Now that the e-Golf no longer needs to schlep me outside of the county I wanted to put real tires on it. But I couldn't put bigger wheels on it without lowering it. So about two weeks ago I installed e-Golf specific H&R lowering springs. It didn't make the ride worse, just took the float out and made the car stick, even with the eco tires.
I've had the Neuspeed wheels for months (18x8.5)ans just been waiting for the tires to wear down enough to warranty them. Finally got there so the tires were ordered so it was time to paint the calipers. I removed the calipers and did a metal flake paint and topped it with 2K clear. Aside from defects it turned out better then I could have imagined.
And now we've got a complete car. I knew the bronze would work, but I couldn't be happier with the complete car. Everything just works. I'm confident this is the best looking e-Golf out there.
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I did a thing. The e-Golf got lowered, calipers painted, Neuspeed wheels, and sticky Michelin tires. It's a new car
RE: I liked the ID4 so much I got TWO!
It's been a few months, and I've been busy. My mom's ID4 came in (pre-ordered in September, locked order in January), and I liked it so much... I got one too. The puppy is also growing up.
Back to the cars.
I never planned on getting the ID4 myself. My grand evil plan three years ago was to sell my mom's e-Golf and she would get the ID4, and I would keep my e-Golf. But after driving the ID4 home from Santa Monica VW, I realized just how much I love it. Then after about a week with it, and living with the longer range, faster charging, more tech, better seats, and remote access (again), I realized I really wanted it.
But I already had six cars (soon to be five once an e-Golf was gone). I literally didn't have the room. And I did NOT want to get rid of the e-Golf. I loved it too much. The Golf is the best car ever made, and the e-Golf is my favorite behind the R. So I thought about selling my Mercedes.
I haven't really driven it in years. I went to one track day, and took it out for canyon drives maybe once or twice. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just too much work to take out. So it was just taking up space. So I did what I said I would never do.
I sold my Mercedes.
Ten years with my first car and I've moved on. We're now a household of Volkswagen only.... because I'm selling my truck too.
While it's entertaining to tell normal people how many cars I have in a household of two, the truck no longer has a purpose. I bought it to tow my Mercedes, and now that's gone. So now that just sits and eats up insurance money. And with the used car market the way it is I can get a stupid amount for it.
So in the next few weeks I'll go from six cars down to a reasonable four, with three being EVs.
The future is electric boys and girls.
Wrongwheeldrive & I went to Mammoth for a bike park weekend and had an interesting Airbnb experience. Plus Mammoth review
WrongWheelDrive and I planned months ago to spend a three day weekend at Mammoth to go to the bike park for two days. Since I finally have PTO I wanted to go somewhere for more than a day. We found a reasonably priced Airbnb close to the village and it was going to be free to drive my ID4.
First hitch was three days before the booking. I get the house rules from the host. Everything is fine, except it says no bikes in the unit. They must be locked up outside in the open carport.
I basically brush it off because... fuck that? My YT is well over $5,000 at this point and couldn't be replaced anyways. And WWD didn't really want to leave his bike outside because... duh.
So we ignored the rule. Both of our bikes are clean and we're both respectful. The host never would have found out IF he didn't have cameras he never disclosed.
While riding Mammoth on Friday (having fun despite almost dying) I get a voicemail. I didn't listen to it, just read the transcription. He said he had a camera and saw us bring our bikes in. So I spend the rest of the morning plotting my response. This ruins the morning. We get back to the condo for lunch and I offer a refundable deposit, leave WWDs bike outside, and clean my bike.
We go back out and have fun. Then near the end of the day he responds and he's a dick. He won't budge. He says crime is low and he leaves his expensive bike out so it's fine.
Side note: just because crime is low DOESN'T MEAN IT DOESN'T OCCUR!
I keep shooting back that I won't do any damage, it's fine, and no, I'm not leaving my bike out.
He continues to be a dick and says he'll allow me to take the wheels off the bike and put them on the balcony but leave my bike in the carport. I obviously refuse. He then says he's tired of dealing with the stress while he's on vacation (WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK WE'RE DOING AT MAMMOTH???) and he will offer a HUGE concession and allow me to take my bike apart and then wrap it up and put it on the balcony.
I don't even respond to that bullshit and just decide to leave my bike in the car for the remainder of the stay.
In the meantime I look up Airbnb's policy on cameras. Turns out, he's in violation! Airbnb requires hosts disclose all cameras, whether inside or out, BEFORE the guest arrives. And the guest has the option to cancel for a full refund.
