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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:32 pm 
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I have a 90 Geo Metro and a 91 LSI. After doing several searches using different terms / wording, I was unable to come up with anything like a list of parts, that would be wise to collect from salvage yards. There are (obviously) parts that just aren't made anymore and the ones that are might have a ridulous price tag. Sometimes parts can be substituted or made which is good and I'd like to know more about that.

I'm mostly concerned about the guts of the little beasties, like wheels, rotors, axles, suspension, trannies and whatever else you think is important.

Would like to hear from you. Thanks ...... Alan (Colo.)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:07 pm 
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Good Door Handles and Front Control Arms


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:32 pm 
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Drivers side window regulators.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:53 am 
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Metronator wrote:
Good Door Handles and Front Control Arms


I wouldn't bother with the front control arms - two reasons ...

1 - the ball joints and busings wear out
2 - aftermarket replacements (with new ball joints) are readily available.

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 3:02 pm 
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Good door handles tip ....... If you find a good door handle you can reduce the likelihood of breakage and keep it working much longer by lubricating it with graphite. I make a mixture of lighter fluid, graphite and silicone spray in a glass jar. Shake it up and use an eye dropper, to apply it to the parts that pivot. The lighter fluid is just a carrier and will readily evaporate. This is a trick used by techs that fix old mechanical cameras. Works very nicely. Epoxy is also useful for reinforcing weak areas on the back of the handle before they break. Try these tips ...... you'll like the results :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:44 pm 
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I got some better than stock door handles off ebay for like $20, they are new so the plastic is not brittle and it says they are strong than stock (reinforced in areas where the stock ones were not)...

Selling my 91 LSI tonight, sad to see it go but happy to get some cash for it.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 10:24 pm 
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99% are available from Suzuki or rockauto.com or others. GM is my last choice.

i have replaced
drivers window regulator $100 new
seals $6 ea
timing belt $30 new
water pump $60 new
wiper switch used
tailight used
wheel used
rotor $25 new
caliper $25 new

you may want to get used:
wiper switch and motor $180 new!
tailights
fenders
wheel
distributor

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daily driver: red 1991 Metro 3cyl 5sp, roof rack, 8 degree advance,
got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

completed frame up restoration: black 1994 Swift GT 5sp -- like new ! 45mpg


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 3:54 pm 
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a new/rebuilt steering rack is $180 i think.

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daily driver: red 1991 Metro 3cyl 5sp, roof rack, 8 degree advance,
got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

completed frame up restoration: black 1994 Swift GT 5sp -- like new ! 45mpg


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:43 am 
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Hi ! New to site, But have a 93 swift 1.3 with a Bad Frt Timing belt COVER , This would be good to add to List as they wear out and also distort, ,My Buddy that does Aluminum Casting say He Could Cast these up, IF enough of you showed Interest? ..Would be cool looking too!, and Last &Last!
Ribbed Or Polished? How about Input & Idea's? He would Need a Good Pre-Mo Cover ,and Maybe an Old Block, to Develope the Core & Mold, from for fit ...Lets hear from You's on this ,Thanks NU


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:15 am 
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Mr Nu wrote:
Hi ! New to site, But have a 93 swift 1.3 with a Bad Frt Timing belt COVER , This would be good to add to List as they wear out and also distort, ,My Buddy that does Aluminum Casting say He Could Cast these up, IF enough of you showed Interest? ..Would be cool looking too!, and Last &Last!
Ribbed Or Polished? How about Input & Idea's? He would Need a Good Pre-Mo Cover ,and Maybe an Old Block, to Develope the Core & Mold, from for fit ...Lets hear from You's on this ,Thanks NU


They are still available at Suzuki dealer and they are cheap . As far as I remember lower timing belt cover for '90 GTi was $25 . Metal pieces behind it were $12 each


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:36 am 
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I just bought new Twin cam Timing covers for my car from Suzuki in Canada cost me $85 both pieces without the seal
Oil contamination will swell your old cover seal to the point it won't be usable on a new cover, as well as most old covers become warped and worn from the pulleys.
Felpro makes a kit that has enough material in it to do the job on any 1.3 or 1.0
ES72766 is the part number.

Another thing that you should get spares for is the wiper transmission linkage that connect your wiper motor to the wipers arms and pivots.
If the end of one of the rods dries up and pops off they are not repairable and you have to change the whole unit.
My experience has only been on the 89-94 cars with this and good ones are hard to find.
taking them off a car is a challenge also as the bolt studs that hold them in are embedded in the plastic housing.
The housings crack and the stud turns so you have a challenge to get the nuts off on the pivot mounts plus they get rusty from being exposed to the weather.
Spare brake parts and spindles and hubs are other parts you should keep spares on, plus any brake pad hardware in case you lose a piece or damage one.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:19 am 
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I'd recommend hanging onto a set of replacement driveshafts.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:42 am 
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Well I just missed a good source,My Friends had a spare car (Runner) for a parts car..City got onto them for it...., so They Pulled seats, Engine & Trans out.. And Gave it to the Yard ! Whew ! when I think Of ALL those Good parts ! going to Crusher ! I tear up ! I could of Used some of them for sure! ! I have seen it happen to Other OLDER cars , soon the Parts Dry Up!
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