I'm surprised the vice grips worked. I kinda sacrificed them to get it done, because they're a little bent up now. I had to pry the handles apart with other tools to open them each time since they were clamped down so hard. :lol: Definitely not designed to be open and closed with other, larger, tools.I tried vice grips on my downpipe studs as well. The only thing rugged enough was a titanium step drill bit.
Yea it's the avo. One less leak point was a big reason why I got it. I don't remember it getting in the way for working on anything, but my ej205 doesn't have avcs so I'm not sure. It's larger than oem so it's a tighter fit, but I think all the brands have slight fitment issues. Overall I'm very happy with it.Is that the AVO inlet? I am thinking about getting that one in the future as it eliminates a potential leak point, but concerned it may make things trickier to work on if I need to get at avcs or something.
:lol: :lol:the car will literally break around that fork.
Yea, that's definitely the weakest part of the fork now. :lol: I just couldn't figure out a good way to reinforce that spot.Good work! My only worry is the ball will punch though the center of the socket, I have seen them do that before. :unamused:
Yea I'm not sure how that would effect it. I also wouldn't want to go too hot and distort the socket. Good idea though, I might end up doing it.I'd run a hot bead around the outside of the socket then criss-cross beads in a X pattern over the socket. That would stiffen it up.
The only downside is see is that it could make it more brittle than it was before. But I'm no engineer lol.