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Wilson Oberholzer

I'm a product designer by day and a tinkerer by night. If it's got an engine and wheels I'm sure I'll like it.
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Wheelwell Community map found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hgINj4eg0D5TmWNWTeEf27lktMEFkE_1&usp=sharing Feel free to contribute I've been around car stuff my whole life. My dad was a mechanic and a huge DIYer so I got in to the hobby at a very early age. I've done just about everything you can do on a car, from rewiring to change what OBD level it is to rebuilding engines and paint/bodywork. I'm not an expert in anything but I have experienced a wide variety of stuff I like all kinds of vehicles from European Grand Tourers, to Muscle Cars, to JDM tuners and sport bikes. If it's got an engine and moves under it's own power then more than likely I'll enjoy it. Current automotive stuff I'm in to: Boost Tuning Detailing DIY I often post product reviews of new detailing products that I try and updates after I've been using them for awhile. On Tuesdays I post a blog called "Toolbox Tuesday" where I discuss various tools and talk about what tools are needed to do certain jobs.

#Future_Car_Guys #DIY Scrolling through some old pictures today I found this one I snapped at the Carlisle All Truck Nationals back in 2009. It was a custom built wagon sitting some big knobby swamp tires. This thing was beastly looking and definitely what I want to do whenever I get to that stage of my life.

[]Ernie Szots

Ha! Awesome.

#Ford #Focus #Daily_Driver #Pioneer I recently was given this 12" Pioneer subwoofer (450 watt I believe) by a friend along with an amplifier that is under-powered for it. I'm looking for suggestions on an amp to replace this one that will give it the juice it needs, still have some kick, and be relatively budget friendly. Does anyone have suggestions?

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[]Robert Sixto

I'm in a similar situation, I have an old 10" Pioneer sub, it's only 250 watts, but that's plenty for me. I could use a very compact and budget friendly option. I like Crutchfield too, definitely a good resource but not always the most economical option.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't know if it interests you or not but I was given a Blaupunkt THA 1250 pnp amp with the speaker that is rated between 250 and 300 watts RMS. It is supposed to drive this subwoofer alright but is pretty underpowered for the wattage of my setup. If you want it you can have it.

[]Robert Sixto

Really? I wouldn't mind giving it a shot. I'm sure it would be just fine for my taste.

[]Ethan Baggett

I highly recommend checking out Crutchfield’s website if you haven’t already.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I haven't checked out Crutchfield yet but I probably should. I should probably also take the subwoofer out of it's enclosure so I can see what it's full specs are so I can make sure that I'm getting something that's properly matched up with it. Are there any brands that you'd recommend?

[]Sebastian Nounou

What ever is cheap that matches your impedance and wattage requirements lol.

[]Ernie Szots

JBL still makes nice amps, but might not be budget friendly. Back in the late 90's, I was a big fan of Crossfire amps. They were a low key brand but were known for delivering good RMS power and not over quoting peak wattage. When you choose an amp, take a look at what the RMS wattage is compared to peak wattage. The higher the RMS watts, or continuous power, the better it's going to sound, so long as it's not a total pos amp. Lookout for amps that advertise a ton of watts where only a small fraction of it is RMS power.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Yeah, a few years ago I was looking at amps for another setup and saw all of these ridiculous "high wattage" amps that advertised like 1200 watt output when the RMS was only like 450 or something. I'll make sure that when I'm browsing sites for them that I pay really close attention to the RMS. I'll see if I can find any JBL amps for reasonable.

#Review #Innova #Tools #DIY With my wife's 5 series having higher mileage and a few running issues I decided that I'd get a compression tester to give me an idea of what sort of condition the motor was in. I had spent a little bit of time looking but ended up getting this one because of it's price ($23) and it's high review rating on Amazon (4.3/5, I purchased it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EVU89I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). When I got the pieces out to start

#BMW #Daily_Driver #DIY I ran a compression test this morning on the 525i and decided afterward to try and get it started. It took some effort but it finally sprang back to life (the smoke is the oil from the compression test burning off). It's rough but I think it should be better once I get my catch can setup finished.

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[]Craig Crall

So, what was wrong with your car?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think it was a combination of the crank case ventilation system letting water get in and then the cylinder walls being washed from trying to start it like that so many times. It starts rough but I think once I put the catch can/pcv system into it that it should be fine again.

