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  Reply # 1198335 16-Dec-2014 11:11
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Don't lower it man... RAISE it!



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  Reply # 1198350 16-Dec-2014 11:21
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ubergeeknz: Don't lower it man... RAISE it!


These cars roll enough in the corners thanks!  Don't want to make it worse!  LOL





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  Reply # 1198369 16-Dec-2014 11:48
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You HAVE to do this.






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  Reply # 1199578 17-Dec-2014 23:32
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I picked up my new corolla yesterday!  Bonus items that came with the car:

- A fresh builder's pencil
- 4 golf tees
- 6 120 gram sinkers (literal weight reduction!)
- Thousands of grass seeds
- A cassette to headphone jack adapter
- 4 cigarette butts (not in the ash tray :( )
- Mint container
- Chinese resturant business card
- a 50 cent coin (I only owe the bank $1699.50 now!)
- A spider that I have named Steve.

I was annoyed to find out that the person who sold it to me had been smoking in it for a few days driving it around Auckland....Awesome.
My new car smells like an ash tray, and it is proving quite difficult to get rid of.  I've read the windscreen, roof lining and air conditioning are the main sources of the odor with very little being in the floor mats and some in the interior seats and carpet.  I'm going to rip the seats and carpet out, shampoo them and at the same time probably do in and around the dash.  Removing the ash tray alone removed 50% of the problem, but it's still lingering.  Once I've vacuumed the interior, I'll probably find an O3 generator for hire, or take it to a place that uses them to neutralize any odor in the air conditioning system and anything I've missed.

The most exciting part was getting my new car home to wash her, she was so dirty, I thought the colour of the car was a dirty green colour.  I was shocked to discover that it was grime under all the dirt and it was actually a white silver colour!  I was stoked!  She shines up beautifully, but there are a few problems.

- The bumpers are worse than I anticipated.  The dirt hid a lot of stuff!  Trim is coming away from the exterior and there are little rust spots in the paint and on the edges of the doors.
- It looks as if the car was involved in a nose to tail accident.  The front is a bit skewed with a dent and the boot does not close.  I had a slight suspicion that the boot situation was accident related...But put it down to ceased joints as the rest of the doors were squeaky and the central locking was a bit dodgy.
- The steering wheel is poorly aligned.  It's so freakin' annoying!

- The accident damage looks to only be cosmetic with the exception of the boot not closing as nicely as I'd like.
- The interior is immaculate!  No rips, tears, holes or wear.  I can't wait 'till they are all shampoo'd and looking nice!
- The motor runs like a dream!  Not blowing smoke, squealing or running rough.  It does idle a tad low at times, with an ever so minor leak from the rocker cover gasket.  I'm getting the timing belts and associated equipment replaced as well as the spark plugs and possibly leads.
- Trans fluid, oil, water/coolant are all being replaced and a paper trail in a brand new folder started!



-- Back on topic!  Considering I'm going to only spend about 2600 on my daily.  I can spend the rest on that MR2 and work on it in my spare time.  I'm still debating with myself...There is a lot of work to do on the car.  Probably 5% mechanical 1% Interior, 40% wiring and 54% body work.

I may have someone that can help with the body, but have no idea who to talk to about the electrical side of things.  Mechanical, interior and patience I can handle.  I guess not having to rely on it as a daily driver means I have more flexibility with it.

Thoughts?





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  Reply # 1200313 19-Dec-2014 08:42
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Forgot to mention but if you want a big powered engine you need upgraded brakes to handle that power. 

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  Reply # 1200345 19-Dec-2014 09:18
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I think drive it around as a cheap daily and don't spend any more than you need to on it. 

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  Reply # 1200346 19-Dec-2014 09:18
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The legal speed limit is still 100km/h so standard brakes should be fine ;)

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  Reply # 1200351 19-Dec-2014 09:29
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dickytim: The legal speed limit is still 100km/h so standard brakes should be fine ;)


I disagree. Far too many people overlook brakes as a performance part of a car. A lot of the motoring magazines do include a braking distance in their thorough reviews, so lets use Motor Mag Aus and grab their stopping distance for a 'small car' - Suzuki Alto, and a performance car, like a Nissan GT-R. Their testing showed the stopping distance, form 100km/h, to be 43.5 meters for the Alto, and 32.8 meters for the GT-R. From the same, legal motorway speed, in an emergency stopping situation, where the GT-R has pulled up safely short, the Alto has plowed through 2 and a half cars. Now, granted, most cars fall in the 35 - 40m braking distance from 100, and these two are examples at the extreme ends of the spectrum for standard passenger vehicles, even stopping in 3 - 5m shorter distance in an emergency can be the difference between an accident and being safe.




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  Reply # 1200428 19-Dec-2014 10:33
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On topic/off topic, for the smoke smell, use this: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g2316-meguiars-odor-eliminator/.
Used it in a car to get rid of pet and smoke smell that wouldn't leave even after washing the seats and wiping down all surfaces with soapy water. Works wonders.




