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#3901 987687

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:03 PM

I don't understand why people get those fancy expensive batteries. what's the point? It starts up and runs, why upgrade your battery?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:15 PM

I don't understand why people get those fancy expensive batteries. what's the point? It starts up and runs, why upgrade your battery?


mostly cuz mine is dead i work at a autoparts store
so it's not huge money for me

#3903 TheLoyale

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

Wheel bearing completed! Thats #151 on todays BS list, now just another 984 things more.

#3904 987687

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:29 PM

I cut lots of rust out of the GL. Tomorrow I'll get some sheet metal and some paint. And start making the holes solid again.

#3905 man on the moon

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:45 AM

I don't understand why people get those fancy expensive batteries. what's the point? It starts up and runs, why upgrade your battery?


If you live in an area with a lot of cold and/or dry you may want a battery that is sure to start and/or not dry up if you let it sit too long. Mostly cold, though. If it is sealed properly, outside humidity shouldn't have a dramatic affect.

*Runs downstairs to check the battery water*

#3906 shortysayhi

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:48 AM

If you live in an area with a lot of cold and/or dry you may want a battery that is sure to start and/or not dry up if you let it sit too long. Mostly cold, though. If it is sealed properly, outside humidity shouldn't have a dramatic affect.

*Runs downstairs to check the battery water*


Also along with the cold you have enough juice to run your heater ALOT and not have drastic power loss, more lights on your car etc. Its about how much your draining, and not to over stress a cheep battery or else you will have to buy a new one sooner down the road.

#3907 man on the moon

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:48 AM

Drove mine a bunch today! So glad to have her back! Also threw the 13"s back on while I wait for the tires for my pugs to get here.

Also made one little tweak, wasn't sure if it would work at first, but it was an old trick I learned on my Toyota. The leads for the turn signal and the corner marker/parking lights use the same plug. I switched which one plugged in where so now I have nice amber fog lights in the bumper and my turn signals can be seen from somewhere other than straight in front of me.


Napa has orange bulbs that will fit those corner lights, I did a similar thing and spent most of a day hunting the damn bulbs. I can dig out the part number (aka pull the bulb and eyeball the code) if you haven't done that last bit yet.

Hadn't thought about wiring the parking lights to the old turn signals, I am hunting for real fog lights but that will be a little something in the meanwhile!

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:59 AM

Last year it was -25F here for a week. My 5 year old battery worked just fine every morning...

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:28 AM

around here, batteries last an average of about 3 years.

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I don't have an Optima, but for about the same money as Autozone's top of the line, I got O'Reilly's supreme/super start w'ever battery (I think it's made by DEKA ?) which is some kinda advanced technology (AGM with silver ?) and a true zero maintenance. There is no way to add or check the electrolyte. (And less corrosion on top so far) Very long replacement and pro-rate warranty too. So far, it's been fine.

Other folks that are into motorsports want lightweight batteries. And, as mentioned some folks might have high-demand accessories. So, there could be good reasons to 'upgrade' for some folks.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

Doing what most people do to an EA82 at least once in its life. FREAKING HEAD GASKETS!!!!!!:banghead:

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

I started my ea81 motor build :banana:

Worked with lyter1983, and was able to get a motor shipped UPS ground :lol: And it even survived the trip!

I had it shipped to my work, and it arrived today. Yay!

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Let the tear-down fun begin:burnout:

#3912 Suba_GL_87

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:39 AM

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got new EA82 cycle-head and kits.


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$800 dollar. 285k miles.

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la-da.
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yeaooo...

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:33 AM

I tossed a bunch of Honda parts in the back of my BRAT the last few days......some are junky parts some are parts i have to re-use.

#3914 TheLoyale

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:34 AM

Keep taking stuff off of my '83 GL. When do I start putting it back together?

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:37 AM

Found out where my mysterious leak in my trunk was coming from... Now I have to fix the rust in it. Also tried switching the turn signals with the corner lights was a cool idea but ended up not liking it, so I switched them back

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:40 AM

stripped my first ej harness this week. good thing i live near PNP! a new ones only 40ish dollars. no powa to fp or ign relay. it cranks tho. (*********************). man, ive got more learning to do.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:19 AM

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Does an intake valve spring on the head on the left appear to be installed wrong???

#3918 ABawm 88 GL

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

Does an intake valve spring on the head on the left appear to be installed wrong???


I don't think so, lightings just messing with us. if anything is it's the spring on the second left but still it probably just rotated. However I'm a noob and you more than likely see something I don't even see haha

#3919 TheLoyale

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

It could just be turned, as the coils are still at the same spiral pitch as the others. But it does look funky.

#3920 DUBSnSUBS

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:17 PM

Clod got some KYB N.O.S. (new old shocks) put on today that I picked up on the Bay.

#3921 Suba_GL_87

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:38 PM

should be right. i use NAPA machine shop.
tell me whats wrong?

Does an intake valve spring on the head on the left appear to be installed wrong???



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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

The outer spring appears to be inverted.

#3923 AKghandi

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

rechecked my timing and found it about 5 degrees off. put it to spec now i have more powa!!:banana::banana:

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:19 PM

Finally got my 1996 Legacy 5MT with 2.5 frankenmotor together. Engine runs strong and smooth, was surprised how easily it all came together. Resealed the engine and replaced the clutch as long as the engine was out. Ready for another 100,000 miles.

#3925 TheLoyale

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

Or Nine months of ownership, whichever comes first... ;) Just breakin' ur balls a little bit. :rolleyes:

Finally got my 1996 Legacy 5MT with 2.5 frankenmotor together. Engine runs strong and smooth, was surprised how easily it all came together. Resealed the engine and replaced the clutch as long as the engine was out. Ready for another 100,000 miles.






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