[]Craig Crall

Really, I guess you found evidence of water in the oil? Hopefully you don't have an internal leak somewhere. Is it possible for you to have it pressure tested?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

No, the oil and coolant are fine. The crank case vent system on BMW's is known to go bad, especially in colder climates (like PA winters). It let water vapor into my intake which made the car not happy.

[]Craig Crall

OK, I vaguely recall reading a TSB on that years ago. I guess they never did a recall.

BTW, you sure have a lot of vehicles, I take you have a lot of garage space?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Not a lot of garage space, just have a few parked at my mother in law's house currently, lol. The plan is to fix the 3 I don't drive anymore and sell them and in a year or so get a better daily driver.

[]Craig Crall

I should thin my herd as well and focus on just a couple of cars. I may follow suit, given my severe lack of free time.

#Honda #Fit #Daily_Driver

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[]Timothy Markworth

I remember my sister being all about that Honda Fit life. I just kinda shook my head.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think what has me so "about it" is that it kind of reminds me of the old Civic hatchback I used to have bit I also see the crazy stuff a friend of mine uses his for.

#Weekend #DIY #Daily_Driver #Project_Car It's Friday which means the weekend is almost here again. This is the time when a lot of us finally have time to do car stuff. My plans for the weekend are going to be trying to diagnose why my 525i won't start, hopefully waxing my Focus, and maybe checking out a car show. What are your car plans for the weekend?

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[]Tom Armstrong

I’ll probably start the 3rd video on how to build a racing gearbox tomorrow. #2 is done, just haven’t uploaded it yet.

Hopefully this helps open the Toyota communities eyes on how amazing gearbox mods are!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Nice! I look forward to seeing it

[]Maggie Johnson

Wishing there were car shows in my area😭

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Check on Facebook events and see if there are any local car groups. That's usually how I find them

[]Maggie Johnson

Will do thanks!

[]Robert Linsenbach

Mine started yesterday when I removed my old gauge cluster, re-pinned the connectors for the 03-05 ex civic cluster and swapped in the ex cluster with tach cause the VP didn't get a tach though a manual

[]Timothy Markworth

Making time and a half so I can buy more shit. I still need an engine stand, a cherry picker, and an engine. Too bad it don't grow on trees.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Shop monkeying for free parts!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Free parts are always a good thing

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yup, and taking apart scrappers is a good way to further familiarize myself with my 242. Should be fun.

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#DIY #Project_Car So, as some of my cars have been sitting, waiting for me to get working on them a few have had the battery partially drained. I currently have a cheap Schumacher brand charger that I use but I'm convinced that it's killed a few batteries since I bought it. I'd like to replace it with a better quality charger (preferably not Schumacher brand). What brands/models of automotive battery chargers are good?

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[]Tom Armstrong

I have a Snapon battery “maintainer”. It can charge any type of battery and takes a long time to restore the charge. I use it all the time on the race car battery and it works well, but if the battery is completely dead it won’t charge(needs to see some voltage”. If I had to do it again though, I would get a cheaper one, mine was $150

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I have been using a Bosch branded unit for about 3 years now and it works great! It autodetects battery type, rapid charges in 45 minutes, and blinks red when something is wrong with the battery or how its connected. I got it on sale for like $80 from ECS Tuning I think... I have noticed it will not charge a completely dead battery but that doesn't come up that often and can be solved by linking the dead battery to a charged battery with jumper cable for about 30 minutes in order to equalize the charge and then charging both up one by one with the charger.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I may have to look into the Bosch one on ECS Tuning's site. I definitely think I'd trust a name brand like that over what I have now. I may also have to try that charging trick as it seems like it's mostly the pretty much dead ones that don't recharge.

[]Robert Sixto

I have an old Sears Craftsman unit, and although I have to kick it in order to get it going, it gets the job done well.

#Eagle_One #Review #Detailing #DIY I couldn't remember the last time that I had actually cleaned the wheels on my Focus and it was pretty obvious from the caked on brake dust that they needed some attention. I had this bottle of Eagle One wheel cleaner on hand so I took it with me when I went to the local car wash. This is what I started with. This was on the front right of my Focus so it got

#Ford #Focus #Saab #Boost #Daily_Driver #Project_Car Both have 2.0L 4-cylinder engines. Both are 4 door cars. Both have wonky lug patterns. They couldn't be more different

#Need_For_Speed #Rivals #Gaming

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[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I got NFS Underground 2 for like $5 back in college

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'm going to have to see if I can find the NFS Underground games. I loved playing them

