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  1. I did the same thing sort of, I simply bridged power to the spots LED 3 W at that location and then covered them with a yellow lense, simply a yellow drink glass bottom...lol....it does exactly what you are thinking....imho....I had them simply white and they were far too bright at night but with the yellow lense they are acceptable. I don't get flashed any more...lol. I simply used he cheap chinese 3W spots just to see what it looks like...but they are lasting fine. imho, they are more noticable being yellow, simply different to normal headlights.
  2. Hmmmm.....I am also hoping for the missing flange, but I have an open complaint against the seller, not officially moving yet...but if they do not honor this piece I will go after some compensation from any avenue i can...I have never been stiffed before like this.....it's not life or death just inconvenient as i want to be able to simply bolt on a system and not have to rebuild any of it. But I can buy this piece from a wrecker if i have to and get it cleaned up worst comes to worst. I have a hand held sandblaster. I'll give the seller a month then I'll start official action. As for brokerage fee's, I have been bitten a few times mostly from the USA...go figure! I am always very careful not to order from anywhere who say anything about brokerage fees. If possible. Like i said i have had to pay hundreds in the past and it was always added after the fact and was demanded at the door before the courier would release items to me.....totally criminal..imho! If they need fees it should be upfront from the start....not after the product gets to your door and you have already paid for item, they know you will pay in fear of loosing the money already spent.
  3. I expect you may get a few folks interested if they could fit inside one of these vehicles.....lol.....yes hopefully you will go to the Plunket's meet....speaking from a 6'1" frame 225 lbs....lol.....wink wink.... Then the questions about fuel economy etc etc....always will pop up.....Hmmm... Sorry I do not have a good rodent patrol method that I would use inside such a nice vehicle. My Willys for some reason doesn't attract rodents thankfully....plus it's kept wraped up inside garage attached to house. I have heard about the electrical devices which work so some say...? I just cringe what damage that could happen inside such a rare and well kept car. All our outdoor vehicles do suffer mice just before the winter weather hits......mouse traps and poison under spare tire in that well so dogs can't possibly get to it...but you must check traps daily or suffer another issue which may be as bad...lol. Oh we did use an electric deterant in the feed bin at the horse ranch.....just don't know what it was. It did work basically, we still had some, but, seeing as how many there was around the feed it worked imho.
  4. Very VERY nice....!!! Just how difficult was it to get it into Canada? How many hoops had to be jumped through to get it here, if any..? How difficult was it to get it insured? This is the car my best buddy put his money down on when they first introduced them way way back. He'd be very excited to see one now a days I bet...lol. I think I'll send him your pics if that's OK....just to upset him....lol. Please invest in some sort of rodent deterant system....not saying your garage or area is as bad as ours but....the thought is enough to make one cry......augh.....lol
  5. His lasted 1000 kms.....plus i like being in charge of my own destiny so to speak......if you keep bearings lubed they will last....it's just a messy job and none of today's folks are willing to do it....we're too lazy.....but I bet if they did they too would last similar mileages.....I never lost a bearing from normal use if I could get grease into it and keep water out of it.
  6. I wonder, what do others think about increasing the cooling ability of this oil cooler...? Does the stock cooler do an adequate job..?
  7. I've only done keys for a 450, but the Star reads the vin of the vehicle and goes from there you do nothing unless it can't read the vin number for some reason. I bought a bunch of the cheaper chinese fobs with blanks if I need to replace my old stock original ones....I have since found more expensive nice soft like the stock version but they aren't any where as cheap so to speak. But they both program the same. OR at least they did for me.
  8. Nothing in today's world is made to last, they demand we keep buying new everything to keep their economy strong.....vehicles back in the stone age had grease nipples everywhere for you or your mechanic to be able to keep them lubricated.....not any more. It is a pet peeve of mine...lol
  9. There must be someone in Toronto with a STAR machine, no, besides the dealership...? I have one here but that doesn't do you much good down there....where are you exactly? You need new fob batteries also so maybe good to get them first...? Then charge car battery as the STAR demands a good 12.6volts or better...... PM me....I am house bound looking after two dogs after them getting nutted.....supper hyper Terriers.....but after they are healed, maybe?
  10. Any news on that missing piece yet....? I haven't seen it yet....
  11. I have a needle to slip under seal of the bearings on the grease gun.....if you use it well it shouldn't leave much of a mark or indentation.....it's been a while now.....and I haven't done the Smart's yet....I have been lucky so far with good bearings. All Ontario's inner city roads are insane imho, especially Gatineau and Ottawa, the one place you would expect almost perfect roads etc seeing as it's the nation's capital...?
  12. I bought mine all from Canadian Tire, cheapest around locally for me. PLUS all in stock!
  13. The grounding points at where a number of ground wires collect at, usually 4 plus on each. There is also a main ground wire or cable running from engine to frame or body that could corrode badly enough. The ECU is engine computer, do not use anything that can carry voltage, use only tooth brush and sensor type cleaner, vinegar maybe on pins if green....the capacitors are inside and hold a charge and if you bridge the correct pins they can discharge and cook something internally. All I did was soak the pins in sensor cleaner and used a plastic brush on them and in the foam I saw a lightening type flash, that was it....cooked! Maybe it was static or I bent a pin without knowing it..? BEWARE.!!! Costly mistake. As said above you need 3 things for a start.....condition....the spark is harder to find with all the electronics in vehicles today, unlike yesteryear......we might have had one or two wires to get the spark, now a days there are many computers dictating when, what and how an engine runs....it's just too complicated....for us old farts...lol
  14. Check compression..? Maybe valve has stuck..? Check grounding pins in and around engine. Main one from engine to frame.? Reluctor rings are a 2 hour job and $20 or so......lol buy from ebay in england...cheap as chips as we used to say!..lol Crank sensor...check all pins for all and any connections.....3 years is plenty of time for them to turn green......just be careful of ECU capacitors discharging if you need to clean them, speaking from experience, cost me a ECU..... I'll bet it's something simple like corrosion or poor ground... Good luck.
