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    Switching from wet to dry lube

    T9 is my second choice if I can’t find DuMonde. In a pinch, I’ll use WD-40 Specialist gel.
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    Switching from wet to dry lube

    A former service manager for Mike’s Bikes turned me onto that stuff. It works great - I like to clean my chain with Dawn before reapplication. Before that, I used Rock & Roll Gold, it turns gummy on the derailleur guide/idler pulleys.
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    Looks like Walmart is carrying a different Fram CAF line.

    Tesla was first to offer HEPA with “bio-secure” filtration as an option outside of buying an armored car or a Mercedes S-Guard/BMW 7er Protection. Toyota was offering Sharp’s Plasmacluster ionizer as an option on the Camry a while ago and UV-C sanitizers standard on the ultra-luxury trim of the...
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    Looks like Walmart is carrying a different Fram CAF line.

    It wasn’t soaked media, but there was a “pill” in the center tube that was made from Teflon and other chemicals in a gel. The idea was that filtered oil would wash over the gel and slowly dissolve. Coolant filters on trucks use a similar principle but they are packed with SCA pellets in the...
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    Looks like Walmart is carrying a different Fram CAF line.

    And a few pics - Fram TrueAir vs. Puro One. Both are a fairly common Toyota application.
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    Looks like Walmart is carrying a different Fram CAF line.

    Yep - these guys are $20. I ordered a Purolator One for $14 after a coupon on Amazon. I might as well get the Puro(US-made by either M+H or Freudenberg) or OEM from now on.
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    RIP Earl Simmons

    Only Tupac, Biggie, Snoop(and Dr. Dre) and Enimem have that same staying power. Never got into DMX and the Ruff Ryders/Dru Hill but the East Coast (more so Brooklyn/the Bronx) made notable contributions to that genre.
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    Looks like Walmart is carrying a different Fram CAF line.

    No more Fresh Breeze. It’s now TrueAir with “N95 efficiency”. Most parts are assembled in the US, some are made in China like the Subaru filters.
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    That I don’t know. I might pickup a set of cam bolts and install them to make a alignment tech’s life easier.
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    Easiest, most forgiving body filler to work with?

    From my recollection of some 14 years ago when I painted my 2nd car, I used Evercoat Rage Gold. It sanded smooth. 3M’s higher end stuff should be fine too, as long as you avoid Bondo. In any case, try to get your metal as straight or true as possible without many high spots. Try to apply the...
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    I’ve gone OEM for the least drama - yes, there would be a cost savings with the KYB Excel-Gs but also the potential warranty drama if they leak oil and soften up. I also need to grab the boots and order one more control arm for a front-end refresh.
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    Best diesel engine oil for high sulphur 5000 ppm diesel

    If Chevron/Caltex sells the old-school Delo 400 formulation there, that’s my first pick.
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    Sachs(the car division that is now ZF, their bike business is now owned by SRAM) was known as Boge for shocks - and they were the OEM shock for many BMWs, VW/Audi and Volvo. For laughs and giggles I looked up my part number in Sachs and they were made in China - ZF does have plants there. Most...
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    That’s the feeling I get from Sachs shocks that are listed for a automaker that ZF didn’t originally supply for - relabeled. I know Sachs/Boge is OEM for virtually all the European OEMs but they only made inroads with Honda recently with their Nivomat shocks. I had a chat with The Critic, the...
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    On Rock, I can get the KYBs for $230 shipped before tax. OEM is around $400 my guess. I used to get a little break at the local dealership but that has changed.
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    KYB or OEM Toyota shocks?

    Car in question - 2009 Prius, 177K I’m due for new shocks on this car. 13 years of urban driving and commuting took its toll on them. I have two choices - OEM Toyota which will be good for another 10+ years or KYB Excel-Gs. This car’s last destination is the junkyard but I also want to keep it...
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    Fake Pizza

    I went to a vegan soul food joint yesterday as a lunch/dinner break during my move but I tried something their - their “cheesesteak” sandwich. It was good - but it wasn’t in the traditional sense of a Philly-style one. A local vegan burger joint also uses Daiya and it works decently well in that...
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    Printer recommendation

    Brother or HP laser. If you need color inkjet, HP or Canon.
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    O2 sensors Economy vs Premium brand

    I think these days you can buy OES(Bosch/Denso/NTK) or generic(Chineseium or Walker) from the parts store. Once upon a time, ACDelco made their own sensors in Rochester, NY/Anderson, IN. Wouldn’t doubt if they rebox Denso or Bosch for the OEM-level stuff.
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    Another reason to dislike the Honda 1.5T

    Japan can get cold as well - while the main island has Mt. Fuji and other snowy areas in the winter, Hokkaido is close to Alaska in the winter time.
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