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post May 11, 2012 - 11:40 AM
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Do you have to lift the car up to change the oil from the wheel side or you have enough room to work? Cause I might go this way next time.
post May 11, 2012 - 12:12 PM
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Someone in their infinite wisdom, decided that lopping a couple of coils off the springs would be a good idea. On stock suspension, you'd probably have enough room if you just turned the wheel out of the way, but I needed to lift that corner, remove the wheel, then change the filter/fiddle with the sump plug.

The angle helped the draining, at least!
post May 26, 2012 - 8:16 PM
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Since my last post, my Spree LED set has turned up, matching everything to the headunit



A+, would Spree again.


Then, yesterday - moved car out of garage to run days errands. Went to close garage door. Saw small patch of fresh oil on ground.

Sighed.

Not sure what its from, but its certainly from the engine side, rather than the rear diff or anything silly like that. Hoped its me not putting the sump plug or oil filter on tight enough.

Got up bright and early this morning - The house is a mess, i'm hungry and should probably have a shower. What else to do but investigate an oil leak?

I drove to town and went to dinner last night (about 4hrs), and the oil patch (nothing but the best scientific methods here) was a similar size to the one left after parking it up in the garage overnight (about 8hrs) - implying that time has less to do with the leak than oil pressure/temperature.

Method:
Take wheel and stupid plastic cover thing off. Filter is on so tightly I would need to stop being bald and develop Samson-like powers to remove it.

Thats one possibility ruled out.


Oil only on the end of the cover. It appears the sump is the likely culprit.


Look up, black gold all over the bottom of the sump.


Apply contortionist, take photo of sump plug. Nothing above it, no evidence of leaks from up on high, and I managed to get another 1/4-1/2 of a turn out of it. Clearly, I've caught the mother****er red handed.


This is a far too common sight.


Putting the wheel back on, topping the oil up just incase, and going for a thrash. If the engine blows up, I was wrong. If nothing happens and the leak stops, I was right. If the leak doesn't stop, I go back to the drawing board and cry myself to sleep.
post May 26, 2012 - 8:21 PM
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Went for my drive, stopped at BP Melling (Wellington members only need apply) to hemorrage some money into the fuel tank, and wound up parking behind another GT-Four, who unfortunately doesn't post here or anywhere else i've seen!

Was quietly jelly - was a silver '96 or '97, with the SS2 skirts/caps (which i've been trying to find on Trademe for a reasonable price, but haven't had any luck). Nice guy too - shared a "You're awesome!" "Thanks, you're awesome too!" pair of smiles before having a chat with him. No homo.

Parked up a few hours ago, leak has stopped. Success!
post May 26, 2012 - 8:35 PM
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QUOTE
Went for my drive, stopped at BP Melling


Nice to see another member around Lower Hutt! You didn't happen to drive past the Hutt Rec today?

The spree kit does look very good


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post May 26, 2012 - 8:41 PM
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Nah, just stopped in at Melling on the way to Ngaio. I live in UH, so its the closest 98 unfortunately =/.
post May 26, 2012 - 9:57 PM
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Always a fun learning experience, catching a mess-up caused by yourself. I changed my oil (done it quite a few times, so not due to lack of experience) about a month ago...started the car, pulled away, oil pressure light...I had screwed the filter on incorrectly and it puked four liters. No engine damage, so a lesson learned.

Anyway, cheers to progress. I really like the glow-in-the-dark idea.

This post has been edited by SwissFerdi: May 26, 2012 - 9:57 PM


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post May 26, 2012 - 10:59 PM
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Been thinking of getting a Spree LED kit, how would you rate it on brightness and light spread evenly?

Glad you got the oil problem sorted before it caused too much trouble.


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post May 26, 2012 - 11:54 PM
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Brightness is better than the factory off-yellow, and the spread is only as good as you manage to install it - mine is noticably better than the factory LEDs, though its not why I wanted the kit biggrin.gif
post May 27, 2012 - 3:47 PM
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Love the rims biggrin.gif


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post May 28, 2012 - 12:29 AM
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Will get a decent nighttime glowing picture of them on the car at some point, just need to find someone with a less crappy camera than mine biggrin.gif

Rear diff has been getting a little clunky as of late, so I brought this a week or so ago, though I had forgotten about it.

So of course it feels like Christmas when it arrives.


post Jun 3, 2012 - 9:46 PM
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Also, tried to change rear diff oil.

Failed miserably. Fill plug is frozen, and there's insufficient space to get a rattle gun to it. Drain plug got changed to an alan key plug for some reason, and is also frozen. Le sigh.
post Jun 4, 2012 - 2:42 PM
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hey sup

your pics load too slow for me, sitting here 10 mins and i only have a little strip of the top section



Duuuuude nononononono dont put that in your gearbox, you got the wrong one, its 75w90NS (NS for non-LSD) for the gearbox

The one for the rear diff should be Heavy Shockproof


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post Jun 4, 2012 - 9:55 PM
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those speakers you didnt like looked sick!! gawd i wish i had a st205 in the U.S.A
post Jun 5, 2012 - 3:37 AM
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QUOTE (delusionz @ Jun 5, 2012 - 7:42 AM) *
hey sup

your pics load too slow for me, sitting here 10 mins and i only have a little strip of the top section



Duuuuude nononononono dont put that in your gearbox, you got the wrong one, its 75w90NS (NS for non-LSD) for the gearbox

The one for the rear diff should be Heavy Shockproof


Yeah, iforce has problems during NZ peak times. Sadfase.

That oil isn't going in the gearbox, dw! Was recommended it for the rear diff, since there's hardly a huge amount of pressure being put on it.

And Mr Johnson, you could come live in our pseudo-socialist paradise and be one of the very, very few people who own one! It'd be ~$5k USD for a good one :3.

I've had this for 6 months and 12,000km, and other than a guy I knew IRL, I've only seen one other one. I know they exist, such as Mike and Clint who post on here, but I've just never seen them!
post Jul 4, 2012 - 2:04 AM
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Have needed tyres for ages, but didn't really want to buy tyres for the OEM wheels, since I didn't intend on keeping them forever, so i've been keeping an eye out for tyres+wheels.

Turns out, f*** 5x100. f*** it with the fire of a thousand suns.

Today, however, I threw money at these:

A set of 17x8+35 Enkei RPF01s:


Will struggle to be patient before they arrive frown.gif
post Jul 4, 2012 - 3:05 AM
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Very nice!


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post Jul 4, 2012 - 3:14 AM
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Nice, just have to something about those center caps. redface.gif


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post Jul 4, 2012 - 4:32 AM
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Thankfully, some silly Golf owner just attached them over the factory ones. I don't understand either.

But they'll come right off biggrin.gif
post Jul 4, 2012 - 2:03 PM
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Indeed, they should look great. Was thinking about getting some 16" RPF's for mine, this will help. tongue.gif


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