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by watkins
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54956
Views: 1270561

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

AHTOXA wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:44 pm
Watkins - what's the skinny on the Grand Cherokee? I hear they can be a toss up - some people have great ones, some have issues with theirs.
Overall, they're great. Considering how many we sell, very few seem to come back with problems. FCA, as always, is on top of things with recalls as needed
by watkins
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54956
Views: 1270561

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Now, if I had more than one car... Solution! Our current lineup is: '11 Mazda 2 -Fuel efficiency for long trips -Five passenger -Tiny for city car things '08 9-5 wagon -Because race car -Five passenger -Ample cargo room, but oddly very low weight limit. My coilovers don't help. -3,500 pound tow rat...
by watkins
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Seams Tummy Eye Dew Recall.....
Replies: 137
Views: 27653

Re: Seams Tummy Eye Dew Recall.....

The Mopar system uses an electric motor in each rear caliper to compress it. It places far less strain on the rest of the braking system and because it is two separate motors it offers a redundancy if one were to fail.

Im not sure about other manufacturers.
by watkins
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Seams Tummy Eye Dew Recall.....
Replies: 137
Views: 27653

Re: Seams Tummy Eye Dew Recall.....

Never, NEVER, NEVER EVER get out of the car with the engine running unless the parking brake is firmly applied (and ideally the selector in park if an auto). Yeah, no. You try doing my job and following that procedure. Literally impossible for so many reasons. I want direct cable actuation of the p...
by watkins
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54956
Views: 1270561

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Tonebone, even I find the JL seating position to suck, and I'm a normally sized human.

It needs to allow for significantly more rearward and downward movement for me to be really comfortable.
by watkins
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54956
Views: 1270561

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Noice!! Not sure why I always get excited about the new JL. Something about that dashboard perhaps. No qualms about reliability of turbo engine vs. pentastar?? Of course I’m talking to the Saab king... :lol: :) The Saab king who happens to be a Mopar Master Tech. The engine is new to us, but has be...
by watkins
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54956
Views: 1270561

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

So I did the thing again. As of Monday, we are the owners of a brandy new JL Wrangler two door in Basic Bitch White. The Mrs. wanted to get an auto for commuting (70+ miles a day), so we did. With that money spent, I figured it wouldnt hurt to spend a bit more for the 2.0 turbo, so we did. The massi...
by watkins
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 31
Views: 2246

Re: The beast has come...

Those signs themselves are pretty good. When I made my custom bumper I used some of that to extend the air shield under the front end.
by watkins
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How have you brought home a recently purchased used car?
Replies: 11
Views: 882

Re: How have you brought home a recently purchased used car?

When I brought my wagon home I just put the (illegally not installed) front plate from the Viggen on it. I had a bill of sale and a plate registered to me, so it probably wouldn't have been a huge deal. I really only put a plate on to hopefully stop cops from taking a second look.
by watkins
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

But that wont have any impact on new production vehicles. The stuff I actually deal with daily.
by watkins
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Multi-sparkplug Hemi engines can make horsepower cheaply when naturally aspirated, or grandly when supercharged, and all that with only 2 valves per cylinder. If and when the Hemi goes the way of the dodo, theres no way the replacement will be nearly as simple, reliable, and relatively efficient. I...
by watkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

From my perspective, thats far too large of an engine for a four cylinder. The rotating assembly becomes so big and heavy that it cancels out the theoretical fuel savings from not having as many cylinders.
by watkins
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Absolutely. That's well within the safe power band for a long life span too.

I also fat fingered. Should be more like 350 lb-ft, not 380.
by watkins
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

I should have around 310hp and 380 lb-ft from my little 2.3 that first debuted back in 1998. That makes your truck sound wimpy :lol: My commute is nearly all stop and go for 18 miles each way. Id love to see what a reasonable drive cycle would mean for my fuel economy. Ive never really gotten a good...
by watkins
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

Oh, I know. That's why I stopped caring so long ago.