[]Ethan Baggett

Picked up Project Cars 2 the other day for $24 off of steam, cheap racing games are always a good thing indeed!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I need to check out the steam sales. So far I think I only have the Dirt series on PC. I definitely need more racing games, lol

[]Ethan Baggett

Dirt Rally is a huge favorite of mine, I love being terrified of every turn. I can definitely recommend Project Cars 2 if you’re into racing sims, take that with a grain of salt however, as I’ve only played a couple of hours so far!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I want to get a wheel and pedal setup to use on my PC. I get lucky every now and then and can hit like one corner absolutely perfectly but I feel like I could do so much better with a proper controller setup

[]Ethan Baggett

I was just thinking the same thing... I may have to get a wheel and pedal set as well as a VR headset.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've been playing around with the idea of making my own. I've got a spare steering wheel and some electronic stuff made for custom projects. We'll see how motivated I am to do it

[]Ethan Baggett

If you do go through with that project please do make a post about it, I’d love to see how it turns out.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I will make sure to take all kinds of notes and make a write-up if I do decide to go through with it.

#Saab #Ford #Honda #DIY #Project_Car #Daily_Driver The weekend is within sight, opening up more free time for doing car stuff. I'm hoping to install a new radio in my Focus as well as give it a good cleaning and hopefully get some parts installed on my Saab. Maybe I'll even get a chance to check out a car show. What car related stuff are you guys getting in to this weekend?

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

Probably nothing, I have visitors in town. But maybe I will finish getting my control arms off of the Cabriolet so that I can rebuild them next week

[]Christopher McDowell EL

Going to Ft Worth to pick up a complete rear subframe for 6 speed Challenger

#Ford #Focus #Daily_Driver I've got this really bad sun damage on the front of my dashboard and was wondering if anybody had a possible solution to fix it. I've tried a couple of "back to black" sort of products (Meguiar's and Mother's) in the past but so far nothing has really taken care of. Any suggestions on what might help?

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I agree with Robert, and I would do it by pulling the dash, taping, sanding, and filling if necessary.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I may see if some heavy duty trim restorer will do anything for it first. I don't like this car enough to pull the dash out, lol

[]Robert Sixto

Once it's too far gone, I don't know how much you can do with it. Honestly just painting it with Cem might be the better, easiest option.

#Subaru #Battlecar #DIY I came out of work around lunchtime to see this Subaru parked right out front. While it's not something I would ever do I can appreciate a functional mod on a work-in-progress. You do you, little Subaru, You'll be badass soon enough.

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[]Robert Sixto

Was that really the best execution of a snorkel intake possible? And why choose the absolute largest filter you could find? lol

[]Wilson Oberholzer

My guess is it's the sort of car that cost a couple hundred bucks so they've taken the "0 fucks given" approach to it.

[]Timothy Markworth

Can't go getting hydro-locked while you're roof deep in water ruining your electronics and drowning.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I believe that that arm articulates forward, probably hydraulically, the question is, why?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It doesn't look like it does after getting a closer look. If it did maybe it could be for catching minnows to use for bait while fishing?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I thought maybe they were working on a prototype mobile refueling system in which the fuel is sucked into their car instead of being pumped into the car, but minnow catcher may be more plausible.

[]Steve Clasen

I own two Subaru’s and I have to tell you. Some Subaru owners are beyond odd.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Lol.

[]Ernie Szots

My first thought was snorkel.

[]Ethan Baggett

Goodness

#Review #Pittsburgh #Harbor_Freight I've been using the Pittsburgh 1/2" drive torque wrench for quite awhile now and it's worked great for doing heavier jobs like torquing lug nuts and crank pulley bolts but doesn't work for smaller bolts. This is where the 1/4" drive version comes in to play. While Harbor Freight's website lists it at $19.99 (https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-drive-click-type-torque-wrench-61277.html) they pretty much always run sales/have coupons for it to get it for anywhere from $10 to $15. It comes in a nice

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[]Randy Gross

If you are signed up to get their catalogs in the mail, sometimes they have these on the free coupon. That is how I got mine. I have the 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2", I have had them going on about 4 yrs now, making sure to reset them to 0 before I put them away after use. Great review!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Wait. I thought HF just spammed the world and hoped someone showed up, people sign up to receive that piece of paper? ;-p

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I get the catalogs but I've never seen a free coupon for them. I'm going to have to keep my eye out for one on the 3/8" drive.

