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@  Mike T : (29 August 2015 - 07:33 AM) I've no idea! Sorry, I rarely went there anyway. I think they had "issues". Driving to Banff today in the rain in prep for a 290 km bike ride from Jasper to Banff. Cheers
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 11:24 PM) Ah. Just found Martin's tweet from January, but its link is dead so I have no details of why the club was dissolved
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:49 PM) Hey Mike, what happened to CsQ? I haven't logged in in over a year, but it seems the lights aren't on...?
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:39 PM) keep you eyes on the classifieds here, SCoA and CsQ, as well as Kijiji. Deals on rims pop up from time to time.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:36 PM) and yes, you'll find even with a one inch drop there is plenty of arch gap. I'm -1.25 in the front and -1.4 out back and it could go lower (but would drive balls). I hate the useless stanced look.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:34 PM) Figure a good $1400 or more to your door.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:33 PM) Ouch. The shipping will be more than the (discounted) 19% VAT, and then you'll likely get a collect bill from Canada Post for GST/PST and duties.
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:15 PM) I found these: http://www.rs-parts....r-smart450.html
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:15 PM) Question: With the lowered springs (Eibach, 25mm), can I still put a set of 16" on my limousine?
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:14 PM) I'll see what I can do...
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 08:56 AM) Check with Fast Eddy to see if he'll rent you the correct tool for cheap.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) (like copper or aluminium)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) I'll try with something hard, but not as hard as steel
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:42 PM) tolsen has posted about it before. Personally I thought a couple hours of tinkering was time better spent elsewhere, and the $50 for the tool well spent
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) you need a hardwood, soft won't do
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) no worries, got the idea
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:40 PM) the hole being the exact size of the rod, not the disc. Sorry about the syntax
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:39 PM) A wooden clamp would work well. Drill a hole in a wooden disc the exact size of the strut rod's diameter, then cut the disc in half and add flats
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:13 PM) leather is too soft, as is rubber. I was thinking about either copper wire wound around the strut or tinfoil. and a vise Grip
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:11 PM) An old leather belt might work better, but I had no luck with it
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:10 PM) (I was thinking about a vise grip and tinfoil. you know, tinfoil is aluminum, and can potentailly protect the shock, and a vbise grip is FAR more useful than the clamp, but this is me trying to Mcgiver a solution, as usual...)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) ah, ok, then
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) The strut spins freely, you need the special clamping tool to provide flats for a big open ended wrench (with this tool 47 mm)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Can't I use LOTS of wd40, a t47 bit and a breaker bar?
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:01 PM) The strut clamp is a necessity. Worth every cent I paid -- making something similar myself would have taken me more time than I'd like to spend in order to save the few bucks.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:00 PM) c'mon! I'll use twine. And optimism.
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 01:59 PM) I honestly didn't need them on the broken spring, and while handy for the lowering springs, not necessary.
@  dmoonen : (27 August 2015 - 08:06 AM) Spring compresssors are still needed. .Tolson why must you take the hard way to everything
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 03:59 PM) nah, the springs are broken, and I can use the ye old zip-tie trick. But since I'm going to put eibachs (-25mm) I won't worry.]
@  tolsen : (26 August 2015 - 03:43 PM) Clamp type spring compressors should not be used since the damage both protective coating and spring.
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) The spring compressors you can borrow at Canadian tire
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) I have the Mercedes strut clamp you can borrow just pay shipping and if you break it you buy it. Pm me
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 08:51 AM) thanks, guys! And... does anyone in Vancouver area have the clamp so I can "rent"?
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:43 PM) To and from SK*. I'm just waiting on some bits to finish the Golf build
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:41 PM) Still driving it, drove it to and from and average 4.7l/100l loaded to the brim.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 06:19 PM) Dillen how much did you end up getting for the wagon?
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:13 PM) And if replacing the plastic bellows (dust boots) on the struts, cut a good 1.5" off the bottoms of them or they'll just compress around the stops and get in the way of the clamp tool
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:11 PM) also, take a new knife blade and cut about an inch off the bump stops unless you love bottoming out on small bumps.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) wont need it for the Eibachs
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) If the springs are broken at the top as suspected, the spring compressor might not be necessary.
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:49 PM) And a normal spring compressor
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Strut clamp tool*
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Lots of penetrating oil on the top nut and see if you can borrow a strut tool of you don't have the proper air tools
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:08 PM) Now, let's see if I can replace them without getting myself killed...
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:07 PM) Got the Eibach springs!
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 12:29 PM) Lol
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) ok, maybe MikeT
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) Who doesn't? Hehehe
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 07:46 AM) sounds like you have a decent to do list. .
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 08:00 PM) Perhaps even throw a set of powerflex purple bushings, and a set of 16" "space" wheels, but not now...)