And while the camera is outside, it's a grey area as to whether it violates California statute for two party consent. The condo is in a residents only building on the second floor. I could argue we had an expectation of privacy.
But I let it go until this morning before we left. I reported it to Airbnb and said we felt unsafe. I also left him a negative review for being a dick, spying on us, and not being accommodating at all.
It's frustrating because the place was nice otherwise. WWD and I were both very comfortable. The place was in a great location. We could ride down to the shuttle and if we picked the right trail we could ride back down. But this whole thing stressed me out the whole time and just pissed me off.
- But how was Mammoth bike park?
Well, I have moderate to severe carpel tunnel. My hands go numb on my bike after a few minutes, so intense trail riding is a stupid idea. But I can generally get through it and have fun.
But Mammoth is famous for its "kitty litter" type gravel pretty much all over the mountain. They don't really have dirt, they have gravel. So it takes real skill to ride most of the trails at any speed. But otherwise, the trails are fantastic. Even the black diamond trails are a blast and provide a real challenge.
We did Off The Top Friday morning and it scared the shit of me. I fell slightly down the mountain. So that kind of killed my confidence the rest of the trail. But even if I hadn't fallen over, DTM requires some unique skills and lots of practice to get fast. If Mammoth were closer, I would enjoy going back and refining my skills.
I spent the next day staying on chair 11 and doing the shorter discovery trails to keep the hand pain in check. The trails on chair 11 are really fun, just short. But at the end of the day there was no line so I was able to lap until I got bored. But it was great because it allowed me to work on technique, not getting through the trail.
Mammoth overall is a fantastic bike park and worth every penny. There are so many trails for every skill level. You could never get bored at Mammoth even if you tried. I can't wait to go back once I get my hands fixed.
Apparently I'm the Asshole for reporting people parking in handicapped without a placard.
So I frequent a local Jersey Mike's in town. The shopping center has several food places so it's usually busy at night. There are two handicapped spots at the end, and they're in front of Little Cesar's. Because of this lazy/shitty people always park there to just "run in."
I pulled up tonight to both spots blocked. But one driver was out of his car so I flashed my placard at him. So he moved... Into the loading portion, rendering the spot useless because even though I was in the spot, I couldn't open my door. So I called the local PD to report the people, and rolled my window down to tell the dipshit kid. He told me stop being an asshole. So I stayed in the car on the phone with them. He finally got the hint and moved. And so did the other car, so I moved into the end spot.
As the other spot freed up it was inevitably taken by a new asshole. So this time I got out of the car to call PD and update them on the cars and made it super obvious. So they moved, but as they did they flipped me off and yelled obscenities.
I wish I could make this shit up.
Never Say Never. Assume You Will Break Shit
For those of you keeping up on WrongWheelDrive’s adventures in Miata repairs, things went south last week. He was doing a cylinder head job as he’s been dealing with a constant, but minor miss-fire on cylinder two for a while. And now he needs to smog his car. So it’s time to fix it. So a few weeks ago he brought it to me and I did a leak down test and found cylinder 2 was in fact completely borked. But figuring out WHERE the cylinder was leaking was a mystery. It sounded to me like it was coming out of everywhere. But after consulting a friend of mine with WAY more years of experience, he advised WWD to pull the head, which he did.
He then brought the head to my friends shop who found a burnt exhaust valve on cylinder two. This is good news since it’s an easier fix than piston rings. So he took the head to a machine shop and replaced the valves.
Now comes the part where I should have stepped in as I obviously have more experience than WWD when it comes to installing cylinder heads. I’ve done both timing belt and timing chain (SCARY) cylinder head replacements, so I know my way around. But WWD never expressed concern, and he is competent, so I let him do it himself.
So he gets the car all back together but it won’t start and cranking sounds like shit. It’s hard to tell over a cell phone video but I suspect it sounds like no compression. He runs a compression test and cylinder three doesn’t look good. So he re-checks the timing belt and discovers it’s way off. The exhaust cam is off a tooth and the crank is off another tooth. So I offer to come up, re-do the belt installation and try again. But I realize his no-start issue isn’t actually related to the no compression on one cylinder. The engine should have started. It would have run like shit on three cylinders, but it would have run nonetheless.
So I redo the timing belt. Before going up I read the instructions and watched videos. The written instructions made zero sense, but in practice it looked easy. So I went up and I was actually irritated how easy it was. Most timing belts are a pain in the ass. It’s a balancing act of keeping tension on the belt while not moving any of the gears AND keeping the belt on the pulleys while you work on the next one. Obviously I’ve developed tricks over the years (that I learned from others), like using a binder clip on the cam pulleys to keep the belt on. But the Miata engine is SO easy I didn’t need any of that. The belt literally slipped on and I was done.
