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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-19-2018, 05:49:09 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 25,603
Posted By usdmej
Re: Turner's new monoball FCABs

from what i've read Turner was dissolved down to 5 salespeople after the sale to ECS so you should ask them exactly who R&D is
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-17-2018, 06:26:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By usdmej
Re: What coilover would you recommend for carving canyons KW clubsports or TC Kline D

if you're just doing spirited canyon carving tbh just go with KWV2s or KWV3s. canyon roads (and the roads to get to them) aren't perfect so you'd benefit from the better street comfort they'd provide.
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Nov-16-2018, 07:14:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 747
Posted By usdmej
Re: What the fuk is up M3Forum?

good find!
what was showing up in the PPIs that made you walk away?
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, Nov-12-2018, 08:57:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By usdmej
Re: ESSTUNING quality control is getting low and not caring about their customers any

VAC did the same to me a couple years back. I called in a rush order that never got shipped and despite me constantly telling them i don't remember who helped me through the process they kept trying...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-12-2018, 07:47:15 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,925
Posted By usdmej
Re: First Look - Aston Martin DB9 BBK Retrofit Review

what is The Build Journal? I always thought it was just consolidated community information but it looks like they're selling products or generating their own ad revenue now?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-09-2018, 05:52:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,864
Posted By usdmej
Re: Favorite color schemes

are we talking just E46 combos?

Top Gear did a spot on the first gen Gallardo Spyder and it had a dark grey exterior with bright orange interior and i still can't shake it to this day
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-06-2018, 05:52:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,135
Posted By usdmej
Re: Recaro Pole Positions with stock seatbelt(3 point)

based on your quote i look at a setup like the CGT and assume that that setup is "snug" enough to be safe since they managed to get it approved to sell in their respective markets. you look at the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-06-2018, 08:24:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,135
Posted By usdmej
Re: Recaro Pole Positions with stock seatbelt(3 point)

not sure why you quoted my post to point that out
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-06-2018, 08:23:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,135
Posted By usdmej
Re: Recaro Pole Positions with stock seatbelt(3 point)

they might not be the best, but they are still a reference point though. car safety is always improving, either through OE developments or government mandates. of course the safest option will...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-05-2018, 09:19:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,135
Posted By usdmej
Re: Recaro Pole Positions with stock seatbelt(3 point)

the CGT seats are no shallower than a PP or SPG, considering they're made by Recaro i'd guess that they used the same base with a modified upper portion

there's a lot that goes on in an accident...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-05-2018, 06:41:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,135
Posted By usdmej
Re: Recaro Pole Positions with stock seatbelt(3 point)

assuming LHD, you can thread the left side belt through the seat but not the right side buckle, buckling up will leave your left side lower than the right. not ideal, but safe enough for cars to have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-04-2018, 11:28:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 929
Posted By usdmej
Re: Tired of NVH. Going back to OEM rubber

that's about how much TCK was charging for their camber plates back when they were selling their kits piecemeal. they're generally worth $3-4 hundo
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 10:18:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,229
Posted By usdmej
Re: E46 M3 brakes: Sticky Comprehensive guide

upgraded braking components are generally significantly lighter than stock. imo it's worth it just for the reduction in rotating mass
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Nov-02-2018, 09:52:45 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,662
Posted By usdmej
Re: Weights of random cars that I have on my scales

word of warning the direct replacement for the discontinued GU1R has significantly reduced capacity (similar dimensions tho)

not sure why they even call it a direct replacement
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 06:17:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Posted By usdmej
Re: Wavespec Rotors

i always assumed they calculated a minimal surface area required for a certain application and then made the rotor based off that. the idea being at identical surface areas, a waved rotor would have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 06:57:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By usdmej
Re: New Radio Option for e46, Alpine Halo9

that's a little too aftermarket for my taste. tbh the halo9 looks more OE since that plopped on non-integrated look is what a lot of car manufacturers are doing nowadays

still a tough call, alpine...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-01-2018, 09:42:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By usdmej
Re: New Radio Option for e46, Alpine Halo9

i'm in the same boat as you, aside from the screen and possible performance not being up to snuff this seems to be the best available option for anyone that wants an OE look


