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Old 07-23-2015, 06:12 PM   #22821
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Someone should post up that old vid of the guy at the track that crashes and then gets a call from onstar.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:36 PM   #22822
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GM antennas have 4-5 antennas(gps,cell,fm,etc) integrated into one unit. Iirc some share circuits but the signals are split further down the line. I think it is possible to disable only the one you want but it been awhile since I took the class on them or had a problem with one.
Well, as late as 2014, you can apparently disable the Onstar antenna while still retaining AM/FM, XM, and Bluetooth functionality. It sounds like GPS is lost however. 2014 Chevy Camaro Disable OnStar
The fix is nothing more than opening the case and removing the header that connects the main Onstar board to its antenna (daughter) board. A bit of googling shows this works on multiple GM platforms, so it may well be universal for Onstar units to date.
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= about the same thing.
Yes, I'm aware, I was just thinking in more general terms. What I'm saying is that in general IDGAF about anything made by 2 of the big 3. I used to bleed Ford Blue but that's changed in recent years. They are doing some interesting things (1.0 3cyl, flatplane V8, EcoBoost, AWD Focus RS, etc) and actually using modern technology and materials while Dodge and GM are sitting out back eating paste while rebadging imports to make their CAFE numbers look better (last time I checked anyway.) So while at least Ford is being clever, its not enough to convince me to buy a domestic. Focus ST came very close last year, but I chickened out and bought a Subaru.
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What is going on in the heads of people when they pass someone on the highway? Why does it make sense to slow down when passing someone, why do they do this? They ******* match the speed of the slow car and slowly slowly slowly crawl past them. Then, when they pass them they floor it and speed up again! Gah, so frustrating.

Also, if you notice you are passing slow, and there is a line of cars behind you, speed up, finish the pass, get your *** in the right lane, and be courteous to others.

If I see someone coming up on my *** and I'm not going much faster than the car I am passing, I speed up and pass as to not make them slow down. It is a simple courtesy, isn't hard to do, and keeps the flow of traffic moving!

Also, 90% of the time these people have California plates. What the hell CA!
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What is going on in the heads of people when they pass someone on the highway? Why does it make sense to slow down when passing someone, why do they do this? They ******* match the speed of the slow car and slowly slowly slowly crawl past them. Then, when they pass them they floor it and speed up again! Gah, so frustrating.

Also, if you notice you are passing slow, and there is a line of cars behind you, speed up, finish the pass, get your *** in the right lane, and be courteous to others.

If I see someone coming up on my *** and I'm not going much faster than the car I am passing, I speed up and pass as to not make them slow down. It is a simple courtesy, isn't hard to do, and keeps the flow of traffic moving!

Also, 90% of the time these people have California plates. What the hell CA!

I'm going with the 1,286,348,942nd time this has been posted on a car forum.
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For sure, nothing new, I just needed to vent that frustration after that drive.
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In all seriousness, I wonder how long it will be until some combination of the EPA, USDOT and the NHTSA creates a rule which standardizes vehicle performance telemetrics and requires that the system be included in all new cars.

Much as is the case in the present day with regard to anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, OBD-II, etc.
I actually wonder more about how longer it will be before they just plain outlaw human driving entirely. That **** can be downright dangerous, you know! I'm sure statistics will bear out that humans are far more fallible than an army of interconnected computers, so eventually, and in the name of serving our "best interests" no doubt, the opportunity (right) to risk our lives will simply be removed from us. Sadly enough, the current generation that is coming of age to driving seems fairly ambivalent to cars and driving in general. Perhaps they'd even welcome it. KMN


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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>I thought all new cars sold in the US had to have xx seconds of &quot;data&quot; on board for &quot;accident&quot; investigation Joe Perez.&nbsp; Or maybe this was in some pending legislation?&nbsp; Off to Google land...</p><p>Edit:&nbsp; NPR link from 2013; Yes, Your New Car Has A 'Black Box.' Where's The Off Switch? : All Tech Considered : NPR.&nbsp; Easy enough to just add more memory.</p><p>Edit 2: Find Out If Your Vehicle Has A Black Box</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
I'm not sure about the accuracy of the second link (from Harris). They do not list a number of vehicles which I know for a fact do have EDR's (My own DD for instance).

