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1992 RM125 DIYs Calculators Misc

Dirt Bike Wheel Repair

Wheel Repair on a 1992 Suzuki RM125 Difficulty:  MediumRecommended Tools:  Vice, spoke key, can of lubricant with straw, chalk When I got my bike, the wheels had certainly taken a bit of a beating, the front wheel bearings were shot, both rims were buckled and the front rim also had a hefty ding on one […]

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1992 RM125 DIYs Calculators Misc

Dirt Bike – Electrical Troubleshooting

Electrical Troubleshooting on a 1992 Suzuki RM125 Difficulty:  Medium, can be tough!Warning:  High electric currents can be dangerous, take appropriate precautionsRecommended Tools:  Multimeter Dirt bike electrical systems are relatively simple and yet there is a lot of confusion around that can make troubleshooting tough.  The 1992 Suzuki RM125 that I bought came with a CDI […]

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RX8

RX-8 – Intermittent Power Loss

Intermittent Power Loss Issue on a 2005 Mazda RX8 At first, driving the RX-8 was a blast, it seemed to pull strong and wanted to go no matter what gear you were in.  After a short while I noticed that on the highway coming home from work sometimes it would not want to accelerate – […]

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RX8

RX-8 – Fuel Pump Removal

Remove Fuel Pump on a 2005 Mazda RX8 Difficulty:  MediumWarning:  Fuel is a hazardous chemical, take appropriate precautionsRecommended Tools:  Screwdrivers, special tool for ring removal Since the strange power loss issue I was experiencing on the RX-8 had a lot of similarities with an issue I had early on with the Fiero, I wanted to check […]

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3800 Fiero

3800 Fiero – Fuel Pump

Once the Fiero was fit for road use and I was able to get a few miles on it, I found that it would have a tendency to cut out after 30 minutes driving in hot weather.  It would start again but then need nursing home without letting the revs drop below 2000rpm and accelerating […]

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3800 Fiero

3800 Fiero – Drive Axles

When installing the 3800 SC Series II engine in the Fiero, the drive axles were a major concern of mine throughout the project.  When making the engine mounts I was concerned about how much misalignment they would be able to handle, both horizontally and vertically; then along with the right length, the splines on the […]

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3800 Fiero

3800 Fiero – Minimize Bump Steer

In Robert “Greg” Wagoner’s book “High Performance Fieros” he talks about a simple method for eliminating rear bump steer on Fieros.  Having never driven a Fiero at all before completing this project, I wasn’t sure how bad this bump steer could be but I had read about it several times.  I usually don’t like modifying stuff without testing first but on this […]

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3800 Fiero

3800 Fiero – Electrics and Wiring

This is another time where you will have to decide whether you want to save some time by buying a ready made wiring harness or save some money by making up your own.  I was fortunate that my power-train came with the ECM module and most of the engine bay wiring harness including all the connectors for […]

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3800 Fiero

3800 Fiero – Exhaust Fabrication

The available space for the exhaust on the Fiero is quite limited, most engine swaps end up with some form of modification to the trunk to make some room. On my car, I wanted to do something that I hadn’t seen on any other Fiero, a single exhaust outlet in the middle of the rear […]

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3800 Fiero DIYs Calculators Misc

Significant Project – Considerations

If you’re considering undertaking a significant project like an engine swap on any vehicle at all, you should spend some time considering the level of involvement you want and, perhaps more importantly what your budget will allow. Let’s face it, if your wallet is big enough, you can have an engine installed in your Fiero without […]