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    I’ve been living in my new place for a couple of months now and it’s the first place that I’ve had free reign of a full garage and driveway. I still enjoy it, and th view when I open up in the morning. :-) #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

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    []Skylar Siegel

    wow, that banner looks right at home on an 850.

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    I'm thinking I might setup both of the 850s with the banners. I can't put it on the S4 because I'm too damn tall! LOL. I already duck to see traffic lights as it is, when I drive that car.

    []Skylar Siegel

    Ha! I know the feeling! I mean, ANYTHING looks good on an 850. One of my top favorites.

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    They really are a fun and under-apreciated platform. You can pick anything that's not an R for next to nothing these days.

    []Skylar Siegel

    I've noticed! It's highly tempting. I dream of finding a turbo/manual one thats NOT an R. From what I've read about them, the regular block actually has more power potential than the R block because the cylinders are spaced further and thus less susceptible to ovaling under lots of boost. Have you done a manual swap on yours?

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    I have not done the swap but I have specked it all the way out and gotten a quote on performing the job. I can get the stuff necessary for between $350 to $650 and then ARD Tuning, which is about 10 miles away, can reprogram the computer. They also perform the swaps, which are not terribly expensive either, it can be done for under $2000, with a good amount of price variation depending on how the parts are sourced.

    The RN engines are the best engines to have, they came in the S60Rs and have forged internals, but you cannot easily use the head in an 850, the 850 head bolts onto the bottom end. That engine isn't that hard to get your hands on either, so much so that building an early block doesn't make that much sense, IMO.

    []Skylar Siegel

    Yeah, one could pick up a good quality 850 for less than the swap so once it's done it'll still be budget! In all likelihood it'll probably be my next project/daily. It's funny, every time I go to PDX I see a ridiculous amount of modded 850s. IPD is up there and some others too

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    We do love our Volvos here! I think that I could probably buy an 850 T5, manual swap it, and perform a few other upgrades to make it near 300HP for under $4000 fairly easily.

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    []Skylar Siegel

    Yeah, that is an absolutely incredible engine. Allegedly the stock capabilities of an 850 are around a reliable 290-300hp though which is plenty for a daily for me especially after a manual swap!

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    Exactly! The only thing you need to get more out of that engine though are rods, that's what fails. Poorly maintained cars can crank walk a bit as well, but the engines are so plentiful that I wouldn't pull an engine to check, I'd just change the rods and maybe pistons, and then you just slap a 19T on there and make like 350HP instead of 280-290 with a 16T. I forget where the stock 15G tops out.

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    Tom Armstrong18 hours ago

    I’ve become so disgusted with dealership life I started applying to anything that will expand my expertise. Fixing cars under warranty because people can’t drive has taken its toll on my creative side, gotta get outa this shit-hole industry....

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    []Robert Sixto

    I feel you man, had to get out myself, still looking for the next thing.

    []Tom Armstrong

    It’s toxic for sure

    []Robert Sixto

    It also felt like things were changing for the worse as well, I know other guys that felt that way too. Ultimately I just kind of grew bored of it, and tired of the long hours.

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    []Bryan Holmberg

    I know how you fell man I work at a John Deere dealership for construction equipment and people really fuck shit up and warranty problems always suck we have one customer that just destroyed a 13.5l engine $62,000 mistake not covered by warranty

    []Tom Armstrong

    Oh holy moly. That’s a heart attack amount of money

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    []Sebastian Nounou

    Best of luck bro. It’s a tough ride.

    []Tom Armstrong

    Thanks dude. I don’t wanna die next to my toolbox with no savings....not that the damn executives would care. They’re just looking for a bunch of young robots to pay minimum wage.

    []Sebastian Nounou

    Not to mention how ruthless the tool truck dudes can be. Oh, you dead? Pay me 😑

    California has its share of undervalued markets that just need a change of scenery, if ya know what I mean 😉.

    There’s a bunch of low market Cali stuff that the rest of the country pays top dollar for.

    []Tom Armstrong

    Yeah I only get specific stuff from tool trucks, maybe 1-2 tools per year

    With all of the money in the system from smog, licensing, and registration fees you would think the state would be better off.

    At the end of the day car companies care more about a customer than its employees. That’s fine for most people and I get it, but when there are only 2 L1 certified techs in SD.....you would think SUBARU would take care of said techs

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    []Joost Van Dien

    Know the feeling. It’s not only the car world. The whole technical industry is filled with people who don’t know how to operate equipment. It’s a days job to get ship up and running again because of them..

