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    Quote Originally Posted by herculesrider1 View Post
    Yes Scott, it is a brand. I just checked online for a 2000 Trans Am, and it lists for $39.95. It's heatshieldstore.com. They are very thick and have a reflective side and a white side, and roll up like a scroll and held in place with velcro. I have always had one, and have never had a cracked dash.
    I think I am going to go with some window “tinting” all the way around the car as my primary UV and heat protection

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    I had to order a couple of replacement harnesses for my wideband and oil temp gauges. The oil temp has a broken wire at the connector and the wide band is going nuts for some reason. I think it has a short that I can't seem to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    I think I am going to go with some window “tinting” all the way around the car as my primary UV and heat protection
    I have tinting on mine as well, but the side and rear tinting obviously will not keep the dash from cracking. The Heatshield is the best way that I have found to keep UV off the dash... besides a garage!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I had to order a couple of replacement harnesses for my wideband and oil temp gauges. The oil temp has a broken wire at the connector and the wide band is going nuts for some reason. I think it has a short that I can't seem to find.
    I hate electrical problems. And I'm a Journeyman Electrician!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herculesrider1 View Post
    I hate electrical problems. And I'm a Journeyman Electrician!!!
    when it's simple like a broken wire no problem, it's when it's flashing the gauge, acting like a epileptic autistic kid and gives you no idea why it is doing that is when it's a PITA. I thought it was the gauge and then the box but neither. I doubt it's the sensor itself so I'm replacing the harness because it's far, far cheaper than getting a new sensor, which may end up happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    when it's simple like a broken wire no problem, it's when it's flashing the gauge, acting like a epileptic autistic kid and gives you no idea why it is doing that is when it's a PITA. I thought it was the gauge and then the box but neither. I doubt it's the sensor itself so I'm replacing the harness because it's far, far cheaper than getting a new sensor, which may end up happening.
    I would do the same thing...hit the cheapest possibilities first. Hope it's the harness!

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    What did you do with your Trans Am today?

    I should have added that I replaced the box and gauge 1st, so it's either these harnesses or the wb sensor.
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    Got my WS6 in the shop because they mentioned that they noticed that the ride was loud the last time the road tested it; I thought it was tire noise but I drove my wifes car and how much quieter it was. Shop thinks something with the diff’.

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    I have an Auburn unit, no TC, pulled from my 99 SS 6-speed. 54k miles on it. If you were closer (I'm in FL) I would make you a deal.

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    Road tripped it. Brought it down to Beaver Springs Friday evening and then went over to Mount Joy yesterday. By the time we roll home this afternoon we'll have racked up close to 400 miles. It's noisy, it clunks, it rattles... and we love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Road tripped it. Brought it down to Beaver Springs Friday evening and then went over to Mount Joy yesterday. By the time we roll home this afternoon we'll have racked up close to 400 miles. It's noisy, it clunks, it rattles... and we love it!
    Speaking of road trips, I just returned from taking my son to Danville, VA from Memphis, TN where he just got out of prison. I live in Dallas/FtWorth. Right at 2350 miles round trip. Got consistent 27mpg between 75 and 90mph. I can relate to the clunks and rattles from the adjustable panhard bar, but like you say, LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT...!!!!!

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    So, talked to the shop today, differential bearings are bad, and apparently the ring gear is showing some wear. The shop is talking a full rebuild, and they are working on pricing it out.

    Anyone know what a reasonable price would be?

    I know I can get a Strange 12 bolt for the car, for around $2,200, how much more work would a shop need to do to do an install on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    So, talked to the shop today, differential bearings are bad, and apparently the ring gear is showing some wear. The shop is talking a full rebuild, and they are working on pricing it out.

    Anyone know what a reasonable price would be?

    I know I can get a Strange 12 bolt for the car, for around $2,200, how much more work would a shop need to do to do an install on that?
    Probably be less labor to swap the rear then rebuild the current.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLS_Addict View Post
    Probably be less labor to swap the rear then rebuild the current.
    Yeah but a Strange or Moser are over $2k.

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    I got my Midwest Chassis 9" rebuilt by Differential and Gear here in Ft.Worth for $1200. New ball bearings, not tapered roller bearings, a new 4.11 gear, synthetic gear lube, friction modifier was all included. I know I got new gears because I had to break them in with the 15 mile heat up, cool down, then 15 mile heat up. Did that for 4 or 5 times to let the gears "heat treat". Not bad for $1200!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Road tripped it. Brought it down to Beaver Springs Friday evening and then went over to Mount Joy yesterday. By the time we roll home this afternoon we'll have racked up close to 400 miles. It's noisy, it clunks, it rattles... and we love it!
    Most mileage that thing has seen since 2016 huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    Yeah but a Strange or Moser are over $2k.

    Agreed. But at least it's not a glass jaw anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    So, talked to the shop today, differential bearings are bad, and apparently the ring gear is showing some wear. The shop is talking a full rebuild, and they are working on pricing it out.

    Anyone know what a reasonable price would be?

    I know I can get a Strange 12 bolt for the car, for around $2,200, how much more work would a shop need to do to do an install on that?
    Might want to consider an 8.8 rear

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