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PostSubject: Re: The "Green Panda" Hatchback   The "Green Panda" Hatchback - Page 3 EmptyTue May 19, 2020 2:39 pm

Great progress! DIY mat gave me an idea for the truck here.
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PostSubject: Re: The "Green Panda" Hatchback   The "Green Panda" Hatchback - Page 3 EmptyTue May 19, 2020 4:26 pm

Thanks! Very Happy Altho i have put the DIY mat project on hold, since i was able to restore the original rubber mats colors somewhat and they look better (for the time being anyway). Still need to hunt down someone who can make some custom ones and i'll probably use the rubber mats measurements. Still i'm glad some of my weird antics gave someone inspiration laugh
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PostSubject: Re: The "Green Panda" Hatchback   The "Green Panda" Hatchback - Page 3 EmptyTue May 19, 2020 5:13 pm

Last time when i checked the wiring behind that panel, i didn't see the wiring for the dimmer switch.. until i checked it again i and i found it! It was so well hidden the first time...
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Anyway i knew immediately that i had to populate it with some goodies.
A small piece of luxury has been acquired!

The lights in the cluster are in need of a upgrade, in order to make better use of the dimmer switch. The lights are only visible at night and even then the lights are weak.

Obviously the electric mirrors don't work since the door part of the wiring is missing it, despite having the wiring ready for the switch. Truly bizarre.. unless i have been fooled once again. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: The "Green Panda" Hatchback   The "Green Panda" Hatchback - Page 3 EmptyMon Jun 01, 2020 5:13 pm

Alright it's update time! two weeks ago i decided to undertake a front side overhaul with a new set of control arms, ball joints and dog bones.
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Left side hardware is out! The ball joint was a pain in the ass to remove.
The rear pushing is in surprisingly good condition, despite the rust. But i'll renew it anyway since i got a new one ready to go.
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Now take a look at this.. this thing is shredded! This happened because the mounting point at some point in it's lifetime got (presumably) hit by a rock and bent against the pushing, grinding it away over time.
With the help of a propane torch (my first time using it, i'm amazed i didn't cause hellfire upon this neighborhood.) and some bending, it's much better now.
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Here's a better look at it.
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Aaand here's the final product! Looking mighty fine.
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Oh here's a polyurethane sway bar bushings that i installed awhile back, it tightened things up nicely. Now i need to decide if i'm going to just upgrade the rear bushings or the rear sway bar itself..
Anyway this side is D O N E, a whole day was spent on it and my whole body was aching all over the place, especially my arms  lol!
After a good night's rest, it was time to tackle the other side. Sadly i didn't snap any photos since my battery died, but it's save to say that things progressed a lot faster since a knew what i was doing this time.
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All things didn't go as planned tho. The right side ball joint gave me too much trouble (mainly because lack of proper tools and space), so i phoned up my local mechanic and he took care of it later, i also made him change my oil while i was at it. I'll be definitely be doing some tool shopping after this. After this i can say that the ride quality is much improved.
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And now, i have purchased a new set of tie rods. After that the front side is pretty much brand new other than CV axels(?).
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PostSubject: Re: The "Green Panda" Hatchback   The "Green Panda" Hatchback - Page 3 EmptyMon Jun 01, 2020 5:15 pm

And that's that for now. Oh and the painted spoilers arrived last week, they look mental! I'll try to get some photos of them this week so you all can see the results!
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