What did you do to your vehicle today?

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by BBQ, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. amarks240

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    The stock exhaust on a 99-00 civic si is 2 inches and I'm going to be making a good 50hp more minimum. My type r is all "oem" inside but it does have a bit more compression than a "normal" b16b. It will still scavenge like it should but the dyno will need to decide that, hopefully the tuner can salvage some low end and mid range I'll lose with the big exhaust and bitching header. Test pipe is in, header goes in soon. Pics of the old cat with the new hardware.
     

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    Adjusted the rear window washer so it sprays on the range of the wiper instead of under the wiper and over the roof
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    And the most important thing, I bought it yesterday. Gotta wait for better weather to properly clean it inside out and wax it.
     
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  3. amarks240

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    Is that an alfa? Couldn't look more European to me.
     
  4. SixSixSevenSeven

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    right country, wrong manufacturer
     
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  5. machine

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    Same country, same platform, wrong manufacturer. It's a 1999 Fiat Coupe which looks a lot like the Alfa Romeo GTV but if you look closer, they have quite a lot differences but the main shape is almost the same.

    The engine is a 1.8l 16 valve. 131hp is enough for me and I don't think I could afford to pay the insurance for the 2.0l 16 valve or 20 valve.

    It needs a little work like painting some little spots, fixing some small dents and polish the paint but overall the exterior is nice. Interior is also really nice besides fog lights and hazard light buttons which have been pushed in the dash as well as the ash tray. It also has automatic ac. 185k on the clock and it has a great service history. It was imported from Frankfurt in 2002 by the official Fiat dealer in Finland.

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    And before you ask, it doesn't have electrical problems, those haven't been included from the factory for these cars. ;)
     
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  6. amarks240

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    That's a nice ride, don't see many like that state side. You could always swap it for more power but why bother, I'm sure it scoots along just fine as it is.
     
  7. BBQ

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    Wow, nice buy! :D
     
  8. FLyInG 2 YoUr SoUL

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    Love the Coupè, one of my favourite cars ever, and the 1.8 is also relatively cheap to run.

    They're becoming increasingly rare nowadays. So many have been crashed, abused or obscenely pimped out... :(
     
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    Took the final parts (rear axle and front suspension/axle) from my donor vehicle before it goes to the scrap yard. The factory gears in my project truck are the lowest that could be optioned at 4.222:1, but the speedometer and transmission that are in it now are set up for the 4.625:1 gears that were factory in the donor Montero (which are actually the highest factory gears for that truck, with the low "high altitude" option being a ridiculous 4.88:1).

    On top of that, the Montero used a Mitsubishi 8" diff in front, and a Mitsu 9" in back, as opposed to the 8" rear and 7.5" font that the Ram came with. This means that I can take the factory LSD from the rear axle that came in the truck, and swap it into the front axle that came from the Montero. All of this adds up to an accurate speedometer, stronger axles, a stiffer sway bar, around 2" of lift (with the longer Montero A arms in front, and a shackle flip in back), and an LSD front and rear.

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  10. Atomix

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    awesome awesome awesome those are awesome
    i love those
    people say the styling is ugly but i really love them, especially the yellow ones.
     
  11. FLyInG 2 YoUr SoUL

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    Do they?

    I've always considered it the only likable design ever produced by Chris Bangle, so I agree with you, deeply.

    It was a very clean and classic design, excluding the odd slashes on the wheelarches, and it's aging incredibly well.
     
  12. amarks240

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    Exhaust manifold went in. I took a before photo on an old ipod touch and don't feel like grabbing it but here is the after. Broke the camera on my phone womp womp. Also removed the ac condenser to clean things up a bit. Need exhaust clamps for the test pipe so it waits till tomorrow for the shake down. Also threw in a new driver side axle and changed the oil.
     

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    Gave her a well deserved bath. Nice and clean. (Also my new screensaver, minus license plate edit)
     
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  14. dionkoffie

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    I drove it.
     
  15. youdidwhat!!

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    I know a problem it has


    FIAT...
     
  16. NothingToDo

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    Gotta love when you use stereotypes instead of knowledge don't you
     
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  17. youdidwhat!!

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    it was a joke
    faits can be quite reliable
     
  18. FLyInG 2 YoUr SoUL

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    It's very difficult for modern cars from any manufacturer not to be reliable nowadays. FIAT is no exception. Sure, you may still buy a lemon, but no manufacturer is immune.

    Most manufacturers with a nasty reputation developed it in the '70s, when robotized assembly lines were still a novelty and most cars rusted in a blink of an eye.

    Some of them couldn't really shake it off (like FIAT), but it's mostly just prejudices and preconceptions.
     
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  19. NGAP NSO Shotgun Chuck

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    It's still the case to this day, if Fiatsler's endless string of last-place finishes in reliability surveys over here is anything to go by. Of course, Chrysler itself didn't have the most stellar reputation even before the meltdown...
     
  20. FLyInG 2 YoUr SoUL

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    Well, most surveys are debatably based on very subjective criteria and give way too much relevance to opinions and perceptions.

    That kinda explains why consumer reports and rankings are rarely comparable - just look at the very different reliability ratings VW models get on the two sides of the Pond - meaning there's no such a thing as measurable dependability of a vehicle. Even assuming that these ratings are of any significance, times of engines failing to start in the morning and bits of trims falling off the cars are long gone even for the least reliable brands. Unless you really believe 450k Europeans are buying FIAT cars every year only to bring them to the workshop on their way home.

    Just so you know, FIAT is only selling the 500 models over there. Those have been constantly scoring good/above average (500, C, X) or at least average (L, Abarth) in most european rankings that I know off.
     
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