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  1. Duck I'm 6'5" and can't sit in a fit to find out of I have enough leg room or not. There isn't enough head room for me to twist around and try my legs. Yet I fit fine in the smart fortwo, mini cooper, New Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat, C30, MS3.... but in the Accord, Camry, Civic, Fit... I'm cramped and seriously uncomfortable....
  2. I hate that we can't import the CDi or in all honesty I would buy your smart fortwo. I adore that color combination... if only...
  3. This is straight from the 451 owners manual...
  4. It also wasn't supposed to sound anywhere near that smug.... oops.
  5. The tuning worlds great debate lingers on and on and on and on and on... into infinity and beyond!!!People continually shun my Hot Air Intake on my 1.8T saying that it robs horsepower but repeated dyno runs and real world data using a Vag-Com show that it does indeed make additional hp especially when you start increasing airflow in other areas such as the intake manifold, head, exhaust manifold, turbo inlet pipe, down pipe and exhaust. I have done all those things.Initially I saw a 5% gain on the dyno and a 6% real world gain. Close enough to not matter and in fact could be attributed to change in air pressure outside temp or any number of other variables. Now after extrude honing the head and manifolds. I put the stock intake and associated plumbing back on so I could see just what those modifications attributed to the grand scheme of things and then ran another few runs with the Hot Air Intake. Again noticeable gains but this time in the order of 9%. That can't be written off to just environmental conditions. Again the community moaned and groaned that my findings just could not be accurate and that if I had tried a true cold air intake I'd have seen even greater results. Next came a new turbo , down pipe, larger cat and cat back exhaust. I once again did the back to back runs comparing stock and the HAI. This time I saw a 15% gain showing that the stock airbox was indeed a very large restriction. They moaned more and groaned harder and volunteered a CAI for me to test. So I did... I showed a net loss of 1% ie... so close to stock as to make no difference. They said it was rigged or I was lying. I gave up and just decided that physics are great than man. ;)On a turbo motor it is more important to cool the air AFTER the turbo than BEFORE. The turbo will superheat the air to extrodinarily high temperatures. So high in fact that 10* to even 100* at the intake will have zero affect on that end temperature. On a naturally aspirated car a true cold air intake that can charge cool the air and make more than a couple degree difference will in fact make a substantial difference but only if your computer is programmed to take advantage of both the increased quantity AND increased density. The stock system has a programming wall set up and even if you dumped sub zero air into the intake it won't make a bit of difference since it can't take advantage of the increased density and in fact it may very well actually reduce power because the system can't increase timing enough to burn the fuel properly so you get a computer scrambling to get a complete burn and actually backs things off so now you are getting worse mileage and less power. Obviously not an ideal situation on a daily driver. For daily driving I suggest just getting a freer flowing intake that can increase the quantity but still keep the air warm enough to keep the computer happy. Tom aka Fowvay P.S. I hope this made sense. It's 6:16am and I have been up all night fighting yet another case of insomnia so I may have rambled just a little bit more than usual.
  6. I love this site the most out of all the smart sites out there. However I do wish it intigrated the lower 48 a little bit better. I feel a little left out of the social aspects of this fine forum. That's it really.... lil less Canada and a little more North America.
  7. I'm a used car buyer as a general rule. I like that I can go after the very top of the line vehicle for less than what a new base model goes for. This isn't quite as true on the Mini or the smart fortwo. In fact the resale value on a pure is higher than a passion straight from the factory so guess which way I went when I placed my order? I checked off every option block and am eagerly awaiting my lil smart.
  8. First choice Diesel.Second choice. 84hp Turbo.
  9. All that work and you didn't paint the gas door?
  10. I understand the geometry and reasons. I just want a stiffer rear bar to remove more of the understeer. I don't like plowing through corners and yes I find those limits all too low even on the 451. I want a faster reacting suspension with higher limits. I have spent 7 years fine tuning my New Beetles suspension by adjusting spring rates, dampners, anti roll bars, bushings, camber plates etc. I finally have it at a very neutral spot where I can drive the car with the throttle and brakes in the corners using very small inputs to balance my way out. I'd like to have those same options on a 451 but alas the aftermarket has not caught up to my rather aggressive needs. I know it's utterly absurd to most of you but I actually want to be able to auto-x my 451 on the weekends but to be anywhere near competitive I first need to overcome a few factory designed hurdles. Defeating the traction control is number 1 on my hit list. Then I'll be able to dial in the understeer/oversteer balance using a combination of tire width, bushings, springs and sway bars. I'd love to get this thing a lil tail happy but will settle for neutral or at the very least LESS understeer.
  11. That was pretty cute.
  12. I sincerely appreciate the effort but I would like to make two suggestions. Please post individual auctions for each item instead of stating ''Three in Stock''. It provides the consumer with a more reassuring shopping experience when they can click with confidence knowing they are buying the item pictured. Which brings me to my other suggestion. Larger more detailed pictures of the actual items. If you are posting stock photos because you lack a digital camera I suggest you purchase an inexpensive one off ebay and shoot your own. Other then that I love that you're providing this service it's just a shame that all this stuff is way way way out of my price range. I hope those prices start coming down as competition and after market goodies start trickling in from more than these limited sources.