EDIT: Ahh, I see a comment that may explain their omission:
"The list is of those vehicles that are capable of storing crash data records that can
be recovered using commercially available equipment.
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Reading the fine print in the Owner's Manual though, that data is available to the manufacturer, and reading the fine print in most insurance policies, you will see that, by accepting the policy, you agree to willingly surrender access to it (regardless of whether it came from commercially available equipment or not).
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Also, 90% of the time these people have California plates. What the hell CA!
That could be because CA virtually eliminated all passing opportunity (broken vs. double yellow lines) on 2 lane undivided highways in the state a number of years ago (other than the most absolutely remote and deserted areas), and as a consequence the populace has basically become stupid and incompetent when faced with the death defying proposition of overtaking another car on an open road. Seriously, I bet over 80% of the drivers here could not even judge safe distances for passing with any oncoming traffic. As such, it is a lost skill, and a somewhat self-fulfilling prophecy as to why they needed to eliminate all passing on undivided 2 lane highways.
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<p>A post from a MiataNW facebook page:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>
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&nbsp;</p><p>Can someone please tell me all the reasons why you wouldn't want to drop a 1990 1.6 into a 99 NB.</p><p>This isn't what I want to do. But someone that is interested in my motor to do this.
</p><p><br />I couldn't even post.</p>
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #22830
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How long before I can give voice commands to my smartwatch and tell my car to come pick me up?



I guess I can start with this usb charger...


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Old 07-24-2015, 04:01 PM   #22831
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A hunter goes into the woods with his trusty .270 rifle and after a while, he spots a very large bear, takes aim, and fires. When the smoke clears, the bear is gone. A moment later, the bear taps the hunter on the shoulder and says, “No one shoots at me and gets away with it. You have two choices: I can rip your throat out and eat you, or you can drop your trousers, bend over, and I’ll have my way with you.” The hunter decides that anything is better than death, so he drops his trousers and bends over; and the bear has his way with him for 30 minutes.

After the bear has left, the hunter pulls up his trousers and staggers back into town. He’s steaming mad. He buys a much larger rifle from the local gun shop and returns to the woods to track the bear. After a couple of days, he finally catches up with the same bear, aims, and fires. When the smoke clears, the bear is gone. A moment later, the bear taps the hunter on the shoulder and says, “You know what to do.”

After the bear has had his way with him for several hours, the hunter pulls up his trousers, but can barely walk. He's boiling over with anger. He crawls back into town, and talks to a guy, who knows a guy that sells him an RPG. He returns to the woods, and tracks the bear for several days without eating or sleeping. He finally sees the bear in a clearing in the woods, takes aim, and fires at him. The force of the blast knocks him flat on his back and when the smoke clears, there's a crater where the bear was standing - but no bear in sight. The hunter looks around and there's a tap on his shoulder. The bear is standing behind him and says, “You’re not doing this for the hunting, are you?”
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A man get stopped by a game warden with his basket full of fish.

Warden: do you have a permit for all these fish?
Man: no sir. These are all my pet fish.
Warden: your pet fish? How's that?
Man: well, every night I take all my pet fish for a walk to the lake, I let them swim for about half hour and then I whistle and they all come back and jump in my basket and we go home. We do this every night.
Warden: Well that's just a crock of lies!!
Man: here I'll show you... (Releases the fish in the lake)
Warden: well this I got to see!!
5 minutes later...
Warden: well??
Man: what?
Warden: the fish!! Where's your pet fish??
Man: what fish??
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What's worse than having ants in your pants?










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What is it about the Ford V8 swap guys that leads them to do really crappy stuff like style bars and boat anchor wheels?

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Old 07-24-2015, 08:41 PM   #22835
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<p>Hmm. Aside from that stuff the car looks to be really well done though.</p><p>Would drive.</p>
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A carburetor?

Really?

Did 1990 Mustangs not originally come with EFI? Was it really so horrible that a carb is preferable?
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1985 was the last time Ford put a 4v carburetor on a Mustang. It took the form of the 1985 Mustang GT 5.0. First year of the roller cam 5.0, last year of the carburetor. I owned and drove one for quite a while.

It's because old guys can't be bothered to figure out fuel injection, and 302 4bbl manifolds and points distributors still fit on 5.0 blocks.
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It's because old guys can't be bothered to figure out fuel injection
It's interesting to hear that...

I'm sort of on the borderline between "old guy" and "young guy." My first two cars were both carbed, and I'll be damned if I could ever figure out how to reall, properly tune one of those damned things. They're fiddly as hell if you're actually trying to achieve something resembling fuel economy and a proper mixture across the board. Change one little emulsion tube or jet, and you just whacked half the fuel table.

Ditto mechanical distributors. Got knock in one specific region? Tough *******- you're gonna have to retard the whole thing. (Or roll the dice and start fiddling with springs and weights.)

How any of that is supposed to be easier than typing a few numbers onto a laptop (and getting realtime feedback as you do it) confounds me.


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<p>Is there a sound reason for the left, rear tire to be mounted backwards?</p>
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Oh yeah Joe, but think about it this way:

Hook up a fuel line and maybe a regulator, 12v to a choke and a coil, and a host of autometer gauges and you are in business.

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Transplanting and entire Ford ECC-IV fuel injection systsm, dealing with the additional sensors, disabling all the emissions crap that now won't work correctly, adapting the fuel system, etc, etc, etc.
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