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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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New Project - Replaced vehicle....

Ok,

Unfortunately, my first 2007 Equinox LT was totaled on a very foggy night in a fight with a concrete post... The post won, however, that did not change as much as I thought it would, as, lo and behold, I end up with a 2007 Equinox LS to replace it, exact same exterior color, and, found my old Equinox in the junkyard I frequent. So far, I have done everything I have previously mentioned doing to the original, and, grabbed the matching color roof rack, steering wheel, center dash console cover, and door handles from my old one as well as a few more accents.

However, I am not finished, and, not really trying to turn this replacement into my old one, no, I'm possibly looking to go a little further since this thing started as an LS base model. It's somewhat become my new lump of clay to mold....

What I'm planning for this one is, of course, the LED lighting done better this time, both black background headlights and tail lights, as well as fog lamps (Do not want the same thing to happen again), I plan on grabbing the 5 spoked chrome wheels that are around $30 each from the same junk yard, and possibly changing both front and rear bumpers to the Equinox Sport style if I can order and get them painted well, but cheap.

I'm also looking into possibly changing the transaxle as well to the sport, though, not sure how a 2008-2009 transaxle will work in a 2007, but, will look into it.

Anyway, that is what has happened so far....

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 12:04 PM
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Re: New Project - Replaced vehicle....

It is good to have projects that are mostly for fun and learning. Keeps us off street corners and out of trouble. Have fun.
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An Update - What's been done, what's coming up, and, she has a name.....


Well, I haven't done too much yet.... I found that I had to change the carpet because I discovered a stain of molasses and Kool-Aid in the rear carpet, also changed the rear seat bench because the old one was malfunctioning, and, found a much cleaner one in the same vehicle I found the replacement carpet in the junk yard (Btdubs, both the entire carpet, and the seats were each $24.00 each from that junkyard). I've also added the factory fog lamps.... Now seriously, why did GM add the wiring to the harness for these, but, not put the ends on it Anyway, I also have been waiting for one with the wheels I want to show up so I can pounce..... It has not been easy. I also am trying to get ahold of a newer OnStar Module to send away and get matched to my VIN... Now, since I've posted in a few forums how to add it, apparently I made it popular.. ugh.....


I am also planning load leveling suspension and a trailer hitch. With the load leveling suspension, it's all pretty much in the rear with little to no actual interaction with the driver, or the body control module for that matter. It's an add-on much like OnStar. The sensor pretty much does all the work, and, there are 2 options basically - to have a connection into data bus to give error codes, or, not to have a connection into data bus to give error codes. Typically, these systems rarely have an error unless the air compressor itself fails, or, a shock or airline is damaged, which, all would be clearly visable from the outside anyway. As far as shocks go, I actually have a million choices since the Equinox actually uses normal shocks in the rear. I think I'm either going to use the shocks for/from either a Rendezvous/Aztek or, if I can find them, a Cadillac SRX. The sensor choices are either that from a Rendezvous/Aztek (No connection to data bus), or from a 2006 or newer Cadillac CTS or SRX (connection to data bus). I want to add this because it would increase the towing and carrying capacity of the vehicle, stabilize rear end handling better, and, I can add the rear panel inflator access as well. I can also get the parts rather cheaply. Another reason is stupid, but kind of funny, I want to add a certain an air horn - A Grover 1056 to be exact (The Monorail Horn). I know it's silly, but, I would just like to freak people in traffic out with it, especially when they're being idiots. The unique sound of the 1056 is unlike any other horn made also, and, it's quite bass-y, and, that's why I like it.


I plan on adding a class 3 hitch with a full sized/2 inch receiver. I can find them on ebay for less than $100 and by draw-tite, and, it's all simply bolt on.


On a side note, I've also named my Equinox Miss Betty Boo. I figured it was time since it is my second one of the same purple color, and, for some reason, I like this one a bit more than my old one.


Anyway, there's an update so far. Hope you all are having a great day,


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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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A small Update:


I have recently upgraded the OnStar VCIM to one from a 2011 Impala, and, got the LG with built in GPS and no Bluetooth. It not only works better and saves my battery, but, it gave me access via the OnStar app... I can remote start, unlock, and, even set off the horn and lights on my 2007 Equinox from my phone. OnStar thinks my car is still an Impala... I plan on taking it to the dealer one day and having them update it on OnStar's system.... The only thing I cannot get to work with the app is full vehicle status, but, that actually could be an issue with the VIN on OnStar's system being different, but, the system works perfectly.


