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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:14 pm 
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Location: CHICAGO
Year and Trim: 2006 STS-V, 2004 GTO, 2009 G8 GT
Made the G8 sound more like it should... Removed the stock mufflers of death and put on Solo Axlebacks.

While it is a definite improvement, I can't say I'm totally happy. They make an extremely mellow, low tone. I wish it had a little more rasp or throaty'ness. But the only way to do that is start removing the other set(s) of resonators further upstream and/or adding an X pipe and I'm not sure I really want to do that. This isn't my racekar.

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2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP: Black/Ebony *SOLD*

Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

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2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
1999 Chevrolet Suburban: Sunset Gold Metallic - Daddy's winter beater and plow truck


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:13 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
replaced the stock plugs with NGK TR5's and replaced defective coil as well....yay...it doesn't fall on it's face anymore when you go into boost.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:04 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
Replaced the front 2 sub frame bushings (finally, did the other 4 a month or so ago).
replaced the rear transmission mount (torn into two pieces).
replaced the front brake hoses (were too short after installing the SS Camaro brakes a while back and the tires were rubbing on them in the turns and starting to wear through the steel braiding)

still have more to do, but I guess a chase is a race when it comes to fixing this thing back up to snuff from the neglect by the previous owners.

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GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
me, I like the low mellow tone. Not into the raspy thing, but them, I'm glad not everyone likes the same thing I do. - BC

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ..... 1992 Bonneville SSE 1SB 170 HP L27 4T60E retired/sold to MattStrike ..... 2005 Bonneville SE 1SC 205 HP L36 4T65E - retired/salvage yard ..... 2013 Cadillac CTS 1SD 270 HP LF1 6L50 - SOLD ..... PBCF user 2321


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 9:49 pm 
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Location: Alberta, Canada
Year and Trim: 2004 GXP, 2008 STS, 2008 DTS
Fixed the winter beater today (the 2008 DTS with an LD8). A few days ago, I filled it with gas. Almost immediately it started to run rough at idle, but would smooth out if I increased the RPM. It's very unusual to get bad fuel nowadays, but the timing seemed very coincidental. Well, that's all it was... a coincidence.

I connected Ye Olde Tech2 and watched as the misfire graph filled the screen on cylinder 6. I pulled the plug, which looked fine. At this point the easiest next step was to swap the coil with one on a neighbouring cylinder. Sure enough, when I swapped 6 and 8, the problem followed the coil.

I found a 2009 STS with an LH2 (very surprisingly) at the local Pick-N-Pull. Since it uses the same coils, I grabbed the entire bank of four. My cost at GM was just over $140 CAN/coil (retail here is quite a bit more). For the price of $49.39 including taxes and "environmental fees" (not sure what that means on a used electrical part), the DTS is running perfectly and I have three extra coils for the shelf. Overall, very happy!

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RainSense Wipers, Backup Camera, '00 Style Door Panel Courtesy Lights, Heated Washer Solvent, 2X Remote Trunk Release,
Turn Signal Mirrors, Center Console Courtesy Lamp, Rear Outboard Heated Seats, PVD Chrome 18" Factory Rims, Upgraded
Carbon Fibre Appearance Interior Trim, Highly Modified Main Body Harness, Instrument Panel, Door, Door Panel & Headliner
Wiring Harnesses, Custom Fuse Box & Tire and Loading Information Decals, Additional Acoustic Insulation


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 10:26 pm 
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Location: Lincoln Park, Mi
Year and Trim: 2004 GTO
I attempted to swap the stereos between the two cars. I got the pioneer into the Passat and that is all good now. I went to put the blaupunkt touchscreen stereo in the GTO but apparently I don’t have screws to mount it to the dash kit and Home Depot is closed so I guess I can quit for the day and finish in the morning.

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2004 GTO....LS1, 6MT
96 SSEi...September 2010 COTM........GONE
04 GTP comp G.... December 2015 COTM........GONE
2001 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8T 5MT......winter beater

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 10:20 pm 
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Location: Alberta, Canada
Year and Trim: 2004 GXP, 2008 STS, 2008 DTS
It's springtime, and this means that my winter car, and my mom's all-year-around vehicle go in for their annual detailing this week. In preparation, I've vacuumed the carpets and done some interior cleaning. They'll do it all again, but I can't take in dirty vehicles to the detailer. That just wouldn't be right.

