The other day while driving the grey coupe, the check engine light came on, but with no driveability issues really. Since I already had the Scangauge plugged in I pulled the code on the spot and it came out as a P0401 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected. It's a common code on these and basically amounts to an EGR valve full of tar and soot, preventing the valve from moving through it's range properly. The proper fix is to remove the valve completely and clean everything, then re-install. This is pretty intense work and requires draining the coolant and unscrewing some often very rusty exhaust flange bolts that could snap off. I have bigger plans for this thing so I opted to do a halfway step for now to clear the code and keep the car humping along until I can modify it properly.

Pop your hood and you'll see the EGR valve on the left hand side near the air filter box and intercooler. Unplug it from the harness by squeezing the sides of the plug and popping it off. You can then undo the 3 bolts holding the solenoid on, which are 4mm allen keys. I also clipped the zip tie holding the harness to the solenoid to move it out of the way. The allen key on the backside was quite hard to get at, and I ended up using a ratchet and flex joint to have the right length on the tool to get at the bolt properly. Now you can pop the solenoid off the valve housing. You'll notice how there is some soot buildup here.

The Eight just died at 276xxxkm/172xxxmiles while driving to a meeting. Leaving me stranded at a gas station. Pushed it in and tried filling it up with gas, nothing, just cranked, and cranked. Checked the fuse, and sure enough it was blown. This is the first place you should start. Remove your passenger side fuse panel cover, and check this 15amp fuse. Its most likely blown.

I already purchased a VDO pump previously knowing this maintenance items was coming up. Towed it home and replaced it over three nights, one hour a piece. The following are some observations of the re/re. If you are not small, and do not like crawling around in the trunk for an hour, then this is not for you.

Few things to note.
First : If you buy a cheaper version of a pump, and it ONLY has ONE PORT on the bottom, it is wrong. It will work for the first 1/3 of tank, then the car will stall. Get the pump with a TWO PORTS on the bottom/a large one and small one. Do your self a favor and buy the proper damn 240 dollar pump. I have read countless threads of, "well now my car dies at 2/3 tank everytime...When I was doing replacement my pump didnt seat correctly because it only has one port but I still installed it regardless of things not aligning properly, or before doing any research/asking a question or really applying any amount of common sense, is this my problem? I hope not because I really dont want to do it again because I suck at things"

Secondly : Doing this procedure is not for the faint of heart. There are lots of little tricks that if not done correctly, will leave you stranded everytime your at 2/3 or 1/2 tank of gas. Pay attention and dont rush.


This evening after putting the girls down I was looking for something quick and easy to do (bike/car related) so I jumped on the lathe.

The stiffness (I'm assuming?) of the rear shock on the bike is adjustable but the adjustment knob was missing. A wrench could be used but when I'm zig zagging through chicanes there's a good chance I'd drop the wrench.

I got excited about this because I've never knurled on the lathe before. I did a practice run and it came out virtually perfect. Then when I tried replicating it on the actual part it came out so so. For all intents and purposes it's perfect, though.

This summer (2016) I took the FAST racing school level 1 and 2 with Trevis and Sean was our instructor. I had previously spent a track day with Sean some 5 or 6 years ago on his old Suzuki GSX-R 600 race bike. He mentioned that it was collecting dust and if I wanted to pursue the hobby that I could use the old GSX-R. I talked to Brieanna about it and she actually highly encouraged it. Sean dropped it off the other day and told me a few things it needed. It hadn't run since I last used it at the track day 5 or 6 years ago, but Sean got it going fairly easily.

The plan is to clean it up, fix whatever needs fixing, and run it as a track day bike. I'll keep in the garage at 101 this winter and work on it as weather permits. However, at this pace I'll probably take it as far as I can go within the next couple weeks. It will store in front of the lathe, behind the Audi.

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