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  1. Have you looked at what they look like without them? I bet it's our idiots wanting a side marker light right on the rear corner. I bet they would look good without them....no...?
  2. I was going to say the same thing, I have started to drive a bit faster lately and that results in 20 over in most out of town places.....I tend to get by the highway cruisers as I think they also see a smart car and refuse to believe they can do the speed their camera has told them...lol. Or see another vehicle and I can slide past as mentioned above. I perfer to stop going so fast and get back to rediculous economy ratings....but when you start it's contagious....and you simply keep doing it.
  3. Have a safe flight buddy.....stay away from any frig'in look-outs...!
  4. Thanks, done and ordered....now the waiting begins....for all parts. Yes I know for sure who's will be running again first...lol...not mine....unless the beater dies in a hurry....lol. Then you may need to worry....lol
  5. I thought so too, but they have plenty of angle to go after full suspension hang angle...I checked before lifting it....but it's a definate possibility. I'm sure. I drove it again and I'm not convinced that is where the rattling is coming from now....because it still does it under load so there wouldn't be any play while being loaded if it was under no load I would agree with them being the culprit. So back to the drawing board I think...? It has to be the no rubber against the lift blocks I think. I'll take the lift out and then I'll know for sure. I just need to find the bag with the bolts etc in ......now where did i hide that...?....lol. I bought enough bolts to do two kits and kept the stock hardware in it in case I wanted to reverse it. I have to stop hiding things...lol
  6. OR changing your starter...lol
  7. Thank you......I am now motivated to get this job over and done with after finding out where the banging noise is coming from....in the beater.
  8. OK, I have had a rattle for a while now when going over bumps etc or road cracks. I have found out where it's coming from. It's the output bearings I think in the differential. The big question now is........can these bearings be replaced while transmission is in vehicle or does it need to be completely disassembled and taken out from the inside...? I'm praying for the outside but I'm sure it's not going to be the correct answer....lol...sniff sniff.
  9. OK, as the thread suggests, it's starter time....I'm dreading this job. So far i have undone the starter but it will not slip out far enough yet to swivel it out without hitting the water pump. So that too much now be removed. But to get at that dandy little item I need to either drop sub frame which is where I'm at I think or grow smaller hands! I do have a spare starter here I acquired from someone but it's seized up solid. I managed to get it apart but it's so rusted and such it's toast. Now comes the question......I can't make out the numbers on the starter to get a part number from it....does anyone have a part number for it ??? This afternoon I'm off to the starter guy and ordering a new starter.
  10. Hmmmm....? I'm gutted........?...lol But I agree this is the best site for us in Canada bar none along with the Evilution site across the pond for us 450 owners imho. I hope it continues as chopper says, not just a informational site but also a community of like minded folks all helping each other.
  11. Hi Sydney, thanks for the offer of pics, but i have fixed the situation already, finally got my finger out and found a way. Also the first full day of sun and no rain. I simply removed roof motor, and used armature to pull the roof back into the closed position and silicone it down permanantly.....the motor was cooked, had power but wasn't turning. I do not use a sun roof due to red hair....lol. I've had my fill of sun stroke..lol. The idea of a shortened Smart is interesting, but what useable space would be left for a trailer? Just a second trunk and a bit storage sized spot..? Would you leave the roof on as well and have it enclosed ...?Maybe an artistic rendering is in order....lol.
  12. Do you have the owners handbook? I have seen a couple with this number code written inside it in the radio section.....the car did come with a business card sized card with this code on it which is another thing to hunt for...just saying...or if you really can't find it, think aftermarket radio and rewire it in....that way you get all the bells and whistles of a modern radio...
  13. I would guess the tongue weight would be too much to be honest.....just thinking out loud....lol
  14. Put another 450 kms on her today.....started hearing a new clanging noise.....looked at her when i got home.....saw plug and wiring for transmission gear selector motor hanging in the breeze.....I know what I'll be doing tomorrow...lol
  15. The snow probably only just left....lol....