May 26, 2006

●Uncompromising position

The H2 wheel arch after a 4-inch lift. Big enough to loose stuff in there! ;-)

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Posted by dino at 06:57 PM

November 28, 2005

●Interesting message...

From Gary Lee:

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Why do you put those stupid signatures on your photos??

For some irrational reason I hate that!!
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Jesus....the stuff I have to put up with! Why do you think Gary? I'm sure the answer will come to you, just use that round thing on top of your neck! ;-)

And while we are on the subject of stupid messages I get. Just want to take this opportunity to thank all those spammers out there that continuously send me trackbacks to porn and gambling sites. You are the lowest form of human beings out there. Go and do something constructive with your time you inbred idiots.

To regular readers, I apologize for that:-)

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November 26, 2005

●RIP Richard Burns

Very sad day today. At only 34, Richard Burns passed away after a long illness. A great loss to say the least. Condolences to his family.

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[pix from BBC website]

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November 07, 2005

●Autumn

Took a snap of this dragonfly in my garden this evening. There are so many flying around right now, all you have to do is stick your finger in the air and one will land on it in a matter of seconds.

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October 25, 2005

●Porter Cable

Recently picked this up from Autopia.org. Kit is made up of a Porter Cable random orbit buffer, velcro backing plate and 3 Sonus polishing pads. I've already tested this out and it works miracles! It's a must have for anyone trying to achieve great results. Still haven't had the time to properly try the cutting pad which should hopefully remove some hard water spots that over the years have etched their way into the clear coat on the roof and bonnet. For the price this is unbeatable...and it will save you time and days of potential shoulder pains ;-)

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August 27, 2005

●Thinking of entering the D1-GP with this baby...

12.5HP of pure air-cooled power! You don't screw around with this little beast. A bit tricky to control on the limit what with the short wheel base but I'll show Kazama and Taniguchi a thing or two! :-)

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Nismo have worked their magic on the single cylinder engine. Notice the Nismo R-tune bonnet...
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April 01, 2005

●Lancer Evolution 9 GT

Spent last week driving the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. I decided to go for the GT model which does away with the AYC which I really did not like on the Evo 8 MR I drove last year. The GT uses a mechanical 1.5 way LSD at the rear which feels far more natural when pushing hard than the AYC fitted to the GSR cars. One other main advantage to the GT is the fast and precise 5 speed gearbox, which I prefer to the notchy 6 speeder of the GSR.
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I was expecting the car to feel different to the 8 MR mainly due to the adoption of Mitsubishi's variable valve timing (MIVEC) for the inlet cam, but out on the road its very hard to feel gains in torque (407 Nm for the GT) compared to older cars. One thing I did notice is that the delivery remains very flat until about 5500rpm and then trails off quite noticeably. Boost pickup is slightly improved thanks to the adoption of a new turbine design which features a titanium turbine wheel and a magnesium compressor wheel for better response. The MIVEC does also aid fuel consumption. Best I managed was 9.1km/L on motorway driving.
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But these cars are all about handling and this Evo 9 GT sure does tackle corners like there is no tomorrow. My test was blessed by continuos torrential rain but this was no biggie for the Evo which offered amazing levels of grip and traction out of corners. The rear LSD does wonders for mid corner adjustability as well as giving you the option to set up the car for corners far more precisely and naturally than AYC equipped cars.
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Second and third gear does allow you to play with a bit of oversteer in the wet, just keep your foot down and the car straightens its self out under power only requiring a few degrees of counter steer. The Yokohama tyres are simply superb! Why more manufacturers don't use such tyres for hardcore sports models is beyond me!
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Overall a great car especially if you factor in the price (¥3,318,000) but don't expect great quality of interior materials nor mechanical refinement. This particular car I drove suffered from a very annoying sticky throttle...the worst I have experienced. When lifting off the accelerator the engine would hang on to revs (in some cases even increase rpm momentarily). You then have to wait a second to engage the next gear until rpm drops to avoid a shut from the drivetrain. Its a known problem in the Evo world (effecting the 7, 8 & now 9) and some have put it down to injector lag. Whatever it is Mitsubishi should fix it!!!

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