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[QUOTE=TomatoSoup;2177993]Crud. From what I've seen it's just a matter of time before your water pump gives way completely. The leaks come and go until they don't (go).

BUT, if you're handy with tools, it's not an expensive repair. However, if you have to take it somewhere to get it done, then it IS an expensive repair.[/QUOTE

Yeah, what he said, I just had mine done at a local dealership ... 1,100+ dollars.
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Crud. From what I've seen it's just a matter of time before your water pump gives way completely. The leaks come and go until they don't (go).

BUT, if you're handy with tools, it's not an expensive repair. However, if you have to take it somewhere to get it done, then it IS an expensive repair.[/QUOTE

Yeah, what he said, I just had mine done at a local dealership ... 1,100+ dollars.
My water pump budget is $100, $1100 budget is for a turbo upgrade. Still trying to check on different turbo option to get me a good street/daily friendly 360whp or so.
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Got it tuned yesterday. On stock tires, no bite in 1st or 2nd gear, but 3rd pulls nicely. I am sure there are some enhancements that I can add to the tune but it is ok for now. I used another tuned gxp as a baseline. It was a matter on giving up some credits, as I use hp tuners to tune my ls swapped 89 TA
The trick with saving credits is to use the HPT VCM Editor to copy the differences from your "new" tune over to your "old" tune. Save it, and write that to the car. You don't have to spend two sets of credits for one car.

The HP Tuners site has some decent information. See https://www.hptuners.com/help/vcm_editor_compare.htm

Once you've got the comparison view open, there's an option to copy all of the differences over. Make sure you keep a backup somewhere. (I just emailed my original to myself.)
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Started on the downpipe. Hopefully will be following with charge pipes next week.
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Cheap charge pipe progress so far. Angles are a bit different from oem piece but came out close enough for to fit.
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Water pump has been good for almost a month now, maybe just driving it made it happier for now. Finished the shocks, installed rear brace, changed rear diff fluid and trans fluid. Rear end sounds and feels much better now.
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Some more progress. Installed the front brace, but had to hammer it a bit for fan connector to still fit. Also got couple of spare radios and fixed the cd player/cd changer on original radio. Short throw shifter is in as well. Window regulator was stuck, took it out and at first thought easy repair seeing the white guide being broken. Then realized the steel cable got damaged as well. Ordered new cable for it.
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Fascinating and entertaining, what you're doing here. Keep it coming!

Love the boomerang support 'tool' . I have usually just tied it up to the roof catch, but this may well be a quicker alternative.
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Putting the regulator back is a pain. It works but is a bit noisy, I think it is because the gear is not crimped in like originally, but have an idea how to fix that next time it is out. Takes 11ft of 1.5mm cable and new crimp pieces.
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intercooler is coming along as well.
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Final test fit, and it tucks in after welding it all up. Now need to make some sort of screen to replace where the factory portion of the bumper broke off. Shifter feels good, ride feels more predictable in the corner(bracing helped or might just that I want it to be better feeling) and feels like it gained a bit of pick up with maybe even 1 or 2 psi less of boost after intercooler change.
And the parking in the lines as it used to be a bicycle spot that been moved with lines just staying
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Awesome!

My bumper is also missing that center section. I unfortunately ran over a turtle at about 80MPH.

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Norm makes a fiberglass lip (splitter) that may well do exactly what you want - and look better in the process


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There was a lip for sale locally, but still more than I really wanted to spend. On a side note, now that window works, the placement of the switches make them impossible to use with left hand. Have to reach over with right hand
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Finally took care of the passenger side regulator. Put a new unit in, but had to swap to old window hold down clamp for rear as the one on the new regulator had an odd angle causing misalignment of the glass.
Did not do a rebuild on this side as wanted to finish quicker but saved the old one for possible rebuild. Needs a cable just like the drive side did.

Also went ahead and added 3 bar sensors.
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