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Starters do get weaker over time - internal shorts in the coils, tolerances increasing, binding in the shaft, etc. Heavier wiring might help send more juice to the starter, or there could be ice inside the starter (had that happen more than once in my life). Could try tapping it with a ball peen hammer - old school fix. See if it gets better or stays the same.

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seems better now that its not like hell froze over out there. works well the rest of the time...just doesn't feel very strong.

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Going to make a ghetto heated washer system, wrap some 3/16th soft copper around the heater core lines to heat the fluid a little on its way to the nozzles. Every little bit helps! About $20 in materials though :/

^^^ That is actually a pretty good idea!

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I thought it quite brilliant as well, I ran across a similar idea on a toyota board, I think TN but he/she wrapped rubber line around the radiator hose.

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So I broke the little rubber button that the brake light switch touches against on the brake pedal arm, oops. I wanted to pop it off to shave a lil off so the brake lights come on when I touch the pedal...not when I've already pushed the pedal down an inch. Well the old rubber broke and the lights just barely stay off, I'm going to glue something on there to shim it slightly, but thin enough that the lights com on faster than before. Will go well with the super bright 3rd brake light that's here soon.

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what are the odds the coil of copper tube heating the washer fluid will crack the windshield? its going to possibly get over 150F for the first second, though I'd think being sprayed into a mist would kill the temp pretty quick too.

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got the LED panel, its bright. fits great! Fish, want this guy's contact info?

Its plugged into 12v on a spare computer...my whole apartment is bathed in red light...WOW. I think it will be easily visible even in direct sunlight.

Photo's!

With flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07504Large.jpg

Without flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07505Large.jpg

My whole apartment is lit now that its dark out, bathed in brilliant red.

what are the odds the coil of copper tube heating the washer fluid will crack the windshield? its going to possibly get over 150F for the first second, though I'd think being sprayed into a mist would kill the temp pretty quick too.

I'd say pretty remote as the temperature will be fairly gradual - its not like you are showering the windshield with 150F fluid from the very beginning. Also you are correct, a good portion of that heat will be dissipated before it hits the windshield. Plus 150F is nothing to the windshield, unless we are talking seriously low ambient temps (-30F and lower). There is a product out on the market called HotShot, an electric heater for the washer fluid that is capped at 150F.

got the LED panel, its bright. fits great! Fish, want this guy's contact info?

 

Its plugged into 12v on a spare computer...my whole apartment is bathed in red light...WOW. I think it will be easily visible even in direct sunlight.

Photo's!

With flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07504Large.jpg

Without flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07505Large.jpg

My whole apartment is lit now that its dark out, bathed in brilliant red.

Woah! That is pretty bright - looks like a really sharp install too! Yeah, go ahead and PM his info - might ping on him during the summer-time to see what is schedule is like, and when I have some time to put into the car.

Bitter

got the LED panel, its bright. fits great! Fish, want this guy's contact info?

Its plugged into 12v on a spare computer...my whole apartment is bathed in red light...WOW. I think it will be easily visible even in direct sunlight.

Photo's!

With flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07504Large.jpg

Without flash

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07505Large.jpg

My whole apartment is lit now that its dark out, bathed in brilliant red.

Woah! That is pretty bright - looks like a really sharp install too! Yeah, go ahead and PM his info - might ping on him during the summer-time to see what is schedule is like, and when I have some time to put into the car.

I got to drive at night with it finally, its good. Not dangerously bright, but I could see things well bathed in red behind me and I'm fairly sure anyone behind me could see it through their eyelids.

 

 

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Cleaned the idle speed motor pintle, idle is more steady now.

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From the Mazda forum....

Well the short answer is....

 

Yes! They fit without hitting anything like the hood or corner light or bumper

No! They don't fit and look anything like stock...looks like total ###### I think...BUT the light output is WAY better! A regular H4 bulb looks as bright or brighter than a new Silverstar H4 in the other housing next to it.

default_blink I don't know what I should do....put up with it looking like total ###### and go forth with my HID retro or deal with what I feel like are the dismal stock headlights and not look like total ######.

Right now getting the bumper to match the headlights is out of the question, unless someone wants to hit me so their insurance pays for it. default_laugh

The carnage...haha I made a pun!

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07510Large.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07511Large.jpg

https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/huzudra/car/626/DSC07512Large.jpg

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So I'm looking at the 2000 turn signal housings...they look like they fit the fender the same as the 98 do but would protrude enough to make the headlight look less...ghastly.

 

I am an idiot! DUH!!! Check to see if 98-02 use the same fender.....yes they do. So obviously the corner light would fit to match the headlight better. I'm such a ditz sometimes, ugh.

ordered one right side marker/turn signal from Rock Auto for $16, lets see how that looks in there....

 

So yea, its ugly...its fugly...but the beam and light output is WAY better than the non clear lens style! Its sharper and brighter and less diffused. Its more evenly spread instead of a single blob of light on the road. Even more important is that I can put HID projectors inside these housings at a later date. Right now, jury duty and then being sick pretty much left me vacant one paycheck.

Looks good! I like to lean more toward function over style anyways, so as long as it works well, no big deal on the looks. That can be easily addressed down the road with a bumper mod or some light fab work.

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Well I'd replace the 98 bumper with an 00-02 bumper to solve that issue. But thats a few hundred dollars I don't feel like spending now. Bumper is about $150+shipping and then paint atleast another $100-$150 for it to look decent. So $300-$350...maybe if someone hits me.

I'd pick the larger, plain ones - like the Apollo, E55-R, or the Ocular. The smaller, studded shrouds might look a little out of place on a larger headlamp assembly, probably looks best in a European vehicle. Plus, I'm not sure how much detail will be visible from the headlamp's multi-faceted lens.

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Everyone keeps saying the E55R so I guess that's the winner

Looking good! Like having a spot light in the trunk!

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I think I like the plate lights the best of it all.

Hmm, looks like the rainbow cutoff from HIDs?!

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Not much of a rainbow from the mini projector and the 85122+ bulb, but then again big color bands are for ricers.