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  1. Aside from the obviously subjective opinions of weak styling, the other JDM complaint would be lack a powerful, reliable engine/transmission combination. Across the board. Asian brands normally will take low horsepower overengineering to the extreme for reliabliity. At the expense, of course, of performance. While generally USDM simply cannot, until recently, make a decent chassis that handles well. The combination is a tricky one that takes lots of thought and time. But Holy SMOKES, look at the result. This thing has to be a MONSTER.
  2. My fault....the DSG is the DCT equivalent but the information I heard referred to DCT in the 'other VAG', Porsche, as well as other non VW applications. It seems as the power handling comes up in the Dual Clutch, it doesn't handle being 'unloaded' very well. With no torque convertor (fluid cushion) between the torque of the engine and the driveline, beefier, heavier components and higher fluid pressures required to handle supercar horsepower levels, by their very nature, become cumbersome to move quickly and smoothly in an unloaded situation. ie stop and go traffic. Which actually wouldn't bother me in the least. Knowing you have a efficient clutch type shift in the blink of any eye, better than a human could perform, is a great thing.
  3. Nice and clean! The rack and tv stand tie it together nicely. I can not wait for my C-11 mod. I'll bet that sounds clean......
  4. That is sharp. Clean, uncluttered, and without the bubble shape of the original. I'd take mine with a stick and some power of course.
  5. Sweet Karma, Casey! I'd like to be in on this one. And if I may request, my vote given to Kevin, as he is loaning me an item to demo this may be put toward the rent until we square up. Thanks!
  6. OK, so the cake molds are for when you've got the munchies afterwards and you just happen to want cake shaped like a dick? Hash dick brownies? Ok, now I'm laughing.......!! Lots of head shops sprung up around here. Medical MaryJane legal now in MI.
  7. It seems Audi has significantly upgraded the TT in recent years, as it used to be on the Golf/Beetle platform. No more. I do like The Smoking Tire channel and ck it out once in a while, although Matt Farah gets on my nerves. It seems he never really states anything with much merit. "it gets a bigger turbo, manifolds, exhaust, and catalysts I would expect...." Ah, no shit sherlock. How about some research before you get behind the wheel and talk to the camera. I've had it out with him before posting on Jalopnik, and he's no better there. Apologies if you're a Farah fan, Rich. Oh, here's an RS6 wagon for you viewing pleasure, although you don't see much of it but taillights, as it pulls a liter (1000 cc) crotch rocket from 180 mph and up.
  8. The best pair of speakers musically I've ever owned are my DCM TF-600 s. They LOVE my C-11/M-500t combination. They have smaller Vifa drivers which require some power, accuracy and clarity to sound right. But it's obviously much more than that. These towers are rated at 250watt power handling at 6 ohms, even with the smaller Vifas. So the amp must be able to be very quiet, still, and produce those small noises correctly, and still have the nuts to handle 250 watt transients with a 6ohm load. My M-500t loves it. And with a left and right speaker, and C-11 SH, it's a match made in heaven. For now.
  9. Strange, I am kinda the opposite. The old Floyd I had to be well done to really groove to. Only then would it really come to me. MLOR I can listen to for hours. Parts are especially good at the end of the night, watching the sun come up.
  10. SST Ambrosia - should pair nicely with my Ampzilla Monos (matching blue faceplate too, and a good MC by all accounts) THAT's the new preamp? Or is that camo for the wife ?? Lookin good, dude.
  11. This one speaks for itself. The Ten Dumbest Road Rage Fails Caught on Video. Enjoy! hehehehehehe Just an example:
  12. Nice on the sub. You got specs? Ok, until then I will research rebuilding those ribbons. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Has to be. Do only 2 people on this planet have the skill to do it? I think not. And then I will cruise over near the holidays and pick up those Amazings from you.
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    The "Trip"

    In that situation, I prefer the manually activated kind....
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    Balok vs The Bolt

    No worries, Lee. That year headgaskets were rare. I think that's the G motor. I was referring to internal intake gasket leakage. Those gaskets can fail 360 deg around the coolant ports. If it fails externally, you see/smell a leak. If it fails internally, you end up with milkshake engine oil as the coolant mixes with oil returning from lubing the valvetrain. Milkshake engine oil dries out bearings rather quickly. And, btw, good clean surfaces, and Fel-Pro blue gaskets (which is normally what you get from NAPA), you won't ever have another problem.
  15. This little baby. A gift from my wife for my birthday. With the OPA627 opamp chip upgrade. Its going to receive my Apple TV, my 300 disc Sony, and maybe my Bluray depending on hook ups. Also the usb from a laptop thanks to some of you guys..... I really need to up date my Member's System thread with some new pics...
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    Balok vs The Bolt

