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As per Magick's recommendation and my friend's mechanic, I have changed my tyres to some Michelin shoes. The problem is that the one you recommended me (Pilot Sport A/S Plus) doesn't exist in Jakarta so I had to make a decision. Change tyres to some Bridgestones RE002 or to stick with Pilot Sport 3s...
I then went to a well known wheel and tyre shop in Jakarta to check if they had any of those tyres. They did have the PS3 but in 205/55 R16. One size too big but it shouldn't hurt performance by much rather it should improve ride quality which is a big plus in Jakarta (though it does look a bit fat).
At the same time, I have bought some new wheels to change the fairly heavy and quite ugly 10 spokes wheels. Volk TE37SL in black to be precise.
Driving the car, I have noticed some dramatic changes in the way the car rides. First of all, ride quality has much improved compared to the stock Turanza ER370 then I noticed that the steering is heavier than before. I don't mind that because I do like a more heavier steering wheel because with the stock tyres, the steering was quite numb and light actually (blame the electric power steering). I also felt that even at average speeds, the level of grip is actually amazing and the steering response is a lot faster and a lot precise now.
Also when it was installed, it was raining. I thought it wouldn't do too well on the wet but it proved me wrong, it has good traction on wet conditions as well!
I will post some pictures tomorrow.
Stock tyres were 185/55-16. I've checked how much difference it will make. The speedo will be too slow by 3.6% so the speedo is a bit off. If they had the 205/50-16, the difference would be 0.2%.
Former minister of defence. He worked under Lester Pearson who was in office until 1968.
He was outspoken on UFO's even back then. Who knows if in fact there is any truth to this. He is currently attempting to get all governments to disclose any alien technology which may have a bearing on the current environmental issues.
I suspect if there were alien tech available on earth GW would have loosed it on everyone from Saddam to the neighbour who's dog pissed on his lawn.
His work on creating the unified TriService resulted in uniforms we called bus drivers and sapped the morale of each service. Of course we went back to the 3 service system in due time at what cost only the government knows.
I quite liked the Smithsonians report on that with the Here we have symbols in stone 6000 years before writing.
When I encounter things like this I play out a scenario. What if all of what we know was wiped out? What would an archeologist make of the findings after 100 centuries time? You would have vastly built up areas and others in quite primitive native states. If you found a mountain village in Chile first that would be the picture you had of the civilization. If you then found San Francisco you would carbon date everything and come up with a similar timeline for both areas. What do you make of it. How could two so disparate cultures exist at the same time?
looking back 100 centuries to a very unstable world anything could have happened. A roving tribe could have chased away the inhabitants and taken all the tools and technology with them as loot when they moved off.
I heard Ben Rich shortly before his death say that they could not build an SR-71 in todays environment, it would be technically impossible. That makes one think. Look at the skill sets we have lost in the last hundred years, it does not surprise me we cannot explain ancient constructs.
At first, I didn't want to go with TE37s because I saw the 15 inch version and it was too flat, not concave enough so I thought that the 16 inch was more or less the same but I was so wrong. It looks damn good and contrasts very well with the silver paint. Also, it is much, much lighter than the stock wheels.
Oh yeah, the tyres are a bit thick... They didn't have a Pilot Sport 3 with a 50 sidewall. Next time when I will change the tyres again, I will make sure to search and ask 2 weeks before changing them just to get the right size.
They have not dug down to that level yet OR Aliens are eco friendly so all the left over tools bio degraded into something that tastes like chicken and was eaten
If you're looney enough or spend too much time in the desert looking at blank space called area 51 you can come up with myriad theory's.