Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Chicopee, MA
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Well Smartie is back to showroom new! The guys at Tire Warehouse rock. Slow day, 3 kids each grabbed at rim/tire set. Was in and out no more than 20 minutes.
Next, disassembled the inner tie rod. A bi**h for sure. NO room for a wrench on the hex inner. Finally got it out. Another bi**h trying to straighten it, but I got it pretty darn straight. Going to order a new one anyway monday from Rock Auto, then alignment.
Took a lunch break, the tackled the panels. Can't complain, but not my favorite job. About 3 hours start to finish for 2 panels. Some of that was because I cleaned the inside where the panels cover up dirt. Funny to note: the dealer calls it Cherry red, when the rest of the world calls it Ralley Red. Go figure. Perfect match though.
I had yesterday begun to think of selling it. I've had no less than 5 people in the last week hassling me. Unsafe, buy bigger, get rid of it etc.
So, thank you people here for the encouragement and any info you gave up for me. I'm back to myself now, and screw those who don't like Smartie!
Now off to the neurologist next week.
P.S. I saw online someone made garden hose hangers out of rims. Going to do the same with my ruined Smart ones too!