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car is looking good!
 

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It's an older Craftsman 3/8 horsepower 6" 2-speed "sander/polisher"

Like this one.




There's a Black and Decker buffer on amazon for about $70

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-WP107B-Sander-Polisher/dp/B00282ETBY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1345250452&sr=8-3&keywords=high+speed+buffer

And then there's a 3M polishing kit for $42 which comes with everything you need to detail the car.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39053-Paint-Restoration-System/dp/B004NDBYQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1345250595&sr=1-1&keywords=3M+polishing+kit

Advance actually just started carrying this kit. I took a close look at it, its very nice, and while the bottles don't say so, at the very least the blue one is Perfect-It. They want $60 for it though.
Sweet, thanks. There's a porter cable polisher i've been looking at for about $100. I wasn't sure what kit / pads to get for it though. Looks like that kit might work out perfectly.
 

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car is looking good!
Thanks!

I think new tires are in the forecast for the near future. I was planning to wait until Spring but we might want to take it on a trip in November, so I'm going to want to replace the ones that are on it.

Thinking about either Sumitomo HTR A/S P01s or Riken Raptors (apparently Michelin makes them).
 

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I've found a couple other possibilities.

On the slightly higher end are Falken Azenis PT722 A/S tires which seems to also have pretty good reviews.

http://simpletire.com/falken-p245-45r18-28222865-tires

These are a new tire by Falken, apparently their first Ultra High Performance All-Season tires and seems to have good ratings for grip in wet and dry, and the noise levels seem to be good as well.

On the lower end I found these Nankang Ultra Sport NS-II tires which seems to have pretty good reviews despite the low price.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?ra=searchTiresBySize.do&pc=12207&counter=1&ar=45&rd=18&sw=false&cs=245

At $104 97 each (with free shipping) they're a fair bit cheaper than anything else (which all have shipping charges from the vendors that sell them for the best price). I'm leaning towards the Falkens or Sumitomos, but I guess these can be a fallback if need be.
 

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Andrew have you check Town Fair Tire in Leominister?? They even do price match for internet deals.

Free mounting, balancing, alignment.

Wonder if Advance might gain any discounts??

Check out Milemaster 932 at Town Fair.

Might also have them check closeouts/discontinued for goodbuys also.
 

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For anyone who wonder the difference between economy brand parts and Moog parts, here's a case study.

On the right is the cheapy part, on the left is the Moog part.



Notice how much larger the diameter is of the bar on the link. It uses thermoplastic bushings rather than plain rubber for where the link connects to the sway bar. The bolt that connects the link to the bar has a hex head so you can hold it in place while tightening the nut (neither the cheap one nor the OEM part has this). It's also forged as opposed to cast.

Compared to the OEM part, the cheapy actually looks pretty close, but the Moog part has design improvements (forged, thicker metal) to prevent failure like that again.



Since the bugger was snapped in two I used a jack stand to support the sway bar and vise grips to hold the other side of the bolt in place, since it has no hex head.



And the the vise grips to hold the rest of the link in place to remove the top nut.



Much better.



Might as well do the other side soon. Just look at those rusty (original) struts, those are being replaced come spring. Interesting that the sway bar bushing, on that side at least, look fine.
 

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For anyone who wonder the difference between economy brand parts and Moog parts, here's a case study.

On the right is the cheapy part, on the left is the Moog part.

What is the brand of the link on the right?
 

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Yeah, I heart Moog for alot of things. There was talk at some point of Autozone carrying it. I hope it comes true. I have front Moog sway bar links, the cheapy advance ones I originally bought never lasted, these moogs are several years running now.

Of course, don't think even moog has much on my sway bar links for the rear.......(also andrew, take note of how my bushing is. As I had mentioned earlier being squished like that will shorten their lifespan way way way much more.)
 

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Well done fix Andrew!

Looks like barnacles growing on that strut lol

Oh and Moog FTW!!
Yep!

Happy Birthday by the way Ed.

Yeah, I heart Moog for alot of things. There was talk at some point of Autozone carrying it. I hope it comes true. I have front Moog sway bar links, the cheapy advance ones I originally bought never lasted, these moogs are several years running now.

Of course, don't think even moog has much on my sway bar links for the rear.......(also andrew, take note of how my bushing is. As I had mentioned earlier being squished like that will shorten their lifespan way way way much more.)
I already loosened them. That's what I get for going by the torque specs on a Haynes manual. It called for the small link to strut nut to be torqued to 75 ft-lbs! That's more than the torque spec for the much larger link to bar nut. I never did make it that tight. A check with the FSM confirms that it should only be 17 ft-lb!
 

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Well they lasted a whole year and 2 months, but the mounts are making noise. You can see the coil spring hang up on the bearing as you turn the wheel, and then when the spring finally moves it makes a clunk.

Going to call up Monroe and give them an earful. One would think this problem would have been fixed by now with such a high failure rate. Getting them replaced seems pointless if its going to happen again. I'd rather them give me the money back to pay for OEM mounts and put those on.
 
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