I think that resetting them to 0 and keeping them in the case is key to making them last.

[]Robert Sixto

That's crazy how cheap it is, but you make a great point being selective on what jobs you use it for.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It may be okay for some of the more precise jobs but I don't think I'd press my luck on it. I believe Tom Armstrong did a review of one of the other torque wrenches on here and tested versus a Snap-On and saw that outside of the "normal" torque range for it the setting became less accurate.

[]Cole Hannah

Mine lasted a good year but they like 20 bucks so imma get a new one

[]Wilson Oberholzer

My 1/2" drive has been going for at least a year and a half. I take care of it though and set the torque back to 0 and put it in the case when I'm done so that may be a factor.

[]Brian Fuller

Awesome review, going to have to pick one up this weekend

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I highly recommend it. Make sure you do a quick online search for coupons first so you can get it at the discounted price.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Damn that’s cheap.

#Ford #Focus #Daily_Driver #DIY Slowly making progress on turning this slug of a Focus into a more acceptable daily driver. I just ordered the radio installation kit to put the old system from my Saab into this car. It should be kicking out the tunes by the weekend!

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[]Robert Sixto

Nice, Bluetooth integrated? I can't live without that crap anymore!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I require bluetooth dis-integration. I don't like to be disturbed while I'm driving. :-)

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Unfortunately it's not but It'll at least give me an auxiliary input and USB. I like to load up USB drives with tons of music and then set it to shuffle. It keeps the variety up pretty nicely.

[]Robert Sixto

That's good it has that at least, decent work around. Sound quality is probably a little better than over air too.

[]Ernie Szots

Schweet!

#Ford #Focus #Daily_Driver I finally got around to putting a set of window visors on the daily driver so I can leave my windows open a little during the day when it's hot out. Now I won't have to walk out to an oven of a driver's seat at the end of the day. Let's see how they hold up.

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Lol oh man....

[]Timothy Markworth

A must have in unpredictable climates.

#Ford #Honda #Saab #Project_Car #Daily_Driver #DIY It's Friday which means the weekend is in sight and there's more time to get things done. I'm hoping to get all of my cars cleaned inside and out, get window visors onto my Focus and find out what radio kit I need for it, and hopefully (if parts come) get a new crank position sensor installed on my Saab. What are your car related plans this weekend?

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[]Nick S

Sparks on the Ford maybe and a good clean could also be a nice idea.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

My Ford definitely needs a solid scrubbing. Birds seem to currently think it's their bathroom, lol

[]Nick S

as i stated on my Fords page never complain about Birds shitting on your car it could be a tree next time.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'm honestly not sure if I'd be upset or just start laughing if a tree fell on it. I'm not a big fan of the car but it's been stupid amounts of reliable. I've had trees dropped onto a pickup truck I had with out it affecting how it drives in any way.

[]Nick S

Well the Focus was fine after the tree hit it beside the visual damage but I was so angry I wanted to scream every time I saw the car

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Finish up the jobs that I have started on the Volvo T-5R and then deciding if I take a break from that car to work on my convertible which would please my lady. It's also a funny request because her car needs brakes and she knows it! Wait... she's trying to steal my convertible! Haha... I doubt that but I am excited that we mutually like a car, she is not a car person.

#Ford #Focus #Daily_Driver #DIY The headlights on my Focus have been hazy for awhile now and I feel like it's starting to impair how well they work at night. I have the supplies to do either (minus some sandpaper for the full restore) but it's just a matter of having the time to actually do it. What would you do in my position? Just give it a quick buff with some rubbing compound and seal it with a wax or

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[]Robert Sixto

Having done the quick route last year, I recommend buff shiny clear coat method. Mine lasted less than a year before getting hazy again, and I still spent a fair bit of time doing it, wasted time now.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I did find another option if I'm feeling particularly lazy: I can get a set of new (non OEM) headlights for like $70 shipped. I'll probably go with the sand/clear coat/buff route still. I liked how that went when I did them on another car and I think they'll turn out good on this one and if I screw it up bad, I'll just buy the new set, lol

[]Robert Sixto

Yeah, I was going to mention, at least for my 6 I've seen for sale just the outer lense replacements. I'm with you though, I'd rather keep the originals and make them like new.

