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    SoCal Mechanic Recommendations?

    Can anyone recommend a mechanic in the Los Angeles area who is very knowledgeable about the MP5 or MSP (FS-DE)?
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    FS: MSP racing beat rear sway bar & OEM MSP springs

    Ok, let me know if things changed.
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    FS: MSP racing beat rear sway bar & OEM MSP springs

    Has the rear sway bar been sold?
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    Need a Car Cover for Protege5

    Thanks for the info. So based on what you wrote, I should get something breathable and specially made for outdoor. But what made you choose the (covercraft) evolution 4 car cover instead of the other one? How much did you pay for yours?
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    Need a Car Cover for Protege5

    My P5 has been sitting in the drive way for a few month now. I need to buy a car cover to protect it from the elements (mostly the hot sun in southern California). I've never had a car cover before, so I don't know anything about them. I know there are some thick ones and some really cheap...
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    HOw to remove crank pulley?

    Thanks for the how to page. I don't have an impact wrench, and hope I don't need to get one for now. SO I guess I'll just need to put it in 5th and find a friend to hold on to the other wheel. ZZZOOM's way is good too, unfortunately I've already taken the head off and disconnected a bunch...
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    Cylinder head: FS2 and FS9 casting, any difference?

    The head repair shop told me that the cylinder head off my 2002 Protege5 needs to be repaired. So right now I am trying to find out all the options I have before making any decision. I saw online that there is a reconditioned cylinder head for sale that's a FS2 casting for about the same...
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    HOw to remove crank pulley?

    HOw to remove crank pulley? It must not be complicated, since I couldn't find any info on this in forum, and many owners have udp or lightweight pulley installed. The service manual mentions using a SST, but just wondering if there is an easier way.
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    it cost me 400$ for obx header...

    Or you can just refuse to pay the customs fee/duty. I don't know about UPS but with Fedex if the receiver didn't pay, Fedex will collect it from the sender. Hey, just an option, doesn't mean you should do this. With USPS, if the sender is real friendly with you and declare the item as gift...
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    Cylinder head bolts

    I think these are what the previous owner meant when he mentioned "ARP hardware".
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    Cylinder head bolts

    Thanks, That's exactly what I needed to know. I guess I didn't pay attention to the "turning the bolt 85-95 degree twice" part on the next page in the service manual. Thanks for clearing things up. By the way, now that it uses studs, how would the cylinder head installation procedure be any...
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    Cylinder head bolts

    This probably a newbie question, but I didn't want to proceed unless I am sure. I was trying to remove the cylinder head on my P5 today. When I get to the cylinder head bolts, I found these (see attached image). What's shown in the picture was not from my car, it was an image from another...
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    Protege 5 engine running rough despite repairs

    Although you have similar symptoms, the root cause of the problem might be different now from before. It is going to be hard to know, especially the previous mechanics never told you what code you had before, and never told you why they think a tune up would solve the problem. Anyway, at least...
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    Rear engine mount question (Medieval)

    Someone suggested replacing the rear motor mount while I have the intake manifold removed. I believe the rear engine mount currently on the car is one with homemade urethane insert (Devcon Flexane 80 shore). I wondering how big of improvement, if any, would a Medieval rear motor mount make...
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    THese are the used tools I bought so far: 1. Snap-on 3/8" drive ratchet F830 2. MAC 1/2" dr ratchet VR15 3. MAC 1/2" dr Breaker bar U24F 4. Snap on 3/8" sockets 12pc 8-19mm 5. Cornwell 1/2" impact socket 15pc 10-27mm 6. Wright tool 3/8" dr. standard 8pc. 7. Very old Snap-on 1/2" dr...
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    Btw, how do I remove the 2 bolts (the ones that are tugged underneath) for the intake manifold? Since I don't know how to do this, I am planning to remove the intake off of the cylinder head after removing the head from the block, but I'm just curious.
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    Thanks for the information. I think I'll want to do the pulleys, remove vtcs/porting, and possibly the rear engine mount while I'm at it. However I think I should go with the light weight crank pulley instead of a underdrive one. It just seems to me that there will still going to be more risk...
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    I already bought some tools on ebay, a MAC 1/2" drive 15" Ratchet and a MAC 1/2"dr 24" breaker bar. ] You are right, some of these used Snap-on tool on Ebay are still so ridiculously expensive. I'll go check out Sear this week and see if they have any sale going on. However, I do hear that...
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    In the service manual they don’t remove the intake and exhaust manifold for replacing the head gasket. Instead, they detach the exhaust at the front pipe. I thought that was strange too. I guess that would save some time and don’t need to replace some gaskets. I am planning to remove the...
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    removing engine head. Any advice or tips?

    I already found coolant in the 3rd cylinder, would a compression test or leak down test still necessary?
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