@newjoekaz Well, you don't need to worry about that, because it doesn't have any rust patina to preserve, and I'm certainly not going to fake any. I need to find a body shop that is willing to do a "decent" paint job. I have no interest in a show quality paint job that will make me afraid to drive/use the car.
@spacekraken once I compared specs I realized how close it was to the alltrack. It drives a lot like my sportwagen did too and so far I love it.
Yeah honestly the impression I've gotten is that the taller body affects very little... I think @HammerheadFistpunch is absolutely onto something in that non-sporty sedans and wagons don't really drive that different from non-sporty CUVs running on the same chassis. There are some exceptions of course (TNGA RAV4 drives horribly, TNGA camry is pretty nice), but a golf and tiguan or a CR-V and civic ain't too different anymore handling wise
@StreetsofPerth I did listen to the stock system over a year ago when I was still figuring out what I wanted and before I finally decided to actually order. The upgrade was only like $400, which is totally worth the upgrade, but at the total price of the truck I feel they could've done better overall. Don't get me wrong, it sounds good, and most people will probably think it sounds fantastic, but I'm pretty spoiled at work with our worst stereos being old Bose, and almost all of our newer cars run Burmester, and slightly older run B&O. I fully knew meridian wasn't on the same level as those, and that's ok. LR passed the assignment with this system, but they didn't ace the test. I would give the meridian a B and the stock system a C. If this was a Ford or Chevy with an MSRP that was 10-15k lower, you would be hard pressed to find better than this.
@AkioOhtori Although the pandemic only got me to work from home for a few months twice, I got a new job in 2021 that is 90% WFH (new job motivated in part because old job rushed the return to office as far as I was concerned). And my partner stopped traveling one week a month for work due to the pandemic, while also picking up a somewhat regular gym routine.
This all has changed the relationships with cars. Fewer miles on the GTI, but now I have to drive it anytime I'm working and visiting a site, because no company fleet vehicles available with the new job. I could and do take the Outback more for site visits, but my partner now wants it available for unpredictable gym visits and doesn't like driving the GTI even though it is a DCT auto.
Which means next car replacing the GTI having a manual transmission and lower ground clearance might really upset the work needs, but be more feasible due to lots of WFH with less stop and go commute traffic making the manual less fun.
This is part of why I'm living with the status quo for at least another year before making changes, to see how things in life evolve again for car use.
Yea back when we went all the time it was still not very well known and was first come first served. I imagine it's not the greatest during peak season nowadays. Camping there at low king tide is amazing as the tide pools are accessible quite a ways out. You can also access a lot of the coves that you normally can't get to (without a kayak).
Striped peak trailhead is immediately to the right when you get into the gate. It was important for the siting and communications for the Camp Hayden gun batteries (that hopefully you drove through!). There's more bunkers along the trail and the views are pretty amazing. You can see quite a ways to the West and all the way to Pt. Angeles to the East.
Vancouver island in the upper right, agate beach/crescent bay in the center, salt creek recreation area in the lower right with tongue point (underwater atm).
@CB The Torsen is a must. Kinda hard to choose handling pieces. Too much to chose from. The air box and a mild tune will wake that pony up but your plan sounds great. Get used to it before you fire the parts canon at it. Congrats again and looking forward to hearing more.
@RacinBob In discussions with our new guy, I'm a firm believer that once in a while, if you do enough of something or something long enough, luck runs out. Doesn't mean you're bad at what you do or you don't know what you're doing, just sometimes the stars align in all the wrong ways.
So much this. Probability is a cold, hard bitch, and sometimes your number comes up.
@amoore100 Yes, the 4C did go there, as did my F355. He told me he had done other 4Cs but I've never seen another one there. They do mostly Ferraris, Lambos and Maseratis, but there are a few Porsches and Astons in the mix. There's also a Rolls Phantom that seems to always be there.
The way I see it, if you can do a major service on a Diablo, you can probably figure out any other car.
And, man or woman, you just have to know that if you use your body to get roles or sponsors, people will take your brain or talent less seriously.
Alas, it’s true. I think the bigger concession for Danica though was her move to NASCAR. That was economics. It was not a career move to win races. She made an adult decision, and it made her rich. I don’t fault her for it. I just wish her decision had been to stay in IndyCar and win more races. Not my life though.
I have lithium batteries for both my '01 Yamaha FZ-1 and my '08 Boxster S. Best decisions I've made. I don't drive either as much as I should but these things never leave me having to jump start them or even add a trickle charger. Plus besides the obvious weight savings, both start and run better too.
@shop-teacher Stef’s was great, but I think Alanis was a bad influence and side tracked the first trip or two. Stef by herself at WEC and the likes was fantastic. But they didn’t send her anywhere that cost money.
Edit: That I remember. Though I stopped reading a while ago.
I don't remember them going places together. In my mind, Alanis came after Stef departed. I liked Alanis' series of articles about lost tracks, but her actually racing coverage ... not so much.
@alfalfa I’ve yet to try riding the CB yet…it just arrived in our garage in November. I have absolutely no frame of reference. Was honestly just curious, in case I came off as offensive. Figured your 3k miles of experience would have valuable info.