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06-21-2019 05:17 PM
General_Tarfun The reduced caster has been much better to drive all week, last night though I was backing out of a parking spot at work with the wheel turned to the left and heard a pop. Driving after that pop I noticed a slight pull to the right, feels like the front passenger wheel is toed out more now. Not nearly as bad as before back when I had the higher caster setting + the sway bar installed but the alignment definitely changed slightly.

Being that I went over everything up front last weekend and it all checked out I'm starting to wonder about the rack, maybe something internal is wrong with it?
06-17-2019 11:22 PM
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Now why was there grease all over them and not where itís supposed to be?


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File that one under shouldn't have bought Moog haha.

The grease overflow ports either don't exist or just don't work so if you try to grease them and flush out the old grease none comes out. They just fill up like a balloon and then when you drive it just explodes out everywhere. I'm done greasing them, as soon as they wear out I'm putting Hitachi's in.
06-17-2019 11:03 PM
SledheadX Now why was there grease all over them and not where itís supposed to be?


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06-17-2019 10:59 PM
General_Tarfun Confirmed vibes are gone after cleaning the inside of the wheels. The tie rod grease stuck everywhere was the problem. Hit the interstate today and took it up to the speed where it was happening and now it's nice and smooth.
06-17-2019 10:34 AM
General_Tarfun I finished up all of the led conversion over the weekend with the rocker switches:



After that I wanted to try to convert the mirror back lighting from green to white but I really needed to look into the alignment/vibration problem I've been dealing with over the past year. I was starting to worry it might be a safety issue so I went through the entire front end checking everything out. To my surprise everything looks great, the lower control arm bushings are fine, the lower balljoint has no play in it, the upper control arm mounts are fine, tie rod ends are tight, rack mount is tight, hubs have no play in them either. So that's all great, at least I don't have to worry about a wheel detaching or anything but it still doesn't help much with diagnosing the problem. So I decided to do a tire rotation since I was there anyway and found the inside of the front wheels caked with tie rod end grease, it was covered the entire way around and also had big drops of it in random places so I spent about an hours degreasing the inside of the wheels and scrubbing that grease off. I still need to hit the interstate but I think that might have been where the vibes were coming from.

After that I also rotated the SPC balljoints from setting B to D. I took it for a drive and my steering wheel was slightly to the right so I came back and adjusted the TRE's maybe a 1/4 turn and that fixed it perfectly. First experiences driving it in the city with the lowered caster are great, it feels more like a normal truck now. The wheel isn't fighting me the straighten back out like before so turning feels much easier. I don't think I have the toe exactly perfect and I know camber might be slightly negative now but it drives much better so I'm leaving it for now.
06-15-2019 12:13 AM
General_Tarfun Finished the HVAC redo tonight, ended up using a total of 14 inches of led strip in there. Also started on the rocker switches and finished the redo of the shifter lighting. I left the led orange for the switch 'on' position and just changed the 'off' position backlighting.


06-15-2019 12:05 AM
General_Tarfun
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Going nuts on the LED's much? lol!

I've always had an F-body growing up and the gauge cluster was orange so when I went to the X it wasn't really "new", but you definitely see how excessive it is when someone does a mod like this. It's pretty spectacular what some color does to it!
Haha yeah, it started off as a just seeing how hard it would be to do project that's morphed into an a 4 weekend in a row total interior change. The car I had before the X (Eagle Talon) had orange interior lighting too so I was going on something like 17 years of orange backlighting and really needed something different!
06-14-2019 05:19 PM
PhullD Going nuts on the LED's much? lol!

I've always had an F-body growing up and the gauge cluster was orange so when I went to the X it wasn't really "new", but you definitely see how excessive it is when someone does a mod like this. It's pretty spectacular what some color does to it!
06-14-2019 12:49 PM
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^^ Man that looks so good. I wish I could do this mod. I've always hated the Orange everything. BTW- you helped me last week on my Misfire issue. I haven't changed the plugs yet, but plan on it this weekend. Thanks again. Also, just realized you are in Atlanta!! I am close by right up 400. I may be in touch about the gauge panel
Thanks man! You could prob do it easy if you had a weekend to spend on it, it's more time consuming than anything. Definitely get that misfire figured out first though haha, btw on those plugs a lot of people complain about the rear passenger one being hard to get to but it's no issue if you have a few swivel adapters for your sockets. It's just a weird angle to get to with just a straight extension. It's nice to have some more southeast people getting on here! I'm actually not too far from 400 down in Buckhead.

I'm going back in to it again this weekend, I bought a brighter LED for the key ring and I'm moving the strip from the shifter to behind the HVAC because it's a little too bright for the shifter but would be perfect for the rest of the HVAC stuff. Then on to the rocker switches and hopefully that's all of it.
06-13-2019 11:20 PM
copeterra ^^ Man that looks so good. I wish I could do this mod. I've always hated the Orange everything. BTW- you helped me last week on my Misfire issue. I haven't changed the plugs yet, but plan on it this weekend. Thanks again. Also, just realized you are in Atlanta!! I am close by right up 400. I may be in touch about the gauge panel
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