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@  marchanna : (28 July 2015 - 11:51 AM) Yup. Sometimes the simplest is the best.
@  Mike T : (28 July 2015 - 11:07 AM) Best idea yet!
@  marchanna : (28 July 2015 - 08:39 AM) It fits nicely in the back of the Benz if I put the seats down. I just thought it would be novel to put it on the back of the Smart.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 08:10 PM) Or wheelie bars
@  Mike T : (27 July 2015 - 08:07 PM) Preferably, use a larger vehicle.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 08:05 PM) I would think a trailer is your only option. The physics is just wrong in a couple of dimensions to be hanging 300 lbs behind the rear wheels
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:27 PM) Check it out: can-drift.com
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:21 PM) It's an electric drift trike. I wanted to see if I could fab a vertical rack on the back of the Smart. The trike weighs about 200lbs - I could probably build an aluminum rack as light as 50lbs - but that still the exceeds the tongue weight of the hitches, thought maybe the towing bolt holes could hold a little more weight.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 04:50 PM) even the trunk weight is recommended to be no more than 50 kg...
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 04:49 PM) Wow, I have no idea what you're attempting but that sounds like too much weight for the rear of the smart altogether, not just for the two bolts.
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 08:01 AM) I want to hold about 300lbs across of them.
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:59 AM) Yes
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 07:43 AM) Vertical?
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 06:32 AM) Anyone know how much load the towing eye bolt hold in the rear bumper of a 451 can carry?
@  NelsonSmart : (19 July 2015 - 11:59 AM) The ECU computer will have to be set with Star or Equiv to get light off.
@  Surturiel : (19 July 2015 - 10:10 AM) all, and all, the only damage was sustained by the tire (that was old already)(aside, of course, from the airbag...)
@  Surturiel : (19 July 2015 - 10:09 AM) yep, talk about overreaction. i hit the curb, the airbag blows up on my ear, and the car shuts down...
@  dmoonen : (19 July 2015 - 06:58 AM) Lol air bag went off? That's a bit drastic. The car shuts down in a case of an accident so cycling the key makes sense.
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 09:43 PM) (with the airbag...)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 09:43 PM) anyone have by any chance an used passenger seat for a 450 fortwo, passion? (dark gray)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:08 PM) turns out that you have to turn everything ( including the hazards) off to get the car to work again...)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:07 PM) (I mean, the car just DIED. I was there, stunned, trying to figure out why I couldn't get it running)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:05 PM) (that thing surely is loud, got me half deaf for a while. Also, the whole smart crash routine got me REALLY startled)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:02 PM) but do I need to do anything aside from replacing the airbag to get the light off?
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:01 PM) springs and everything
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:01 PM) will service the suspension soon
@  Mike T : (18 July 2015 - 07:17 PM) check the toe setting
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:41 PM) (the front wheel and suspension are fine, the tire needed to be replaced)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:40 PM) so, aside from needing to replace the airbag itself, do I need to do anything special to get the light off? (time to find a used passenger grey 450 seat)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:38 PM) (the seat one)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:38 PM) but my smart, being the overprotective nanny that it is, decided that my integrity was at risk and BLEW UP THE SIDE AIRBAG !
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:37 PM) i hit a curb (because I'm a blind dumbass that misjudged the curb height) 

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#51 Spike

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:40 AM

Thanks to all for the great time and the decorations on our door on Sunday morning. Who knew that when my husband invited me to spend our 45th wedding anniversary in Ohio at a smart car event that the curse of the u-turn queen would go with us. The 'curse' seems to affect people we are with at the time. Everyone in the tour will know what I mean when you think back to the first scheduled stop. "Missed it by THAT much".Many thanks to John and Elaine for being our 'guiding light' throught the confusing (to us) interchanges in the Detroit area.See below for a few of pictures.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:49 AM

Here's a few more.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

Thanks for a fun trip.There was a total of 18 smart cars doing U turns, thanks John for organizing everything.Canman Angelina and Peanut got home around 11 last night after a 795 kilometer drive.Not all at once, stopped at the Bass Pro Shop and for supper and twice for fuel.Canman
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:32 AM

@ Gordo: If I had the time, I would love to ride those roads on the bike. Looks like it could be fun.

I really have to chime in here with a huge thanks to John and the rest of the bodies behind this year's event. About the only thing you couldn't control was the weather, which did mess with us a little.

The choice of having the Quality Inn as the chosen spot to sleep over and also start from, was a good idea. No one got left behind at the start. Kudos to the staff at the Quality Inn for their friendly, helpful service, particularly those who went out of their way to help with things that wasn't really part of their job description.

While spending some time in the overnight room at the Q.I., we took a peek at the weather network. The storms in the general area were scary to say the least, but fortnuately, we only encountered a bit of on-again-off-again rain during the tour. Other areas were devestated with rain, hail and high winds.

