Archive for January, 2010

petersen museum

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Petersen Automotive Museum and got this cool Mini Cooper Hot Wheels car at the gift shop.

I think it’s got a VTEC swap. LOL

Hot Wheels Mini Cooper

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After it’s second untimely death, my XBOX 360 is back and I got a chance to play some Forza 3. After another disassembly, some magic words, retightening of the heatsinks, some more magic words, and overheating the GPU with some creative fan removal voodoo, the “Red Ring Of Death” was defeated.

I think I should get some gamer points for that.

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Been working on some special edition colors, first one is an all gold version:

885 au

I also shipped a bunch more sets of wheels to folks in Germany and the UK. Thanks!

Does that make me the next Hasselhoff?

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Today, we took down the christmas lights. 😦

I understand we can’t leave them on all year, but it still leaves me with a lonely feeling looking at the house now. I miss the bright lights and christmas-y feel. Even during the day, just seeing all the strands hanging there made me feel like a little kid.

I’m already looking forward to the holidays in 2010.  I hope it’s better than 2009!

see you again in about 11 months!

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This is what happens when I have a box full of stickers and nowhere else to put them.

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Went back to orochon ramen and got there just before the huge crowd did. I went down a level and got level 6, which is second mildest. I’m such a wimp, I know. Jenny got level 2!!! Which is basically a bowl of fire water.

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speed bump

As I mentioned before, I hit a snag on reinstalling the strut bar.

Since the new front shock adjuster shaft is taller than the old regular shock,  I had to grind a notch out of the strut bar to give it some clearance.

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one resolution down…

So today I finished up installing the rear suspension before shipping out some more wheels.  😉

I think the ride height is exactly where I wanted it. Nice and even.  Because my driveway doesn’t really have any level spots, this is the best picture I could take for now.

But hey, it’s done, and now all I have to do is lose 25 lbs so I can start crossing those other things off my list.

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spring is in the air!

Well, actually my car is in the air, and lowering springs are the cure. Not only does the car look terrible sitting at stock height, the stock springs are too soft for my taste.  My daily driver has Cusco coilovers, so my frame of reference is different.  This car just doesn’t feel as stable or controlled to me, and the rear shock mounts make a squeaky rubber noise because they are probably made out of decroded rubber dust and spider poo by now.

Since the rest of the suspension’s’ glory days were probably over 20 years ago, I also have some top-adjustable Konis, camber/caster plates, spherical rear top mounts, roll center spacers, and adjustable sway bar links to bring it up to snuff for 2010.

Even after wrestling with the spring compressor for a while and trying to figure out how to remove it after uncompressing the spring, I got the fronts in fairly quickly.  Unfortunately the 26mm roll center spacers were a little bit too thick and the tie rod just barely touched the wheel after a test fit.  😦 Hopefully I can trade someone for a set of 20mm soon. I’ll let it settle for a day before I install and adjust the front sway bar links.

Also, the strut bar mounting plate interferes with the new adjustable shock, so I’ll have to make a notch for clearance so I can keep some of the bling under the hood.

I started on the rear before it got too dark (at 5pm!), and took the old blown rear shocks out, so tomorrow I’ll throw in the rear shocks/mounts and springs.

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… that I had to get these Paul Smith sunglasses at Oliver Peoples.  My head is kind of wide, so not many frames fit me properly.  I’ve had great luck with Paul Smith though.  Maybe he has an abnormally large molded head shape he’s working with.

Besides, they’re polarized, and have a striped mini detail on the inner frame.  How awesome is that?

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