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Old 07-17-20, 02:51 PM
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That would be bad for everyone involved
I reckon you'd still be better at it than the bicycling thing.
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I reckon you'd still be better at it than the bicycling thing.
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Old 07-17-20, 05:17 PM
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Careful. He could actually get us committed.
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Old 07-19-20, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
I reckon you'd still be better at it than the bicycling thing.
Its all because you wouldn't take me under your wing 12 years ago. Things could have turned out so differently.
😂😂😂

Also, I'll take that as a compliment. Surgery requires a totally different kind of htfu!
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Old 07-19-20, 03:38 PM
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The irony is I have nothing offer, which is demonstrative of how little you understood.
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Kinda bummed. Thought I had avoided a purchase by using the included Quarq crankset. Wrong wrong wrong. I had incorrectly used a spacer and it somehow worked for one ride, then came loose and wobbled on the trainer last night.

Now, having to buy the correct crankset to go with the meter. Womp womp womp.

Also dead tired of my extensions and tired of waiting on Aerocoach. On the way home stopping by hardware store to get hardware to instead move the 15 degree pad tilt blocks so that it tilts the entire assembly. Then throw the extensions on the normal way.

So, maybe this weekend I'll have the TT bike back in one piece.
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Old 07-23-20, 11:42 AM
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There is something wrong with the turbo pump or vacuum system on our ICP-MS and now I have to go in to help my guys get it back up. Damn it. Hopefully it's just latter...
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Old 07-23-20, 01:51 PM
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Somebody needs to talk me out of bidding on a Crockett frameset just to build another SSCX for a season that's probably not happening.
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Old 07-23-20, 02:03 PM
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Somebody needs to talk me out of bidding on a Crockett frameset just to build another SSCX for a season that's probably not happening.
Wait until the season actually gets canceled and you can probably get a better deal from a bummed out person selling theirs (or a dealer with overstocks). At least that's my best shot at talking you out of it.
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Old 07-24-20, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Somebody needs to talk me out of bidding on a Crockett frameset just to build another SSCX for a season that's probably not happening.
Why don't you get an ICP-MS instead?
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lol. Sorry that should have been Geek Status thread material.
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lol. Sorry that should have been Geek Status thread material.
I was thinking about one but don't want to deal with those turbo pump issues.
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I was thinking about one but don't want to deal with those turbo pump issues.
Good call. I prefer the turbo enfabulator on the ICM-TE.
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Good call. I prefer the turbo enfabulator on the ICM-TE.
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That's the one, going by memory, so not a typo, just a bad memory.
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There is something wrong with the turbo pump or vacuum system on our ICP-MS and now I have to go in to help my guys get it back up. Damn it. Hopefully it's just latter...
Hopefully it's just a leak or the rough pump.

Never seen a turbo fail.
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Hopefully it's just a leak or the rough pump.

Never seen a turbo fail.
Yeah it was a valve - slide valve the opens the door to the deep vacuum analyzer chamber. Every time the turbo is off I worry about it b/c it's a $20,000 part and it's been running almost constantly for 10 years.

But yeah they're pretty tough.
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Old 07-24-20, 08:49 PM
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Hopefully it's just a leak or the rough pump.

Never seen a turbo fail.
Now if you want to talk turbochargers, I got sick of changing them on the Chevy Cruz. We had a lot of trouble with them, some of it due to lack of oil change. We put so many of them on that GM made a policy that we had to prove they weren't providing enough boost by taking data snapshots at wide open throttle during the 1-2 shift. If they didn't change their oil the little impeller would just fall off or start screaming but the more common failure was a check engine light with an underboost code. This condition is usually intermittent, good luck proving it with a data screen grab.

I actually had 2 cars with underboost codes due to intake air restriction. One of those was a big rat stuck in the intake duct. That car stunk like you would expect and the customer had to pay for me to clean it out. The other had a piece of plastic way down in there which had apparently fallen in there at the factory.
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For the longest time I wanted to purchase a mid-level speedy little compact sedan with a turbo and stick shift. Preferably hatchback but not necessarily. I don't go on long drives often so I wanted something I could put more stuff in than my Corolla and enjoy driving within the county. Mazdaspeed 3, Focus ST, Civic Si, something like that. big john do you have an recommendations for models like that???

The reality is that I'm not rich and while my 07' Corolla has some chipped paint and unflattering appearance, it works fine. It's got 130k on it and honestly it runs just fine, covers my needs and doesn't cause problems. I only drove it about 10k last year. Something would have to happen to my Corolla for me to purchase something else.
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For the longest time I wanted to purchase a mid-level speedy little compact sedan with a turbo and stick shift. Preferably hatchback but not necessarily. I don't go on long drives often so I wanted something I could put more stuff in than my Corolla and enjoy driving within the county. Mazdaspeed 3, Focus ST, Civic Si, something like that. big john do you have an recommendations for models like that???

The reality is that I'm not rich and while my 07' Corolla has some chipped paint and unflattering appearance, it works fine. It's got 130k on it and honestly it runs just fine, covers my needs and doesn't cause problems. I only drove it about 10k last year. Something would have to happen to my Corolla for me to purchase something else.
I have a Gen 2 (2010) Speed 3. I've had it about 9 years, put about 90k miles on it.

I've loved it. It's tunable and customizable if you're into that, but it's pretty fun stock too. They're not that expensive, especially these days.

Mine has some simple, cheap, low hanging fruit done. Short ram intake, turbo inlet pipe, plugs, AccessPort tuner (really fun if you like tinkering with computers), high pressure fuel pump (required if you do any tuning at all or it'll run lean and you'll end up venting the block), rear motor mount, short shifter.

OK, writing it all out sounds like more than it really was. It makes somewhere around 300 horsepower at the wheels, pulls as hard as I need it to.

Can't go wrong with any of those options though, I think they're all pretty well liked (plus the GTI).
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Thanks, I remember now you posting something similar a few years back about your speed3. Can you comment on it's reliability? I assume it is very good due to it being Japanese. My wife has a '08 Mazda 3 and it is just a really great car, stands out over my Corolla in almost every way.

The GTI is another option, forgot about that one.
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Thanks, I remember now you posting something similar a few years back about your speed3. Can you comment on it's reliability? I assume it is very good due to it being Japanese. My wife has a '08 Mazda 3 and it is just a really great car, stands out over my Corolla in almost every way.

The GTI is another option, forgot about that one.
Other than changing the brakes, oil and the plugs (it eats plugs but it's also boosted to like 21psi) I do basically nothing to it. It's been super reliable. Still feels like the day I bought it basically.

I think I did one rear shock that was leaking. The forums usually don't have much in the way of issues either. One long term reliability thing might be the oil in the intake because it's one of the earlier direct injection cars, so the intake valves get gummed up, but other than a bit of power loss I don't know that there's really any issues there.
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Get a miata.

Tbh im semi looking for a new to me car as well. I have an 06 Acura TL that just hit 150k but is starting to develop some electrical and/or trans issues.

Kinda thinking a 2012 v6 rav4 or a newer cx5 to cover bike and snowboard duty.

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Hopefully it's just a leak or the rough pump.

Never seen a turbo fail.
I guess you've never seen a subaru or European car then huh?
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