And there's just a small update,


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Another update....




Had some engineering difficulties that might all be injector related. Was getting the dreaded P0420 code (Catalyst Efficiency Bank 1 low). Replaced both sensors - Same error after clearing. Changed the ECM - Same error after clearing. Changed the catalytic converter with a brand new one - Same error after clearing.... Noticed that my RPMs were also bouncing quite a bit. Researched the issue and found out the issue can actually be caused by clogged or failing injectors. Tried some of the best chemical injector cleaner via tank out there, and, still having the issue which could point to at least one or more of the injectors might be near failing. Ordered rebuilt replacements from eBay with a 5 year warranty. We'll see what happens.


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Adding load-leveling suspension via air-shocks.....


Hey guys, small update: I have found a load leveling system, and decided to go with the older Class II based from a 2004 Chevrolet Venture.... I may still have to pull the sensor from a Rendezvous or Aztek with the proper arm, however, at least I know they'll be the same sensor using the same plug. A word of note if you plan on doing this yourself: Pull the compressor, sensor, hoses, and inflator panel from the Venture only because the shocks are incompatible with an Equinox. No parts place will be able to help find the proper shocks, because, for some weird reason, the cross reference is actually lost, so, I had to really dig. The shocks that are compatible are the ones for a 1979 to 1985 Oldsmobile Toronado, Buick Riviera, Cadillac Eldorado and Seville, and are AC Delco new part number 504-566. The reason that these references appear to be hard to find (And that you get redirected to air springs) is because when the Theta platform was built, no one ever thought to put air shocks on the vehicles or even give a reference to them. These vehicles also have their bolt pins in 2 different directions also making them hard to find, and, the shocks must still be slim to fit with the nozzle facing out at an angle. I'm going to try to find some originals with good air bags before I dive into ordering brand new ones.... I've got the wiring almost fully in place and have the wiring for the backup camera as well ready.


And there's and update, Oh, and to buggsy, my junkyard only charges me $36.00 for the parts do far and the shocks are nearly $20 each from there.


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I would be interested in the Air shocks with pictures if you have them. That sounds like a useful addition.

I am also going to look into whether I can add onstar to my wife's G6 or not. I have the Onstar mirror, but her car was never built with it, so I am not sure. Would be nice to be able to remote start it from her office this winter.
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I would be interested in the Air shocks with pictures if you have them. That sounds like a useful addition.

I am also going to look into whether I can add onstar to my wife's G6 or not. I have the Onstar mirror, but her car was never built with it, so I am not sure. Would be nice to be able to remote start it from her office this winter.

If the G6 was made after 2007, then adding OnStar is actually pretty simple because the body control module is really easy to see and figure out. You will also have to replace the vehicle antenna with the AIO Radio/Cellular Phone/GPS/XM antenna as well.


As for the auto -leveling, I will take and get pictures of that as well....


Also, after replacing the injectors, the fuel mileage really increased. I would suggest replacing the injectors at least once every 10 years.


Anyway, I'll keep you all posted.


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A small update...


So, I have had the dreaded, expected repair come up, the hub bearings..... It started with a weird hum that I thought at first was the transaxle, at which, I did change the fluid in it because it needed it badly, however, no, it wasn't that. The passenger side hub bearing is going first at which I predict the drivers side will soon follow.... I purchased a pair on eBay for $65.00 and found several videos on YouTube on changing them myself.


Another thing I discovered failing slowly are the Crank Position and Cam Position sensors. When they start to fail, you think it's everything else but them... I went through changing the fuel injectors (wasn't hard) to changing several other sensors to no avail.... What was going on is that the RPMs kept fluctuating, but, not wildly.... I didn't think it was anything to do with those sensors until I sat down with my MDI and watched the throttle through tech2win. Lo and behold, the throttle was actually changing the RPMs and moving up and down within 1% to 2% instead of staying at a steady idle. This told me that the position sensors were not reading correctly and kept telling the ECM to adjust the idle.


So, that will be something I'm possibly going to go hunting for next....


So there's a little update.... Hope this helps some.


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