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      07-18-2015 12:53 PM #626
      Quote Originally Posted by still_a_G View Post
      There's been one driving around my house since christmas, here in north Saco. I'm always jealous, the kid always looks like he's focused and having fun.
      I keep seeing a red one around.
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      07-18-2015 12:59 PM #627
      That'd be it. Hard to miss. Makes me wonder which would be a better purchase/more fun to own; the Slingshot or an Exocet Miata.

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      07-20-2015 02:29 PM #628
      Garage looking great man. Nice to see the Waragon Back in play, some of the stuff you guys save/bring back on the east coast amazes me.

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      07-30-2015 04:17 PM #629
      Upgrade the brakes I said. It will be a quick project I said.



      I have no idea when this will be ending or what the scope will end up being at this point. I'm all over the place. I thought it was a good idea to deal with any rust on the subframe mounting points, which lead to dealing with any rust in the areas that would be harder to reach once the subframe was mounted, which lead to stripping off all the gunk, grime, oil, and undercoating on a large section of the front end which did look like this



      and currently shows this (progress?)




      and quite a mess



      but I did set up the new steering rack



      Also, the R8 ashtray cover got floppy. Pulled it out to see if I could fix it somehow, but the retaining hole for the spring had blow out, so I found a used one on eBay international for a still-inflated-but-better-then-new price. I figured the part wasn't R8 specific, so was trying to find the original donor (turned out to be skoda octavia) so I wouldn't have the R8 tax, but they were just as rare and just as much on eBay. It's pretty funny though, the ashtray actually has a skoda emblem and part number embossed into it, with sticker with the new audi part number placed over it. It also has some added plastic pieces glued (or plastic welded) to deal with some functionality that doesn't exist on the r8 (as well as an R8 specific cover).

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      07-30-2015 05:34 PM #630
      It doesn't look like you have any serious rust, on a positive note

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      07-30-2015 11:35 PM #631
      Quote Originally Posted by GRN6IX View Post
      It doesn't look like you have any serious rust, on a positive note
      Yeah the front is actually in decent shape. I wish the whole undercarriage was like that, it gets pretty nasty quickly further back.
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      08-01-2015 11:47 PM #632
      Funny how the world works sometimes. I started watching restoration garage on Velocity last month as I felt it illustrates atypical fabrication and doesn't come with all the manufactured drama as some of the other shows. A couple weeks ago they had an episode detailing the debut of their Buggatti Aerolithe re-creation. As I hadn't seem anything about the car before (it's been completed for a couple of years) I took to google to read up about it. Fast forward to this weekend, where I find myself in Indianapolis, and a relative mentioned they had a car exhibit at the Museum of Art and that we should go. Imagine my surprise when I entered the exhibit hall and found myself staring at the Aerolithe.


      If you're in the area it's worth a visit.

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      08-02-2015 12:47 AM #633
      Wow! The Le Sabre and the thunderbolt! The Le Sabre is essentially the first "modern" concept car. Rad!

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      08-02-2015 07:41 PM #634
      Le sabre is downright pimp. I was also a big fan of the stratos, has to be interesting to drive since it's basically a skateboard . 13x9s on the back of it.
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      08-05-2015 11:40 AM #635
      adjusting the R8 shift linkage. Tough to see but the correct size drill bit for alignment makes it a quick job.

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      09-17-2015 02:34 PM #636
      Subframe is finally back. A couple weeks ago I went and retrieved it from the one man machine shop I had left it at 2 months prior as it seemed he had no motivation to ever get to it. I left it at the hot rod shop where the guy who welded my oil pan years ago and modified the millet exhaust for my s5 now works. Benefit was I got it back in a decent amount of time and the work is awesome, he even went through the trouble of bending one piece drivetrain protector brackets as opposed to just welding on tabs as was my intent. Downside is it cost about 3 times more then what I estimated it would. As everything on this project though I'm trying to ignore that.





      After testing I've also settled on a coating for the "frame". I'm basically wire wheeling it everywhere it's bad, and hitting any rust or bare metal with 2 coats of rust bullet (goof thing now is I don't need to worry about it dripping on the floor since it's already ON the floor), then a couple coats of primer and topcoat of eastwood extreme chassis black over both the areas with with rust bullet as well as those that aren't.




      In other news, I replaced the distributor cap, rotor, and plugs on the Rabbit in search or a remedy for some part throttle bucking/surging I'm been running in to lately (and by lately I mean the last couple years ). Verdict remains to be seen, I'm thinking it's more hardware related then tuning related, but if this doesn't work I'll probably pull out the laptop and wideband.

      Replaced the cabin filter on the wagon once I realized the fan didn't seem to be putting out much volume on the high setting. Good thing I did as there was evidence of rodents on the intake side of the filter.

