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by mental_junkyard
Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: my speedometer says 85..can i go faster?
Replies: 37
Views: 7065

Absolutely! After you get the car sorted out, anyway. My '89 has been upgraded with a 150 mph speedo, and I've had it to 120, and it was rock-solid. (Not on a public road of course, that would be illegal :wink: )
by mental_junkyard
Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Merkur vs Hyundai Excel
Replies: 3
Views: 1808

Merkur vs Hyundai Excel

OK, so I'm making my rounds on Christmas day, dropping off some presents around town, when I'm sitting at a stoplight and one of those Hyundai Excels pulls up next to me. You know, one of those cars you get for free in a box of cereal.... only this one's all tricked out for racing with a cheap ricer...
by mental_junkyard
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New here...
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

trade ya! :lol:
by mental_junkyard
Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: rapido intercooler mount
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

It would be very simple to make the brackets. Just prop the IC into place with a jackstand with the plumbing connected, make a couple of measurements, make two bends in some steel flat stock, and drill a few holes. The outer ends of the brackets attach to the lower points on the radiator support. Yo...
by mental_junkyard
Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: need to loose a few pounds with this manual LHD rack?
Replies: 65
Views: 14800

Speaking of fast steering... I've never seen one thread take so many wrong turns so quickly. Maybe HERE we need a 4.1 ratio. :lol:
by mental_junkyard
Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Safest way to keep an XR4 on jack stands for a few months?
Replies: 20
Views: 4482

What we used to do for some cars is modify a set of jackstands with a flat plate on top and a large pin that fit into a hole in the rail. that way, the weight was supported over a larger area, and the pin prevented the car from sliding off the stand if someone should bump it. This is quite handy if ...
by mental_junkyard
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Racing & Track Events
Topic: Road Atlanta
Replies: 7
Views: 4463

Good luck! Road Atlanta is a great track. I'm kind of jealous!
by mental_junkyard
Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: wheel studs
Replies: 6
Views: 2271

yes, that much I know.... I've installed a few sets of longer, racing studs. That's why I was concerned about space on the backside of the hub. It's way too easy to get a little overzealous with a gun and end up stretching the new stud. I'll seat it nice and slow with a ratchet. If the splines are c...
by mental_junkyard
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: wheel studs
Replies: 6
Views: 2271

That's good news! I was a bit concerned about having enough clearance behind the hub to get the new stud in without taking things apart. I have run into that sort of issue before.
by mental_junkyard
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Brazil Video
Replies: 32
Views: 6885

Yes, that last sentence says a lot..... I've always said that a lot of the problems with the Big Three (build quality, high manufacturing costs, etc) can be traced to that very same attitude.
by mental_junkyard
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: feeler thread: interested in a front strut tower brace?
Replies: 18
Views: 2934

if you want lightweight, them machine the ends from aluminum, and glue them into a carbon fiber tube. It makes a really cool brace... although it would have to be a straight bar for this setup. My XR came with an OMP front brace, so I'm all set.... if I didn't have a broken wheel stud.
by mental_junkyard
Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: wheel studs
Replies: 6
Views: 2271

wheel studs

So, I decided to put my snow tires on today, and in the process of removing the summer wheels, snapped off one of the rear wheel studs. Why don't people always use anti-seize on the threads? Anyway, I've not had the rear drums off of an XR yet, so I'm wondering if this is going to be a PITA project,...
by mental_junkyard
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Project car bugs: C3 auto and it won't move
Replies: 34
Views: 8510

The first thing I would check is the fluid level in the transmission. if it's too low, the torque converter may not engage, or the valve body may not function, effectively keeping it in park. Then, have someone look beneath the car (from a safe position, of course), and see if the driveshaft is spin...
by mental_junkyard
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: Project, Photo & Video Phorum
Topic: Enjoy!
Replies: 3
Views: 1921

ahh, this vid was posted on here recently, and I recognize the car as one from here in Indianapolis. I drive by it several times a week. Definitely not much "Sierra" left beneath the bodywork. V8, no IRS, big tires.... but still cool
by mental_junkyard
Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: 24f battery in a xr
Replies: 9
Views: 2933

24F, as memory serves, is a Group 24 size battery with the terminal positions reversed. It might be a little tall. Very bad things happen when your battery shorts out against your hood. I've seen that happen before, not pretty. if there is any concern at all, get the right size.