  15. Try turning crank with wrench to get to good teeth if that is the issue and maybe it will jolt the starter at the same time..?
  16. Dare i say it....a sharp flat blade screwdriver and start again...lol Something i had to do once when I was in my 20's on an old Jeep I bought.....what a nightmare! I agree with Glenn.....people use the easiest tools they can reach to do the job with, even if it's the right one or not.....OR they are too cheap to buy the correct tool for the job. Smart's as Tolsen says plays heavily into it too....lol I bet you can get a good used one from Uncle Glenn for a very reasonable price......
  17. Welcome from the opposite of the lake...Pefferlaw. IF it went at that sort of mileage i'd be going back and asking them what they did wrong.... They either over tightened them or they were bone dry when they installed them.......and I know they shouldn't need packing like the olden days...lol. IMHO, they screwed something up.....I'd go back and ask for an answer.....but that's just me. I bet they loved charging you heavy for the work right..? Maybe I'm mistaken but anything done at a dealership usually means loosing some amount of blood! Wait for it there will be plenty of folks who will remember the correct torque specs for those bearings....again welcome.
  18. Well, it's finally happened......one of the family has fallen to the electric vehicle craze! My son the idiot went and leased a Mtz EPHEF or whatever it is called...lol...The one that australian guy was ranting about on the other thread...lol. He just wants to fit in I bet....dumb ass..! Good kid but what can I say.....fell far from the tree on common sense sometimes....but means well...lol. Even he says it gets a whoping 43 kms on a full charge....!!!!!! 43....are you serious...! But he did mention a rebate for buying electric, but forgot exactly how much...Hmmm...??? So the Roberts family is now in good standing when it comes to doing our part for the environment....so does that mean I can keep driving my hopped up 360 gas guzzling pig on a daily basis ....lol. The government should be paying me to not drive it if you think about it....lol. They would get further if that was the case seeing in the past 15 years it has 10,000 actual miles put on it I think.? Well it's a sad day.....43 kms....what a JOKE...! It is fairly complicated with the amount of tech it has to get it to work the best it can......switch this, pull that, pull this lever, flip that switch.....just far too much to do and distract you from actually driving...imho.
  19. My mistake it was a BOLT....he works for the dealership and gets it free of charge......I have no problem with the electric vehicle as i have maybe pointed out...it's their range and lack of it that I find useless........so this new option is starting to make some sense. This and the Tesla are capable of dealing with my distance requirements on a day to day need. I have always said my Smart was a toy to me.....similar to a motorcycle.....but the only saving grace it has is that it gets such fabulous mileage numbers and it can be driven year round......but again still a toy imho. At the moment it's all i require of a vehicle as a daily driver. I have no desire to stop using it..... We could also get into the over all costs etc, which I do not yet see as better yet.....that will be proven over time, or will it? They will not build a vehicle that will be so economical to own and operate that we will keep it long term. They demand we keep buying new vehicles almost every 5 years or less so they continue to rake in the cash. So, these electric vehicles must stay within the rules of the game in this regard also. That is what I wonder about.....? Just a thought.....many of us require at least one vehicle in our fleet to own a tow hitch........trailers, boats ski-do, atvs etc etc.......I wonder how this will be addressed when owning an electric vehicle...?
  20. Hmmm.....dog food relabeled.......human grade....no thanks.
  21. I agree or a young guy with old school mentality......I know of just such a machinist....he's been building my engines for over a decade now. Not one issue touch wood.....so far. He'll be looking over my engine one day soon.
  22. I'll diesel right over.....lol
  23. Scangauge II...
  24. I like very few people around me and fresh air to breathe........also a very large lake to enjoy 1000 yards off my driveway. There are far less idiots around us in the country on the roads to worry about. You can actually look at the surrounding countryside while driving and not worry about some lets say less competent driver smashing into you. I bet I can drive 1000 yards and not look at the road at any given time......yes completely safe and recommended I know, but it's possible...lol. I have a friend who's son does live in the rat race areas and did buy a short distance double D cell machine...lol....for his wife to drive next door to get her groceries. He could almost use it also but the range is too short for even him to get to work so he bought a Chevy Volt.....I know nothing about this vehicle, but my buddy says his son boasts far longer distances and he can even visit my buddy in the countryside...lol. So now there may be 2 black magic powered vehicles worth buying if what he says is true...? The Tesla and this Volt...? Hmmmmm......yep we got land all right......but there is only one real route from side to side and even less north to south once you get far enough north. So it's not like we can drive all over it. I have tried my best though. I owned heavily modified Jeeps for 25 years, then switched to heavily modified ATVs and lastly a motorcycle capable of riding on the worse roads we own......so yes I have almost been everywhere man, as Johnny Cash sang....lol. I have one big adventure left in me I think, maybe....I want to get to the Arctic Ocean and dip the toes in it during the summer months.....there now is a road that'll get you there. It's called the Dempster Highway, I have ridden it 3 times already but it wasn't complete, now it is and gets you to Tuktiuktuk the furthest north you can drive to without using an ice road. It's past Dawson City.....a fantastic place......and the last time I did that run I covered 26,000 kms in 5 weeks...! Will a well set up Smart make it....we'll see....it's what I'm working towards. A 1000 miles....bawk....lol And yes I have driven all over England also.