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Don't bid till the end wink.gif

Or use a sniping program.

But really, it depends on your approach to an auction. If you simply bid the maximum amount you are *really* willing to pay, and you will be perfectly happy with any amount up to an including your max bid - then it doesn't really matter. If you are going to be disappointed because someone bought it for $100 more than your max bid - then you really didn't bid the max you are willing to pay.

When I was buying a lot of stuff off eBay, I used to love holidays. Someone would list an auction and not realize that it would end exactly on 4th of July or New Year's Eve or whatever. Human snipers will be drastically reduced. Combine that with a sniping program, and you can get some good deals! tongue.gif
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Today I went with my friend to a garage in the east of Jakarta to buy a 24mm thick front anti-roll bar for his Honda Fit/Jazz (GE8), the stock front anti-roll bar was only around 11mm thick.

 

It was quite confusing to get there and it was pouring with rain but eventually we arrived there. We did browse the shop a bit and found some interesting bits such as a huge Turbonetics turbocharger, various muffler pipes, air filters, modified exhaust headers for a turbo applications, camshafts for B-series Honda engines, clutch, flywheels, and god knows how many more. It was little place of heaven.

 

Anyway, he bought the front anti-roll bar and asked them to install it on the spot. While we waited, we spotted a red Fit/Jazz (GE8) that had various modifications. It had the bonnet opened because the mechanics were working on the engine so we decided to take a peek and lo and behold, the mechanics were installing a Sprintex Supercharger kit specially designed for the Fit/Jazz without further modifications to the internals of the engine. That made me want it so much that maybe, just maybe I will consider installing a Sprintex Supercharger kit in the future (like in at least 2 years).

 

In other news, we waited for an hour, the new anti-roll bar was installed and we drove. I didn't manage to drive his car but I felt that there were some changes in the car's behaviour at cornering. First of all, I noticed that the ride was a bit harsher and later on, as he did quick and violent  movements I noticed less body roll and a more quicker and direct response. I will predict that at the track, he will experience lift off oversteer at corner entry but maybe mild understeer during mid-corner but it wasn't the most ideal conditions to go to the track so we couldn't test it.

 

Still, this trip makes me want to have a Sprintex Supercharger kit in my Jazz. biggrin.gif

 

Oh and BTW a few hours ago, I went outside to grab something to eat and I noticed a matte pink Mercedes C-Class Coupe parked. BUT WAIT, not just any matte pink Mercedes C-Class Coupe. It was dropped and had respectable camber like it was setted up for the track, BBS CH Wheels and get this, a legitimate full roll cage, stripped interior with only two seats and a Mercedes Touring Cup sticker at the windshield. I guess that it was a C-Class Coupe from the Touring Cup series that has been converted for road use. Pretty hardcore.


Edited by VortexBlast - 7/4/13 at 10:14am
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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post

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Still, this trip makes me want to have a Sprintex Supercharger kit in my Jazz. biggrin.gif

 

Wait. Didn't you say no supercharger because your dad also drives it?

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Hey! You think Dad's can't appreciate superchargers??? tongue.gif
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Wait. Didn't you say no supercharger because your dad also drives it?

 

I changed my mind. biggrin.gif

 

Daddy also needs to experience some power and the supercharger whine even if he drives very religiously on roads.

 

But seriously, after driving my friend's tuned Jazz which has a noticeable bump in torque (and also a flatter torque curve) after installing some parts from Bisimoto, I was hooked. The throttle response and the immediacy of the engine was so sweet. Compared to my stock Jazz, his pulls a lot harder through the revs and gains speed much quicker than mine. Also his pedals were adjusted to be more level for a better driving experience and also, heel and toe and rev matching is so much easier in his car.

It also makes a cracking sound too! It has this deep smooth growl and I was relieved because most tuned Hondas sounds like fart cannons.

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I was just watching an episode of "Fast 'n Loud" on the Discovery Channel. I normally don't watch this show, because the people on the show are simply idiots - but on this episode, they bought a wrecked Ferrari F40. The thing is a total basket case. The frame is bent in several places - and not just a little bit - they have to hook it up to a big hydraulically powered jig, then heat the frame and pull it several inches to get it square. And that's just one of MANY things wrong with the car. He had to buy a new nose, side panels and lots of other major parts.

Now, my question is, assuming these rednecks can actually get it to "spec" - would you buy this car knowing that it had been twisted into a pretzel and then beat-on with sledge hammers and blow torches until it was straight again? I mean come on - some Italian engineer spent zillions of hours on a CAD system optimizing the F40 suspension - and these jokers are going to get it right?? Riiiigggghhhhtttt.... I guess if someone is just going to stick it in their garage and show it off to people - but never drive it, then it would be perfect for them... rolleyes.gif

So Magick - if you find a red black (they painted it) F40 in Dallas for a good price - run away!!! wink.gif
Edited by billybob_jcv - 7/4/13 at 8:24pm
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I was just watching an episode of "Fast 'n Loud" on the Discovery Channel. I normally don't watch this show, because the people on the show are simply idiots - but on this episode, they bought a wrecked Ferrari F40. The thing is a total basket case. The frame is bent in several places - and not just a little bit - they have to hook it up to a big hydraulically powered jig, then heat the frame and pull it several inches to get it square. And that's just one of MANY things wrong with the car. He had to buy a new nose, side panels and lots of other major parts.