it'd be nice if...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-01-2018, 08:29:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By usdmej
Re: New Radio Option for e46, Alpine Halo9

the Avants and other chinese solutions have such terrible screens. i have yet to see any pictures (that aren't heavily doctored/angled) that show them being remotely similar to something an OE would...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-27-2018, 07:55:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,767
Posted By usdmej
Re: New Radio Option for e46, Alpine Halo9

it doesn't look E46 OE, but it definitely looks like current OE plopped on media units that are done for better ergonomics. i've been waiting for someone to install one on their E46, it's a lot of...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Oct-26-2018, 07:34:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,722
Posted By usdmej
Re: 2019 Audi R8 Facelift Debuts With Sportier Styling And More Powerful V10 Engines

the surest bet for a woman who doesn't want her man around other women is to date an auto enthusiast :lolhit:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-26-2018, 07:31:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By usdmej
Re: Need a volunteer in/near Redwood City, CA!

move this to the local forums i'm sure it'll get more motivated responses

he started showing up to the local autocrosses putting down some pretty swift times, this can only be good for our platform
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-25-2018, 11:25:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,781
Posted By usdmej
Re: looking to add to my colletion 911 997 gt3

I'd consider a well sorted out track modded e46 m3 to be more than comparable to a regular spec 997 or even 991 if you're ok comparing our apples to those oranges
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-23-2018, 06:56:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,523
Posted By usdmej
Re: Best battery at the moment?

wow, thanks for the heads up! they claim it's a direct replacement for the GU1R so i just assumed it was the same specs.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-23-2018, 06:40:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,523
Posted By usdmej
Re: Best battery at the moment?

when i switched back to the standard battery i didn't have those issues (can let the car sit for a month now and it will start up as normal). for what it saves in weight i personally wouldn't want to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-23-2018, 04:43:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,523
Posted By usdmej
Re: Best battery at the moment?

i was not happy with the performance of my OE mini battery when i ran it. letting the car sit for more than a week at a time caused noticeably weaker startups. eventually the battery died prematurely
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Oct-22-2018, 11:27:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,599
Posted By usdmej
Re: What's up M3PorscheForum? "I'll never buy a SUV" edition

great purchase! they've exponentially improved the styling over those first gen cayennes
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-18-2018, 05:31:59 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,432
Posted By usdmej
Re: Learned something new (to me) about our subframes

i think these shop claims are less of a statement of fact about the chassis and more likely what they're willing to guarantee if you do work through them.
for example, if OP had reddish plates and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-05-2018, 12:29:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,485
Posted By usdmej
Re: csl center console.

that response and this thread says a lot about your world outlook. i'd take a break from the social media if i were you
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-04-2018, 11:12:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,485
Posted By usdmej
Re: csl center console.

i regret contributing to this thread
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-04-2018, 08:22:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 371
Posted By usdmej
Re: convert SMG small brake pedal to automatic pedal

highly recommend SMG guys go for the GSP brake pedal. it comes with more pedal surface area and the brake feel is amazing
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-03-2018, 10:17:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,485
Posted By usdmej
Re: csl center console.

$1500 on a roof + non sunroof headliner + install is more like $3000+


at this point it seems like you don't know what "nice enough" is to make a decision
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-02-2018, 08:25:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,485
Posted By usdmej
Re: csl center console.

- the oe piece is excellent quality (aesthetically)
- structurally it's pretty flimsy though, it'd probably crack if you accidentally put your body weight on it
- you have to rewire your mirror...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-28-2018, 06:57:19 PM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 112,217
Posted By usdmej
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

you have no firsthand experience with their product but it didn't stop you from giving your opinion
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-28-2018, 05:53:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,970
Posted By usdmej
Re: BW (bimmerworld) carbon fiber roof review

could you point out in the pics where this is the case? i guess i can't tell between product defect and poor finish :hattip:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-28-2018, 05:50:28 PM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 112,217
Posted By usdmej
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

sure, but does that mean people shouldn't be allowed to have negative things to say about low quality products?
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Sep-28-2018, 05:49:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By usdmej
Re: EPA and DOJ Settle with Derive Systems over Vehicle Emissions Control Defeat Devi

