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Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


IOwnCalculus posted:

Looks like only the most recent / at the time of printing - no LS3/LS9/LSA and only one entry for LT1 referring to the GenII model.

Also, things like "LS6" only refer to what you're thinking of, not the old 454. Still, everyone knows what you mean when you say "LS6."

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Suburban Dad
Jan 10, 2007



If anybody is interested in buying or leasing any GM vehicle, I might be able to help get you a discount - basically supplier pricing. I only get to give out 1 or 2 per month, so ask in advance if possible. I'm not a salesman so I'm not going to bother you or try to sell you a car. I'm just trying to help you get a better price on whatever you've already decided on.

Use this link to build what you're looking to buy, that's the price I can get you. If it's better than you can haggle at the dealer, let me know and I'll start the authorization process.

http://prod3.gmautobuilder.com/Buil...priceformula=SU

Suburban Dad fucked around with this message at 22:08 on Jul 8, 2014

rocket
Aug 16, 2002

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sigtrap posted:

1. Favorites / most common



Pay No Fine - http://www.artofhacking.com/tucops/etc/misc/NOFINE.PDF
Bitching about your tickets in A.I. is prohibited, but here's a PDF with good info on dealing with them.
moved to
http://tucops.info/tucops3/etc/misc/live/aoh_nofine.htm

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


Ever wonder how Honda/Acura part numbers are encoded? I didn't, but then I ended up researching some Honda parts swapology.

http://www.mdxers.org/forums/65-mdx...mbers-work.html

Pretty simple once you know what's going on. The numbers/letters are arbitrary, but the pattern tells you approximately what you're looking at.

Boaz MacPhereson
Jul 11, 2006

Day 12045 Ht10hands 180lbs
No Name
No lumps No Bumps Full life Clean
Two good eyes No Busted Limbs
Piss OK Genitals intact
Multiple scars Heals fast
O NEGATIVE HI OCTANE
UNIVERSAL DONOR
Lone Road Warrior Rundown
on the Powder Lakes V8
No guzzoline No supplies
ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC
Keep muzzled...


Do you own a classic GM vehicle? Do you want to know a bunch of pointless crap about it? Check here: https://gmheritagecenter.com/gm-her...ation-kits.html

Farking Bastage
Sep 22, 2007


My dad in law does quite a bit of tractor restoration work. One of his tricks is to use an electrolytic process to get rust/paint/varnish/whatever off parts. Here's the info
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6...iew?usp=sharing

Lye, a battery charger, metal for electrodes, sacrificial anode, water, and a plastic tub. I've seen him cook encrusted rusty poo poo down to shiny metal in a matter of a few days.

Computer Serf
May 14, 2005
DIDN'T FOLLOW RSF RULES BUT GOT LUCKY AND INSTEAD OF GETTING BANNED GOT THIS SHITTY CUSTOM TITLE!! LOVES TO MASTURBATE @ ZOOS

Buglord

Websites with common repair issues for used cars?

http://repairpal.com
http://edmunds.com/

Car forums specific to the make/model seem to be hit or miss..

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Panda Time posted:

Websites with common repair issues for used cars?

TrueDelta has traction for some makes.

Sneaky Fast
Apr 24, 2013



Cross posting from the BMW thread cause not sure which is better

So i've always had a dream of owning a BMW. They just look so drat sexy.
I am moving to Australia for a year and am car shopping, so I've been looking at cars and stumbled on a 1994 bmw 318i. One fine rear end senorita.

The rub is the owner describes the car as having a slight oil leak (which could mean its raining oil) and it already has 244,000 km (151,000 mi) on her. I am planning to do some serious long haul driving along the east coast of Oz and subsequently use the car in a everyday fashion once I settle down. Is this a clear no go? I know Bimmer parts are pricey and I'm not a wealthy person. But oh god i hope you say guys its safe! I want to own a BMW!!!!!!!!

FYI: I am a automotive idiot.



Here is the actual ad
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/carr...nual/1074605191

Terrible Robot
Jul 2, 2010

FRIED CHICKEN


Slippery Tilde

Sneaky Fast posted:

FYI: I am a automotive idiot.

You're not too hot at posting either

I think you meant to put this in the Stupid Questions thread.

