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Old 02-17-2021, 03:28 PM   #6761
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Recently bought a 2nd gen center console armrest. I already had one, but this one came with two keys and a latch. The latch was broken, of course, but it was at least still intact. Most of them completely fall out and are long lost. I took it apart to see if there was some way to save it. Some other members have 3D printed new ones and that seems to work pretty well. I donít have a 3D printer though so I needed something I could use with the old latch. I ended up sanding down the area where the old pegs would poke out of and super glued in an old drill bit with the same diameter. I then covered it with a thin layer of JB weld black. It may just be a thin layer of glue, but Iíve never had JB weld crack or n me before. This stuff dries strong.

The cover itself of just as prone to cracking, although itís much less of a problem. It just results in a little more flex in the lid when leading on it. Iíve never actually seen one crack in half, but it will flex more when leaned on. I had a bunch of almost empty JB weld, so I used them to help reinforce the cover. Itís much more sturdy now. The clips that hold the cover plate on are just as prone to breaking, but the 4 screws will hold in on just fine without them. Unfortunately, the screw posts are just as brittle as the clips. All but one of mine broke after a few disassemblies. I stuck them back together with super glue and added JB weld black to keep it strong. Rubber keyboard dots where added to help the cover from sliding when wing leaned on.

I didnít think I would really care about having an console with a latch, but itís nice having storage that can lock. It may not be the most secure box in the world, but it is a pretty nice deterrent to keeping people out of it.

I noticed the keys I had worked on both my new armrest and my old one. Wonder if all they keys keyed the same?

Also orderd one of these to try out. Looking forward to it arriving.
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Old 02-17-2021, 10:42 PM   #6762
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Today I fixed the front brakes and installed my new toyo tires. Next week, I will clean the throttle body and replace the clutch.
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:13 PM   #6763
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Changed out my EGR valve. Also installed a new stereo system; Boss BV755B/DVD receiver & Rockford Fosgate R165X3 speakers.
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Old 02-24-2021, 01:41 AM   #6764
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Reset my catalytic convertor code after not seeing it for an unusually long time. It had been coming on approximately every 2 weeks or so, this time it was probably 3 or 4 times that. Miles driven would also be proportionally greater. This time, instead of dragging out my old OTC scanner and it's case with cables, I had a small code reader to to it.... a Christmas gift.

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Old 02-26-2021, 02:23 AM   #6765
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Made some cardboard dividers for the armrest box. I cut up some 5mm thick cardboard and glued two pieces together to make the divider. Wrapped them with black duct tape for looks. Works great for keeping things like pens from sliding around to the bottom of the box. Still have a spot for a cassette to if I want. The second from the rear with the cardboard in it can still hold a cassette, but the lid won’t sit flat without a functional latch to hold it closed. Be neat to get this 3D printed, but cardboard should be durable enough for what it’s being used for.
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Old 02-26-2021, 07:41 PM   #6766
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Finally got around to filling in the scratches, wet sanding, and painting the body panel out of the JY. Will probably need another coat of paint come the spring but definitely looks better than the cracked panel that was there.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:19 PM   #6767
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Red Hot got 4 New Tires!

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Last week the key got stuck in the ignition. No amount of jiggling, tapping, turning the wheel, etc. could get it out or get it to turn. So today I had a locksmith come and replace the ignition lock cylinder. It was a very difficult task and it took him over 3 hours to finally succeed. For anyone interested, hereís the link to my thread:
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Drove it for the last time yesterday. As usual it started right up.

I didn't want to deal with the local tire kickers so I donated it to a local charity that I've done work for in the past. She is probably going to get somebody to put a clutch in it and give it to a family in need.

We rolled that car out of the dealership brand new, and it's been a great car.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:56 PM   #6770
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Drove it for the last time yesterday. As usual it started right up.

I didn't want to deal with the local tire kickers so I donated it to a local charity that I've done work for in the past. She is probably going to get somebody to put a clutch in it and give it to a family in need.

We rolled that car out of the dealership brand new, and it's been a great car.
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:00 PM   #6771
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Cleaned the homecoming floor mats I removed from the 99 HCE donor vehicle at LKQ in Fort Wayne, IN. Not sure what the red stain was from, maybe, Faygo red pop, red wine, transmission fluid, who knows. Per YouTube, I misted the red areas with ammonia, and then used a hot iron on a white towel, and most of the red transferred to the towel.
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Per YouTube, I misted the red areas with ammonia, and then used a hot iron on a white towel, and most of the red transferred to the towel.
Wow, I wouldn't have thought something like that would work.
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Wow, I wouldn't have thought something like that would work.
YT is a weird and wonderful source of odd things like that.

Randomly came across a vid several months ago. Some dude sectioned off his car window with tape and applied 5 different "some guy told me to try this" types of anti-fogging solutions.

One that worked well was . . . shaving cream (cheap Barbosol foam type). I put some on my Saturn several months ago but haven't driven the car enough to say how it worked. However, I wear glasses anda few weeks ago, put some on one lens before going out with the snowblower. When I came back inside, that side remained unfogged while I could not see out the other one. Doesn't seem to last long, but is cheap and easy to reapply
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It was hard to see that car go. I shared some memories with my wife and daughter about things we did on trips in that car, including my daughter using it to learn stick at the local school.

I'm glad the trip was short, if I had to drive it much farther I might have ended up turning around and changing my mind.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:26 PM   #6776
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Replaced belt, ac compressor, belt tensioner, plugs, wires, brake line that rotted out, and two hubcaps on my 96 SL1 (had some hyundai hubcaps on it lol).

Tstat, coolant, and an oil change sooon
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Got my armrest cover from redlinegoods installed. I thought it would be something that could slip over the armrest lid or something that replaced the existing rubber cover, but maybe those where too high of expectations. Instead what you get is 3 pieces of leather stitched together. Itís very nice leather, but you are expected to glue it onto the existing rubber cover. If you have some sewing skills you could easily make one at home for a lot cheaper.

They have several options to customize your cover, and make more expensive in the process. I got a higher quality leather, baseball stitching, and 6/8Ē padding. The leather and baseball stitching are nice, but the padding isnít great. Itís just a piece of foam cut roughly the right shape. I would rather it be too big than too small, but I was expecting something already attached to the leather. For $19 ($29 for 1 1/8Ē!) You might as well just buy a foam sheet locally.

Installation was pretty straightforward, I held the leather to the lid with clothespins and glued down one side at a time. The added thickness of the leather makes getting the plastic piece back on a little tricky. I tried trimming things down as much as possible to make fitment better. It did help but I can feel that the screws have a little more stress on them than before holding everything together.

Looks great in the car. The padding is nice and Iíll probably grow to like it but I didnít exactly wish It had padding before. The cover was flat before making it easy to put thing on. With the smoother leather + uneven foam there, things now have a higher chance of slipping off
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Discovered a slight leak from the Wix trans filter today. Debating on replacing it or trying to retighten. Have another Wix on hand but the current one is only a year old so I'd hate to waste it.
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On my way home from work.

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It's no 200,000 miles, but she is just getting broken in as of today!
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