[]Hayden Baker

I would just follow the chris fix video. Fully wet sand them, clear coat them with many layers then polish the paint after its had a few weeks to dry. It will last several years easy and be super cheap. Shoud only take an hour to sand and paint it.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

The ChrisFix guide was exactly the one I was planning on using, lol. I think that's what I'm going to end up doing, just need to get some sandpaper yet and set aside time to do it

[]Hayden Baker

I got a set from harbor freight. Went from 500 to 1500 grit I think. Had to order the 2000

[]Ernie Szots

The latter. I had it done and it's been awesome not to have to think about it again.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's kind of the direction I'm leaning towards. I did something similar to one of my Preludes when I was engine swapping it. I used automotive clear coat on the headlights as I was in the middle of repainting my S-10 and they looked phenomenal afterwards. Lots of work to do but looks fantastic in the end. I've got some UV resistant clear coat in rattle cans that I'd use if I do go that route so it lasts.

#Ford #Focus #Tint Now that I've been using my Focus as my daily driver (and will be for awhile), I think I want to start making some changes on it. One of the places I think it could use some help is window tint. I may end up doing this myself so I'm looking for a brand that is decent quality, not too expensive, and is fairly easy to work with. What brands of tint are good for a DIYer?

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[]Robert Sixto

I've had a couple recommend 3M a well

[]Timothy Withrow

3M is a good brand I've heard. I am actually in the learning phase of tinting myself. I have used Lexen brand tint (eBay and Amazon seller) it was just ok. Solar Gard tint was very good, Global brand tint, also very good. Watch lots of videos on YouTube, be very patient, and take your time... It's the most frustrating thing I've ever done on a car.

I personally enjoyed and learned quite a bit from this early multi part video by Ralph Van Pelt of him doing a complete car.

Part 1
https://youtu.be/b1PgtndmEys
Part 2
https://youtu.be/Dfahv78h7d4
Part 3
https://youtu.be/XAWZdy1NglM
Part 4
https://youtu.be/pm3QMCNrH0c
Part 5
https://youtu.be/dW_f0tQFdp8
Part 6
https://youtu.be/1Ra20X6Q06I

[]T!J! Hisaw

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#ArmorAll #Honda #Review #Detailing After washing my wife's Fit on Saturday and then having the windshield smeared with bug guts almost immediately after I decided that I'd try out an automotive glass cleaner and see what happens. This is what I started with: a relatively dirty windshield with some bug guts splattered on that my windshield wipers and washer fluid wouldn't remove. I applied a reasonable amount of the spray to the windshield, making sure to hit where the

#Mothers #review #Saab #Project_Car After getting some maintenance done on my Saab and seeing how dirty and neglected my wheels and tires were I decided to give it a quick cleaning. The instructions on the bottle were pretty straight forward: adjust the nozzle, spray the tires, let sit for a minute, then wipe off any excess. Starting with some very dirty tires. The instructions say you can leave them dirty or clean them. I opted to just apply straight to

#Wheelwell #Daily_Driver Now, to decide which car they go on

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[]Tom Armstrong

Hey how did you get these?

[]Ernie Szots

I know they sold those and Wheelwell tees in the shop. I know you're not entering Toyotafest this year but are you planning to attend?

[]Tom Armstrong

No I won’t be attending, I can’t support an event that doesn’t acknowledge motorsports.

(edit) Ok I may be interested in going, just not taking my car.

[]Ernie Szots

Yeah, I knew you weren't registered this year and I totally get why. Reason I asked if you planned on attending is because it's looking like there may be some Wheelwell representation there with me, which means there will prob be a few of these stickers on hand. Additionally, Kimona from YW plans on attending, so it would just be great to hang.

[]Tom Armstrong

Well I talked to the wife and she’s on board to go. Guess I’ll see you there

[]Ernie Szots

Nice; looking forward to it!

[]Tom Armstrong

Me too man!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I bought them from the Wheelwell shop. It's not easy to find them with how the site is currently setup so I contacted Wheelwell staff about it and got them to send me a link directly to them

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks!

#Saab #Boost #DIY #Daily_Driver Trouble shooting the Saab last night I was going to try the old crank position sensor to see what happened when I saw the extra long wire running to the sensor resting on my exhaust manifold. I pulled the sensor out to find a huge burn through on it. Swapped in the old sensor and it fired right up. At least it's an easy fix, lol

#Saab #Honda #Weekend #DIY I'm hoping to get the air conditioning in my Focus fixed, my Saab running again, and maybe get some detailing done over the next day and then take it easy afterwards. What car related stuff are you up to this weekend?

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