Quick update for today... A couple things have happened.
My replacement door I still have not gotten yet, as I need to get a courier to pick it up from the bloke off Gumtree, although he hasnt sent me the address and I havent heard back from him.. Probably lost my money at this point, but he seems like he has a lot of business on gumtree so he could be really busy etc. If I don't hear back from him, I'll probably pack up shop one day and go find him in the area. Or disguise myself as a buyer on another one of his products. I am not the person to steal money from I'm afraid.
Next.. After a long weekend I just had, going up far north to Lake Boga, my car whilst driving at 100km randomly swerved left (like my steering went all numb and loose) and I had a fright of my life. After a nearly 4 hour drive I thought maybe I missed something in the road etc or tired... But after driving back to my place I could tell something was very wrong. My car felt like it was on ice skates, and the steering at VERY little feedback. I ended up driving it back about 80km/h to my dads place half way and we hoisted it up... Dad and I found what looks to be a lot of oil leaking from the power steering rack hoses, and some from the rack itself. I think it might have finally given up the ghost, as my dad had a test drive as well and said its pretty shocking to drive. At this point all of my suspension (shocks, struts, bushings, etc ) are all fucked as well, so the car was quite dangerous to continue driving. I have left it at my dads place and have ordered a brand new OEM steering rack through my brother and some new front brake rotors (as when I brake even lightly at high speeds or low speeds I get a fair amount of wobbling..) So those two items are on the way..
At the moment I drive a 1.6l Hyundai Getz 4 door. The engine on this thing is so bloody tiny I am amazed it moves the car, but its actually a little weapon and probably could give a 2.0l lancer a run for its money quite handily. It's the fathers run around and now mine until we get this shit sorted out.
With the advent of this, I have finally brought the XYZ coilovers I wanted today, and getting them shipped to my dads place to hopefully do all of the steering components together and get a wheel alignment at the same time. Funny story actually, the guys at CMA gave me a 150$ discount on my exhaust just cos I spose it doesn't get purchased often... I doubled checked on the shipping for it and they said after holidays they have been getting slammed and I should hear something quite soon about its arrival from the Sales Manager. Then after asking about coilovers and a potential discount or sale of it, I get an email back from the CEO of Car Mods Australia saying they dont have a big margin on the XYZ as they are so affordable but he could take 70$ off for me. I was so amazed I have somehow in one email thread gone from Sales Associate - > Sales Manager -> CEO and I am some chump buying for my 2008 lancer lol. Must admit their customer service in the car industry so far for myself is second to none.
So in conclusion what's coming?:
- Side sequential blacked out indicators (Got into Australia on 31st dec, been waiting so long for aussie post to give me an update omg)
- Magnaflow 2.5inch cat back
- XYZ Coilovers
- Lancer door (which I will probably have to hunt myself)
I have accomplished all of this during the Christmas period whilst moving home again (landlord couldn't hold because of covid) in the last month. I do have one question to ask, I most likely will replace my Front control arms as well as they are pretty worn (especially bushings), I have found a set from superpro that include the bushings all in one with the control arms which I like the sound of I might get those, but what bushings do I need to be concerned with on the rest of the car? Because If I get a complete sway bar kit from whiteline for my car they come with a couple bushings as well so I dont want to double up if I can help it, this is the kit: https://automotivesuperstore.com.au/whiteline-bmk007
So with that and the front control arms (and their bushings) is there any others that are remotely important to atleast inspect?
ANOTHER BIG BUILD UPDATE SOON !