So we finished putting it back together and despite one major issue (NO MAGNETS ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND) where I dropped a bolt into an abyss and couldn’t grab it, I didn’t think to bring a magnet screwdriver. Everything else went fine until I got to putting the crank pulley back on and I told WWD about a post I read where someone said ALWAYS REPLACE THE PULLEY BOLTS BECAUSE fRAgILE! I laughed. I’ve never broken a single bolt in my years working on cars, and I always use impact and power tools. I assumed (along with everyone else in the post) that the guy was an idiot who overtorqued them. And as I’m saying this the inevitable happened. I broke one of the bolts. So either the guy online was right, OR, more likely, the bolts had been boogered so many times that all it took to snap was one last ugga dugga from me, and I was the smartass lucky enough to be there.
But I soldier on as it’s getting late and I’m exhausted. We run into a few more issues like WWD buggering up a coolant hose clamp, and I didn’t bring replacements (I have all this shit at home…) so that means I can’t vacuum test it and fill it up. So I have him go to start it and it sounds exactly the same.
So we run a quick compression test and cylinder 3 has zero compression. And it also still won’t start, but I know this is a separate issue as I stated before. So I go home and consult with my friend the next day and we go over the issues we found. And this is where the wisdom and experience of my friend comes in.
The Miata is a non-interference engine. Essentially what that means is if the timing belt breaks you won’t bend/break any valves because there’s no overlap between TDC of the piston and full open of any of the valves. WWD knows this, and the Miata forums swear up and down you can’t bend the valves by screwing up a timing belt job. But my friend, who has been working on cars for decades, knows never say never. Just like I shouldn’t have been laughing about that one online dude breaking a bolt. So based on the information I gave my friend he’s almost positive there’s bent valves, even if it’s not clear from the outside (the cam followers have no excessive gap). But we have WWD pull the head off again and bring it to him, and he found the valves on cylinder 3 leaking, and partially on four.
So the lesson here kids is NEVER SAY NEVER. Just because the forums said something can never happen, doesn’t mean it can’t with determination. And don’t listen to a technician who laughs at the idea of breaking bolts just because hasn’t broken one YET.
I get to get yelled at my boss today because he sucks at his job.
I've been off full time work for over six weeks now. I hurt my back lifting and moving a bunch of fruit back in July. It got worse over a week and I mentioned to my supervisor I asked someone for help because I hurt my back (didn't think it was work related). He yelled at me for asking for help because everything needs to go through him. So I talked to someone else at the company and they made the call to file a workers comp claim. I was put on limited office work.
Fast forward six weeks and my supervisor literally hasn't talked to me since yelling at me. I continue to do my assigned work. But then we have a contractor technician who is hourly. The last few weeks he asked if we could split the work load as he needed the hours. Since I literally haven't heard shit, and I'm not his supervisor, I let him.
I got a Slack from my supervisor on Friday yelling at me accusing me of letting contractor kid do all my work. I got pissed and shot back that he hasn't communicated with me in six weeks, and I'm not contractor's supervisor. He just responded with he's not happy and we'll talk Tuesday.
Fast forward to today and I have an appointment scheduled for a follow up so I can get released back to work. My back still hurts but I can go back to work. I'm tired of being off work and want to be a good employee. I'm not sure why though when I was yelled at for getting hurt, ignored, then yelled at some more because my supervisor sucks.
I've run out of fucks to give. This supervisor is pissing everyone off. He was forced to take a vacation which didn't do anything. Everyone in the area is looking for a new job because they don't want to work with him. And I no longer care about the job anymore.
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RE: I did something I've not done in three years.
@dr-zoidberg Bert $20 I've ever spent. Cars are always in the right spot. Maxsa 37358-RS Park Right 21" x 11" x 2" Parking Mat, Black https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07XYQLB5T/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_HSG6D4VA9VRN5XMS86XH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
@his_stigness Yes, but this problem is much bigger than California. No need for personal attacks on Oppo, stick to Facebook if you don’t want to have adult conversations on the matter.
I've quoted stats for California. California can only control things in California. Not India. Not China. Not anywhere else.
You're arguing that because the problem exists outside of California too that there's no point in doing anything at all. That's just asinine.
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
@his_stigness Because you alienating people on the internet is going to have minimal returns, especially since China and India continue to pump a stupid amount of NOx into the atmosphere to make cheap shit for us to buy on Amazon.