The Prong Song
Sep 7, 2002

He Looked Right At Me!
He Turned His Head, Looked Me Straight In The Eye!

I Am Awaited!
I AM AWAITED IN VALHALLA!


Sneaky Fast posted:

...FYI: I am a automotive idiot.



Here is the actual ad
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/carr...nual/1074605191

Still an idiot, you've linked the truncated URL. "car...nual"

brand engager
Mar 23, 2011



Grimey Drawer

It looks like it was this one: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/carrum-downs/cars-vans-utes/1994-bmw-318i-manual/1074605191
but it's been removed.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


http://www.electricmotorsvc.com/pdf...-07_Alt_Cat.pdf

I recommend saving this somewhere because I don't know if they might move it or something.

Full exploded diagrams and parts catalog plus alternator wiring info (ever wonder what the abbreviations for each pin mean? S? IG? L? B? D? M(FR)? wonder no longer) for alternators, generators, and starter motors. You can google most of the part numbers in these catalogs and crossref them to anything else and rebuild most alternators and starters on the bench for maybe 50 bucks in parts.

e: I've learned far, far, far more than I ever wanted to know about Nippon Denso alternator parts compatibility over the last 3 days. If you need some weird alternator setup that isn't factory, I may be able to figure out how to put it together with a combination of junkyard parts, so bring it up in the chat thread or something, I dunno. Not this thread, however.

kastein fucked around with this message at 15:08 on May 1, 2015

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


http://www.cabletool.net/Thermax/36-54.PDF

Ever need to look up MIL-W-22759 wire types for aerospace/autosport harness fabrication or repair? This catalog is more useful and well formatted than any other I've found so far.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


Abrasive blasting reference chart: http://www.kramerindustriesonline.c...rison-chart.htm

soda blasting is missing from this one. The rest of the usual suspects are all covered.

Cached Money
Apr 11, 2010

respect the game and the game will respect you back


kastein posted:

If you want to swap any motor in front of any (well, not quite) 5-speed manual transmission, you need to read this thread.

http://www.jeeps-offroad.com/showthread.php?t=4740

Info on using an assortment of junkyard and aftermarket custom bellhousings to put literally dozens of different engines from a handful of OEMs in front of various 5 speed manual transmissions from many of the same OEMs. AMC V8 in front of a Toyota Supra transmission? Yep, apparently bolts up with the right collection of parts.

Does anyone have a mirror of this? Seemed very useful, the site's gone dead and it's robots.txt has blocked it from archive.org.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



Cached Money posted:

Does anyone have a mirror of this? Seemed very useful, the site's gone dead and it's robots.txt has blocked it from archive.org.

Here's a pdf of what you're looking for, I think: http://myplace.frontier.com/~chris8...ousing_Info.pdf

Gothmog1065
May 14, 2009


How is tirebuyer.com for tires? I would do tirerack but the shipping is insane (130ish for 4 tires) while tirebuyer seems to be much more reasonable (30 for each tire).

Motronic
Nov 6, 2009


MOTRONIC FOR MODERATOR, MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN


Grimey Drawer

Gothmog1065 posted:

How is tirebuyer.com for tires? I would do tirerack but the shipping is insane (130ish for 4 tires) while tirebuyer seems to be much more reasonable (30 for each tire).

You do understand that is only a $10 difference, right?

Boaz MacPhereson
Jul 11, 2006

Day 12045 Ht10hands 180lbs
No Name
No lumps No Bumps Full life Clean
Two good eyes No Busted Limbs
Piss OK Genitals intact
Multiple scars Heals fast
O NEGATIVE HI OCTANE
UNIVERSAL DONOR
Lone Road Warrior Rundown
on the Powder Lakes V8
No guzzoline No supplies
ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC
Keep muzzled...


Gothmog1065 posted:

How is tirebuyer.com for tires? I would do tirerack but the shipping is insane (130ish for 4 tires) while tirebuyer seems to be much more reasonable (30 for each tire).

If you have a Discount Tire nearby, check with them. They might even pricematch for you and negate shipping entirely.

Gothmog1065
May 14, 2009


Motronic posted:

You do understand that is only a $10 difference, right?

