Friday, October 21, 2016

Coffee Brake: Off Topic

Happy Friday -- time for another off topic Coffee Brake. Let's open up the comments to anything you might want to discuss, go ahead.


Discuss!

15 comments:

  1. Continued from the last week's OT - @CFlo I ended up going with the BFG KO2s. So... should I go white letters in or out?

    Truck as it sits currently (w/300lbs of gear in the cargo area):
    [image src="http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah307/mckennar/4Runner/20161016_163550_zpsuu8j8aig.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. Sweet! I did white letters out on my 4runner, Looked just like yours but black bumpers and a hood scoop. I always wanted to do a super charger. My cousin had a blown Taco with a 5 speed and it was so fun.
      I don't know if you got my message in the last post but do you want the intake tubing to get ride of the noise restrictor on the intake? I can send it to you and the instructions are on yotatech. Let me know.
      I did that and the throttle body gasket mod.
      Two other little mods I did was a little sub in the back and a rack for my bikes. Loved that truck
      [image src="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a106/sscott55/woof.jpg" width="400px"/]
      [image src="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a106/sscott55/IMG_0225_zps0ca91d9f.jpg
      " width="400px"/]

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    2. Don't know why I always screw up the links
      [image src="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a106/sscott55/IMG_0225_zps0ca91d9f.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    3. @Sean Scott - yeah I did and I (thought?) I replied but this doesn't notify folks. Mine has a few vacuum ports on the intake silencers that'll need to be re-routed - unless that tube has intake ports on it? There was a changeover from '98 to '99 and newer I think with the 5VZ-FE.

      I remember you said yours was a '99 sport (hood scoop, body-color bumpers etc).

      Don't worry - my front bumper will be black (as in ARB black) soon enough. Waiting on tires so I don't overstress the dry-rotted Coopers currently on there with an extra ~200lbs (bumper + winch + high lift jack + skids + lights) hanging out over the front axle...

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    4. Ryan, hit me up at smsdsgn@gmail.com
      I believe I had to plug one vacuum port. It is a nice was to clean up the engine compartment and you get a little intake noise.

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    5. [image src="http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah307/mckennar/20161024_182512_zpsb4zei0ok.jpg" width="400px"/]

      Went white letters out. I'm diggin' bigtime. In the background - had to throw some paint on a few things (CB antenna / dune flag mount & passenger side Demello rock slider).

      Ordered full length RCI skids as a part of the group buy currently happening at t4r.org and fingers crossed the ARB goes on this coming weekend!

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  2. Quiet Friday on DT...

    Here's a question for the Kommentariat:

    When we were on vacation on the Big Island a few months ago, the rental agency gave me the choice between 3 CUV's: A Jeep Compass, Cherokee and some small Buick SUV. I discounted the Buick since it was pretty small for us & our gear, but I had a hard time chosing between the Compass and the Cherokee as they seemed pretty much the same. Why is Jeep selling two models of the same thing in the same segment?

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  3. Marketing would be part of it. Thought the Cherokee was slightly larger and could tow more. Also the Compass used to have a CVT but not sure about the new ones.

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  4. Here's an item that was surprising to me. I have had many friends over the years with Subaru's. Their owner loyalty was always akin to that of Honda in the early years. They not only accept the quirkiness, they embrace it. However, in the past couple of weeks I've had two friends report that 1) returned their 2014 Subaru under CA's Lemon Law and another is currently looking for a car because they've got a 2013 which they've had chronic oil consumption issues with and they ended up getting a short block but it took forever for the dealer to acknowledge the issue.
    Have I been asleep, or is Subaru suffering from lots of mechanical gremlins since 2013?

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    1. Seems like it started in the late 90's with headgaskets. The old 2.2L was/is bullet proof, but the 2.5 that replaced it was the start of headgasket issues that Subaru still suffers from today.

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    2. Don't get me started on post-2005 Subaru reliability. I've owned 3. One died at 50k and Subaru replaced the engine and then bought it back for what I owed. The other two were... huge mistakes. 120k I think is the most I got out of one of them before I was spending $500/mo on repairs.

      I knew a few folks at the local dealership 2011-2013 and they were saying that rod bearings and rings were made of a lighter/cheaper/lower friction type of metal and didn't have the longevity of the earlier materials. As a result they were telling people to use 10w-30 and (in one case) 20w-50 to stem oil consumption. That killed fuel mileage though... and who wants a 130hp 2.0 flat 4 hooked to a CVT that gets 21MPG on the highway? I want to say that's been resolved, though, but I haven't talked to anyone from Subaru since we sold our Legacy GT Wagons in 2013.

      Anecdotally I've heard that engine reliability issues have gone down since 2013 but can't find any hard data.

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    3. My mom has a base Forester from the mid 2000s. It has about 85k on it currently and is the worst tin can I have ever driven. It has had a bunch of issues one of them being the injectors leaking and filling the cabin with gas smell. I literally hate driving her car.
      I think a lot of the issues stem from it being such an inexpensive car to begin with. I would guess the newer models that are more expensive are much better? A 40K sti has to feel pretty tight.

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    4. One of my LGT wagons had a fuel leak issue in the engine bay - only on extremely cold, winter mornings. The rubber where the fuel line met the rail on the driver's side could constrict in cold weather, thus reducing the force of the clamp that's supposed to be preventing this from happening.

      Here's a writeup from an older car: http://www.bazoomer.com/fuelline/fuelline.html

      My specific car had most of the clamps I needed to tighten hidden under an intake runner. I was able to tighten mine after some manipulation of the clamp so that I could hit it with a screwdriver without taking the intake manifold of.

      Good luck!

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  5. The 2.5 was nothing more than a bored out 2.2... head gaskets we not the only problems they had. The cam seals were pressed into a stamped steel retainer, from the outside. Those and the head gaskets made up about 60% of all the issues the Subaru had according to a German consumer protection group who cataloged every problem for every year of the 2.5L..... Owned one about 10 years ago, worst purchase ever made.

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    1. As a serial Italian car owner, I thought headgasket issues with a Japanese car was pretty funny. Especially how the sellers in CL ads tried to minimize the issue...

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