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    EGR valve failed AGAIN!!!

    Fritzin fratzin, son of a #@#@#! I already replaced this a couple of years ago! P0401 insufficient coolant temperature P0126 exhaust gas recirc flow (gah) Somebody please point me to the best thread on putting in a block off plate and how to not get codes thrown with one installed (is that...
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    Any body using catted downpipe from Ultimate-Racing?

    Looking for some feedback on their downpipe and high-flow cat for under the car (instead of racepipe). A little concerned that I don't see any kind of a flex section. Anyone have one of these installed?
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    Cheapest struts worth buying?

    Money is tight at the moment and I have no choice but to replace at least one strut. At 55,000 miles it makes sense to do both. What is the best of the bargain struts? I just need something to get me through to next spring. I do like to push the car a bit, so something sporty that will last 6...
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    Good fiberglass resin brand

    You members that work with fiberglass will know what I'm talking about. It's been so long since I've done any work with it that I forget what the good brands are. The cheap stuff you get at most autoparts stores flows like molasses. Good stuff should have the consistency of mineral oil so you...
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    Sumitomo tires, generally speaking, opinions?

    It's time for tires again and money is tight. I saw some nice looking Sumitomos for a sweet price but the tires are so new that there are no reviews for them yet. I've never owned Sumitomos before and want to know their general reputation, get impressions from people who have owned them...
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    Drivetrain play

    My car suddenly feels like the rear motor mount is missing or something. When I shift or take my foot off the gas, it feels like the engine is rotating several degrees and I usually hear and feel a thump from under the car. It has been raining here so I got under it only briefly last night, by...
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    Forge back to stock BPV - odd effect.

    I can't think of any good explanation for this except my imagination. Can anyone think of why this might happen? I recently removed my Forge V2 BPV and put the stocker back on, mostly because I was curious to see if there was any real difference. If anything, entirely subjective, I know, it...
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    An Open Letter to Jesse James

    You Stupid Bastard! You cheated on Sandra Bullock? How in the world can you be so stupid? You are married to one of the most beautiful women in the world; she has a body to die for, and her current wealth and predicted wealth is shadowed only by Oprah, in case you need more reasons to find...
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    Better to mod a regular 3 than buy an MS3?

    I can't be the first person to consider this, but considering what a pain in the neck the ECU is in the MS3, if you really like the 3 Hatch, instead of building an MS3 engine (going forged), would it have made more sense to just start with a regular 3 and build the hell out of that with a proper...
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    Change in sound from BPV

    For no reason that I can think of, my BPV has sudddenly gotten loud. I have not changed anything and the car seems to be running exactly the same. I have a prototype of the Forge second generation valve. It used to make a soft, kind of "chuffing" sound when I let off the gas, and now it...
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    HKS Type 1 questions

    I put this elsewhere, but I'm afraid it'll get lost, hence this thread. Installed my HKS Type 1 on Sunday. The rpm pickup is working, which is nice, but I can't figure out how to make the shift indicator function work. I also used the solid red wire as opposed to the red/black wire. If I don't...
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    Animal lovers: free donations to help strays and abandoned pets. The site above has a link you can click that gets corporate sponsors to donate food for animal shelters for each click (one per day per person). I used the link to create a shortcut and put it in the startup folder of my computer, so...
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    Test pipe dyno anywhere to be found?

    Has anyone ever seen a dyno of an MS3 with just an intake and a test pipe? I have the intake, I'm looking for inexpensive ways to bump up the fun factor. Just how much measured (no seat of the pants dynos, please) gain is there from a test pipe with an otherwise stock exhaust?
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    Old Blue Eyes Versus the Terrorists Great voice impression, and funny.
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    Cobb not making sways for the 3 anymore?!?!

    I was just at the Cobb Tuning site and they only have springs in the MS3 suspension section! When did this happen? I'm selling my bike in the spring and the wife agrees that since the bike is my toy, I get to spend the proceeds on whatever I want. I already have a rear bar, I was planning on...
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    Anybody Work in Child welfare?

    Not going to go into details, but we might be taking in two or three of my stepson's friends. These are high school girls whose parents are either criminally neglecting (my opinion) or outright abusing them. My concern here is what kind of trouble (legally) we might be opening ourselves up to...
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    Bolt in resonator to replace second cat?

    Many of us would like to remove the second cat, but not all of us want the increased noise. Is anyone marketing a bolt in resonator to replace the second cat? Reduced restriction with minimal noise increase? Seems like this shouldn`t be that expensive a part.
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    Depilatory adventures

    For those of you who wax, you will understand fully and those who don't will never make this mistake. Better go pee before you read this. Hair Removal...(I don't have a clue as to who wrote this, but....WHAT A RIOT!) All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy...
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    Favorite twisted Christmas songs

    Tis the season. I`ll start with a classic. Don`t post a song if you don`t have a link. Mona Aboud The Pretty Little Dolly
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    What are the negatives to blocking off the EGR

    I just about had a heart attack at the dealership. I have a cel that reads as a random misfire. The EGR valve is stuck wide open. The dealership wants $850.00 to fix it. Roughly $450 in parts. It`s Christmas: I don`t have that kind of extra cash lying around. If I block the thing off...