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55trucker last won the day on January 24 2016

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About 55trucker

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    Oshawa, Ontario


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    A long time a land far away.........
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    hobbies, hobbies and more hobbies, and ready to retire
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    too old to have a job but still need one

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  1. 55trucker

    Rear Suspension Struts Change

    The BMR's are nice but somewhat overkill for general use. What one does is to purchase 4 of the OEM 2nd gen adjustable lateral arms (those arms fit a host of cars), as stated the long arms have to be shortened approx 1.5", one has to re-thread that shortened arm by the same 1.5". Now one measures two of the new arms to match the center-to-center length of the solid forward arms under your 1st gen car and locks them into place & installs them in the same place. The new rear arms are adjusted to match the old *rear* arms length & those are used to set the rear toe on the car. Using 4 adjustable arms allows you the option of adjusting the rear track width to something other than stock *within reasonable limits* if you choose to.
  2. 55trucker

    Rear Suspension Struts Change

    ^you did notice the geographical location of the OP?
  3. 55trucker

    91 vs 95 LQ1 Comparison

    That device is supposed to be the MAP sensor. Your harness is partially blocking the view of it. If you go looking for that in the aftermarket you're probably going to find everything points to the *regular* MAP sensor which looks like this......... One of the vacuum lines that is attached to it is the feed to the modulator on the trans housing. The other should be the feed to the fuel pressure regulator. That third line (which looks to be capped off) goes to a vacuum port on the intake next to the PCV. If that device is leaking or it is blocked then those three functions could/may be upset. The intake tube is definitely not working.
  4. 55trucker

    Junk Yard Thread, Never ending

    It's a GT, it will have AQ9's. don't we have a member in Edmonton?
  5. 55trucker

    brake caliper bolt spacing

    Unfortunately my vehicle is not readily available to me, it's *sleeping*, I take it that you don't have a car at your fingertips.
  6. 55trucker

    brake caliper bolt spacing

    What's a pre?.......that short for Pre-us?.......Pre-amble?........Pre-curser?......Pre-vention?
  7. 55trucker

    brake caliper bolt spacing

    Which generation? 1st? 2nd? 3rd?
  8. both sized rotors were available for the 95-96 years
  9. Yes I change in their castings at all to simply improve on the front braking ability GM just installed a slightly larger rotor. To do that they had to move the caliper outward to relocate it in the appropriate position for the larger rotor. But really, when this platform 1st arrived there were droves of cars coming back to the dealers with brake issues. My 1st two GP's were no different, the cars would not stop very well in panic situations. The brakes are/were too small (front & rear rotors & rear caliper pistons), the boosters were substandard, there was an 1/8" air gap between the booster & the master cylinder pushrod, the diagonal opposed brake lines at the master sound good in theory but in a practical sense BOTH front calipers need to be driven off the same primary piston not split between the one primary & the secondary as the lines were installed, all tied together make for horrendous brakes.
  10. Any one of the 1st gen W's 94-96 & also the 95 thru 99 Monte Carlo will have the strut you're in need of. I'm inclined to think the later cars would be easier to find than the older cars. I too am looking for the later struts for a brake upgrade to my 91, but it means a trip south of the border to where they still can be had, there are none at all up here.
  11. There's no real sense in going *backwards* on this, the larger rotors will brake better than the smaller ones, so you're looking for the later strut. Reading your last post, this didn't happen just recently? You've been driving the car this way for some time now?
  12. More information is needed, what year is your car? '92? is the replacement front strut taken from a 94 -96 vehicle? if so the mounting for the calipers are different, the later strut allows an 11" front rotor, the earlier cars (88-93) are fitted with 10.5" rotors. The caliper bracket & the calipers are the same, the only difference is where the later struts stamped welded bracket flange locates the caliper bracket to move it further away from the centerline of the rotor/spindle to accommodate the larger rotor dia. If the shop that did this tried to use the 10.5: rotor mounted to the hub where an 11" rotor should be the pads will not be in the proper location on the rotor contact surface. To correct this you will need to install a proper 11" rotor to that repaired side. This is also going to upset the braking force to the front wheels as well. The smaller 10.5" rotor will not deliver the same amount of braking torque that the 11" rotor will. The larger the diameter of the rotor the greater the braking torque will be. You will need to do the same mod to the other side to equalize the braking torque to both wheels. The shop that did this should've seen that something was visually incorrect when they re-installed the pads & could see that they were out of place.
  13. 55trucker

    3.6 LFX Oil Catch Can installation

    If one wants to stave off the carbon buildup on the backside of the the valves change your engine oil more often, if you're relying on that silly oil life monitor then do not. Regardless if using mineral based or synthetic keep the oil cleaner, that will reduce the buildup, it will not eliminate the problem but will help lessen it. or like me....don't purchase any vehicle that makes use of a GDI engine, until this issue has been eliminated entirely. I personally don't relish the idea of pulling my intake system every 40,000kms (not miles) just to clean valves.
  14. 55trucker

    5 speed swap

    The ports are damned large, try shining a light up both sides & see if one of the valves is off its seat. with that cyl at TDC try pouring some thin machine oil in thru the port as well & note if the oil stays in the port collecting on the backside of the valve face.
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    5 speed swap

    don't feel too bad......clean up the gasket, apply some muffler cement to either side of it when you install it back onto the engine, but do so when you're in a position to fire up the engine. This will cure the cement.