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  Reply # 1200430 19-Dec-2014 10:38
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Inphinity:
dickytim: The legal speed limit is still 100km/h so standard brakes should be fine ;)


 in an emergency stopping situation, where the GT-R has pulled up safely short, the Alto has plowed through 2 and a half cars.


Or, to be accurate, has disintegrated into the back of the car in front, moving it forward by 50cm and scratching its bumper.
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  Reply # 1200492 19-Dec-2014 11:45
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paulmilbank: On topic/off topic, for the smoke smell, use this: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g2316-meguiars-odor-eliminator/.
Used it in a car to get rid of pet and smoke smell that wouldn't leave even after washing the seats and wiping down all surfaces with soapy water. Works wonders.



Good stuff that.

Had an FTO ex smoker car, took about 2 bottles, 1 shampoo vac, and 6 months before I could say well and truely gone. Summer heat is great for driving out the smell as well (heat breaks down the compounds) and the evaporation after washing pulls some if out as well.

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  Reply # 1200537 19-Dec-2014 12:44
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Inphinity:
dickytim: The legal speed limit is still 100km/h so standard brakes should be fine ;)


I disagree. Far too many people overlook brakes as a performance part of a car. A lot of the motoring magazines do include a braking distance in their thorough reviews, so lets use Motor Mag Aus and grab their stopping distance for a 'small car' - Suzuki Alto, and a performance car, like a Nissan GT-R. Their testing showed the stopping distance, form 100km/h, to be 43.5 meters for the Alto, and 32.8 meters for the GT-R. From the same, legal motorway speed, in an emergency stopping situation, where the GT-R has pulled up safely short, the Alto has plowed through 2 and a half cars. Now, granted, most cars fall in the 35 - 40m braking distance from 100, and these two are examples at the extreme ends of the spectrum for standard passenger vehicles, even stopping in 3 - 5m shorter distance in an emergency can be the difference between an accident and being safe.


I think you missed my point, legally you will not be travelling at any greater speed that if you had a standard vehicle so technically there is no need for upgraded brakes.

Now for a comment that  isn't firmly tongue in cheek.

Yes when modifying the power of a car you should give the brakes a treatment as a first priority, you don't need to go for Brembo or big brakes as there are cheaper, and sometimes better ways to increase performance without increasing unsprung weight.

I have used Bendix Ultimate pads with slotted and drilled discs with high temperature fluid, that was an awesome combo and would stop time after time and never faded, they actually went from awesome to unbelievable with some heat into them.



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  Reply # 1200549 19-Dec-2014 13:10
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Plans have changed significantly.  Other car broke and required thousands of work.  So no more MR2.

Will just do the belts on the Corolla and leave it at that I think until I re-cooperate funds after compulsory gift giving day.





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  Reply # 1200577 19-Dec-2014 14:06
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Inphinity:
dickytim: The legal speed limit is still 100km/h so standard brakes should be fine ;)


I disagree. Far too many people overlook brakes as a performance part of a car. A lot of the motoring magazines do include a braking distance in their thorough reviews, so lets use Motor Mag Aus and grab their stopping distance for a 'small car' - Suzuki Alto, and a performance car, like a Nissan GT-R. Their testing showed the stopping distance, form 100km/h, to be 43.5 meters for the Alto, and 32.8 meters for the GT-R. From the same, legal motorway speed, in an emergency stopping situation, where the GT-R has pulled up safely short, the Alto has plowed through 2 and a half cars. Now, granted, most cars fall in the 35 - 40m braking distance from 100, and these two are examples at the extreme ends of the spectrum for standard passenger vehicles, even stopping in 3 - 5m shorter distance in an emergency can be the difference between an accident and being safe.


I think you missed my point, legally you will not be travelling at any greater speed that if you had a standard vehicle so technically there is no need for upgraded brakes.

Now for a comment that  isn't firmly tongue in cheek.

Yes when modifying the power of a car you should give the brakes a treatment as a first priority, you don't need to go for Brembo or big brakes as there are cheaper, and sometimes better ways to increase performance without increasing unsprung weight.

I have used Bendix Ultimate pads with slotted and drilled discs with high temperature fluid, that was an awesome combo and would stop time after time and never faded, they actually went from awesome to unbelievable with some heat into them.


Those Bendix are pretty good, used to run them on an MR2 with 205rwkw, excellent stopping power at legal speeds on stock rotors..not much dust from memory as well.

On our legacy we have had good experience with the Remsa C Plus,  and recently with my modded daily nana car using Project MU... bedding them in from 6 hard stops 100-0 and no fad whatsoever.

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  Reply # 1200592 19-Dec-2014 14:43
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DravidDavid: Plans have changed significantly.  Other car broke and required thousands of work.  So no more MR2.

Will just do the belts on the Corolla and leave it at that I think until I re-cooperate funds after compulsory gift giving day.


You mean your car with the bulletproof 3S-GTE :P

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