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HPIA4v2 06-18-2012 10:17 AM

Well,
I re-wired my angel-eyes (DEPO headlights), used to be tied to fog lamps but it flickers when off due to LCM test signal.

I tapped the parking light (one click on the main headlight switch), to power an opto solid state relay to activate an ACC (accessory) line to power-up a 30AMP relay (I kno wit's an overkill ratingwise but) that turn the AE on/off. Very clean since I don't need to add aftermarket switch on the dash and no flicker on AE. This rather elaborate wiring cause I want to make sure when engine off the AE is off not draining the batt.

TiAgX5 06-18-2012 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by pnoyako85 (Post 881996)
did spacers 25mm....
top pic 1 ....before...
2 right side before..left side after

3/4 buttom pic after..

You need to do the "same brand/style rear tire" mod on your X.

SlickGT1 06-18-2012 11:12 AM

Checked the tire pressure all around. Lost 2 psi in 2 months. Not bad.

Cisc0 06-18-2012 12:21 PM

Gunmetal 87's
 
Powder coated my 87's Gunmetal:

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0257.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0255.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0256.jpg

& removed spacers all around due to broken seized bolt on both my rear spacers:

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...IMG_0252-1.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0251.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0250.jpg

Anyone know how I can salvage these spacers without damaging them? or where I can send to repair? I contacted H&R and they told me to kick rocks...

SlickGT1 06-18-2012 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Cisc0 (Post 882321)
Powder coated my 87's Gunmetal:

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0257.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0255.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0256.jpg

& removed spacers all around due to broken seized bolt on both my rear spacers:

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...IMG_0252-1.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0251.jpghttp://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/IMG_0250.jpg

Anyone know how I can salvage these spacers without damaging them? or where I can send to repair? I contacted H&R and they told me to kick rocks...


Drill a hole through that. Slow speed, metal bit. Go slow, don't burn the bit.
Keep going to bigger sizes till you are closer to the threads. Once you are close enough, take a chisel and collapse the remaining into the new hole.

You can also try screw extractor kit, but that will be a hit or miss.

Chances are you will need to clean up the threads, so you might have to run the threads through with a tap.

TiAgX5 06-18-2012 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Cisc0 (Post 882321)
.....broken seized bolt on both my rear spacers: ....

Are those 20mm spacers? If so, the OE wheel bolts should have had the 1st thread ground off (shorter length) before installing. When full length bolts are used they bottom out on the hub surface the spacer is mounted on, the end of the bolt mushrooms and the 1st thread is so deformed that it will not back out thru the spacer insert.

Cisc0 06-18-2012 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by TiAgX5 (Post 882356)
Are those 20mm spacers? If so, the OE wheel bolts should have had the 1st thread ground off (shorter length) before installing. When full length bolts are used they bottom out on the hub surface the spacer is mounted on, the end of the bolt mushrooms and the 1st thread is so deformed that it will not back out thru the spacer insert.


They're not, they are DRA 25mm. I used the supplied shorter bolts to mount to rotor then my OE bolts to mount to spacer.

TiAgX5 06-18-2012 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Cisc0 (Post 882358)
They're not, they are DRA 25mm. I used the supplied shorter bolts to mount to rotor then my OE bolts to mount to spacer.

Just double checked the box my spacers came in, they are also 25mm DRAs. you needed to grind approx 1/16" off the ends of the bolts to prevent them from bottoming out on the hub and deforming, I can see by the triangular shape on the end of the bolt in your pic that this was not done, you can also see the end of the bolt was mashed into the hub. H&R told you to go kick rocks because they provide details in the installation instructions to avoid this issue.

Cisc0 06-18-2012 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by TiAgX5 (Post 882361)
Just double checked the box my spacers came in, they are also 25mm DRAs. you needed to grind approx 1/16" off the ends of the bolts to prevent them from bottoming out on the hub and deforming, I can see by the triangular shape on the end of the bolt in your pic that this was not done, you can also see the end of the bolt was mashed into the hub. H&R told you to go kick rocks because they provide details in the installation instructions to avoid this issue.

I didn't see any instructions in regards to grinding off the ends of the bolts. The only instruction I see are to NOT use an impact gun to torque, to always hand tighten the bolts. And I believe that was the case, the last time I did rear rotors, the idiot probably used an impact gun to tighten ALL the bolts.

TiAgX5 06-18-2012 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Cisc0 (Post 882364)
I didn't see any instructions in regards to grinding off the ends of the bolts. The only instruction I see are to NOT use an impact gun to torque, to always hand tighten the bolts. And I believe that was the case, the last time I did rear rotors, the idiot probably used an impact gun to tighten ALL the bolts.

There were 2 instruction sheets provided with the 25mm DRAs I installed last year but I noticed the issue when I slipped the spacer into the wheel hub and inserted a bolt thru the wheel and spacer, it protruded a full tread.


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