there's a back and forth that should and does exist between regulatory groups and auto enthusiasts. that's why engine swaps can be legally done/registered and aftermarket forced induction can still...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-28-2018, 04:06:29 PM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 112,217
Posted By usdmej
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

it seems like their subpar products are the reason people are unhappy with them not that they're making e46 parts
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-26-2018, 09:50:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,970
Posted By usdmej
Re: BW (bimmerworld) carbon fiber roof review

that roof looks pretty bad but consistent with the bimmerworld description
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Sep-25-2018, 10:44:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By usdmej
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Sep-20-2018, 10:41:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,237
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-13-2018, 05:58:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,947
Posted By usdmej
Re: Streamline CSL/R airbox review - ongoing

not sure how it's useless since it still functions like the original dipstick

with practice you can remove your strut bar and the non-filtered section in less than 5 minutes to check the oil....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 02:13:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,036
Posted By usdmej
Re: CSL Carbon Fiber Weaves

i don't think there's enough evidence to draw a conclusion on whether or not there is a "correct" weave to be used for certain parts of the CSL.


to the OP, unless you're really focused on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 12:31:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,036
Posted By usdmej
Re: CSL Carbon Fiber Weaves

the cubbyhole in the CSL center console is a pretty complex shape to apply fabric to imo :hmm:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-10-2018, 02:56:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 767
Posted By usdmej
Re: Michelin discount at Costco

my local costco wouldn't install tires onto my 18x9.5 square wheel setup for "liability reasons" they said i could bring in the wheels on their own and they'd change the tires, they just wouldn't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-05-2018, 08:44:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 526
Posted By usdmej
Re: Eisenmann Race Sound Level

if you're worried about or sensitive to drone a SS Race is a pretty bad option. extra resonators lower overall volume and rasp but don't remedy drone specifically
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Sep-05-2018, 07:31:16 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 15,173
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires yet?

generally autox guys are dropping ~10% in lap times switching from street tires to RE71rs. i would have expected the cup2s to be at least close to that. maybe they're more of a longer wearing track...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Sep-05-2018, 06:28:23 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 15,173
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires yet?

surprised there isn't more of a difference in lap times between the cup2 and P4s
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Sep-04-2018, 04:59:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,199
Posted By usdmej
Re: This Is The Saddest Of Sad

The Chinese govt has been getting cozy with more African nations for a variety of reasons. Considering the fact that a disturbingly large portion of Asians think eating elephant and rhino horns will...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Sep-03-2018, 03:17:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 879
Posted By usdmej
Re: 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec

those are some hefty vehicles too but at least they've got serious hardware to justify it. how do you get a 4 cylinder compact suv with simple awd that heavy??
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Sep-02-2018, 12:43:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 879
Posted By usdmej
Re: 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec

4000 pounds for a compact suv!?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-25-2018, 12:56:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,879
Posted By usdmej
Re: Is Epic’s Alpha N “close enough” to MAP setup w/ carbon airbox?

i never drive in sport mode, and like said before, maybe it's just people here running different types of airbox setups and grouping it all under the same category that's leading to differing...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-25-2018, 12:49:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,879
Posted By usdmej
Re: Is Epic’s Alpha N “close enough” to MAP setup w/ carbon airbox?

:clueless:

i can't change what other people think
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-24-2018, 09:56:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,879
Posted By usdmej
Re: Is Epic’s Alpha N “close enough” to MAP setup w/ carbon airbox?

i guess it goes back to what people consider "streetable" :taser:

i run an OE csl airbox, others have told me it's significantly louder than the aftermarket alternatives so it could be that. even...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-24-2018, 05:59:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,879
Posted By usdmej
Re: Is Epic’s Alpha N “close enough” to MAP setup w/ carbon airbox?

if you're worried about streetability i'd consider running a flap. carbon airboxes are really loud and it gets old barking at people in otherwise normal flow of traffic situations
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Aug-21-2018, 04:16:51 AM
Replies: 8,397
Views: 695,953
Posted By usdmej
Re: What was the last movie you watched and would you recommend it?

