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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Spare parts are like an umbrella on a cloudy day, better to have them to be without them. The purpose of the trip was really just a mini vacation. Spring break allowed me to finally get some time off between everything going on. It was very nice. Definitely feeling like someone hit the reset button in my brain after this trip. Pikes Peak was definitely my favorite part of the trip however.

I unfortunately am not aware of what Rocky Mountain Apples are... Hahaha

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Also, got a cool shot of the mileage today.
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And a screenshot of the my Rock Auto cart.. Got an itchy trigger finger over this one. I want to but I don't... Hahaha!
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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Freakin sweet pics Carl! No bs if I had the cash to pick up and move right now, CO would be right at the top of my list. Looks like you had a fun time, I'm glad everything went well. :beerchug:

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Spare parts are like an umbrella on a cloudy day, better to have them to be without them. The purpose of the trip was really just a mini vacation. Spring break allowed me to finally get some time off between everything going on. It was very nice. Definitely feeling like someone hit the reset button in my brain after this trip. Pikes Peak was definitely my favorite part of the trip however.

I unfortunately am not aware of what Rocky Mountain Apples are... Hahaha


I guess my point was, in all my travels across this great nation of ours, I never thought to bring a trunk full of spare parts just in case. :) Tools, yes. Parts, no.

Not saying it's wrong, just kinda funny. My luck would have it that whatever failed/fails, isn't part of my parts collection anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I'd love to move there, everyone was extremely nice. Going out of their way to help with either directions or suggest good restaurants and other interesting things to do in the area.

That would probably be my luck as well. Before leaving I had a dream that the crank sensor went on the road.. haha

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Some Summer time updates and new parts for the car: New KYB struts, Moog strut mounts, Delphi fuel pressure regulator, rear sway bar end links, and Moog lateral links out back. Fixed the loosey goosey passenger seat and did some cleaning in the interior. This weekend she will be getting KYB rear shocks and mounts and then an alignment and tire rotation if all goes as planned.
Without further adieu, here's my hovercraft!
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Gotta love these purple struts... Thanks again to Austin for saving me a boatload of money over buying new.
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The Moog lateral links are so much beefier than stock. Overall, the car feels so much more solid now. Instead of a bent u-channel they are a solid metal rod. Very easy replacement by the way. You do not need to lower the subframe or even the exhaust. Just gotta get creative and do some bolt wiggling to clear the gas tank.
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And the pile of leftover parts!
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And so, the road stretches before us. I wonder where the car will make it to. I just graduated University about 3 weeks ago, so life is a little bit tumultuous right now. On the search for a job! Once that happens I can start thinking about a stablemate for Penny, probably in the form of a BMW 135i. In any case, as of right now, I'm just excited to be driving around a relatively noise and clunk free Bonneville. Got a couple of road trips planned, and I want to make sure they will be quiet and comfy.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Looks great Carl! Why did you replace the shock bottoms (or whatever they're called) Were the old ones rusted out?

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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What do you mean by shock bottoms? Do you mean the purple part?

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Yes the purple part

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The purple part is the strut. While my struts were probably okay, I figured if I'm doing the mounts I should go ahead and do the struts as well. Austin was kind enough to assemble them for me with some FE2 SSEi springs on them. No need for spring compressors!

Got an alignment done today! Feels surreal to drive the car without it pulling every which way and tracking perfectly straight on the road. Can't wait to get the KYB rear shocks and mounts in tomorrow or Saturday.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Oh ok, so the struts are just new to you then not brand new. You must have shipped the mounts to Austin then? You need to compress the spring to install the mount right? I can't remember how that all went when I did mine. Which mounts did you get? Rear shocks and mounts will be a breeze! Should be good to go for many more smooth miles to come after all that.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The struts are KYB and have about 20k on them, definitely better than the 130k Chicago street exposed ones she had on! Austin, being the gentleman and scholar that he is, warrantied his Moog mounts since they had a broken spring perch and basically got me new ones for free!

Yes, you'd need to compress the springs to put it all together. It's not a bad job by any means but avoiding it is always nice. It allows for just a quick drop and swap type of deal.

Rear shocks arrived today, still waiting on the mounts.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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So.. New struts, strut mounts, shocks, shock mounts, lateral links, sway bar end links, fuel pressure regulator, wheel bearing, and fresh oil later and this thing feels like a brand new car. Got some new LED interior lights in natural white color as well. Also lubed up and reinforced the intermediate steering shaft, and did this weird mod I found in the depths of the forum. I recommend it to all 2000+ owners. Here's the link for it:
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I used some plumbing insulation in place of a bump stop, and it feels very nice now. No more jarring sounds and feelings of looseness.

Here's a picture of my old shock mount... No wonder it was so noisy!
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Good bye to the awful Monroes. The KYBs are worlds better and I would handily suggest them over the Monroes.
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Also washed the car up yesterday, so I took some pictures with a nature-y back drop.
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Including the alignment, I'd say I got away with everything for just under $500, which makes me very happy. It's a good investment in a car that feels like it's got lots of life left to give. It really pays to be able to do your own work!

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Looking good Carl! See you and Penelope in a couple weeks.

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You should bring your retros for install!

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Haha I may throw them in the trunk. I want to swap the lenses out with my current pair and then I'll sand/ refinish right away too. That's not a bad idea. I was toying between a full interior detail, trans service with new pan install, or wheel bearing. But I like the retro idea. Send me a tool list

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Intense shift kit | Intense FWI | 3" ZZP downpipe | RDI headers | 3.4 MPS | Autolite 104s | 180 deg t-stat | custom tune | ZZP high flow fuel filter | alum coolant elbows and LIM gaskets | much more to come…hopefully

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If you don't get the lenses on in time, that's fine. I can show you how to install it. Tools needed are basic, you honestly don't need to bring any cause the kit I keep with me will be enough.

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Not much to update here, just been driving the car a bunch. Drove to the 2016 Michigan Meet at Matt's, which was an amazing time. Then took Penny to Boulder, Colorado with my girlfriend this past week. Then I picked up some GXP outers to match the center I've been holding onto for almost 3 years now.. Basically stole them off of Craigslist. It's been a good month!

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Nearing 134,000 miles now. Plans to replace sway bar bracket bushings, front brake pads, and my AC compressor bearing are still underway.

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Removed the car's tramp stamp today.. No more SLE badge. Had a funny mishap with it. Let's just say if you ever see one of those older style badges cracked or cracking, do NOT touch it! I had to go to the doctor to get glass removed from my thumb... I think a rock or something must have hit it recently, but I've been wanting to remove it for a long time. I prefer the look without it, looks cleaner. Pikes Peak sticker might be the next to go.
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