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@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 11:14 PM) Bilstein, sorry
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 09:10 PM) (I was based on Eddie's price for the Eibach set, 1300 and something+ 600 instalation...)
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 09:09 PM) who has this suspension for sale?
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 09:09 PM) that sounds WAY better
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 09:09 PM) oh, ok.
@  Mike T : (06 July 2015 - 09:08 PM) My BRABUS suspension cost me $850 and I had the dealer install it for about $250. So $2000 seems a bit rich!
@  dmoonen : (06 July 2015 - 04:35 PM) In all seriousness about $150
@  dmoonen : (06 July 2015 - 04:33 PM) Two million doll hairs.
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 01:59 PM) and how much is this stalk..?
@  dmoonen : (06 July 2015 - 01:58 PM) Yes you need a new stalk, and just need to activate it with a STAR Machine.
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 01:02 PM) (and yes, your car is pretty much most of what I want on a smart...)
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 01:02 PM) how does the cruise control thing works? Do I need to get a new stalk?
@  Mike T : (06 July 2015 - 12:54 PM) Luckily my car already came with Nappa leather/ Alcantara seats, wide 15 inch rims and so on. Just had to add the finishing touches.
@  Mike T : (06 July 2015 - 12:53 PM) Eddy sells remaps at $300 occasionally, as well as cruise control (OEM)
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:10 PM) wraping? (myself) 500...
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:09 PM) remap? 500...
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:08 PM) interior? ( leather+sound) ANOTHER 2k
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:07 PM) suspension? 2k.
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:07 PM) wheels with tires? 2k (following your advice and using 15"s...)
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:07 PM) I was crunching numbers, and is likely that I'll end up spending around 7k more... :/
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:06 PM) no, I spent less than 3.5k on the car
@  Mike T : (06 July 2015 - 12:05 PM) I spent about $3300 on upgrades to my Tailor Made BRABUS diesel...
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:04 PM) spent*
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:03 PM) first thing that I did was the keyless knob mod
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:02 PM) and no, stock is definitelly not the goal
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 12:01 PM) I spend less than 3.5k on it
@  dmoonen : (06 July 2015 - 11:47 AM) Normal for myself. . things dont stay stock long.
@  Mike T : (06 July 2015 - 10:57 AM) That depends upon how much you paid for it
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 09:48 AM) is it normal to want to spend more than twice that I spent on the car itself on "Upgrades"?
@  Francesco : (06 July 2015 - 09:08 AM) Yep. I know that urge all too well.
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 07:37 AM) but I'll do the non-smart thing and dump lots of money to do everything I can to make it the "perfect" smart
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 07:28 AM) under normal driving conditions*
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 07:28 AM) it's VERY subtle, though. under normal (AKA, not dickhead mode) the car behaves quite well
@  Surturiel : (06 July 2015 - 07:27 AM) nope. in fact, the car is aligned ( I suspected the steering rack at first)
@  dmoonen : (06 July 2015 - 07:11 AM) does it pull to a side?
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:28 PM) and if I brake REAL hard I feel a clunk on the steering wheel)
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:27 PM) the springs are not broken (as far as I could see, at least)
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:26 PM) ( I like toffee, it goes well with pearl)
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:26 PM) nah, I don't. But I want to do something different: Toffee and chesterfield inserts in gray
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:26 PM) yeah, clunks are bad. Ball joints more than likely, but could also be sway bar links or even a broken spring (very common)
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:24 PM) if you have a leather guy, that's awesome. Mister Dotcom used to supply fitted pieces in the original smart leather. There's a trim shop in the UK now that does our cars but not sure how close it is to the original dark grey leather
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:23 PM) and the front has some clunks when I go too hard on a pothole.
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:23 PM) nice
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:22 PM) this car, although is a rebuilt, has only 65k on it
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:22 PM) yeah... my plan is: wheels/tires, suspension (nothing too fancy, I don't want to drop the car), Eddie's remap, put leather on the interior and wrap it in pearl white
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:21 PM) twit hinges? Twitchiness... Lol
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:21 PM) On our cars? The bushings will resolve some squeaks and some of the twit hinges on uneven bends. But overall, only do it if you suspect your bushes are worn out. I've only done the rear link bushings
@  Francesco : (05 July 2015 - 11:19 PM) Yeah, you'll notice a better suspension, though former, makes the ride more bearable. It's counterintuitive, but ask any of the local YVR smarties who've done that.
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:19 PM) (the wheels)
@  Surturiel : (05 July 2015 - 11:19 PM) they're european (Poland)

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Remove Old Oil Stains From Asphalt Driveway?


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#1 bilgladstone

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

Lots of professional car guys in here... in your experience, what is the best way to remove year-old oil spots from my asphalt parking space? Something where I don't have to do a whole lot of scrubbing? I can't reach the area with a hose, but I guess I can haul water buckets to rinse away residue.

And once I get the worst off, what is the best thing to put down outdoors to prevent oil spotting? Maybe something I can just leave lying on the space that won't blow away... It's a rental space, so I can't use asphalt sealer or the like.

Looking for a low-effort, low-cost solution.