Sorry, was in a hurry, that should read $30 total shipping (not per tire).

Boaz MacPhereson posted:

If you have a Discount Tire nearby, check with them. They might even pricematch for you and negate shipping entirely.

The closest one is 41 miles away, I'd probably spend that much in gas just to get my truck up there

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Google Image Results for
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Tire Barn price-matched the lowest price for Blizzaks for me a few years ago.

Gothmog1065
May 14, 2009


It looks like I have a local place that uses tirebuyer, might call and see if they'll price match, but no chains anywhere near me sadly.

totalnewbie
Nov 13, 2005

I was born and raised in China, lived in Japan, and now hold a US passport.

I am wrong in every way, all the damn time.

Ask me about my tattoos.


Official GM info about their engine/transmission lineup (current MY): http://gmpowertrain.com/PowertrainOverview.aspx

General vehicle info: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/vehicles.html

Basic information about spark plugs, O2 sensors, glow plugs, ignition cables, ignition coils: http://www.ngk-elearning.com/

totalnewbie fucked around with this message at 15:16 on Apr 13, 2016

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


Bushing cross reference and dimension chart, courtesy of Federal Mogul: http://aftermarket.federalmogul.com...20Dimension.pdf

Very useful if you want to partsbin something together that was never intended to go together.

Seat Safety Switch
May 27, 2008

MY RELIGION IS THE SMALL BLOCK V8 AND COMMANDMENTS ONE THROUGH TEN ARE NEVER LIFT.



Pillbug

Whiteline also has a bushing search tool that would go great with that.

http://www.whiteline.com.au/catsize_bush.php

ZincBoy
May 6, 2006

Think again Jimmy!

Sugartime Jones

Apec braking has a very useful search by size for brake rotor and drums. I have used it to find a rotor with a different diameter, thickness and offset to use different calipers than stock.

http://www.apecbraking.co.uk/catalogue/size

One drawback is since it is a UK site you have to figure out if the model is even available where you are. It also does not list the model of vehicle for the rotor found so I used a Google search of the part number to figure it out.

If anyone knows of a similar site for North America vehicles I would like to know about it.

Detective Thompson
Nov 9, 2007

Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. is also in repose.

Not sure if this is quite the right thread for it, but are there any good companies for financing classic cars in the US? I am looking to do about $5000.

Ultimate Mango
Jan 18, 2005



I suppose I should not be surprised that there isn't a Hyundai/Genesis thread here, but is there any forum out there that isn't hot garbage? I get there isn't the cult following of BMW and other brand fanatics who obsessively prune every detail and manual but yeah it ain't pretty in the online Hyundai community.

CommieGIR
Aug 22, 2006

If Godzilla can do it, you know I can deliver!

Pillbug

Ultimate Mango posted:

I suppose I should not be surprised that there isn't a Hyundai/Genesis thread here, but is there any forum out there that isn't hot garbage? I get there isn't the cult following of BMW and other brand fanatics who obsessively prune every detail and manual but yeah it ain't pretty in the online Hyundai community.

Start a thread!

Boaz MacPhereson
Jul 11, 2006

Day 12045 Ht10hands 180lbs
No Name
No lumps No Bumps Full life Clean
Two good eyes No Busted Limbs
Piss OK Genitals intact
Multiple scars Heals fast
O NEGATIVE HI OCTANE
UNIVERSAL DONOR
Lone Road Warrior Rundown
on the Powder Lakes V8
No guzzoline No supplies
ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC
Keep muzzled...


Ultimate Mango posted:

I suppose I should not be surprised that there isn't a Hyundai/Genesis thread here, but is there any forum out there that isn't hot garbage? I get there isn't the cult following of BMW and other brand fanatics who obsessively prune every detail and manual but yeah it ain't pretty in the online Hyundai community.

From what I've seen? No. I'll echo Commie and say start one! If you care enough about the cars that you're looking for a place to discuss them, you've probably already got enough info in your head for a good first post.

lmbo calrissian
Feb 1, 2007

i'm into fashion
men are my passion


Hi guys, I really need a lot of help buying a car for the first time, used. As in, I'm ready to cry cause I don't know the first thing.

