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    Modern ball joints tend to last a very long time...

    Modern ball joints tend to last a very long time as long as you don't let the boots completely deteriorate so that the grease gets out and dirt and water get in. Yours are getting there, but they're...
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    While something like a Scangauge can absolutely...

    While something like a Scangauge can absolutely go a long way towards teaching you "how much acceleration is still fairly economical" and just exactly what kind of MPG to I get cruising at particular...
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    In short, yes. Power brakes operate by engine...

    In short, yes.

    Power brakes operate by engine vacuum. There is a "vacuum reservoir" involved, so it's not a 100% direct connection to the intake manifold. But, yes, when you release the brake...
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    As long as you can keep up with the leak, you...

    As long as you can keep up with the leak, you should be able to keep rocking it for a while.

    At least you don't have to worry about oil-soaking your clutch disk. Not much bad can come from a minor...
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    Uh... if you've got oil coming from between the...

    Uh... if you've got oil coming from between the engine and bell housing, you've got a LEAK somewhere. Tightening the bell housing bolts won't fix it.

    Try to figure out if it's engine oil or...
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    A throttle limiter could be a safety problem....

    A throttle limiter could be a safety problem. There are times when you need all available power (which ain't much in a Mirage) to get out of someone's way. Or to get up a hill, even.

    Just learn...
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    Standard lug nuts for a typical economy car are a...

    Standard lug nuts for a typical economy car are a 60-degree taper conical style lug nut. You can easily look up the specs for a modern Mirage with a 10-second Google search. Should be M12x1.5...
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    Driving in snow and ice is an acquired skill. If...

    Driving in snow and ice is an acquired skill. If you don't do it regularly, it's something you should try to avoid. I'm not saying that getting out in a LITTLE snow and ice is a bad thing. But, if...
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    Tire Rack usually lists tire weights. Most major...

    Tire Rack usually lists tire weights. Most major manufacturers will also have weight among the specs listed somewhere on their website for their tires.

    For 195-205ish performance tires, I try to...
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    2-3 pounds is usually my threshold for what I can...

    2-3 pounds is usually my threshold for what I can feel on a sub-2400 pound car.

    From a performance perspective, it has been estimated that a pound of wheel weight (or anything else that rotates in...
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    Don't buy junk.

    Don't buy junk.
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    Yes, larger hub bore is fine.

    Yes, larger hub bore is fine.
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    If you confirm that it is a dead fan (put 12v...

    If you confirm that it is a dead fan (put 12v directly to the fan), I'd agree with Fummins. Just get a used OE fan. 100% perfect fit, and they don't fail that often.

    If the fuse is good, could...
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    (glad I didn't suggest the 155 tires)

    (glad I didn't suggest the 155 tires)
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    Because they're steel or alloy, no... not that...

    Because they're steel or alloy, no... not that you'd notice. An alloy wheel will very slightly flex less, but you wouldn't notice that.

    What you might notice is WEIGHT.

    Your 17's are probably...
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    Just something else to watch for. Those sharp...

    Just something else to watch for. Those sharp fender edges can shred tires. I've never seen it cause a tire to blow out, but I've seen sidewalls shredded a little bit, or the tread where it contacts...
  17. Thread: Coilover help!

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    Yes, they will.

    Yes, they will.
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    Fenders can also cause damage to tires.

    Fenders can also cause damage to tires.
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    I don't know anyone personally who has had it or...

    I don't know anyone personally who has had it or even tested positive for it yet. But, some of my wife's co-workers have had it (she's been working from home since mid-March). We've been mostly...
  20. I wouldn't put a defouler on the first one, no....

    I wouldn't put a defouler on the first one, no. I'd expect that would change how the engine runs, and not for the better. (it would cause that primary sensor to respond slower and with less accuracy)...
  21. Y'all could go back to my review and initial...

    Y'all could go back to my review and initial installation of the SC header.

    Yes, it eliminates the pre-cat.

    Yes, it causes this particular code.

    Yes, you can make it happen less frequently...
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    That's all I said.

    That's all I said.
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    "Must" is a strong word here. If you know how to...

    "Must" is a strong word here. If you know how to use a tire pressure gauge and can ignore the little yellow light on the dashboard, you certainly don't need to worry about tire pressure monitors. On...
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    Sticky: I just took my Mirage out for its weekly...

    I just took my Mirage out for its weekly exercise. No excitement. On the way out, I let her rev a bit after warming up, and used the brakes a good bit to knock the rust off the rotors and get...
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    Seems very likely that someone probably...

    Seems very likely that someone probably "plasti-dipped" those wheels to make them look better. It's popular vs. paint because it goes on easy, and can be peeled off fairly easy. But, it does just as...
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