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About booneylander

  • Birthday 12/17/1983

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  1. In my experience with them, all they ever do is take your money and give you no results.
  2. He means if you return the turn signals to the headlight housing as they are in Europe, you can use the "Canadian" turn signal housing in the grille, with an LED bulb (or whatever) as your daytime running lights, or replace them with fog lights or a different DRL light/housing.
  3. With any luck a glut of Car2Go 453s hitting the market will drive used prices down and mean that I can pick up an inexpensive manual 453.
  4. Hmm, will have to try it out and see. Or I need to figure out how to get significantly more clearance in the front end to run a bigger front tire. I really dig the extra ground clearance from the fat rear tire, would be especially nice when the snow starts to fly.
  5. So here's a tidbit for the day. Was doing a tire shuffle around today and I had some 195/65-15s kicking around. I mounted them on stock 450 steelie rears. I also mounted some 155/60-15 fronts on stock 450 front steelies, and put them on the car. The 195/65-15 rears are HUGE. I doubt I could have squeezed anything bigger than these into the rear wheel wells. But they fit and didn't rub. When I took the car for a spin to see how it went, I didn't get half a km up the road before the dash lit up like a christmas tree, the ESP light, ABS light, and (!) brake light all came on. Interestingly, the speedometer stopped working and went to 0 while moving. I got back and read the codes and there were about 5 different codes set, all relating to "both front wheel speed sensors bad signal", "CANBUS wheel speed sensor fault" etc So the big difference in tire sizes was enough to upset the ESP module. The 195/65-15 rears are just over 10% larger than stock while the 155/60-15 fronts are just a hair under stock size. So maybe 10% divergeance is where the ESP module draws the line? Anyway, gonna have to mount up some 165/60-15 fronts and see what happens, as that should bring the size difference delta to just over 8%. Or perhaps some 175/55-15s on some 451 rear steels on the front.
  6. We have "The Panda Car" white panels on black tridion. Also "The poop emoji car" with choco brown on silver. "The Brabus" which is self-explanatory. The other ones are just boring names... "The grey car", "the black car", "the blue car" etc
  7. Please be sure to report back on the fitment of the 185s on 451 rears at the front of the car. I found 165/60-15s on 4"/ET27 to be a real tight squeeze, but maybe the different offset helps. I'm very curious to know how they'd fit.
  8. While I agree the difference is small, a narrower rear track does increase a car's tendancy to oversteer (not really an issue with the smart), and increases body roll as the moment arm between the car's center of gravity and contact patch is decreased. I was just considering all the variables.
  9. The 451 front steels ARE bigger than the 450 front steels. The 450s being 3.5" and the 451s being 4.5". Rear steels are all 5.5".
  10. So here's my couple of cents: I upsized all 4 tires a while back, but the front were like a 1.8% upsize while the rears were like a 0.4% upsize. I noticed that in some rare situations I would get a tiny "bzz bzz" of ABS from the traction control when turning and going over a bump just so. I attributed this to the variation in wheel speed caused by the different tire sizes. That being said we managed to put some 40k km on them and had no issues. Now the rears are worn out. Interestingly, with the front still having much tread and the rears being essentially bald, thus a greater difference in rolling diameters, I haven't noticed any intrusion from the traction control system. So maybe it was a fluke when I had originally put them on, some other system that wasn't working 100%, or some combination of steering angle sensor, yaw sensor, wheel speeds, each just being slightly out of whack, who knows. So maybe the difference in size is irrelevant unless it was a huge difference. I've run all kinds of different combos of bigger and smaller fronts/rears on several different cars and haven't come across the same situation. I had thought about doing 4 front wheels for winters, where the narrower tire would help with traction. My hesitations are as follows: 1. There is only a small selection of tires that will fit the smaller front rim, whereas the rear rims fit a much wider variety of tires. I keep an eye out for tires on sale and can often pick up rear tires at half off or more, making them often close to $50 a tire. The front however I have a much more difficult time finding on sale, combined with less selection, means no matter how you slice it I usually end up having to pay $90-120 per tire. That savings alone makes it worth running the fatter rear rims, not to mention, if you really wanted to be cheap, you can often find decent used rear-sized tires on Kijiji for like $20-40 per tire. The front sizes almost never come up. 2. The 450 rears have -1mm offset. The fronts have offsets in the 20-30mm range (same as 451 fronts/rears). So when putting the front wheels on the back, the centerline of your tire will be in some cases nearly 30mm inboard of stock. Meaning you would end up with nearly 60mm less track width in the rear. Handling issues from that? Maybe, maybe not, you might not even know until you encountered an emergency situation and had to make a brisk maneuver, which isn't when I would want to find out that I had a handling issue like a significantly greater tendency to flip over. You could run spacers. I wonder if the camber wear would be less pronounced if using skinnier tires on the back. I would guess it should be, but I'm spoiled because I have a tire machine so I routinely flip the tires on the wheels to even out the wear, so it's never really been an issue for me.
  11. It would be interesting if we had a sticky with a list of all the different types of special edition 450s, 451s, and 453s sold in Canada, with production numbers. I have a feel for what's out there just from reading around, but thought it might be cool if we collected all that info in one place. Mike is doing an amazing job tracking VINs, but I find it tough to navigate all the registries to get to the bottom of how many of which "special editions" were sold. I see a lot of ads for smarts with people claiming "super rare xxyy edition!!", and I thought it might be a useful resource for someone looking into the special editions to have a quick reference to find out just how "rare" or not, what they are looking at, actually is, in Canada specifically. I know I'm missing a ton of them. 450s: 4 x Canada 1's 50 x BRABUS Nightrun 200 x GrandStyle ...? 451s: 1 x Ultimate 10 x BRABUS edit10n 50 x Greystyle ? x BRABUS (the all-black with BRABUS exhaust, monoblocks, badges etc?) ? x Edition high style ? x Edition 1 (Light Blue Metallic) ...? 453s: ...?
  12. Just curious to see if anyone would be interested in having a get together somewhere in the Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal kind of corridor this fall?
  13. I wouldn't have even noticed if it had quit, but unfortunately it still works, just makes a terrible racket. I suppose it would be easy enough to open the circuit in the motor and put it back in. No CEL with the failed pump? For now I grabbed a pump from the other car and have put it in, still functional and quiet, but I'll need a solution for the other car when it's ready to get back on the road.