    One thing I can do, and do well, is troubleshoot, take things apart, and put them back together. (well that's a couple things) I cannot do body work, or carpentry. It's not like legos. Nice work on the intake. Unfortunately it's a common GM issue with most of their engines. Any LT small block, and most of the V-6 engines, not so much with the LS. If you stay on top of the intake gasket replacement schedule, they last damn near forever. But one mistake, especially if it fails internally, makes a milkshake of your engine oil and takes the crank out. In a matter of minutes.
  17. This is the way I keep it straight, dano, A simple digital signal path looks like this. Source--CD player or Digital storage --are usually a ((digital production circuit, and a digital to analog convertor)) to rca out, or you can bypass the internal dac using the digital/optical out. Many cd players are a financial compromise between features and good quality dac components. The more expensive the player, either it has lots more features, or a good quality dac circuit, or both. **Feeds** Control--a 'pre amp and amplifier' or 'Receiver' -- which steers the analog signal to the amplifier, and amplifies it. Understand if you have a decent rig, I have found that my weak point was the dac I was using do convert my 'digitally stored media' to analog. I have a 390t with a good dac to play my cds, but I was using an Apple TV's digital output and a cheap dac to play anything stored on a harddrive. So, ironically, d-a-c (dazed-and-confused) smacked me up one day and showed me my dac for the hard drive storage was weak. So I shopped a good external dac for my stored digital media.
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    Favorite Pictures

    I was thinking this setup, also, Martin. This comes to mind immediately to me from car audio. Highs, mids, rear fill, and bottom end, right and left, in it's simplest actively-crossed-over-mobile-audio form is a quadra-amped system.
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    Favorite Pictures

    Fun Facts. Some real cool facts about top fuel dragsters I stumbled across..... --------- * One dragster's 500-inch Hemi makes more horsepower then the first 8 rows at Daytona. * Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro per second, the same rate of fuel consumption as a fully loaded 747 but with 4 times the energy volume. * The supercharger takes more power to drive than a stock hemi makes. * Even with nearly 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into nearly-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock. * Dual magnetos apply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder. * At stoichiometric (exact) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture (for nitro), the flame front of nitromethane measures 7050 degrees F. * Nitromethane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases. * Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After 1/2 way, the engine is dieseling from compression-plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting off its fuel flow. * If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in those cylinders and then explodes with a force that can blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or blow the block in half. * Dragsters twist the crank (torsionally) so far (20 degrees in the big end of the track) that sometimes cam lobes are ground offset from front to rear to re-phase the valve timing somewhere closer to synchronization with the pistons. * To exceed 300mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G's. But in reaching 200 mph well before 1/2 track, launch acceleration is closer to 8G's. * If all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs $1000.00 per second. * Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have read this sentence. Did you know … … that the nitromethane-powered engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars produce approximately 10,000 horsepower, about 50 times that of the average street car? … that one cylinder of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster or a Funny Car produces over 1000 horsepower, easily exceeding the entire horsepower output of a NASCAR engine? … that the gasoline-powered engines of NHRA Pro Stock cars produce about 1,200 horsepower, about eight times that of the average street car? … that an NHRA Top Fuel dragster accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in less than .8-second, almost 11 seconds quicker than it takes a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach the same speed? … that an NHRA Top Fuel dragster leaves the starting line with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral? … that an NHRA Funny Car is slowed by a reverse force more than seven times that of gravity when both parachutes deploy simultaneously? … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars consume between four and five gallons of fuel during a quarter-mile run, which is equivalent to between 16 and 20 gallons per mile? … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars use between 10 and 12 gallons of fuel for a complete pass, including the burnout, backup to the starting line, and quarter-mile run? … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars travel the length of more than four football fields in less than five seconds? … that NHRA Top Fuel dragsters can exceed 280 mph in just 660 feet? … that from a standing start, NHRA Top Fuel dragsters accelerate faster than a jumbo jet, a fighter jet, and a Formula One race car? … that a fuel pump for an NHRA Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car delivers 65 gallons of fuel per minute, equivalent to eight bathroom showers running at the same time? … that the fuel-line pressure for NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars is between 400 and 500 pounds, about 20 times greater than the pressure on passenger-car fuel pumps? … that depending on size and angle, the large rear wing on an NHRA Top Fuel dragster develops between 4,000 and 8,000 pounds of downforce? … that the 17-inch rear tires used on NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars wear out after four to six runs, or about two miles? Some brands of passenger-car tires are guaranteed for 80,000 miles. … that it takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 10,000 horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels? … that it's desirable for an NHRA Top Fuel dragster to race with its front wheels inches off the ground for about the first 200 feet of the run? This ensures proper weight transfer to the rear wheels, a crucial part of a good launch and quick run. … that the nitromethane used to power the engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars costs about $50 per gallon? Sources: NHRA Communications and Technical Departments, NHRA race teams, motorsports equipment manufacturers (and boostedpimp) __________________
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