good movie, i was surprised how well produced it was. shines light on a lot of asian stereotypes without being insulting or cringey either
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-20-2018, 10:18:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,224
Posted By usdmej
Re: good comparison of 200TW tire options

what in the review are you seeing would indicate that they're taking bids for a more favorable review? all the tires performed anecdotally similar to what users have reported, and even though we...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-20-2018, 08:13:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,224
Posted By usdmej
Re: good comparison of 200TW tire options

worth noting that there's two versions of the falken, the RT615K and the updated RT615K+ with claimed grippier compound
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-20-2018, 07:24:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,224
Posted By usdmej
Re: good comparison of 200TW tire options

agreed, surprised to see how close the falken and hankook are to the bridgestone/dunlops. that they're significantly cheaper should sway a lot of people that aren't overly competitive with lap times
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-20-2018, 06:15:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,224
Posted By usdmej
good comparison of 200TW tire options

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=234

helpful comparison by tire rack of the popular 200TW tires out there now. i've always been curious how the cheaper options compare to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 05:08:23 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 01:05:00 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

I made a claim

You provided the data that supported my claim

Other people made specific claims and they made them openly, I welcome the data if they have it. I'd welcome ur data but for some...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-19-2018, 09:35:53 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

yea totally bollocks. you want proof? send me a PM and i can give you all kinds of data saying otherwise on the down low. there's another guy who's actually seen binders of the data too but won't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 09:04:57 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

this exchange is truly worthy of a thread all it's own

so there are dudes here putting into question Dinan's data that they publicly shared (82% reduction in backpressure, measured at 0.9PSI...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 08:39:03 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

maybe you guys can help each other out

tbh i'd love to see data from SS, i run their sec2 and like their quality. if they actually released data similar to what Dinan has done i wouldn't be saying...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 08:30:11 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

i don't know if you're being willfully ignorant about not reading everything i'm writing or what so maybe this conversation really does need to end
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 08:13:05 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

no i don't. there's not much data out there. Dinan put out some, are you now challenging theirs instead of claiming other brands are equivalent?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 07:39:45 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

i'd be happy to see any documentation outside of conjecture that another muffler flows better than stock




i think people running high hp na street builds recognize that mufflers contribute so...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 07:05:22 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

i really don't understand the confusion and anger here
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 03:54:16 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

TBH the sec3 might be the most subjective mod choice you can make for this platform. there's so many different ways you can go about making a choice like weight, volume, tip sizes. there's a very...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 07:09:32 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

all of us don't run the Dinan mufflers for a bunch of reasons. personally i just couldn't get over the dummy tips so i got rid of mine even though i think it's the best sounding exhaust for this...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 06:56:15 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

measurably flows better than stock
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-16-2018, 06:47:30 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 16,273
Posted By usdmej
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

you'd only polish the exterior of the tips, soot doesn't collect there

the driver side is non-functional but it's the only muffler that measurably flows better than stock, so doesn't that make it...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-15-2018, 11:28:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 965
Posted By usdmej
Re: favorite way to get triggered

watching a doug demurro video and seeing him go clinically insane describing an otherwise casually nifty detail about a car
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-15-2018, 07:55:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By usdmej
Re: More than 300 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

i guess i see very little good the catholic church has done for society that makes up for such a widespread cover up of something so reprehensible


to me still associating yourself with something...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-15-2018, 06:57:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,532
Posted By usdmej
Re: C&D Road Test: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

the key difference to me is that you can spend whatever amount of money you want on an old roadster to get something as small and enjoyable to drive as this

but you'll never get it to 2019 levels...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Aug-14-2018, 08:16:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By usdmej
Re: More than 300 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

any catholics on this forum? i don't understand how anyone can associate themselves with this religion in light of this obvious hypocrisy
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-14-2018, 07:20:44 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,349
Posted By usdmej
Re: Current Quality Carbon/CSL Roof Options

bimmerworld states in the description to expect imperfections so you have your answer there




the challenge roofs have an automotive clearcoat applied so with proper care they won't yellow...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-14-2018, 04:19:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts on Zionsville radiator to control heat

