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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Are you using the old engine mounts, new, poly or solid? Poly and definitely solid will increase vibrations feel. If the mounts are old oem rubber ones you'll feel vibration also.

    Another thing ppl overlook is the Transmission mount too. If you run poly on the engine you need to as well for tranny.

    After a rebuild its common to have to go back under and recheck bolt tightness and adjust exhaust.


    Enjoy it, just remember break in miles and check with builder about oil changes. Look at oil on those changes for bearing material.

    The mounts (engine & transmission) are all new, OEM style.

    I know the exhaust mounts are squeaking a lot, I could hear them, idling next to a Jersey wall.

    I plan on going to a local performance shop for the first oil change, and have them check the oil for metals and whatnot.

    I was told to go with 10W30, probably about another 700 or so miles before that oil change.

    Funny thing is now, I have two cars with fresh engines, that will eventually need their first oil change.
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    Hopefully the transmission doesn't get jealous of the new engine and decide it wants a rebuild too.


    Have fun. I haven't been able to enjoy mine this year at all. I think I've only put on less than 1200 miles this yr, and last yr maybe the same. The previous 3 yrs combine a total of 1500. I had a rough period between breaking my hand that required being in a cast twice and then knee surgery, then having the slave and tranny issues that led to more down time.

    I last seriously drove it July 2nd. It's been non stop raining every damn day since beginning of June. And on that last trip I almost lost control. Was on interstate when a pop up shower dropped, normally I wouldn't care. But the road got so wet I felt the rear end starting to hydroplaning, as I slowed down a semi blows by me and his wake severely disrupt my car and it started to fishtail. I had to fight to regain control to prevent spin out at 70-80mph. The ass pucker factor hit about a 7/10, seat cushion was definitely starting to be sucked in. I checked my tire tread later on and it's still acceptable but may still get some new ones anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Hopefully the transmission doesn't get jealous of the new engine and decide it wants a rebuild too.


    Have fun. I haven't been able to enjoy mine this year at all. I think I've only put on less than 1200 miles this yr, and last yr maybe the same. The previous 3 yrs combine a total of 1500. I had a rough period between breaking my hand that required being in a cast twice and then knee surgery, then having the slave and tranny issues that led to more down time.

    I last seriously drove it July 2nd. It's been non stop raining every damn day since beginning of June. And on that last trip I almost lost control. Was on interstate when a pop up shower dropped, normally I wouldn't care. But the road got so wet I felt the rear end starting to hydroplaning, as I slowed down a semi blows by me and his wake severely disrupt my car and it started to fishtail. I had to fight to regain control to prevent spin out at 70-80mph. The ass pucker factor hit about a 7/10, seat cushion was definitely starting to be sucked in. I checked my tire tread later on and it's still acceptable but may still get some new ones anyways.


    I hear you, the transmission got rebuilt 150k ago, and the clutch assembly is all new, so the transmission has had some love (was the second rebuild, the first one, someone accidently got RTV on moving parts).

    The car was out since New Year's, so we are glad to have it back. I think this winter is interior work, maybe any wheel well rust repair, plop on the new dash top that I have had for almost two years.

    I am going to look for a second rear C5 ZO6 rear wheel, so when I buy new tires, I can run wider 18"s on the back, the current tires are about 4 years old.
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    Got my second C5 ZO6 18" wheel. I figure that my next set of tires will be 285/40/17 in the front and 295/35/18 in the rear.
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    So, I just picked this up a few weeks back:

    1997 TA WS6, Hardtop, 6spd, Black with cloth interior. Running the RPO codes with just that info, it breaks down to 1 of 86.

    I might have jumped on this car with a little bit of a "White Knight" complex. I saw the potential that this car can be brought back to. So, I moved on it to get it away from the previous owner before the car ended up to far gone. It has some mechanical issues (CEL w/ P0400 EGR code, butchered exhaust before cat-back, clutch, window motors) but cosmetically, it's an all around solid car.

    Goodies include: LT1 Prokit, Borla cat-back, Strut bar, Car Cover, new tires.

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    Just wanted to come in and say hi. I wrapped my car recently. Running good. Yesterday marks 12 years of owning her.
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    Just wanted to come in and say hi. I wrapped my car recently. Running good. Yesterday marks 12 years of owning her.
    Looking neat and nice! My friend recently got a new WS6 and he's planning to wrap it after installing the new brake pads and tires from 4Wheelonline this week.

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    Just learned that cammed six liters dont like 220k mile old IAC motors

    I can actually drive in reverse now ROFL

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    My TA has been through a lot lately, except for driving. I did a little of that today, partly to oversee correction of a minor car problem. Toward the end of my trip, at an intersection, the other two LS1 types were there in the same 30 seconds. A silver Corvette and a Camaro, I think black. As the years go by, that will almost never happen.

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    Car is finally a fulltime resident in the garage, totally cleaned and ceramic waxed the exterior glass. Getting ready to take the carpet out, and clean out the floor sheetmetal, and sound-deaden the floor, and put in new carpet over the winter.

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