Proven Parts List - Common Parts that don't suck

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  1. Theoretics

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    Does anyone use a aftermarket thermostat or do we only use OE?

    Mine is stuck open...
     
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    Every auto zone one ive bought has ended up getting stuck open within 5-7k miles. Oem for sure
     
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    i'm on vatozone tstat, going on 3 years now, and no issues as of yet. oem might crack a bit sooner to keep your temps slightly lower but, at highway cruise, i'm usually 195-200.
     
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    I literally just finished replacing my tstat. Good luck. That job lasted me a week. Two of the 3 bolts snapped into the block and I had to take apart the entire front end to drill them out, retap, and put helicoils in.
     
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    that would be why i swallowed my pride and paid a shop to change mine, haha.
     
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    Never did I ever think it would turn into that haha. Fuckin nightmare. Nothing was getting those bolts out. And I do mean nothing.
     
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    On the plus side, your fost mani looks awesome painted that color.
     
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    Ah yes, smirf dick blue.
     
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    I'm hoping to avoid that situation since the car only has something like 31k miles on it....

    I'll take a chance and order the Gates thermostat off Rock Auto and report back then. It's 19 bucks and I know who Gates is rather than dealing with private label Autozone crap. I also need a master cylinder for winter beater so it works out.
     
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    Mine only has 50k haha. But it is notorious for being a devil. Anyone that has worked on it with me can vouch for that. She's a Hiroshima edition, she was created by the japs to get back at America for Hiroshima.
     
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    I felt the same way when my turbine wheel liberated its self from the turbo at 23k miles....
     
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    I think I'd be happy with that actually haha. Reasons to go bigger. I can honestly say out of all the work I've done on this car only 2 maybe 3 jobs went smooth.
     
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    Motorad 512-185 Thermostat
    by Motorad
    Link: http://a.co/28SeaBl

    Got that one for my gen juan, not had any issues for 5k miles now.
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    How did you break all of that? I have a rust 07 with 140k on it and mine came out easy peasy, this is blowing my mind.
     
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    Because I have a Hiroshima edition mazdaspeed that's how. Cars fuckin evil.
     
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    Dude, solid post. Thanks so much!
     
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    +1 Despite all the good reviews, I constantly have to warranty both front and rear endlinks at Rock Auto every 10-15k miles. I have stock sway bars and they were relubed every 3k miles. I even capped the top zerk fitting for the front endlinks since they keep breaking yet they seem to keep failing on me.

    Although Rock Auto's customer is great, I lose $5 each time to get these shipped back and re-installation of the rears and relubing each endlinks is a pain in the ass.

    I think OEMs are the way to go:
    OEM front: $70 => 90k miles
    OEM rear: $70 => 90k miles

    MOOG front: $58 => 10k miles +lifetime (+$5 to ship back)
    MOOG rear: $55 => 15k miles + lifetime (+$5 to ship back)

    If I didn't have to pay for shipping to warranty Moog's then I think these would be the best option. I would just install these and wouldn't even bother greasing them since it's fairly tedious.

    /endrant
     
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    I'm at 118k on my OEM, never replaced.
     
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    my moogs are goin strong, no clunks. seems like they're a hit/miss type of thing.
     
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    How many miles?
     
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    10-12k front, 5-7k rear
     
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