I don't really care if I alienate idiots on the internet. Facts are still facts. And the fact is small engines put put more harmful greenhouse gasses than passenger cars do.
This is a California regulation. We have no power over India or China.
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
"Lot bigger fish to fry than small motors."
You're right. We may as well not try.
Definitely try, by not using them, but no use alienating people for minimal returns, especially if you’re still largely buying into the system that’s created this problem (like we all are). I think Gandhi had something to say about this.
Minimal returns? According to CARB small engines put put more NOx and ROGs than ALL PASSENGER CARS statewide.
How and the hell is that minimal and not worth the effort?
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
@his_stigness You don’t seem to be in a conversational mindset. I’d encourage you to open up your mind a bit, as there’s a lot more to sustainability than buying the latest product being hawked by institutions largely responsible for the current situation (especially when it’s been shown that multiple actors have lied about the environmental impacts of their products). Have a nice Saturday, Braves in four.
The original topic is about small gas engines causing more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, by a huge margin. Meaning small engines are actually a big problem. Sorry you don't like Volkswagen. It regardless of the brand, an EV charged on renewable energy is better for the environment than a gas car.
Knott's Berry Farm is not Disneyland...
I don't know why, but my sister wanted to go to Knott's today and take her boys. It's cheap so we decided to go.
It's not very busy, but holy shit Knott's has no sense of efficiency. There's no system to anything. Lines that would be considered 15 minutes at Disneyland take 60 minutes or more at Knott's. And it all comes down to lack of staff and lack of traffic direction.
Where Disneyland would have close to a dozen cast members per ride line Knott's has two or three, and that includes ride operators. Staff aren't involved with directing guests at all. It's a free for all. And then add in how they handle their lightning pass, it makes rides unbearably long.
The food and drink lines aren't any better. They offer souvenir cups with free refills every 15 minutes. So a line for just sodas can take around 20 minutes. And it took 45 minutes to get food at 11.
At least the park is clean.
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
@his_stigness I will say I think it’s very important that people find more sustainable ways to live, but your knowledge on this subject, and how you approach it, does more harm than good. Driving an electric car (made by VAG at that), is the “I voted” sticker equivalent of sustainable living. I’m not judging you, and think it’s great you’re thinking about how to reduce your ecological impact. I can tell from his writings that @AestheticsInMotion has an appreciation for our natural world, and it’s best not to shit on people who share these views, even if they don’t take the same exact measures you do. Because, as I mentioned before, the solutions currently available to the public are largely developed with maximizing profits for their developers, not long term sustainability.
The public is largely being sold a bill of goods. The focus on making even more stuff, which isn’t as durable, and continues to deplete finite resources and produce toxic byproducts, is a con by industry to keep the status quo. We need to think much deeper about this subject in order to enact any sort of real shift. Pissing matches are a poor way to accomplish this.
Oh right, VAG bad? Because they got caught? I'm going to support a company that acknowledges its faults and works to do better. Their settlement has crested the largest CCS network in the US, and they've quickly become one of the largest movers of EVs in the industry.
And study after study has shown that EVs are better for the environment over the life of the vehicle over a comparable gas or hybrid. And when you couple that with 100% renewable energy you greatly reduce the time and miles it takes to get over the carbon generated from initial manufacturing and become a positive. I'm doing what little I can. I drive EVs when I need to drive, take public transit when I can (metrolink and amtrak) and save resources where I can (being water wise).
Just because someone is outdoorsy doesn't. Ean they're a net positive for the climate or nature always plays into their decisions. AIM is clear profits come before sustainability.
RE: Regulations bad. Dirty air Good.
@his_stigness easy to say when it's not your company, or your bills that need to be paid.
There's a difference between profits and losing money. You're talking about sacrificing some profit because you don't want to spend the money. So you and many other businesses would rather put profits over long term issues like the environment.
I'm talking about sticking with the higher quality items that are more reliable, easier to service, tested in the field, and more efficient at the job they were created to do. The alternative being more expensive, weaker options that are built to a homeowners standard, not a professional worker's. I don't know what you're talking about at this point, but it's clearly something else.
"so you and many other businesses would rather put profits over long term issues like the environment"
Seeing as you own cars and don't ride a bicycle to work, I think it's safe to say that you and many other people would rather put unnecessary creature comforts over long term issues like the environment.
Ah so you're just going to go into asshole mode. Right.
You're just going to paint with broad strokes now and assume I and everyone else live and work where it's feasible to ride a bike to work. Do you ride a bicycle to work everyday?
I own EVs for a reason. And I live in an area where our power generation is 100% renewable.