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Bose Luxury Sound System w/Touch Screen Navigation, Addition of Factory XM, 2005 MY Antenna, OnStar Upgrade (3G),
RainSense Wipers, Backup Camera, '00 Style Door Panel Courtesy Lights, Heated Washer Solvent, 2X Remote Trunk Release,
Turn Signal Mirrors, Center Console Courtesy Lamp, Rear Outboard Heated Seats, PVD Chrome 18" Factory Rims, Upgraded
Carbon Fibre Appearance Interior Trim, Highly Modified Main Body Harness, Instrument Panel, Door, Door Panel & Headliner
Wiring Harnesses, Custom Fuse Box & Tire and Loading Information Decals, Additional Acoustic Insulation


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:15 am 
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Location: Lincoln Park, Mi
Year and Trim: 2004 GTO
Changed the battery in the Passat. It finally had enough and wouldn’t start the car after a day of sitting.
Also pulled a rocker panel off the GTO because the floor got wet after the last rain. Thankfully no water came out so it isn’t so bad. Going to tend to sealing up the holes from the factory in the wheel wells today if it stops raining.

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2004 GTO....LS1, 6MT
96 SSEi...September 2010 COTM........GONE
04 GTP comp G.... December 2015 COTM........GONE
2001 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8T 5MT......winter beater

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:17 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
changed both front wheel bearings/hubs...ABS isn't angry anymore (driver side hub was gritty/rough when turning it by hand after removal...passenger was still ok...put that up as a backup. also when clearing the abs codes got a new code (woohoo) for a faulty steering position sensor (guess I'll be buying one of those in the future, how soon depends on how much it annoys me)...it's always something with this car....good thing I love it or I'd probably have traded it off by now.

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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
3.8L V6 SC, 180*T (Drilled),
GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 3:10 pm 
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Location: Ontario, Canada
Year and Trim: 2000 Bonniville SSEi L67
put air in my doughnut spare.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 3:03 am 
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Year and Trim: 2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
Fixed the windshield washer hard line under the cowl...was broken so no washer fluid coming out.
Installed a Cold Air Intake...yay, I can hear the blower whine!

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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI
3.8L V6 SC, 180*T (Drilled),
GXP Tails, Interior Door handles, Trim pieces etc.
40th Aniv Grand Prix GTP Wheels (Very Shiny & Very Annoying :pukeleft: )
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Location: Dearborn, MI
Year and Trim: '93 SSEi
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I dropped the motor out of the camaro, among other things, to start prep for Power Tour

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'97 Chevy Camaro - 3800 supercharged, T5, T-tops
'05 Cadillac STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'92 Olds Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 Buick LeSabre - L67 winter DD
'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

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'87 Buick LeSabre T-type - future victim
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 11:40 pm 
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Location: CHICAGO
Year and Trim: 2006 STS-V, 2004 GTO, 2009 G8 GT
Made the G8 more like a true Pontiac today;

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2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP: Black/Ebony *SOLD*

Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
1999 Chevrolet Suburban: Sunset Gold Metallic - Daddy's winter beater and plow truck


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Location: Muskego,Wisconsin
Year and Trim: 2005SLE Crimson
2005SLE White
1975 Monte Carlo
Installed rear air shocks and also shock mounts on the white 2005SLE.
One of the mounts was shot and was making a clunking noise.
Car rides great now.
Big difference.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:38 pm 
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Location: Lincoln Park, Mi
Year and Trim: 2004 GTO
Ceramic coated the GTO. And now it’s raining so it’ll get tested out.

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2004 GTO....LS1, 6MT
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04 GTP comp G.... December 2015 COTM........GONE
2001 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8T 5MT......winter beater

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 9:23 pm 
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Location: Muskego,Wisconsin
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Please report back on how the Ceramic coating works.
I have thought of it but nor sure if it really works.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 7:34 pm 
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Location: Lincoln Park, Mi
Year and Trim: 2004 GTO
Ask and you shall receive. Gave the car a wash and the GoPro was dead so I took a video with my phone.
https://youtu.be/hbvmG7WqXNA

This stuff is amazing, I got the Adam’s polishes spray ceramic coating, as I don’t have the patience for traditional ceramic coatings. It’s so good I’m going to do my daily soon.

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2004 GTO....LS1, 6MT
96 SSEi...September 2010 COTM........GONE
04 GTP comp G.... December 2015 COTM........GONE
2001 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8T 5MT......winter beater

yourgrandma wrote:
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:21 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2003 SSEi
Installed OE Coil Packs yesterday to completely eliminate the ZZPs before another one fails.

Also put in a new Air Filter and Cabin Air Filter.

Hopefully I can get my rear brakes done later this week.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:55 am 
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I took the exhaust off the GTO and had Matt weld it together instead of clamps. Now it doesn’t leak anymore. However now it vibrates the car when it’s idling. Gonna have to check into that one and then the car will be completely all set

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2004 GTO....LS1, 6MT
96 SSEi...September 2010 COTM........GONE
04 GTP comp G.... December 2015 COTM........GONE
2001 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8T 5MT......winter beater

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:09 pm 
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How much you wanna bet it's the mufflers rattling against the heat shield above them. There isn't a lot of room there.

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2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP: Black/Ebony *SOLD*

Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
1999 Chevrolet Suburban: Sunset Gold Metallic - Daddy's winter beater and plow truck


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