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I notice some driveling vibration at speed in mine as well. I was thinking about getting it balance checked. With my TA and monster 2014 (?) stang mufflers back there I don’t believe I have room for a 3” dia driveshaft. 8-(

I did borrow an FMS aluminum driveshaft from a buddy to try on my old ‘86 vert. my DS then was pro balanced (5 speed car Not this DS) and I hoped to feel an accel improvement. I didn’t notice by seat of the pants. Maybe at a strip it would have been noticeable…. Roatational mass makes the most difference. I swore by my aluminum McCloud flywheel.
 

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What diameter DS does yours have in it Chris? While I always like adding lightness - in this case my primary reason for wanting to go aluminum is for NVH damping.
 

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Good point Michael I may have a 3” dia shaft stock. Bob maybe can tell us. The FMS old one was bigger, maybe IT was 4”.
 

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I emailed our US senators explaining how Biden’s call telling corporations to mandate vaccines was FASCISM. Plain and simple. I am sure I might as well spit in the wind but I did something!
 

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Email the CEO of 3M too…

I thought the Stangs came with 3” - but ya’ll are the experts. I think the aftermarket AL units are usually 3.5”.
 

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Interesting ideas to email the CEO as well. I emailed my boss and our plant nurse. both of them apparently posted my comments anon on some internal site.

I’ll consider that Michael. Professionally and courteously of course.
 

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I used my modified screw jacks with bolt heads welded on them (did I post that here?) to put the Volvo up in the air tonight in advance of re-doing bush/seal/DS. Put my Ryobi 20V impact on 'em. Man, in lieu of the lift I really need and deserve, I should have made that modification 20 years ago. Took about half the time and 1/4th of the human energy. Just get the jack in the right place and pull the trigger. Piece of cake.
 
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I like that idea Michael!!
Yep, those are nice.

They actually make those for campers with the bolt head already on them. Check anywhere but Camping World (they are the highest on pretty much everything). Definitely makes things easier for sure. I really need to pick up a set of those. A lot easier to move and setup compared to an 80# floor jack. Make sure you get the proper weight rating, of course.

Just have to make sure they extend high enough for whatever application you are shooting for. For example, my truck would be a big of stretch. Also, the further out they extend, the less stable they get (again, camping application). So be careful if you are having to "muscle" something into place that involves lots of shaking. Of course, its what pretty much all the OEMs use for a jack/stand combo, so I suppose they are plenty stable on level and solid surface like you have.
 

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I think I mentioned the Escort getting just over 40mpg with it's 88hp 1.9L 5 speed, with a 2200# weight, give or take. I drove the Sonata the other day (same regular work commute as the escort), and with it's 274hp 2.0L direct injected 6spd auto (turbo) 3200#, it delivered.....40mpg. Not only that, but that was running ten mph faster than I run in the escort of geo (60mph vs 50mph). Oh, and had four adult passengers instead of one. My goal is to eventually have the sonata as my daily driver, as it's value isn't a lot as far as trade in. Then I'd have to decide between selling the escort or the geo. Very tough decision. Might just gift one of those to my son when he gets out of school so he can use for his daily driver. That would likely be the best route as selling either of those would likely max out at a couple thousand dollars value. Unless gas prices keep escalating, then their prices escalate as well.

Actually checked the mpg on the Cobra the other day. I don't know that I've ever done that. Had a trip to Chattanooga and back (mostly interstate 65-70mph) for cars and coffee the other day plus a bit of around town driving. 178 miles total. Got 25.6 mpg. That's not too shabby at all for 3.73 gears. If it still had the 3.08's in it I'd likely be closer to 30mpg.

It does back up my last trip where I calculated a trip to Cleveland and back and showed 27mpg. It was a bit slower mph while on the interstate for that trip.

I wasn't necessarily trying best mpg either, because, Mustang. 🙃
 

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Great mpgs Richard. Amazing in the Sonata. Wow.
It is very sensitive according to how you drive it. The trick is to keep it on the convertor as long as possible without it downshifting. For that to happen you need to stay around 60mph. Otherwise it will unlock and downshift at the same time which not only raises rpm but loses efficiency with the unlocked convertor.

I have no doubt I could get 3-4 mpg out of it with a little “training”. I’ve gotten as good as 50mpg on a short trip to knox and back, but with less mph and pretty much zero city driving.

city driving causes it to plummet, as it does with all vehicles.
 
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The Mazda has been averaging 36 mpg for the last 15 months back and forth to mom’s. 4 lane road, 45-50 mph, 1 stop sign, 8 lights, 10 mile round trip. Not bad.

I’d never work under a jack of any kind. You see the car’s sitting on it’s tires. I even use 2 scissors jacks when it’s going up - one under the suspension corner I’m lifting and one under the chassis jack point for more stability. And I go up in steps - first the dolly then the wooden stands. Takes a little longer - but it’s safer.
 

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I have a best friend who lost a buddy 35 yrs ago when the jack he used no longer supported the car and he was crushed. That story always makes me use jack stands to hold and jacks only to lift, with me outside the falling area.
 

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True that - I have a lot of redundancies when working under a car - proper jack stands, and oftentimes an extra wheel thrown under for good measure. "Just in Case". And I still get nervous just because.

Gravity wins EVERY TIME.
 
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The Mazda has been averaging 36 mpg for the last 15 months back and forth to mom’s. 4 lane road, 45-50 mph, 1 stop sign, 8 lights, 10 mile round trip. Not bad.
Indeed - that's pretty good considering the stop sign, lights and the short trips. The key is timing those lights.
 

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So, our daughter asked to go take some pics with the Cobra. I obliged. iPhone X, unedited. What can I say, I married up. Lol
 

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