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#1 Awesys

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:31 PM

Sorry, not for sale. Nonetheless, I didn't know they were allowed on the roads here! My guess it was some clause like the guy with the Crossblade in the US.

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#2 Malcolm

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:50 PM

Given the plate (German), and the dirty front wheels, I doubt this car was brought in by MB for promotional reasons. So how else could it get here?Possibly a well-heeled tourist who likes to drive their own car (which is permissible). But I think it is more likely to be a car attached to a diplomatic transfer, or possibly the personal property of someone here for a short-term assignment.Maybe a lumber baron looking towards the Stanley Park harvest?:drive:
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:13 PM

Damn I want one of these....Robson Street huh...... Hmmmmm...... Dang
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#4 Mike T

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:37 PM

Hundreds of Europeans bring their cars and campers to Canada every year for an extended trip - I usually see at least ten every summer, just around Duncan.Considering the roadster went out of production in November 2005, you can guarantee that it is not a M-B promotional vehicle! ;)They were definitely VERY fun cars to drive, I wish I'd had a couple of weeks with it.....

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 11:59 PM

did you get the VIN? :cheeky:S
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#6 Awesys

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:40 AM

I would have if I saw it! ;)But aren't they in a different location, since it's not a Canadian-spec model, it doesn't have to be in the same place?
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#7 Mike T

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 11:36 AM

Yeah, they're not visible from the outside. I imagine the new version will have a visible VIN just like all N American market cars. Even Renaults have that now ;)

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 03:07 PM

...But I think it is more likely to be a car attached to a diplomatic transfer, or possibly the personal property of someone here for a short-term assignment...

More than likely. My sister and brother-in-law live in Ottawa and they always see many Euro cars with Euro plates driving around. When I lived in Montreal back in the '90's, I remember seeing on several occasions a dark metallic blue BMW Z1 with foreign plates (can't remember from which country though). The Z1 was the one with the doors that retracted down into the sills, if you wanted to get into the car. It seems like there's still a few markets that are selling Roadsters, although, may not be for long: Smart Roadster - Germany Smart Roadster - UK - Finale edition Smart Roadster - Japan - Sold out...

#9 Gent

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 03:30 PM

How long do we have to wait before we can import a vehicle? 10 years?

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 03:32 PM

15. :( There's a guy in our pocket bike race circle that is into the Nissan "Skyline" and he's in a club where all of a sudden their members can start bringing them in from Japan, because they were made in 1992.-Iain
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Posted 21 January 2007 - 03:36 PM

There are quite a few Skylines here nowadays. Apparently enough so that the powers that be are considering changing the import rules.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 03:50 PM

I'm wondering if the Project Kimber's Mitsubishi 3 cylinder roadster engine and manual transmission could be retrofitted into a fortwo... :doublethumb:

#13 Mike T

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 04:47 PM

The rules are probably not changing, but they are finally enforcing them better. See Smart Ferrari's contribution to my 405 T16 thread in Auto Talk for more info.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 05:45 PM

It is doubtful that the Gummint will change the 15 year rule for imports of previously non-compliant / non-available-in-Canada cars... they have bigger fish to fry.Skylines are getting press because of their power and image as 'Tuner' cars; hopefully their new owners will act responsibly and not just raise the bar for Vancouver's illegal street-racing scene.But here in Toronto we're also seeing Honda Beats and S-Cargos, both of swhich are as cute as all get-out, and pretty good for both the environment and the public perception of micro-cars.It's a two-edged sword, as usual.:drive:
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Posted 21 January 2007 - 05:57 PM

God, I love the Honda Beat.




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