[Please don't tell me to just fix my car]

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I have the same problem, but it is more of an oil puddle mixed with brake fluid, left by years of old cars, and on top of paving stones (the brick colour kind). I once used some Canadian Tire oil/degreaser with zero results. It kind of made the oil spot shinier at best.Pizza boxes are OK for a temporary fix, but wind will make them fly unless you filled them with stones.PS. Fixing your car sounds like the easy, lazy way. There's got to be a better option ;)
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#3 Mike T

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Detergents like clothes washing powder will do some good. Get one of those heavy rubber floor mats with fuzzy stuff on it to catch your oil vent tube juice, they will never blow away.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

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#5 bilgladstone

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Thanks guys! Might be time to bite into the balance of my courtesy card at Princess Auto and pick up some WD-40, a brush & bucket combo, and some kind of rubber matting. As a responsible tenant, I owe it to the housing association to keep my parking space clean.Bil :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

http://www.jelmar.com/CLRgrease.htm have had good success with this, Can Tire sells it. other option is kitty litter, spread some down. it will absorb oil and will pick up a bit from the asphalt. clean up and spread some new stuff every few weeks
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#7 bilgladstone

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

I think I'll begin with the cat litter - I can get that at the grocery store a block from the house. I suppose any old clay-based litter will do.B :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

whatever you do with it, make sure NO to dispose of it in the toilet. Don't ask how I know that's a bad idea :unsure:
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Bil, Home depot ( at least) sells an oil remover for when you are going to seal your driveway, I used it on ours before I sealed it, my spots were a few years old thoug, so it didn't remove everything ( and since I was sealing it, I wasn't worried about the stain itself so much as making sure the sealer would adhere to the spot), on the newer spots it did seem to remove most if not all of the traces o of the spots, it wasn't too expensive and at the very least will not damage the pavement. You just spray it on wait the specified time and rinse it off, for stubborn stains you can s rub a bit too as I recall ( will check out the bottle instructions when I get a chance). Hope that you can keep your spot clean ( and your landlord happy that you are a responsible tenant).
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

Be sure to test that first. Even diesel fuel will dissolve asphalt and I would think that WD-40 would too. I have had the same problem on our driveway. Canadian tire sell a product that works if stain is not too old. http://www.canadiant...l.jsp?locale=en Write up here: http://joneakes.com/...-actually-works I have also used Simple Green or some type of Citrus cleaner I had . Anything that is water based is safest to use. When spill is new, kitty litter will soak it up quickly. I use cardboard to catch drips, but that is in garage . I also have some plastic trays that I found somewhere that I use if I know where a drip is. If you Google you can find oil drip trays from metal or heavy plastic. Like these: http://www.aircrafts...s/drippan24.php There are also rolls of oil absorbent material available. Just not too sure how well it would work outdoors, but it does work on a mix of water and oil in boats. Something like this: https://www.cleanups...oor-mat-s/2.htm. I need to do something myself - smart doesn't leak, but my two older cars both have small drips. Good Luck with it!
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

Outdoors is a real problem. Since I started addressing this question, it's either been raining or snowing!B :sun:
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

Uh...why not just roll used oil all over the driveway so that they all stain the same? then clean up the slippery stuff with some oil absorber?

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

Not a terrible idea! Solvents like gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hydraulic and brake fluid will dissolve bituminous asphalt concrete in a hurry, but oil drips (and Bil's PCV sludge) will just bind with the bitumen and the pulverized kitty litter (or "OilAbsorb" product, both based on bentonite clay and possibly diatomaceous earth) will actually stabilize the concrete. ;) A couple of oil changes' worth should cover a normal two-car driveway, but it will need quite a bit of OilAbsorb to pick up the excess, and -- legally speaking -- the oily kitty litter must now be disposed of properly, usually at a hazardous waste centre.My neighbour across the street parks one of his vehicles on my driveway's "fifth spot" throughout the winter in exchange for a big discount on snow clearing services (he runs two tractors with blowers and serves about 300 local driveways). Bad luck for me, one of his vehicles (tractors, 2003 F150, 1996 Camry) has left a huge oil stain in that spot over the winter. Next door (Service Foreman) Neighbour suggested spinkling it with Tide laundry powder and pulverizing it in, then letting it dissolve the oil gradually with each rainfall, and finally getting the driveway oil spot remover from Rona/Home Depot and using a pressure washer to power it out.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

Easiest way to remove oil stains from a driveway is to pour coke in it. The acid in the coke will keep disolving the oil until it is gone. This is according to a post IT received on facebook to solve cleaning problems easily. It is worth a try. :D


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

Problem is, things that dissolve the oil will also dissolve the bitumen tarmac driveway... :scratch:Addendum: OK, I googled the Coca-Cola idea and it might be worth a try. Coke and kitty litter. Yummy!Bil :sun:

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:23 AM

Coke won't work but to attract ants.That email has been making the rounds since email has existed. Oh, which reminds me. I have to reply to that Nigerian prince!

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:33 AM

Noooo! He's promised to share his inheritance with ME! :bangin:
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:36 AM

Do ants like oil? There might be something there... Genetically modified ants. I wonder if DuPont already has a patent on that one?
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