Now, my question is, assuming these rednecks can actually get it to "spec" - would you buy this car knowing that it had been twisted into a pretzel and then beat-on with sledge hammers and blow torches until it was straight again? I mean come on - some Italian engineer spent zillions of hours on a CAD system optimizing the F40 suspension - and these jokers are going to get it right?? Riiiigggghhhhtttt.... I guess if someone is just going to stick it in their garage and show it off to people - but never drive it, then it would be perfect for them... rolleyes.gif

So Magick - if you find a red F40 in Dallas for a good price - run away!!! wink.gif

That show gives me huge headaches every time I watch it. Coming from a background of Concours-level restorations, it amazes me how they can sloppily bang out a restoration in a week or two and be proud of it. It'll amaze me if the shop is still in business a few years from now considering that the whole world can now see how idiotic their "restorations" are.

 

In other news, what'd you all do for the Fourth (which on Head-Fi is simply Deafness Day Eve)?

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My 4th...

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In other news, what'd you all do for the Fourth (which on Head-Fi is simply Deafness Day Eve)?

After a dinner of barbecued burgers and dogs with the family, I retreated to my air-conditioned bedroom....it was 90°F here today (about 20° hotter than I like it to be). 

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I was in Lansing, Michigan this week to help resolve some financial issues related to a death in the family (inheritance, etc.), and took some time off to head downtown last night for the fireworks. Lansing as a city is much more active and city-like than I remember it the last time I was in town, and fireworks shows were happening all night long, as well as events such as a big-band concert and such in public parks. It was a fun night after a day of burgers and hot dogs at the house of a family member.

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You know that you have a fun place to work when you tell everyone to take the day off, and most of them show up anyway. biggrin.gif I love my team, I really do.

Projects...

The Type 35B is now in port here in the States, but is awaiting the attention of the monkeys in customs (who are off until Monday). Lazy sods.

The Miura is complete! Really, really! Many thanks to our Lambo specialist who came in and helped us get the last things sorted this week.






I asked the expert, since he's familiar with them, if it drove like new, and he said it was quite a bit better than new. So that's great. It doesn't handle like a newer car, but it's not bad by any stretch. We stiffened and reinforced the chassis a little, to get rid of some of the flex (which was pretty noticeable). Also since it's reasonably light (2600lbs) and has nearly 400bhp, it can get up and move. 0-60 in ~5.5 secs, which is pretty good for a car her age. The best part is the sound, though. The wail when she gets over 6k RPMs is fantastic, it's like a raw tinor, very Italian. smily_headphones1.gif We didn't run into temperature problems at all, either, and I gave it quite a workout. The hose re-route and cooling upgrades made a considerable difference. I'm very happy with the car.
Edited by Magick Man - 7/5/13 at 9:38pm
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

My 4th...


I'm jealous, wish I'd spent mine at the beach, instead of indoors all day.
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I was just watching an episode of "Fast 'n Loud" on the Discovery Channel. I normally don't watch this show, because the people on the show are simply idiots - but on this episode, they bought a wrecked Ferrari F40. The thing is a total basket case. The frame is bent in several places - and not just a little bit - they have to hook it up to a big hydraulically powered jig, then heat the frame and pull it several inches to get it square. And that's just one of MANY things wrong with the car. He had to buy a new nose, side panels and lots of other major parts.

Now, my question is, assuming these rednecks can actually get it to "spec" - would you buy this car knowing that it had been twisted into a pretzel and then beat-on with sledge hammers and blow torches until it was straight again? I mean come on - some Italian engineer spent zillions of hours on a CAD system optimizing the F40 suspension - and these jokers are going to get it right?? Riiiigggghhhhtttt.... I guess if someone is just going to stick it in their garage and show it off to people - but never drive it, then it would be perfect for them... rolleyes.gif

So Magick - if you find a red black (they painted it) F40 in Dallas for a good price - run away!!! wink.gif

That's some scary stuff, we do restorations but I like to think we have a little more finesse than that. I need to check out that episode.
Edited by Magick Man - 7/5/13 at 9:33pm
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I'm sorry - I love you and all - but someone that owns a Miura S should NEVER be jealous of me... tongue.gif
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I'm sorry - I love you and all - but someone that owns a Miura S should NEVER be jealous of me... tongue.gif

rolleyes.gif You live in a much more hospitable and inviting climate, I miss the beach.


Like the side mirrors? They're Euro spec standard, not US, but I prefer the look. Also, some guy I know at the grocery store was like, "Hey, that's pretty, is it some type of Corvette?"
Edited by Magick Man - 7/5/13 at 10:38pm
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Just tell them it's a kit car that you assembled yourself out of a '72 Beetle. Not only will that be easier to explain to the random Philistine, it will probably also impress them more. tongue.gif
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