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    Double post.

    Wife is tired of doing the rear transmission mount for me, since I have giant meatball hands and hers are small and dainty and able to reach the bolts for it. She wants me to buy some polyurethane transmission mounts. They're specified for a Fiero but the design looks identical to what I have. Not really surprising since the Fiero subframe is an X/A-body subframe, and the drivetrain is shared as well. $90 each is a little eye watering, but they would basically be a lifetime part. But how far down the rabbit hole does that lead? Poly dogbone? Poly engine mount?

    Anyone here have experience with poly mounts, with regards to durability and NVH?
    Daniel
    Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
    Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
    Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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      I really dont like the Poly Mounts. The work, and they work for a long time, but the vibration transfer is more than I want.
      Brian - Carpe Diem

      I dont have to love my president, or any god, to love my country!!
      More people have died in the name of "God" than in all wars combined thruout history
      01 Pontiac Aztek GT AWD 127k - 04 GMC Envoy SLT XUV 193k

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        HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN

        ALL YOUR STICKER ARE BELONG TO US



        YOU ARE ON THE WAY TO DESTRUCTION



        WAT YOU SAY



        YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME



        HA HA HA HA . . . .

        Daniel
        Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
        Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
        Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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          I've mentioned this in the past, but there's an upgrade I've been wanting to do for some time on the wagon, namely van brakes. It's a fairly simple swap, with the majority of the parts readily available from any parts house or Rock Auto. Everything except the most important bit: the steering knuckles. The knuckles are the only part not available anywhere but salvage. You also need outer tie rods, ball joints, brake hoses, rotors and calipers, and the hub from the Century.



          I went to the yard this past weekend with my brother, and lo and behold, there was a '94 Trans Sport freshly put out. Just what I needed. However, as we all know, Las Vegas summers are brutal and unforgiving. Did I really want to spend a couple hours sweating to death to pull the parts myself?



          lol no I would much rather drive 600 miles and pay someone else $35 a pop to pull them from a '96 Lumina that's been sitting in their yard since 2009, so that's what I did yesterday.. They didn't bother playing around with it though, so I got the brakes and hub still attached.



          It gave me a chance to really test this truck. I know some folk might not think of a 600 mile highway blast as a test, but I don't really plan to keep this truck for too long. My mom has expressed an interest in it after all, and seems willing to trade her Silverado for it. I would prefer the Chevy anyway. I want it to be reliable for her, since she plans to make a cross country trip sometime soon.

          The place I went to was around 7000 feet in elevation, and they have some interesting choices for fuel.



          No one but me cares about this, but this V6 4 speed auto Ram is EPA rated at 14 mpg city and 19 highway. Driving steady state at 65 mph and pissing off absolutely everyone on the road, with some occasional AC use, the drive there returned 20.4, and the trip back home netted 23.3. Those are not typos. I have photos of the odometer and the fuel pump for any skeptical ones. For a vehicle with the aerodynamic profile of a pile of hippopotamus shit, and commensurate power output, that's damn good.

          As the above photo illustrates, a car sitting for 13 years tends to collect rust. I need to disassemble the extraneous parts so I can get the knuckles blasted and painted or blued. So I got to work this morning.

          Today's participants:


          Rusty garbage. The hub and rotor will go in the bin, but the caliper will hang around for a bit to be used as a core.


          The little Makita wasn't cutting it, so I brought out The Big Guns.


          The Earthquake XT and a little further persuasion got the caliper, rotor, and hub knocked off.


          Second verse, same as the first.


          Hero of the day.


          Zero of the day.
          Daniel
          Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
          Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
          Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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            Well, you were 300 miles closer to me! The Rams arent bad, but the EcoDeisel, or the new Duramax ECO is where its at. Those things are getting in the high 20's, low 30's for fuel mileage.

            More local to me, I use a 89 Octane Ethanol Free gasoline. It gives me a 1.5 MPG boost.
            Brian - Carpe Diem

            I dont have to love my president, or any god, to love my country!!
            More people have died in the name of "God" than in all wars combined thruout history
            01 Pontiac Aztek GT AWD 127k - 04 GMC Envoy SLT XUV 193k

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              Originally posted by Pontiac6ksteawd View Post
              Well, you were 300 miles closer to me! The Rams arent bad, but the EcoDeisel, or the new Duramax ECO is where its at. Those things are getting in the high 20's, low 30's for fuel mileage.

              More local to me, I use a 89 Octane Ethanol Free gasoline. It gives me a 1.5 MPG boost.
              This is an '08, which has the 3.7 single cam. I in no way shape or form endorse this truck, but it has functional air conditioning and better-than-expected fuel economy.
              Daniel
              Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
              Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
              Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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                I will be taking the wagon to a shop on Monday to have some electrical bullshit looked at, namely the turn signals and cruise control. I might go to the yard and grab a CC module to see if that makes it work again. Also, the CHMSL stopped working, and the rear defrost turns itself on and off at random. Electrical gremlins are fun!

                I fixed the fuel leak though. It ended up being one of the plastic clips that seats the fuel filter into the main line coming from the tank somehow got damaged and wasn't sealing completely. $18 for a new filter since you can't just get those clips by themselves and George was back on the road.

                Daniel
                Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
                Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
                Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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                  Today was supposed to be an easy day of swapping wheels, since my rear tires are nearly five years old and have some decent cracking in the sidewall.


                  Started like this:


                  Ended like this, with wheels from a 1992 Silhouette with really good tires. I picked them up from the yard in June of last year, and they've been collecting dust in the garage since.


                  The headache arose when trying to pull the wheels. My brother had give me some lug nuts that wouldn't fit his car last year, some kinda fancy chrome ones with internal hex, making them a little hard for randos to remove. Unfortunately for me, they were also difficult for me to unscrew, resulting in this:


                  One broken and two mangled studs. I went ahead and replaced the entire hub, since it was easy enough, and I would have had to pull it to replace the studs regardless, and the rear hubs are original. Painful, at about $100 each. I will do the other one in the morning. A liberal amount of antiseize was applied to the studs and the mounting face so as to prevent such nonsense in the future.

                  Free shit always ends up being the most expensive, doesn't it?

                  It also leveled the car back out, which will probably take a little readjustment for me as a driver. I liked the old-school rake the taller rear tires gave it. "New" tires are 205-70-15 all around, while the previous setup was 215-60-16 front, 225-60-16 rear. There's like a tenth of an inch difference in height, so I probably won't even need to recalibrate the speedometer.
                  Daniel
                  Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
                  Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
                  Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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                    Second verse same as the first, with extra bonus broken studs on the passenger side.


                    Time for new shoes, it seems.


                    New hotness.


                    No such thing as too much antiseize, right guys?


                    Old hub goes exactly where it belongs.


                    Quick test drive confirmed speedometer calibration is accurate. Unexpected side effect of new wheels: steering wheel straightened out, where it was clocked a few degrees left before. I had an alignment done when I replaced the struts last year, and the mechanic was obsessed with getting the wheel straight, spending something like two hours fucking with it. I commended him. His efforts have paid dividends now.
                    Daniel
                    Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 227k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
                    Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 132k miles.
                    Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. No longer with us.

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                      Nice wheels. Same as I put on mine. I load up the surfaces with that much anti seize too. I put 205 65 R15 on mine. It was a toss up. My old 6000 had both 205 65 R15 and 205 70 R15 at times. Stock size for that car was 195 70 R15 which I couldn’t get even in 1996.
                      1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
                      1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
                      1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
                      1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
                      Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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