    John O'Dell 13 hours ago

    I need some #advice So heres my problem, in January '18 I bought a brand new '17 #focusst and then like 3-4 months later ford said they're not making or selling cars anymore in the U.S. except for the mustang. I didn't really think too much about it until the other day when I was at the ford dealership ordering some mountune aftermarket parts. I started talking to the parts guy about ford cancelling those five cars and what

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    []Wilson Oberholzer

    I'm sure that there will be other manufacturers making OEM quality parts that will still be available on sites like www.rockauto.com
    I know I've gotten some Motocraft parts off of rock auto before but I have no idea what Ford's decision will do for the non-dealer parts supplies

    []John O'Dell

    I'm sure rock auto will have all the standard focus stuff but I question whether or not it'll have the ST specific parts that I might need. I just don't know if ST has a big enough following to make it worth while for them.

    []Sebastian Nounou

    If you want to be able to walk into a dealer and get parts, you should sell that car.

    If you don’t mind doing legwork and research, you should be able to keep yourself afloat. That car is alive and well in other markets.

    []John O'Dell

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    Logan Staton19 hours ago

    I wanted to make this a diy guide, but I unfortunately didn’t take a single photo of the installation process, so I guess I’m going to make it a review instead! So let’s get down to the root of the problem I ran into, the e46 uses an external crankcase ventilation system (CCV), which is really nice when a hose breaks and you need to get in there to replace it, however the CCV on the e46 never

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    []Timothy Markworth

    Plastic valve cover? For real? And it couldn't even hold up to crankcase vacuum...pitiful. Great mod work, but it shouldn't be that hard.

    []Wilson Oberholzer

    BMW likes to use a lot of "cheap" plastic bits that break easily, like the CCV system mentioned here. I've redone mine 3 times in the past 6 months and eventually just opted to delete the whole damn thing

    []Skylar Siegel

    Those Germans sure love their plastic.

    []Gregory Garoppolo

    No powder coating? ;-p That is a fantastic upgrade and quite the silly design. Reminds me of all of the silly places VW used plastic in the 1990s, like for thermostat housing on VR6 motors, which warped as soon as it was removed, every time the thermostat needed replacing. The manufacturers always claim the plastic is for reasons like keeping temperatures down, but I think that's just a rationalization for a cost savings measure.

    Take Mercedes for example, built like no other, until the late 1990s when MB finally decided that profits should be a constant thing, not an intermittent one. They then slapped plastic intakes onto their V6 engines, which are good engines, up until the plastic intake fails, a piece breaks off, and it travels through your engine. All of this started happening about a decade after the cars were new, so no warranty, and no MB assistance, just one very expensive intake manifold that can either be replaced or your car is dead. Audi's had self-dissolving thermostat housings made of plastic in their 2.7T engines too, so they're not exempt either.

    There's other options for keeping temperatures cool too, wraps coatings, phenolic spacers, etc., the plastic for efficiency nonsense seems like its just a line these companies used to get us to suck up having inferior quality parts.

    []Wilson Oberholzer

    I just recently did the CCV delete/Catch Can install on my M54 525i (with a PCV valve added to help even things out). I had no idea that the plastic valve covers could warp, I'm going to have to keep my eye on that.

    Robert Sixto3 hours ago

    I was looking for a decent replacement floor jack for the aluminum Turin jack I was using that died. I came across this Pro Lift unit on Amazon for something like $40. I figured I couldn't beat that price, the reviews and word of mouth was pretty positive on the jack as well. I've been using it for about a year now, and it has held up perfectly well. It has a fairly low pick

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    []Sebastian Nounou

    Don’t trust your life to it.

    []Robert Sixto

    Never, always use jack stands!

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    []Wilson Oberholzer

    Yes! I have been waiting for this to happen for a long time!

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    []Gregory Garoppolo

    What made you go with Corbeau? I have been eyeing Sparco Evo IIs for a while, but I've never sat in a set of Corbeaus, and they look like they're a great deal!

    Joona Ville9 hours ago

    These are the wheels im restoring for the altezza stay tuned. They'll look awesome!

    Tobias Linder4 hours ago

    Yes. That's electrical cables pinched between the intake manifold and the head. I am the best. #rant #diy

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    Joost Van Dien2 hours ago

    It seems a trend. Standard replacement parts which are so bad that if can wreck you car. Engine parts, electrical stuff or mechanical stuff in general, it seems a trend. So bad that I was scared to order an replacement oil pump for my coming engine build. Hence the reason I bought an oil pump that has been build to a high spec. The pump is a standard pump which has been dismanteled and the bad quality parts taken

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    Are you working on the engine for the MK1?

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