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It's on the right, GT40-style.


Got it. Did a little searching and they claimed its about 4 inches from the wheel  Is that accurate?  Be an interesting little beast to drive I'm sure. Newer tyre technologies should really have an impact on that particular beast.

Do you have any Suspension / drivetrain tunings in mind?

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I had forgotten about the XJR-15 long ago; that's a blast from the past. Weren't they one of the first cars you could buy with CF construction?

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The very first.

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Indeed, it's all CF and aluminum. Getting one into the USA back then was much different than it would be today, nearly 23 years later, and mostly consisted of placing turn signals in the appropriate places. Despite that, there are only 4 of them in the States (2 in museums and 2 in private collections). Now it would be impossible to do it legally except under S&D, though in a couple years collectors can get them with no difficulty at all. All this time, this one has only received maintenance and been cleaned, it's completely unrestored but still looks fantastic. No doubt due to all the CF and alu. I love it and plan on driving the crap out of the car, once we get some seats in it that I can fit in. redface.gif

It doesn't at all look like it was designed a quarter century ago. Which looks more modern?




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Edited by Magick Man - 4/13/14 at 12:42pm
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Indeed, it's all CF and aluminum. Getting one into the USA back then was much different than it would be today, nearly 23 years later, and mostly consisted of placing turn signals in the appropriate places. Despite that, there are only 4 of them in the States (2 in museums and 2 in private collections). Now it would be impossible to do it legally except under S&D, though in a couple years collectors can get them with no difficulty at all. All this time, this one has only received maintenance and been cleaned, it's completely unrestored but still looks fantastic. No doubt due to all the CF and alu. I love it and plan on driving the crap out of the car, once we get some seats in it that I can fit in. redface.gif

It doesn't at all look like it was designed a quarter century ago. Which looks more modern?




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There is some uncanny resemblence between the two, isn't there?
Both look very modern even today but I will say that the XJ220 looks a bit more modern but that may be due to it's length and width and that super low roof line, it's more striking. But the XJR-15 really looks like an early 90s LMP1 racer. It has some elements of the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9 in it and on some angles, it looks very modern, even more so than the 220 but I guess it's the back end that gives away its age. The back looks very 90s.
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Also, the words spacious and luxurious don't spring to mind we looking at the XJR-15's cockpit, the XJ220 is like a Rolls in comparison, but then the whole car only weighs a bowling ball over 1,000kgs, filled with fluids.



It's advised that driver and passenger be able to tolerate each other's company, and wear deodorant.
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Indeed, it's all CF and aluminum. Getting one into the USA back then was much different than it would be today, nearly 23 years later, and mostly consisted of placing turn signals in the appropriate places. Despite that, there are only 4 of them in the States (2 in museums and 2 in private collections). Now it would be impossible to do it legally except under S&D, though in a couple years collectors can get them with no difficulty at all. All this time, this one has only received maintenance and been cleaned, it's completely unrestored but still looks fantastic. No doubt due to all the CF and alu. I love it and plan on driving the crap out of the car, once we get some seats in it that I can fit in. redface.gif

It doesn't at all look like it was designed a quarter century ago. Which looks more modern?




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Can you actually replace that siamesed seat?

 

And while on the family history portrait mode.

The holdback, the one I would actually want to own and the one that has occupied the position above the number 1 pick for my personal 5.

 


 Once again, I have yet to see a pic that can convey the overt sexuality of one of these.

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Sure, just pull the whole thing out and mount individual seats; drill, rails, done, and they'd be adjustable too.

There's a US company still making XJ13 and D-Type gliders, in alu or GFRP, I have their info somewhere... here it is. I saw one of their D-Types not too long ago and it was a work of art, really well made. You just supply your own drivetrain, suspension, interior, and brakes.


Also, I got a couple PMs asking about where to find salvage exotics, like the F12, and online we generally sift through CoPart auctions. There aren't any F12s now, I've only ever seen the one, but there's a 458, a couple Californias, a DB9 (with MT!), and an Aventador up right now that look reasonably salvageable. However it's generally best to catch them before they get that far, which usually means digging through the insurance companies claim systems. But that takes a special paid membership to access, just to even look at the lots, so I can't help much there.
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Sure, just pull the whole thing out and mount individual seats; drill, rails, done, and they'd be adjustable too.

