Finally cleaned this thing the other day. Too bad its no where near as nice looking now. I hate winter.
Clean winter mode
The other day on the way home it starting sounding like someone hitting a hammer to the subframe over every single bump or crack in the road. Get home, jack it up and see the shock moving within the mount.
Fkn Racelands. Both sides were like this.
So I went ahead and installed the rear (black) shocks and spring/adj. perches from the MS Motorsports coilovers. Rides soooooo much nicer. I think the springs are actually stiffer, but the shocks are so much better that it doesn't matter. Every noise Ive been hearing was the shocks, not the exhaust. Its silent now.
My wife has a friend in town this weekend, so that means I had the green light to plan garage time.
Yesterday started with the passenger side motor mount. The frame rail was covered in oil.
Old pos VS new AWR 80 duro mount
Then tackled the driver's side. She's buried underneath the battery box.
Old that wasn't too bad really VS new Hardrace hardened rubber mount
Then tackled the rear. Once I figured out to get the damn jack out of there and just let the motor sit, it was easy.
Old soft and mushy VS new AWR 80 duro
I then swapped the oil filter housing for a spin on style and did an oil change. No pics, but Im glad I did it. The cartridge was leaking. Glad to have a normal one anyways. Only problem here was the front clip/nuts on the undertray. What a dumb design, unless what Im seeing isn't oem.
Then tackled the exhaust. This was the only major pain in the ass all day. Only had to cut one section and wasn't hard to get off. But the rear support bracket at the tip was cut off. So after cutting the custom mount off the old muffler, breaking the bolt I wanted to use to mount it, breaking a bit to drill the bolt out, I finally got it mounted up. The fitment is pretty good.
old VS used Corksport w/ test pipe
Only major vibes are between 1k-2k rpm. Not too bad, couple rattles in the rear that are likely due to my exhaust hanger. I didn't expect this big of a change in exhaust note and sound. Very mellow at idle and low load, but its throaty and sounds like an animal under load. CRAZY resonance between 4.5-5k, which Im sure is a mixture of the mounts, intake mod and exhaust.
Hard to quantify any gains.
Happy with it. Was really happy to get some known issues fixed before they became worse. All-in-all a good day of wrenching.
Front coilover setup waiting on a good deal on camber plates to pop up. I'll put the rear bar in at the same time and may go ahead and do endlinks all around.
Got some tuning to do now.