What Have You Done to Your Car Today?

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  1. RyanV

    RyanV Member

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    New brakes? Washed and waxed the car? Engine swap? ;) Post up what you've done to your car today :)

    I replaced the broken regulator. No more easy break-ins!!!!

    Plastic peeled back and regulator removed.

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    Busted regulator vs new one. When it was still in place it looked like the wire just came off the bottom pulley and then got all tangled up.

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    It says to use glue to put the vapour barrier back, but I use this stuff. Much easier to work with and you can reuse it if you have to take the vapour barrier off again. I've had to do this sort of thing a few times before...LOL

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    Regulator replaced and caulking in place.

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    Everything put back together and tape removed from the window. I don't know what the stuff was that Mark used to hold the window up, but it's awesome. Held really well and didn't leave any residue.

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  2. Derek

    Derek Derek Weldon

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    So, that one can bolt in? My CLK320 regulator arm snapped in half. You have to drill out the old RIVITS (you read that correct) and rivet the new one back into place. What were they thinking?
     
  3. RyanV

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    Nope, rivets as well. Last time I did the job on my E50 I went and bought a rivet gun just to do the job. I'm not sure I'll use a rivet gun for anything else, but at least I've used it twice now :D I didn't break any drill bits this time either!

    There are four rivets, but most of them are covered up since I started to put the vapour barrier back before I took the pic. You can see one rivet in the second to last photo top center...ish of the door.
     
  4. Wolfd89

    Wolfd89 Last in, first out

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    really, rivets? That's oldschool. But from the location, it might actually be easier than trying to bolt something together. Either way, cool fixes!
     
  5. Megatol

    Megatol Mr. Toyota

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    Ryan,
    Where did you get this Dum Dum Strip Caulk from?

    I saw this black staff under my door trim and always wondered what should I put instead of it.
     
  6. RyanV

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    I picked it up from Lordco. I only needed a few pieces at the time, but they only sell it by the two pound box LOL! :)
     
  7. dagleykd

    dagleykd Kei fan extraordinaire!

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    Installed my summer rims/tires on my Accent, 'Humdrum' - used to have 2 sets of rims for my Impreza and I wanted the same with the Accent as it saves on time/money every time you need to swap. Running the OEM steelies w/hubcaps for the winter rims and picked up a massively cheap set of '98 Ford Escort alloys for summer rims. Yes, they look very '90s on the car and have some nicks/scratches but they are ok considering what paid for them and the important part is no bends - I didn't intend for them to be 'stylish', lol! I don't think they look TOO bad mounted on the car though, all things considered, and kindof match the dark paint to me.

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    Not putting the 'Ford' center caps on the rims when they are mounted on a Hyundai so I made up a blank center cap model and a 'Hyundai' logo center cap model for the rims in Google Sketchup and am going to have a set of one of them 3D printed at the local library (I work there sometimes and they have three 3D printers they charge patrons for using). The printer I really want to use is their industrial one (I would print the logo'd caps in that case), but they're to busy lately to print things for me and nobody has trained me on that one yet. I AM completely used to their Makerbot Replicator 2 though, but they only have vibrant orange and bright yellow for the filament colors, so many coats of spraypaint would be needed for the caps methinks, and I would have to go with the blank, no-logo caps then because of the nature of how the Replicator 2 works.

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  8. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    wait.. your library has a 3D printer.... Cool.
    My brother-in-law is a Librarian, i dont think any of the library around here have 3D printers..
     
  9. IMPUL

    IMPUL Collector of fine japanese lawn ornaments

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    One in Toronto has one.... Kids are always playing with it.... :(
    I gotta get one ..... It literally builds anything.
     
  10. dagleykd

    dagleykd Kei fan extraordinaire!

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    Our library has THREE 3D printers, lol...they got them last year around June, but haven't really done all that much with that yet, truthfully. They've got a MakerBot Replicator 2, a CubeX (I forget the model name) and a ZCorp Z150. The MakerBot works quite well, the CubeX is a piece of crap...we've never had it print more than one thing (ish) before the print failed for some reason and you have to use this terrible glue crap on the build plate. The Z150 is a low-level industrial printer...it can make some amazing stuff, but the finishing once a print is complete is a bit more complex as you have to spray it, etc. with certain chemicals depending on how solid/hard you want the print to be. That's the one I want to print the center caps on as it can build things in the highest detail, but I've not been trained on it yet...

    The Makerbot would be great to have around the house, they're like $2000 US plus tax atm, so expensive, but not too bad considering what they are capable of...
     
  11. IMPUL

    IMPUL Collector of fine japanese lawn ornaments

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    ^^^^ wait 4 years and buy on boxing day... Lol $599.00 specials
     
  12. dagleykd

    dagleykd Kei fan extraordinaire!

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    Haha, pretty much IMPUL....I imagine they'll be as common as printers and scanners in another few years at the rate tech. changes...

    They're handy though....I lost a valve steam cap somehow on my way to work at the library in Liverpool one day.....just found a 3D model for one on Thingiverse that another MakerBot owner had made, 3D printed it and voila....new, replacement bright orange valve stem cap in like 2 mins, lol.
     
  13. RyanV

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    Change the fuel filter in the Land Cruiser tonight. First time changing a fuel filter in a diesel :)
     
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    New pads and rotors on the E55T. Only had time for one side last night, so I'll finish the other tonight.

    Before I changed them out I didn't measure the old ones. I was just changing them because they were warped, but putting the old next to the new, the new are quite a bit thicker, so I'm sure the old rotors were out of spec.

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    dagleykd Kei fan extraordinaire!

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    Nothing fancy in any way for me...just went out and checked all my tires a few minutes ago...pretty sure one has a very slow leak. The others are all the requisite 32 psi, but my right-front was down to 28 psi.

    Also was looking around the front to see where I can mount the LED driving lights I picked up from DealExtreme.
     
  16. SilverStar

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    Did you stick with OEM rotors? It sucks that they are so damn expensive. What pad did you go with, the dust that comes from the OE pads drives me crazy.
     
  17. RyanV

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    Yeah, I used OEM rotors and pads. I couldn't find any other rotors, and felt sick shelling out $250 per rotor, but what else could I do. I'm not a fan of the dust off the OEM pads either. I read something after about Akebono making pads that don't make much dust at all, but oh well. I just picked up everything from Autohaus AZ since I got free shipping with the order.
     
  18. grayhamwiebe

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    Drove my car for the first time in 5 months. It seemed to be doing okay, didn't really push it or anything. Only bad part is the rusty rotors, and possibly a warped one. Can this happen just from sitting around doing nothing? I admit I was an idiot and left the parking brake for the majority of those months (as I didn't anticipate not driving it for that long).
    Also, after buying a brand new car for my daily driver I got so used to not hearing squeals and clunks that every little noise has me paranoid. Still fun to drive though.
     
  19. Greg

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    Cashed in more points for Future Shop gift cards, bought these, and installed them in the rear doors today. Quality is amazing compared to my OEM 1996 speakers that were falling apart as I took them out. Fronts will get done in the next few weeks.

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  20. RyanV

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    Even if you buy the cheapest speakers in the store they seem to be better quality than what's in our 15+ year old vehicles. I put Sony Xplode 6.5" speakers in my front doors of the Land Cruiser after owning it for about a year. I with I had changed out the speakers MUCH sooner.

    Washed the LC last night. I hadn't done it for a while. Working on a construction site it only takes one day at work to get all dusty again :(