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Tech / Stuck brake
January 01, 2012, 11:23:44 am
The car felt like it had a stuck brake.  Parked it at the airport and on the way home last Tuesday it was really noticable.  Parked the car that night, the next morning I saw this.  Pretty easy to tell which brake was the issue eh?
General Audi Discussion / Motorcity Gumball Rally Team
November 26, 2011, 11:16:00 am
With the complete failure of the Michigan Gumball last year, a group of well organized individuals wanted to take the idea and make it a success. 

I think that MCA should have a team in the rally.  If there is anyone interested in participating as an MCA team lmk and we can discuss ways of getting sponsorship.

We will need a couple of people for this so post up if you'd be interested.  I won't be able to drive with the team since I'm going to be a driver for one of the charity spots.

Discuss....  :)
Tech / Direct Injection and Catch Cans
November 08, 2011, 03:56:41 pm
Interesting read on why a catch can might be a good idea/or may not be needed if you buy a direct injected car.  I know this problem has crippled many RS4s making them prone to beatings by lesser cars.

The Auto Observer
Non-Audi Classifieds / Flying Miata certificates
November 05, 2011, 09:01:48 am
I know we've got a few Miata/Audi folks on here.  I've got $200 worth of credit at Flying Miata that I'd sell for $100.  I confirmed w/ them that I can in fact transfer the credit.

If you are interested send me a PM.

Non-Audi Classifieds / fs: 55 Gal fish tank
November 05, 2011, 08:54:16 am
I've got a 55 gallon standard fish tank for sale.  Comes with a light (one of the ballasts need replacing), light has built in LED moon lights.  I decided to downsize, now its taking up valuable real estate in the garage.

Non-Audi Classifieds / 1990 Mazda Miata *sold*
October 20, 2011, 01:13:11 pm
113,xxx miles and climbing as I'm now driving to Ann Arbor for my job. It's a great little car, well taken car of and looks really good with a nice coat of wax. Base model, role up windows, open diff, 1.6l engine w/ 5 speed manual. I can get 32 mpg on the highway being easy on the throttle. I had big plans for this car but I've taken a job that puts 80 miles each day on the car so I'm changing those plans.

New as of this sping KYB AGX shocks, all the suspension bushings, ball joints, tie rods, bolts and nuts. (retained stock springs)
Eibach sway bars w/ adjustable links
cat delete spec Miata exhaust with road muffler. Its a little loud but in great condition.
11 lbs wheels (can't remember the brand off hand) with Dunlop summer tires (~3500 miles on them)
*comes with stock wheels as well
Miata front lip spoiler

It's a car old enough to drink legally so there are a few quirks:
pcv valve needs replacing
the clutch makes noises like a cricket occasionally. The clutch works perfectly however.
slight rust on the rockers in the usual spot on Miatas.
It will need a new soft top. It does leak in strong rain storms.
the interior is immaculate except for a small seam break on the back of the driver's seat and a crack in the arm rest (I have a replacement for that).

Asking $2000, MIVE price is $1800

There is a hard top available as well for $800

For more info and some photos click here:  http://www.motorcityaudi.com/forums/index.php/topic,8260.0.html
Rant Chamber / Just because....
August 11, 2011, 05:21:41 pm
I drive a Miata doesn't mean I'm gay!  >:(

To the girl on the back of the crotch rocket wearing short-shorts and flip flops, you're lucky I'm a nice guy and didn't force you off the road....don't think it didn't cross my mind.
Tech / Quality Calipers (caliper repair)
August 08, 2011, 01:47:45 pm
I was pretty bummed when Pro Tech went out of business but I've found the suitable replacement with great prices.

Quality Calipers
1421 Hilton Road
Ferndale, MI 48220-2835
(248) 547-7774
This is just an awesome recap of the race

As Motorstadt 8 is written in the books I have to say it turned out to be a great show for Audi.  To be honest it was a great show in general but there are only so many MK4 Jettas you can look at before your eyes glaze over.

A big thanks to those that made the drive to make it a fantastic Audi turnout.  I also have to give VAST Performance a huge shoutout for bringing 4 amazing cars out to show and grilling up lunch for all of us.  Thanks guys!

The show will definitely go down as the year of the B6s, Vinny had some big competition this year.  I'm so used to seeing B5s as the dominant car but we had 6 and the B6s were double that.   

I'll post up more pics as I can, sadly my camera was left at home so I'm relying on others...
General Audi Discussion / Congrats to Audi
June 12, 2011, 06:39:59 am
Congrats to the #2 Audi R18 for the overall win at Lemans.  Sadly we lost two of the Audi's in horrific accidents but everyone walked away.

General Audi Discussion / 1000hp A5 drag car
June 12, 2011, 06:23:21 am
QuoteSweden's Jens Eklund has been sending huge-horsepower Audis down drag strips since last decade. His latest car stands out for its mind-twisting mashup of the A5's lithe form with that typically hand-made muscularity of a drag car. The result? Awesomeness writ huge.

Tech / Droid Torque App
April 30, 2011, 07:24:16 pm
I was introduced to the Torque App for the Droid (and soon Blackberry) market today.  In a nutshell, it is an OBD2 reader for your phone!  Plugged it into the A4 today, not only did it read my engine code fault but I was able to reset the light....eat your heart out VAG COM  :)  It also uses the OBD link to give you a real time 'dashboard' of whatever you want displayed (boost, speed, coolant temp, fuel pressure, engine load, and on and on ).