I read the #9 used car shopping section in the first post, but I don't even know what anything said means. Long story short I don't know the first thing about cars, I barely learned to drive (no one I can practice with, very unconfident of the safety of me driving alone), and I also don't have any friends or any family members who can help me at all. I don't know what the diff drive gears do. I've never been more stressed about having to do something, besides getting my license itself this September. It feels fuckin awful

I did ask some online friends who know a lot, I'll cite their tips and the trouble I'm having as well as my own criteria:

1. I live in SoCal, in the valley a little east of East Los Angeles.
2. I prefer a small car, but I'm now willing for anything. Friend says buying used SUVs is a good deal cause no one buys them here- I don't want one for many reasons but I'm willing
3. My budget is $6000 (my first car, I'm extremely inexperienced and will get in accidents)
4. Looking for no older than 2002-03.. Hoping less than 170,000 miles (b/c I'm aiming for Japanese car, they say mileage matters little to nothing?)
5. My daily commute to work is 13 miles each way. Never drove there myself tho. Also, I can't drive on the freeway, until I've practiced more.

I know that I don't have to worry about knowing that much myself, that the safest is to take it to a pro mechanic when I test drive it.

[list]-What else good first-car models are there to look for, besides Civic, Accord, and Corolla, that are common enough to have 1) inexpensive replacement parts 2) problems that are known like clockwork so they can easily spot them for me?

-So I need to see the title and ask for maintenance records. I know carfax verifies the meter readings and different ownerships. Do I ask them "do you have the carfax?" Do I need to buy a Carfax account? I need the VIN right, do I run the check on the spot when I'm there? What else I need to ask to see?

-I'll be going to random places for prospective buys. How do I know how to find a trusted mechanic? Do I google or just look for one? How much would they usually charge for an inspection like this?

-I'm quite uneasy about not knowing anything. Can I read anything with simple lessons? Automotive for dummies? I can't get any hands on learning. Should I take auto classes?

-What is a dealbreaker? Should I absolutely not go for any that's been in an accident? If I can accept very minor ones, what is the threshold of a minor accident?

That's just what I can think of off the top. I'll take a printout of the criteria from the first post here with me to any car I check out. If anyone can give me a walkthrough, any advice, I'm extremely desperate for any. If there were resources for this posted, sorry. Thank you. Plz help

lmbo calrissian fucked around with this message at 06:57 on Jan 8, 2017

angryrobots
Mar 31, 2005



Oven Wrangler

Hey carlrisssssssian. There is an AI extension thread in ask/tell for you.

lmbo calrissian
Feb 1, 2007

i'm into fashion
men are my passion


Thank you

The Royal Nonesuch
Nov 1, 2005



Pillbug

Don't stress too hard calrissian, cars are cool and fun! I got my own license a little bit late and was scared of driving for whatever reason - now I have a BMW, a temperamental old Jeep I take on terrible roads far out in the desert, and a modern insane Italian motorcycle with manual gears and life-altering traction control settings and do the maintenance on all of them myself. Also I now post on a small silly part of a dead gay comedy forum. All the cars I've bought/sold have been through craigslist, so the following thoughts apply largely to that but are useful otherwise:

-You can ask for carfax reports but it's unlikely a private seller will have one because they cost $40. Used car lots or Carmax etc should have them (avoid small used car lots if you can, they can get pretty shady). If you're planning on looking at a lot of cars you can get a 60 day unlimited-search carfax account for $70. Avoid anything with a "salvage" title for your purposes (basically, these are cars that have been damaged in a way that the insurance company decided wasn't worth to fix).

-If the seller has a big bundle of paperwork/receipts/maintenance records that is generally a good sign in my opinion. Most private sellers probably won't have this, but if they do it's a +1. Look for things like OIL SERVICE/TIRE ROTATION/FILTER REPLACEMENT/BRAKE PADS and other technical things.

-It's not common knowledge, but in California someone selling a car has to provide the buyer with a current (within 90 days) SMOG certificate. This certificate means the car meets all of the emissions requirements. The certificate is electronically filed with the DMV when the vehicle is checked, so if the seller has done this it will just look like a generic printout/receipt from ABC SMOG CHECK 1234 AVENUE DATE (<90 days). Feel free to ask for it. If this has not been done, you will have to have the SMOG check done at (almost any) shop and pay $60-80 yourself before you can register/insure the car. This isn't a big deal but at the least you're out ~$60 and an hour or so.