      The R8 is throwing intermittent error message for the oil level sensor. It seems to be a relatively common issue. The sensor is on the oil reservoir (it's dry sump) and pretty easy to get to, but I may just wait to do it until the oil change in the spring.
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      09-17-2015 02:38 PM #637
      here is what those subframe ears used to look like.

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      09-18-2015 10:10 AM #638
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      10-01-2015 02:29 PM #639
      Went ahead and did the oil level sensor on the r8 once I figured out the sensor was above the oil level in the tank and I wouldn't have to drain it.



      remove the airbox cover, filters & mafs, and lower airbox.



      remove the heat shield between the oil tank the the exhaust. There is a t30 screw into the oil tank, and 2 underneath the exhaust flex joint. Since you can't see the ones under the exhaust, they aren't necessarily easy to remove. I


      sender at the front of the oil tank. You can see the top of it here with the circular ridge.


      To gain more wiggle room to actually get the sender out, remove the bolts securing the top of the oil tank which will give you enough room to rotate the sender and get it out of the tank.
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      10-06-2015 12:25 AM #640
      Did the first oil change on the Q7 today. It's crazy how much room is in that engine bay, but I suppose it makes sense considering some of the monster engines they've put in it.
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      10-06-2015 01:38 AM #641
      What, no V12 diesel in yours?

      Amazing how much you tackle on the R8. Is there solid online documentation for DIY'ing a lot of these fixes?

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      10-06-2015 09:28 AM #642
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post

      Amazing how much you tackle on the R8. Is there solid online documentation for DIY'ing a lot of these fixes?
      There is after I do them.

      For obvious reasons most R8 owners aren't that hands on. You'll find some that do oil changes and brakes but it pretty much ends there. There isn't much discussion on service and maintenance that doesn't end with "took it to the dealer".
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      10-07-2015 06:18 PM #643
      Built this today so I could move the van off the lift while the front subframe wasn't attached. It attaches to a couple of the subframe mounting holes and then the bumper support sits on the "tongue" piece of it. With a 2" ball on the 3pt hitch of the tractor it's much easier to pivot and turn then when I dragged it out last time (which used just a chain looped through the subframe and then over the top hook of the quick-hitch).

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      10-07-2015 06:38 PM #644
      I really do admire your space and the rigs you get to play with. And not sure if you built that piece yourself or what not. But why didn't you tape off the aluminum piece where the ball goes in?
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      I mean if you're so paranoid that you think the government has nothing better to do than fuxk with random people then not sure what to tell you.

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      10-07-2015 06:43 PM #645
      Quote Originally Posted by funnee84bunny View Post
      And not sure if you built that piece yourself or what not. But why didn't you tape off the aluminum piece where the ball goes in?
      I did, it's not aluminum just zinc plated. It's a functional piece, I'll probably only use it a couple times before the van is back together then who knows what I'll do with it. Only reason I painted it at all was to keep it from rusting. It would have been more effort then it was worth to tape off the coupler I honestly thought people would give me crap about not grinding all the welds, didn't think pair on the coupler would get called out.

      My function over form mentality and lack of attention to detail really gets some of you guys worked up though I'd hate to see what you think about some of the stuff I don't post
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      10-07-2015 09:04 PM #646
      Just busting some chops. I always thought that you were some kind of perfectionist.....
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      I mean if you're so paranoid that you think the government has nothing better to do than fuxk with random people then not sure what to tell you.

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      10-29-2015 08:51 PM #647
      That 911 was back for an oil change before storage. I used to think these took a lot of oil until I started working on Audi v8s
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      11-03-2015 02:58 PM #648
      Been contemplating it for awhile but I bit the bullet and picked up a H&R rear sway for the wagon when I found a really good deal on it through tirerack. My aim was to reduce body roll and make cornering transitions a little smoother. The change wasn't as immediately apparent as it has been when i've done rear sways on other cars, but I think the issue now is that I'm still on stock all seasons and those are dulling the change in behavior. Need to spend some more time with it for a final verdict, but at this point, there is a reduction in body roll without any downsides, and the price was right, so I'm happy. Install was straightforward except for some time spent trying to figure out how to get the old bar out and the new bar in without dropping the whole exhaust.






      Also did an early (6k) oil change on this car as the last time around the oil analysis had some notable call-outs that I want to see if are still present with the lower interval.
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      11-03-2015 03:46 PM #649
      What are the black hoses coming out of the spare tire well? On the C6 allroad they are for the air supply for the suspension compressor.

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      11-03-2015 04:00 PM #650
      Quote Originally Posted by G0to60 View Post
      What are the black hoses coming out of the spare tire well? On the C6 allroad they are for the air supply for the suspension compressor.
      the charcoal canister for the fuel tank is in there.
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