:hattip:




try reaching out to them, they were offering free replacements for a while
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Aug-13-2018, 08:38:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,532
Posted By usdmej
Re: C&D Road Test: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

amazing a car can still be modern safe and still that light

great engineering coming out of mazda these days
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-13-2018, 08:28:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts on Zionsville radiator to control heat

a while back a user here took some actual data points and found out that the older mishimoto radiators either had less coolant capacity than stock or measurably cooled worse than stock (or both).
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-03-2018, 05:20:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,534
Posted By usdmej
Re: Castrol 10W60 on sale at Amazon

by volunteering all that info you're pretty much telling them to raise the price on it :shifty:
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Aug-02-2018, 06:23:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,929
Posted By usdmej
Re: Acura Integra Type-R Road Test

for some reason that guy makes me ashamed to be a car enthusiast
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-02-2018, 05:35:56 AM
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Re: Review: Cobra Nogaro seats (uniquely street friendly fixed back bucket seat)

i don't think that's the case for this platform. all of the popular seat mounting options have provisions to keep the factory seatbelt/pretensioners airbag wirings etc
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-01-2018, 06:35:09 AM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

taking away the track car argument since we're all in agreement on that point.

sure there are finite resources to curb pollution, but that doesn't mean minor issues can't be tackled. plenty of...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-01-2018, 04:47:07 AM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

i think street cars on public roads need to maintain factory emissions equipment. anything on a closed course doesn't have to conform to those standards imo. i'm against the EPAs attempted assessment...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Aug-01-2018, 12:32:33 AM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

in the context of this discussion it makes little to no sense to me
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-31-2018, 10:01:35 PM
Replies: 197
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Posted By usdmej
Re: Review: Cobra Nogaro seats (uniquely street friendly fixed back bucket seat)

FWIW Porsche didn't have a problem selling the Carrera GT with bucket seats and 3pt belts. not sure how many related deaths it lead to though
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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-31-2018, 09:28:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 961
Posted By usdmej
Re: Compared to OE Section 2, does the SS Section 2 w/resonator reduce the volume/SPL

in my experience i noticed a significant decrease in volume and rasp when i switched from aftermarket low cell cats to OE euro cats
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Jul-31-2018, 04:20:36 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

it's analogous in the sense that you're decreasing the incentive to do it through taxes and leglislation. not everyone easily can or knows a guy willing to weld on straight pipes, even less so if the...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Jul-31-2018, 06:14:23 AM
Replies: 109
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

a strategy for what? not trying because change is hard?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-30-2018, 11:38:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By usdmej
Re: HELP - Smog Check Test Only Station in Bay Area without doing visual inspection

this loophole has been closed recently. my coworker had a residential address purchased through a UPS store in a no-smog county here in california and from what i've heard he is no longer smog exempt...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Jul-30-2018, 11:30:52 PM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

the strategy is the same, put pressure on the buyer and the seller. one of them will eventually crack. i don't see how that's a hard concept to get behind or at least support.

what i don't get is...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Jul-30-2018, 08:33:19 PM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

it worked against the tobacco industry. by being taxed so heavily they've essentially funded all of the programs/leglislation that's made it more difficult to be a smoker in America
Forum: Off Topic Sat, Jul-28-2018, 06:11:35 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

A tax is a pretty good idea for aftermarket parts producers. If you're producimg parts that replace emissions parts on a car and not doing the research to make it compliant u should be paying for the...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Jul-27-2018, 09:05:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

that was wrong because they essentially tried to ban any motor vehicle produced by an automaker from being allowed on a racetrack
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Jul-27-2018, 09:01:11 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

so your defense/rationalization of people breaking current laws is that if we try to enforce them it'll lead to more laws? :screwy:
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Jul-27-2018, 04:54:34 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

At the end of the day you have to punish the end user imo. Making mods 50 state legal will always be less powerful and more expensive than "for race use only" parts. Dinan has always tried to...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jul-26-2018, 10:41:34 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

the EPA actually tried to address this problem by trying to make it illegal to convert street cars into race cars. if you can't convert a street car into a race car, technically the business of...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jul-26-2018, 10:35:59 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

from what i remember the laser lights were and are still only available on their super high end cars anyways.

far more people have been positively impacted by having minimum operating standards...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jul-26-2018, 06:47:42 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,300
Posted By usdmej
Re: The govt vs the car guy. Which side are you on?

What's wrong with headlight leglislagion? We should have a standard/minimun for brightness and cutoff
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