right for this situation or not.

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Cleaned the Throttle Body in the SC2 Red Hot.

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