The free version of the app does most things, the paid version is only $5.  A bluetooth OBD2 adapter (oh ya, its wireless baby) can be had for as little as $20 or so I've heard.  The adapter I tried today was a really nice one that cost ~$100.

Eric and Colleen were down there today and I got the much needed drivers side body bumper mount.  Most of the front body is damaged but it has a great interior with sport steering wheel (minus airbag of course).  Auto, radio still in it (the older style single din).
Being in my 30s it saddens me to refer to something only 21 years old as in need of revitalization but alas, my poor Miata just doesn't take the turns like she used to.  Truth be told its not just the turns anymore either.  There are groans, creeks, squeals, a smidge of clattering and the occasional clunk.  It is therefore time I do what any grease loving car guy would do and embark on a project the size and scale of which the Miata has never seen before. 

I often refer to myself as a "Self Proclaimed Professional Driver" (TM) and as such I have never shied away from the challenge of driving anything.  My fiancĂ© however does not refer to her as such and does shy away...far, far away from the Miata.  Once hallowed back in the day as the epitome of sports-car'iness, my 1990 lost that trait a few years ago.  A couple weeks ago the weather broke just long enough for me to pull the car from her winters nest and as excited as I was to cruise the few curvy streets that suburban Michigan offers, I was reminded of the need to undergo this massive project.   The Michigan pot holes were not only annoying to the touch but offered another remarkable result, an unwanted lane change. 

I have been planning for a while now the suspension upgrade event as this is not a recent problem but in the past I was limited as to how I could make the repairs, I had neither a garage nor a driveway to call my own.  There are wonderful people out there that have offered up the use of their garages and driveways in the past but a fix of this scale was much too extreme, labor intensive and time consuming.  I was finally given the last piece of the puzzle mid 2010 when, through prayer to the car gods, I found a new living space complete with a garage suitable for most mechanical efforts.

And so it begins.  I now race the weather in hopes to complete my task and take my first top down drive in 2011 on that first 60 degree sunny day.  In my way lies a path never travelled before on my Miata which assuredly means I will encounter rust, rust and more rust.  Armed with little more than my will to win and an army of rust combatants (the blue tipped torch and PB Blaster), let the games begin!

A couple days after I first got her....darn near 4 years ago

This was the last cruise we took and I don't mean in the daily driving sense.  It was a beautiful day and a drive up Jefferson Avenue from St Clair Shores to Port Huron was the perfect way to spend it. 

In the garage, up on stands.  The first corner of disassembly (front passenger) is always the easiest.  Nothing broke, a little heat and a healthy dose of PB Blaster got everything loose.  From here I'll take the parts, clean them, remove the old bushings and replace them with brand new OEM (not going crazy on these, didn't want to buy poly bushings and deal with squeaks, I have enough of those). 

On to the driver's side and here's where the fun starts.  To get the lower ball joint out you have to remove the lower shock bolt.  Seized.  Got the nut of all right but the bolt had fused itself within the bushing.  Couldn't use the torch to try and break it loose because the bushing would catch on fire.  Thanks to my Audi brethren for advice and tools to borrow cause the sawzall fixed the issue.

Sadly the ordeal is not over.  The rear camber adjusting bolt is locked by rust as well.  Sawzall to the rescue for the second time.  (I plan on replacing all the camber bolts anyways so I'm not loosing too much sleep over this one)

I've found a good use for those DTE Energy Music Theater chairs!

Starting on the rears now.  They are worse than the fronts.  Lets just say, some engineer thought it was a good idea to use an 8 inch bolt to hold the lower control arm to the hub.  They obviously have never dealt with salty winter roads cause this thing is STUCK!  Pics to come.

Non-Audi Classifieds / Cheap Ferrari on Craigslist
March 20, 2011, 07:07:07 am
This thing is AWESOME!   :o ::) :o
....cause it's all my fault.  As is usually the case, the first person to swap brings the bad weather back.  Couldn't help it, had to go back to summer mode.  Don't mind the VW centercaps, that will be corrected this week.

Work safe / Snowmobile'n around the D
February 14, 2011, 11:52:37 am
A group of guys decide to ride their snowmobiles from Detroit to West Bloomfield....

Here's a Jalopnik article about it: http://jalopnik.com/#!5760192/detroit-is-so-deserted-you-can-snowmobile-down-the-freeway

Work safe / Dodge CEO unveils the Man Van
February 11, 2011, 09:56:42 am
This is the world wide debut of the Man Van from the Chicago Auto Show.....4:55 is where it gets cool.

FYI, the Aaron he is referring to is Guru931
Tech / got some fun noises...
February 10, 2011, 07:58:34 am
I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be hearing these but I thought it wise to consult the group.

Noise #1:  Accelerating from a stop while turning the wheel sharply I hear the diff clunking.  It happens both right and left turns.  I can't imagine this is normal for an Audi but please correct me if I'm wrong.  Has anyone else had this and repaired it?  Info on what lies before me would be great.

Noise #2:  Right rear corner has a bad clunk over large bumps.  I'm pretty sure this is beyond the normal A4 multi-link bushing problem, maybe a spring seat?  I'm hoping to look into this over the weekend since it'll be slightly warmer.

Noise #3:  This one has perplexed me.  Upon normal, easy acceleration I hear a squeaky fan type noise from the dash area, give the car the beans and the noise goes away.  Unless someone has a good idea of what this might be I'm going to chalk it up to ridiculously cold temps playing havoc on the car.  If it warms up and goes away I'll know differently.