There's a US company still making XJ13 and D-Type gliders, in alu or GFRP, I have their info somewhere... here it is. I saw one of their D-Types not too long ago and it was a work of art, really well made. You just supply your own drivetrain, suspension, interior, and brakes.


Also, I got a couple PMs asking about where to find salvage exotics, like the F12, and online we generally sift through CoPart auctions. There aren't any F12s now, I've only ever seen the one, but there's a 458, a couple Californias, a DB9 (with MT!), and an Aventador up right now that look reasonably salvageable. However it's generally best to catch them before they get that far, which usually means digging through the insurance companies claim systems. But that takes a special paid membership to access, just to even look at the lots, so I can't help much there.


Yes I'd run across RCR before (shivers). An updated drivetrain in a 13 would be an awesome project.

 

You could turn the minion into a profit centre if you took customer orders and had her search stuff while looking out for your stuff.:)

 

Just stumbled over an F type locally here. Surprised at how short it is in the flesh.

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Hi guys - I promised I would give more impressions of the ML Mikros 90 after I had a chance to listen to them at my office.

So...

They continue to surprise me - and I still think I got a very good deal for the sale price. I'm driving them from my laptop through a Fiio E10 for the DAC then lineout to a Meier Corda Headfive amp. The DAC and amp does help the Mikros - the bass hits harder and the highs sizzle more than when I was coming directly from my weak/poor laptop or ipod. The phones still seem a little V-shaped, which is fun, but I still think they lack detailed definition throughout the range. It's not a two-note 'phone, but there's definitely not as many as notes as there should be...

As you know, I'm a classic hard rocker, and I like how these sounded with my usual playlist of AC/DC, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, etc - and I like it loud. The intro to AC/DC's "Who Made Who" hit VERY hard, but I missed some of the detail in Brian Johnson's gravely voice, and at times the bass line seemed to overwhelm the vocals more than it should have. LZ's "In My Time of Dying" was good - but again missing some of the nuances in Plant's soulful voice and in Bonham's quick hits to his toms and cymbals.

I stand by my original opinion - these are an excellent deal on a fun headphone - but they aren't worth their retail price, and probably priced just about right at the normal street price of under $100. At $60, they are a very good deal for anyone looking for a very attractive, good sounding 'phone with a somewhat V-shaped response.

Now, my real complaint - these things squeeze my 7 3/8 hat size melon pretty darn hard. I have always found that 'phones with a combination of decent sizzle to the highs and heavy clamping force become VERY fatiguing. They really need some sort of way to adjust this - I think they might crush a ripe tomato. I think that just gave me an idea for a new metric for headphones - the clamping force on a standard-sized head. Put a strain gauge on each side of the dummy head, and calibrate the output for PSI...
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I think that just gave me an idea for a new metric for headphones - the clamping force on a standard-sized head. Put a strain gauge on each side of the dummy head, and calibrate the output for PSI...

I like that idea. Perhaps a standard set of measurements with three different sizes of dummy heads, too.

 

Magick (or anyone for that matter), have you heard the Oppo PM-1 or are you planning on buying a pair at some point? The appreciation thread sways between good information and lock-threatening debates, so I would love to hear somebody's impressions in a less critical space.

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I like that idea. Perhaps a standard set of measurements with three different sizes of dummy heads, too.

 

Magick (or anyone for that matter), have you heard the Oppo PM-1 or are you planning on buying a pair at some point? The appreciation thread sways between good information and lock-threatening debates, so I would love to hear somebody's impressions in a less critical space.


We need the "Real Headphones Reviewed By Real Humans" thread.

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Nice impressions Billy. I'm in the same camp as you, with a fat mellon, so I often have to stretch the headbands.

Where can one buy the Oppo? Just on their site?
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Where can one buy the Oppo? Just on their site?

So far I believe it's just direct purchases in the U.S., but there are a few UK vendors who've already come online. In the next couple months we'll probably see more U.S. vendors, especially when the PM-2 goes into production.

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I got my Samsung S5 today. I haven't really played with it much - just barely got is set-up for email, wi-fi, GPS, etc. So far, so good...
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