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I bit the bullet I bit the bullet

... and bought a set of Whiteline swaybar endlinks for my ‘98 Subaru Legacy Outback. These things are crazy light weight, even compared to stock plastic endlinks - I’m a bit baffled by the inclusion of lightening holes TBH.

Broke another endlink Broke another endlink

The clunk from the rear was another broken swaybar endlink. I don’t know if the bushing failed and caused the bolt to break, or if the bolt broke and took the bushing with it.

Street racing: Just Don't

So this was in the local news today. A 35-year-old lost control of his Challenger while racing a Charger on a public highway, hit a semi hard enough to knock it’s trailer over the center divider, and ultimately caused the death of 3 innocent people.

Changing hub bearings like a cheater Changing hub bearings like a cheater

I accidentally found the secret combination of Harbor Freight tools to make changing hub bearings without a press as easy as child’s play.

Subaru reman CV axle vs Cardone Subaru reman CV axle vs Cardone

You hear a lot about Subarus being picky about axles, about “New, made in China” replacement axles not being great, and that Subaru axles are the only ones to use on your Subie. Now, I add my voice to these anecdotes.

18 Years of Subaru Outback 18 Years of Subaru Outback

My coworker just bought a 2016 Subaru Outback, so I took the opportunity to take a few pictures with my 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback. Despite vastly different styling, you can definitely see the family resemblance. The overall length, ground clearance, and roof height are surprisingly similar.

Yup, that's broken Yup, that's broken

I had my driver’s seat apart yesterday to fix the broken lumbar support (which was an unqualified success FWIW - silver lining FTW!). I carefully set my phone in the corner so it wouldn’t be damaged. As I reassembled the seat, the seat back slipped out of my hands, bounced across the garage, and came to rest with one…

New rattle in the Subaru New rattle in the Subaru

My ‘98 Subaru Legacy Outback got a new rattle this weekend! It’s only audible from under the car, and I’m hoping it’s coming from the little spring bolt doodads that hold the exhaust flex joint together. I’ll try to get the car on ramps tonight and hopefully be able to easily fix it.

Cool cars: Ferrari California vs Alfa GTV6 Cool cars: Ferrari California vs Alfa GTV6

Spotted in a parking lot in downtown Chatsworth. I’d take the Alfa, myself, given a choice. I am not a fan of the California’s appearance.

One of my neighbors has a cool car One of my neighbors has a cool car

1977(?) Toyota Celica Coupe. I’ve also seen an older Toyota hatchback around, either an AE86 or an AE85. I’m not sure if it’s the same owner or if there are some Japanese classic car lovers in my neighborhood.

Recommend me a first forced-induction daily driver Recommend me a first forced-induction daily driver

My trusty ‘98 Subaru Legacy wagon is creeping up to 230,000 miles and I’ve noticed oil consumption trending upwards and fuel economy trending downwards for a few months now. As some point in the not too distant future (next Sunday AD) I will need to replace it with something a few years newer and with significantly…

Timing belt tensioner: is this OK? Timing belt tensioner: is this OK?

I’m trying to track down a ticking sound coming from my Subaru’s engine, and someone suggested I check to see if the timing belt tensioner was blown. I pulled everything apart this morning and took a video of what it looks like at idle.

Spotted on the road Spotted on the road

I'm not sure what it is. Sorry for the bad picture, it was a ways away from my zoomless camera. The writing on the side says "Tanya".

Saw this Thing on my lunch break Saw this Thing on my lunch break

It's nice to see older cars like this being driven.

Oh heck yes Oh heck yes

As seen on my lunch break.

2011 Fiesta vs 2011 Versa: The search for a good used car

Some of you may recall that my co-worker is looking for a new ride after his Focus blew up. It looks like he's probably going to try to get financing for a late model used car. He wants to keep it under $10k, but he also wants something decent that will last a few years.

Recommend a cheap car for someone who won't take care of it Recommend a cheap car for someone who won't take care of it

Have a VW Type 3 Fastback for your trouble, as seen on my lunch break today.

The Pontiac has been unscrewed The Pontiac has been unscrewed

I spent a few hours on Saturday swapping the radiator out on my brother's Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. Everything went really smoothly. The radiator that I put in a month or so ago was for the naturally aspirated Grand Prix, and the one I swapped in on Saturday should be the correct one. In the picture, you can see pretty…

Fixing my screw up this weekend Fixing my screw up this weekend

So yeah - I put the wrong radiator in my brother's Pontiac Grand Prix. He has a 2004 GTP Comp G with the supercharged L32, and I put the radiator for a naturally aspirated L26 engine in it. The end tanks are the same, but the L26 radiator's core is 5/8" thick and the L32 core is a full 1" thick.

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