-When you're test-driving a car such as the ones you're looking at, it should be quiet. If it vibrates/shakes/rattles noticeably at stoplights, if it makes clunk/bang/pop/chunk noises when going over bumps or turning around corners, don't buy it. If the dashboard has any bright little lights that match these, don't buy it (these mean the car needs expensive work!).

-Trust your gut feeling on the seller! I guess this depends a lot on your life experience and social awareness and all bets are off because Goons, but if you feel skeeved out and think this person might be hardselling you some garbage just lol and go test drive another Toyota because there are a billion of them. All prices on Craigslist are inflated at least $500-$1000 because haggling is expected and natural. I suck at haggling but I have still never paid the asking/listed price because just don't.

-When it comes to insurance, you can get quotes from all the major places online but I really recommend going to your local AAA office - you can sit down and talk with an agent and they'll explain all of the coverage levels and you can ask dumb questions in person. I have asked a million dumb questions/added or removed multiple vehicles/gotten discounts and my agent knows me now. AAA coverage rules too because if you break down you get free towing and they have certified mechanic shops and just rule in general. You can also do a lot of the normal registration and renewal paperwork there instead of hellish DMV offices.

-If by Valley-East-of-Los-Angeles you mean SGV, I know a good honest mechanic/shop in the Pasadena area who won't do you wrong.

Oh also freeways are safer and easier than streets just stay out of my fastlane ok

The Royal Nonesuch fucked around with this message at 10:02 on Jan 8, 2017

RillAkBea
Oct 10, 2008



lmbo calrissian posted:

2. I prefer a small car, but I'm now willing for anything. Friend says buying used SUVs is a good deal cause no one buys them here- I don't want one for many reasons but I'm willing

You don't want an SUV, that's a whole lot of car for an inexperienced driver and besides the tire prices alone will destroy you.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


RillAkBea posted:

You don't want an SUV, that's a whole lot of car for an inexperienced driver and besides the tire prices alone will destroy you.

And in SoCal, the savings on purchase price will quickly disappear into your gas tank.

You friend is dumb, lmbo calrissian. Well-intentioned, but dumb.

Godholio
Aug 28, 2002

Does a bear split in the woods near Zheleznogorsk?


I think the friend wants a friend with a vehicle that can haul stuff.

lmbo calrissian
Feb 1, 2007

i'm into fashion
men are my passion


2 weeks later- Hey guys thanks so much I decided to just be ballsy and proactive and safe and I trusted my gut bigtime on this private seller who happened to keep a super well-maintained 05 Civic with 145k miles for $5k, with Carfax with every service on it. Luckily owned by a body shop owner and a carhead. Everything part needing replacement was done pretty drat recent ago and fluids freshly changed, even the scratches on both bumpers removed and repainted before he sold me it. Everything looked solid from a mechanic's full inspection, I honestly got way lucky/I deserved it. I appreciate it you guys

he payed for smog and literally freshly renewed registration stickers


As for what my friend said about used SUVs, he ain't dumb he used to be a car flipper, but I don't know just what he meant. Maybe he thought that initial saving was really important to me. He was suggesting me way ugly stuff like a Nissan cube, toyota matrix, a '99 outback... I'm choking

The Royal Nonesuch posted:

-If by Valley-East-of-Los-Angeles you mean SGV, I know a good honest mechanic/shop in the Pasadena area who won't do you wrong.

SGV is where I live Royal Nonesuch yes! Dude I would totally love to hear about this shop, since I'm so close to Pasadena and I'll need a future mechanic. I don't have PMs but can you get me the info? I appreciate it!

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lmbo calrissian
Feb 1, 2007

i'm into fashion
men are my passion


Oh I forgot. Can I ask here advice on how to judge what to put on the DMV form for Selling Price? It was $4950... I'm not sure what insurance I'll get yet (I'll do it tomorrow) but I do have to tell my seller what I'm putting because he needs to put the same price on his form.

He said there's ups and downs to putting it higher or lower, but I want lower cause I want to pay less. Like, low $2000s range or less.

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