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Gmr102
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New guy

Postby Gmr102 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:06 am

Hey guys. Joined up a couple weeks ago and forgot to introduce myself. My wife and I purchased a 2005 AWD vibe about a year ago. It is a huge upgrade over our old car and me being a Toyota guy I was happy to find this Toyota in disguise. So far all I have done to it is maintenance stuff that was neglected by the previous owners. I also swapped the center console from a 2004 into ours after reading about it here. It's much better. I don't see why GM and Toyota did away with it. Anyways excited to be here!
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vibenvy
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Re: New guy

Postby vibenvy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:09 am

Welcome to GenVibe! Glad you finally introduced yourself! We love pictures around here, so be sure and post some of your Vibe when you get a chance ;)!
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zbyers
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Re: New guy

Postby zbyers » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:46 am

Welcome! Glad to have you here. Not sure of your location, but we are having a GenVibe meet in Louisville first weekend of June this year. If you're close, feel free to come on down! If you're on Facebook, you can also join us over there!
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Gmr102
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Re: New guy

Postby Gmr102 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:59 am

Well I would post a pic of the Vibe but whenever I try I am told the file is too large. Any way around this?
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Salsa Guy
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Re: New guy

Postby Salsa Guy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:43 pm

Setup a photobucket account and link them to your posts.

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Re: New guy

Postby tpollauf » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:15 pm

Welcome to GenVibe Gamer :D Looking forward to pics and then update your profile showing your location. Glad you finally came to your senses and joined up :lol:
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ehoff121
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Re: New guy

Postby ehoff121 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:14 pm

Welcome to genvibe!

...and welcome to the 1st gen AWD club!
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Gmr102
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Re: New guy

Postby Gmr102 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:53 pm

There she is. This is the day that we got her. Named her ruby. I have since had the headlights cleaned up, put new tires on,changed all the fluids, replaced the front struts and fixed that darn viscous coupling whine and the tickling blend door motor. I don't have any more recent glam shots but I will take one once she is cleaned off.
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Re: New guy

Postby ehoff121 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:57 am

Gmr102 wrote:There she is. This is the day that we got her. Named her ruby. I have since had the headlights cleaned up, put new tires on,changed all the fluids, replaced the front struts and fixed that darn viscous coupling whine and the tickling blend door motor.


Nice! Which struts did you go with? What did you end up doing to fix the whine? I have it too and am trying to decide if I want to fool with it (change bearings, etc.) or let someone else do it without trying to get me to replace the whole rear diff.
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Gmr102
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Re: New guy

Postby Gmr102 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:10 am

ehoff121 wrote:
Gmr102 wrote:There she is. This is the day that we got her. Named her ruby. I have since had the headlights cleaned up, put new tires on,changed all the fluids, replaced the front struts and fixed that darn viscous coupling whine and the tickling blend door motor.


Nice! Which struts did you go with? What did you end up doing to fix the whine? I have it too and am trying to decide if I want to fool with it (change bearings, etc.) or let someone else do it without trying to get me to replace the whole rear diff.


I went with Monroe quick struts. I have Monroe products on my Tacoma as well and they held up just fine so I figured I would give them a shot on the vibe as well. They have been good so far. No issues ride quality has improved for sure. The viscous coupler was actually easier than I expected. However I have a shop here where I live that lets you rent a lift and tools from them. So that's why it was easier. This video goes over what needs to be done to fix it.
https://youtu.be/GOd40uoc1SU
If you have the tools and a way to get the car in the air it is definitely doable if you have a tiny bit of mechanical ability.
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vibrologist
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Re: New guy

Postby vibrologist » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:41 am

Welcome Gmr102!
And thanks for the link tot he video. I referenced ti in the Maintenance how-to index.
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vibenvy
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Re: New guy

Postby vibenvy » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:44 pm

Ooh... Salsa! I'm not typically a fan of red cars, but I do like Salsa!
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