Before we headed home on Sunday, a few of us decided that we would visit the Sand Castles at the Findley fairgrounds, so we headed off in that direction. GPS's weren't being too helpfull, but a local resident who was passing by in a big red pick-up truck (who was obviously not even going in our direction) turned around and led the mini-parade right to the gates of the fairgrounds. Many thanks to our unknown guide for his selflessness contribution of his time and fuel. But once we bid a fond farewell to our mobile map, we found that the fairgrounds were only open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Oh well, we tried.

Strong tail winds on the way home directly affected our mileage to the good. The total round trip was 940 kms.(584 miles) and fuel consumption was 26 Litres (6.8586 U.S. gals) for an average in U.S. terms of just over 85 mpg. I'm beginnning to think CANMAN is right....'Bruised' just ain't right. :crackmeup: By the way Mike, the fuel gauge was showing 2.5 L. as we approached the Timmies where we met on friday.

Here's a few pictures from the festivities.

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'95 Jeep "winter-beater" (bought used in 1996 with 6,000 kms on it) Sold... June 30/12 with 297,900 kms on it.

'96 Honda Civic, "Dimples", that serves as my wife's bus

'89 Civic "Old Faithful" (bought new in the fall of 1988) Finally  (October 16/14) blew a tail light bulb!  First bulb to blow since new.  A/C has never been serviced and still chills the cabin area in less than 3 minutes.

and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
.. List of all 15 upon request


#55 bilgladstone

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

Great pix, thank you! Looks like a good time.B :sun:
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

Could certainly have had better weather but the people on this one made up for it. Thanks everyone for making the drive (or flight) and helping this April Fools drive set the record for attendance and distance traveled (Kansas or Oklahoma?) We got to talk with the animals (Llamas, that is), have some great chili dogs and root beer at an old fashioned drive-in, educate some folks on the smart at Tiffen University (not to mention some serious close formation parking!), take a back alley detour, visit an historic woods (looked very much like a standard bunch of trees to me) and eat some excellent ice cream at a local parlor in Findlay. The Friday evening activities simply can't be put into words (mostly due to laws on libel and slander) but the "fine dining" experience was something to remember! As usual, thanks to all our Canadian friends for coming to visit and making it a party! Stay tuned for info on next year's fifth anniversary Ohio April Fools event. :)

Thanks for putting this together John, wish the weather would have been better, but there is always next year. :) Who all will we see in Hamilton for the Mystery Run this year?

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

LEADWING...I just noticed your room number....coincidence ? :D

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

Thanks for putting this together John, wish the weather would have been better, but there is always next year. :)

Who all will we see in Hamilton for the Mystery Run this year?

Already signed up for the Mystery Run - don't miss it! Great photos up there; nice to see some from the back of the pack (thanks Ron for bringing up the rear and sticking with all the route deviations...) We also owe a big Thank You to the folks at Alpaca Jack's for their warm welcome and informative discussions, as well to Jolly's Drive-in for the excellent food and friendly service - stop in if you're in the Tiffin, Ohio area. :)

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:04 AM

Some photos available on smartUSAinsider.com. Note to self - when planning events with Canadian participants, give route distances in kilometers, ensure the hotel is near a Tim Hortons and provide some extra Baileys. :D

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:39 PM

LEADWING...I just noticed your room number....coincidence ? :D

Sorry Gordo, I guess old age has made me dense. I don't get the connection :huh:

You are what you drive

'05 smart pulse "Bruised" (bought used with 94,000kms on it, Sept. 23/09)

'06 smart Passion Cab. "Silverwing" (bought 'gently used' with 4,800 kms on it, Nov. 22/10)

'95 Jeep "winter-beater" (bought used in 1996 with 6,000 kms on it) Sold... June 30/12 with 297,900 kms on it.

'96 Honda Civic, "Dimples", that serves as my wife's bus

'89 Civic "Old Faithful" (bought new in the fall of 1988) Finally  (October 16/14) blew a tail light bulb!  First bulb to blow since new.  A/C has never been serviced and still chills the cabin area in less than 3 minutes.

and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
.. List of all 15 upon request


#61 gordo.bernard

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:09 PM

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#62 Leadwing

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

Good one Gordo!

I was kinda hoping for room 242 though.

2 (we have 2 smarts) 4-2 (there were two of us there) ;)

You are what you drive

'05 smart pulse "Bruised" (bought used with 94,000kms on it, Sept. 23/09)

'06 smart Passion Cab. "Silverwing" (bought 'gently used' with 4,800 kms on it, Nov. 22/10)

'95 Jeep "winter-beater" (bought used in 1996 with 6,000 kms on it) Sold... June 30/12 with 297,900 kms on it.

'96 Honda Civic, "Dimples", that serves as my wife's bus

'89 Civic "Old Faithful" (bought new in the fall of 1988) Finally  (October 16/14) blew a tail light bulb!  First bulb to blow since new.  A/C has never been serviced and still chills the cabin area in less than 3 minutes.

and a gaggle of motorcycles including the 35th GoldWing ever made with over 591,000 miles on it. "yeehawww"
.. List of all 15 upon request





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