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The Lounge / Re: Planning a trip for next summer (hopefully)
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 20, 2018, 04:47:38 PM »
Getting around LA is never fun.
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The Lounge / Re: Got the Cherokee back from the interior shop
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 20, 2018, 04:47:01 PM »
How much for the work?  I bet everything feels more solid with that seat fixed.  4 breaks!  Yikes!
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The Lounge / Got the Cherokee back from the interior shop
« Last post by Onyx Dragon on September 20, 2018, 08:34:57 AM »
Just had the XJ in the shop for some interior work.  The roof liner was all but done and the driver's seat was broken.  I called the guy on the way to pick it up and he told me the seat was broken in 4 places.  They fixed that, some rips on the side of the same seat, and replaced the liner.  The liner looks like the factory liner, they did such a good job, and the seat feels solid.  The other places I went to said they would just rehang the liner.  These guys told me they could do that and it would be cheaper, but because the foam was basically destroyed that it would come back down a lot faster, and that ultimately I'd save money doing it the right way.  New foam, new liner, and it looks great. 

That seat was making a LOT of noise.  Now that it's fixed, there is less creaking as well.
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The Lounge / Been doing some work on my Cherokee
« Last post by Onyx Dragon on September 16, 2018, 10:18:13 AM »
...and realizing I still love this damn thing!  My sister has been driving it for the past 2 years (single mom, needed a dependable car).  She's big on the whole independence thing, which means she tries to do the maintenance on my Jeep, which means it piles up.  So anyway, new tires are on, I am replacing the sway bar links with quicker disconnects (she won't use them, but they are stronger, and the link on the driver side has been bent since I got it), new sway bar bushings, new idler pulley, recharged the A/C, getting new speakers installed to replace the dead and old ones, new battery, new radiator and upper radiator hose, and having satelite radio installed (a treat from our mom for her) since she gets only crappy radio on the eastern shore of Maryland.

So she's been driving my '13 Wrangler, but damned if I don't miss this old girl.  She's noisier, doesn't have a removable top, is slower, and creaks a LOT.  But damned if she isn't still fun! 

My mom has been pretty cool about this, she drives 2 miles to a commuter lot, so during the 3 weeks I've had it, she has just swapped with me, so she drives the XJ to her commuter lot and I've been taking her newer Grand Cherokee to work.  Her first day with it she tells me "Did you know that you can just whip that old Jeep right into a parking spot with no problem??"

I'm not sure what it is about those old Cherokees, but people just seem to love them.  I gave my dad my old 95 and that thing was noisy, had no carpet or insulation and rattled like a baby's toy.  He loves that damn thing.
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The Lounge / Re: Planning a trip for next summer (hopefully)
« Last post by Onyx Dragon on September 16, 2018, 10:06:34 AM »
Wait till June so hyper-intense tornado season passes in the central states.  I drove through a tornado producing storm in Nebraska in 1997, it's nutters. 

I might also suggest staying on I-90 and going to Mt. Rushmore and Devil's Tower, then diving south.  If you haven't seen them already, they're distinctive and awesome monuments.  You're almost there and both can been seen in 1-1.5 days.

Also, I'll join you and Maverick for a beer in LA.  I hate going to LA but I've never met anyone from this forum in person.  I'll buy a round.  (Or 3!)  It'll be a mini-meet!

I'm actually contemplating September now.  Tourist season is largely over, and roads will be clearer.  Plus, L.A. during tourist season and when school is out is probably no fun as far as getting around town.
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The Lounge / Re: Check Fraud Advice?
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 16, 2018, 03:17:18 AM »
Smart move.  Having a friend "in the biz" is great until your problem isn't important enough to be their problem.  When that happens it's time to move on.
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The Lounge / Re: C8 Corvette, mid engine, on the Ring
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 16, 2018, 03:13:15 AM »
I really hope that is true.  Moving the Vette into a mid engine supercar category seems so stupid.  I honestly don't even care for the whole mid engine hype.  And I don't care for the whole Nurd-burg-ring testing either.  Does everything have to be tested there to be considered a "good" car. 

Schmos bring Suburbans on "The 'Ring", so you gotta outdo them.  Otherwise your car is shit.

I saw something about the mid-engine car being called the "Zora" which might be a better plan.  But a base model would be great at least on paper.  A turbo V6 would be like a modern NSX but knowing GM they would price it out of its own category.  We'll see.
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The Lounge / Re: Planning a trip for next summer (hopefully)
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 16, 2018, 03:08:05 AM »
Wait till June so hyper-intense tornado season passes in the central states.  I drove through a tornado producing storm in Nebraska in 1997, it's nutters. 

I might also suggest staying on I-90 and going to Mt. Rushmore and Devil's Tower, then diving south.  If you haven't seen them already, they're distinctive and awesome monuments.  You're almost there and both can been seen in 1-1.5 days.

Also, I'll join you and Maverick for a beer in LA.  I hate going to LA but I've never met anyone from this forum in person.  I'll buy a round.  (Or 3!)  It'll be a mini-meet!
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The Lounge / Re: Need input from you f'ers.
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 16, 2018, 02:59:52 AM »
Also, RICE is strong around here.  You can taste it in the air, and it's not just because a bunch of asians live in Orange County.  I'd have photos but I'm usually riding my motorcycle, but I see big wings, dumb body kits, and (because wraps) lots of stupid color schemes.  Maybe I need a helmet cam to post stills?
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The Lounge / Re: Need input from you f'ers.
« Last post by wantahertzdonut on September 16, 2018, 02:57:22 AM »
How sad is it that after who knows how long I only now found the AR FB page.  Perhaps it's time we assimilate?  I never liked FB but I do check it now like I used to check forums 10-15 years ago.

I'd guess it would just be good to have something that is easy to use.  FB is it because the internet isn't quite as cool as it used to be so I don't spend hours on it every week.  It would be fun to keep AR a thing because everyone who is left grew up with it so the site should evolve with us regardless of the platform.  Plus it's easy to post to.  A couple other forums I used to frequent are now FB groups and I post semi-regularly so maybe that's the way to go.

I'm cool with anything.  Whatever it takes to keep the humor and community going.
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