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Old 07-20-2010, 03:34 PM   #1341
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:43 PM   #1345
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^^ lol, what the **** did he expect?

In response to the truck video, not the bus.
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I don't even know what to think of this.






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that aiming is overrated?
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that aiming is overrated?
He wouldn't need to aim at the speed he's firing.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #1349
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Yay that was the easiest emissions test I've had with a modded car!

1st try> Everything at near 0 (NOx high-ish at 40kph) except being at limit for hc and double the limit for CO at idle.

Change 3 idle cells by 2-6 ve and......

2nd try everything near 0, NOx infinitesimally close to the limit at 40kph.

The guys at the shop were dumbfounded, they told me "no one has ever passed with an aftermarket ecu at this test centre". I left the laptop on the seat during the test and they were amazed at the speed with which my gauges (in MT) responded to throttle inputs. They also took a bit to figure out reverse on the 6sp even after I told the guy how. These were mostly licensed mechanics at this shop.

The one tech was asking tons of questions about the car and said he wants one now after selling his skyline (R32). He finished with "but if you went to so much trouble why not put in a rotary or a sr20?".
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:29 PM   #1351
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I'm willing to bet that did not end well.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #1353
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My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me. It was her beautiful younger sister. My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less. One day "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister.

Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word. She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me." I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled off her panties and threw them down the stairs at me. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car. Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!

With tears in his eyes, my future father-in-law hugged me and said, "we are very happy that you have passed our little test... we couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

And the moral of this story is: Always keep your condoms in your car.......
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Is anyone else really bothered by putting imperial measurement nuts/bolts/ect on their Miata?

Part of the reason that i love the car is that i could take it down with pretty much just a 10mm/12mm/14mm and 17mm set.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:49 PM   #1355
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Is anyone else really bothered by putting imperial measurement nuts/bolts/ect on their Miata?

Part of the reason that i love the car is that i could take it down with pretty much just a 10mm/12mm/14mm and 17mm set.
I do it when I have to. Like when I am fabricating something and all I can get are standard fasteners. Otherwise I try to keep everything metric whenever I can.

I have seen metric thread bolts with standard size hex heads
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Is anyone else really bothered by putting imperial measurement nuts/bolts/ect on their Miata?
I'm still offended by the fact that the OEMs themselves mix-n-match block thread standards. Mazda isn't the only one, either. All of the banjo fittings on the Suby EJ-series engine are metric, but like the Mazdas, the oil pressure sender fitting is BSP.

Ever wrench on a 1st-gen Neon? Those cars were about 50/50 Metric vs. SAE.
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Ever wrench on a 1st-gen Neon? Those cars were about 50/50 Metric vs. SAE.
I almost bought one. Fail narrowly averted. I heard the very Neon I ordered (and eventually passed on) was back at the shop multiple times for immediate post-purchase warranty work. It was so bad the dealer last I heard was about to eat the car and refund the owner his money.

Instead I bought a Dodge Ram 1500, which turned out to be a fail due to crap transmissions, or more specifically the torque converter. It self-destructed at 37K miles on a 36K warranty. If I had not had it in the shop at 34K due to another transmission problem it would have not been covered under warranty and I would have had to eat a $4000 repair bill; the transmission had to be replaced. Torque converter fails catastrophically, FOD goes into transmission, trashes transmission.

Mine was not an isolated incident. I know someone who had the same Ram as mine (same year, engine, trans) and had been through three transmissions, all failed under warranty, all under 100K miles (total for all three, plus the original). A friend of a friend with another Ram had been through four transmissions. I found out about all this after I bought the truck of course. It had not been on the market long enough for the problems to manifest themselves. None of us were doing any heavy towing. The trucks had relatively easy lives.

Sold that POS Dodge truck soon after getting the new transmission installed and bought a Tundra. That was a win.
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I almost bought one. Fail narrowly averted.
Interesting.

My mother bought one new when they first came out in '94. Base model with an automatic transmission and A/C. Now, I grant you that the paint basically fell off of the car (seriously, it came off in sheets, though the primer stayed on), but from a mechanical standpoint, that car just amazed me. Over the many years, she managed to drive the car, on various occasions, with no oil, with no coolant, through floodwaters that nearly crested the hood, over a pothole so deep (and so fast) that it ruptured one of the shocks and bent two of the steel wheels pretty severely, and basically just abused the car in every other way imaginable, and the damn thing just wouldn't die.

In other words, a car driven by her for 150,000 miles is subjected to about as much abuse as one driven for 150,000 miles' worth of 24 hrs of Lemons events.

Granted, towards the end it was starting to smoke a little and had developed a few odd noises, but after all that, the tranny still worked perfectly and the engine still worked slightly less than perfectly but still acceptably.

She replaced it with another Neon, a 2nd gen, when they first came out. Proceeded to drive the **** out of that one, gave it to my sister with about 100k on the clock, and then she drove the **** out of it until it got pancaked between two pickup trucks


I just don't know what to think about Chrysler. On the one hand, they made the Neon, which didn't suck. On the other hand, they made the Sebring. And the LeBaron. And the New Yorker. And the Aries. And the Newport. And, well, pretty much a lot of bland, horrible cars in which nobody ever thought of, drove to, came home from, or was inspired to create anything which was in the least bit hopeful or good.
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