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  1. Speaker install w/ polarity ID

    Speaker install w/ polarity ID

    My 97 had a bad right rear 5x7 JBL so it was time for replacing all of them. I have the premium JBL syatem in the car that includes the upper door tweeters. I wasnt looking for a big up grade, just decent modern replacements that I found in HarmonyAudio.com . I replaced the 4 factory 5x7's with...
  2. Plugs & Coils R & R

    Plugs & Coils R & R

    My 97 MK VIII has 84K miles and reading up on the plugs issues on these aluminum heads has put this all in motion. Back in my youth, pulling engines, top end rebuilds and various mechanicals of the sort was never an issue but its been a long time since those days so these newer coil over plug...
  3. Part 2 Ultimate blend door repair FINALY 8/22/20

    Part 2 Ultimate blend door repair FINALY 8/22/20

    **** UPDATE*** Well folks the earlier Ultimate blender repair article on making the repair & mod of the black broken arm is nearly all but worthless. My above repair lasted a little over a year and the stud on the black arm has snapped off like what you see here on this disintegrated junk yard...
  4. How to make 9005 Bulb adapters 4 Low Beam conversion

    How to make 9005 Bulb adapters 4 Low Beam conversion

    My OEM Low beams craped out with 82K on the car so I was pressed into rigging in a 9005 Hi beam kit. I choose the 9005 at 5000K since I hate the hi power blue lights folks seem to want to blind all the on coming vehicles with these day. Part one for picture size sake.... This modification...
  5. Power Door Lock Actuator R&R

    Power Door Lock Actuator R&R

    This can be a real head scratcher if you don't do a bunch of searching and even then the You Tube vid on this off model repair misses some points. The symptom I had was the drivers side power lock was a hit and miss situation. Sometimes the door lock would respond properly and other times it...
  6. Cruise Control switch recall DIY fix

    Cruise Control switch recall DIY fix

    Heres another one of those illusive internet fixes that isn't to easy to find info on. The original problem is that the cruise control is turned off via 3 ways. 1) the steering wheel button, 2) the brake petal and 3) by pressurizing the brake lines. It was thought, if the brake petal switch...
  7. True Benz 2.5" SS Exhaust build & fab a down pipe hanger (UPDATE)

    True Benz 2.5" SS Exhaust build & fab a down pipe hanger (UPDATE)

    Finaly got this project finished! All from a creeper no less.... Well I have to agree with Capt Fast since he said if to do again, do the 2.25" rather than the 2.5" system. As I have found out, the 2.5's are just not going to fit tight up along the gas tank. On top of the fact that you really...
  8. G2 Trunk florecent mod to 1157's and Repair snaped off housing mounting studs

    G2 Trunk florecent mod to 1157's and Repair snaped off housing mounting studs

    This 1157 mod is a mod that would need a Lathe application. I started out with a 2005 Mustang 6 - 1157 socket sequential harness with 2 marker spade sockets that I bought off Ebay. Then after more reading found one guy on you tube that did a nice looking conversion to sequential but latter he...
  9. DERALE oil filter relocation kit project

    DERALE oil filter relocation kit project

    Probably the most disliked thing about changing the oil filter on my 97 is the fact that you have to spin it on dry. As every one knows, cold start up is when the bulk of engine wear happens according to the experts. So add a dry filter and you multiply the wear factor several times. So my main...
  10. Dash mounted Radar / delete suction cups & spring cord

    Dash mounted Radar / delete suction cups & spring cord

    This is for the fabricators out there that can handle a little welding, drilling and wiring. The design of the Mark VIII dash board is about as perfect a design as can be for this modification. If you absolutely hate suction cups and spring cords, this might be for you! I'm all about Quick...
  11. Mod your Gen 2 Ash Tray for a quick cell phone perch.

    Mod your Gen 2 Ash Tray for a quick cell phone perch.

    Now I know there all sorts of do dads made for holding a cell phone in a car but who likes that grabber sticking out in a never perfect dash place. So for all you non smokers that like to keep the gizmo holder eye sores out of these sleek dash lines...., this is for you. A fast drop in, grab out...
  12. Repairing a rotten lower Thermostat Housing

    Repairing a rotten lower Thermostat Housing

    These old car do not lac for surprise repairs! While in the process of swapping in an all aluminum Radiator, I thought I would check on the thermostat housing since it was dripping coolant. Mind you, this 1997 car only has 69K miles on it but as the saying goes, rust never sleeps. My first...
  13. Easy Fix for loose Air Vent Dials & vent foam repair

    Easy Fix for loose Air Vent Dials & vent foam repair

    To some this may sound petty, but engineers spend a lot of time on giving a car a "feel" to the controls. As all of you know, the resistance on the air vent dials is non existent. Sort of reminds me of Pinto quality. The good thing is, the design lends its self to a very easy fix once you have...
  14. Best way to LED your Door entry light.

    Best way to LED your Door entry light.

    As a new Mark VIII owner, I'm coming to realize PVC cement & 3m emblem tape are both key items to hold these cars together! The plastic on my FL car is extremely frail and many of the plastic studs are gone. If you infact still have your door light lenses with original bulbs, this post is for...
  15. Ultimate Blend Door repair & modification / * UPDATE *

    Ultimate Blend Door repair & modification / * UPDATE *

    Being a trained Gunsmith, rule #1 is before you can fix any thing, you need to know exactly how it was designed to work and why it failed. That's why I have tried to explain this repair to the extent that you need not piece together bits of info from a variety of sources as I had to to learn...
  16. Monroe MA815 Max Air shocks for your rear coil spring swap in.

    Monroe MA815 Max Air shocks for your rear coil spring swap in.

    I did a novel rear shock install with my coil spring conversion. I wanted the ability to raise the rear a bit if need be or like some, might want to hall some weight. The fix is get a pair of Monroe MA815 Max air shocks with that air line kit that comes with them. The only thing you will use off...
  17. A simple Cold Air Intake mod that uses either 4" Cone or OEM filter

    A simple Cold Air Intake mod that uses either 4" Cone or OEM filter

    I'm not going to count CFM's or any flow charts or what have you. My goal for my 97 base is to simply get maybe a little over 300hp under the hood . I'll lean on three things, a latter to be bought 2.5" SS dual exhaust, one of the chips and a free-er flowing air box to let the top end smile a...
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