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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:48 pm 
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That might be steep but it sounds like the average cost over time is still way low. I'd say go for it. Go for a 1/4 mil miles.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I was looking at it from a similar perspective. If it even lasts one year, that's a dollar a day for nice feeling steering. Lol!

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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This also may be a stupid question, but I'm pretty steering illiterate... Let's say I keep my rack and just replace the inner and outer tie rods again. Last time, on the left side, there was fluid coming out (slowly) inside of the boot for the inner rod. At the time, I was like whatever.

Are there seals (like a kit) or anything I can replace and keep the rack going? I'd do the lines and everything as they are all moist. The binding and popping I am feeling from the right side must be the strut mount or the cheap garbage axle I have.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The seal you are talking about is what the cheap aftermarket racks are rebuilding. I would guess they are taking the cores, cleaning them up, popping in new seals and reassembling...that's why they are only $100. It isn't something you want to do yourself.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I was in a similar spot with my i30 where I replaced an inner tie rod to keep it going and saw some seeping. It worked fine for a while but eventually I ended up with sloppy steering in the rack it’s self. The tie rods were ok but I had play.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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That is where I am at right now. The play appears to be in the rack itself.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Some minor updates these days. 207k miles has passed recently. Did both ball joints up front. They are very easy to drill out with the right drill bit. Glad I was able to save some money that way.

Other than that, just driving around like normal. A little less given the quarantine but still getting some use in. The mileage is starting to tilt towards the S2000's favor as the weather is nice.

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My last OEM wheel bearing finally gave up the ghost with some play showing up. 205k miles. What a bearing lol
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Found a CRAZY twin at my local Costco.
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