Best posts made by LooseonExit
It's been some time/life things
Things seem a bit crazy around Oppo. Sincerely hope all of you are well - and if you're not, that things improve soon.
Though I'm one of the more forgettable Oppos so no one knows I was here or left!... I had to step away for what seems like a long time - the back half of 21 was big bad and big good. Too much rollercoaster. Just wanted to log in and say hi. Again, hope all is well with everyone!
The wife's grandmother died - not covid, just age. Also, the one person in the family she had a good relationship with. Been really hard on my wife.
Lost one of our cats to cancer - same thing that killed his brother in '19. Both are cremated together in same box though - together forever.
We still have this guy though, thinking about adding a friend for him this year.
The wife is now an executive level employee (VP), so the many years ago gambit of trading my career in for just a job so she can pursue her career is working out well. Two careers and a kid seemed like it would be a huge PITA and even as one job/one career it's hard enough so I can't imagine how tough it would actually be...
Saw my family for the first time in two years (pandemic things). Everyone boosted and testing worked out it seems. Rented an Airstream camper through Outdoorsy to do it. Would recommend all around - was very easy and went great. 12.4mpg (obamanotbad.jpg) for a bit over 1000mi towing.
Return to Work is Stupid /end
2.5-3hr round trip drive to do the same thing I’ve been doing at home. Surely my productivity will climb. HAHAHAHA
Likely gonna be one of those 30% looking for something else since WFH is over. After years of surviving multiple layoffs, no pay raises, infrequent bonuses, and benefits losses due to regular downturns then getting told to RTW (losing a free benefit!) is lame. Sorry for the complaining as I know I’m fortunate to be employed and all, just frustrating. Cats for your time.
Easy Retro New Bronco
Since the new design already takes so many queues from the original it’s just some minor changes - stripes and lower break paint, emblems, and the older look wheels. It could be my love of green vehicles, but I think it looks really good. Even makes the flares I’m very much not a fan of work really well.
One Free* Tetanus Shot
Trimming my tree when somehow an old tree saw entered my thumb
because I’m dumb. Fairly deep cut. I blame the HOA because they sent the letter that started this whole thing. At least I didn’t fall off the ladder…
*Sure as hell is not free
Hope everyone else is having a better Sunday.
RE: The customer is always right
Sure thing mister. I'll go ahead and throw in a set of platinum plugs in for $250 every 20k. Oh and let me get on that quote for your new $500 fuel pump replacement at 40k. You want an application too? We need more "techs".
I put up with a lot of shit from customers but this really just got to me today. You drive a 2019 Accord my dude, get with the times and let me do my job.
Don't forget to check his valve lash and valve seats because low lead gas. Then adjust his carb. Also change his alignment for his new steel belted radials that replaced his bias plies.
RIP in Pieces, Warranty
Due to the pandemic/WFH period, it took awhile to get here! I planned to install the warranty delete about 14 months ago. Otherwise the ZR2's been fine and seems fine. Stats:
- Seven oil changes, including a short initial one.
- Five tire rotations. Much to my surprise, the OEM Duratracs look like they'll go 55-60k, maybe 65k.
- Getting about 20.2mpg overall, including the ~1050mi of Airstream towing @ 12.42mpg for Xmas 21.
Should have been selling it soon, but having a not great feeling about the Euro move. This is the 5th (6th?? I don't remember now) attempt at being moved overseas and while we're super close, the rug is feeling frisky underfoot.
Latest posts made by LooseonExit
RE: To the younger members
We are ostensibly a car site
Wait--I thought this was an airplane site.
This site is actually about cats and bicycles. It’s also coffee adjacent. We’ve shifted far from our core tenants by including doggos. Luckily they are all good bois.
RE: Things from Evansville, IN Cars & Coffee today.
Phone dials on a FiST are about the last thing I'd ever expect to see, let alone think look good. I....like it.
RE: CVT in the new WRX is Good (?) - Engineering Explained
Wired: 'Glide high only mod w/t-brake launches and 6k+ rpm convertors
Fires: From too small a trans cooler for the above
Expired: Esoteric bracket racing knowledge from the 90s
RE: OPPO critique and guide my design
As long as it consistently seals, and well, over time that seems like a good option. Regardless the integrated metering side, it does sound costlier which is not ideal. Integrated is usually better however. But, while I'm long out of automotive design, thread-to-seal is a standard-fare feel good thing in the auto industry, or at least was. People get weird about interfaces... Not sure it's a valid detraction, but putting it out there.
RE: Is Rivian going to make it?
I think the niche/boutique EV builders are going to struggle at best. I would like Rivian to succeed as I think it's a well done/looking product, but once Ford and GM, as well as the EU companies with SUVs spool up production it'll be vultures picking IP from the carcass. I've seen more Lightnings than Rivian R1Ts and more BMW iXs than R1Ss. Which is a bit surprising.
I like the R1T quite a bit and still voted no, sadly.
RE: OPPO critique and guide my design
I would assume over the long term/large runs the injection mounding is a better option.
Feel free to ignore anything already accounted for, which is why I hate coming in late on things being I sound like a doofus... I assume material/chemical compatibility is already accounted for as that can impose limits on manufacturing choice. And the other end, if I put myself in the shoes of a user, I'd want a solid feel like a modern oil fill cap and then no deflection via the mount when turning the cap. Thin plastics struggle with that unless nylon filled or a thermoset like Peek - but can be costly. Really just need strength in the upper area through the mount. Depending on want the material is looks a bit thin currently.
That said, good luck!