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by Shadow
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: You Fixed the Ops, Now Fix My Car!

The easy answer is to dump the entire concept of flat rate. It's one of the reasons that I got out of the car repair business many years ago. Sure, you can make good money at times, but there's a lot of BS politics involved (who gets the gravy jobs?) and unless you work in a super busy shop, it's no...
by Shadow
Fri May 10, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Weighted Shift Knobs
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Re: Weighted Shift Knobs

Well, my OEM shifter looks like this and is mostly covered in perforated leather. I really like the look & feel, so I don't want to swap it out. I can pop off the top and fill the knob to weight it and I don't think it will make any difference as far as hot or cold temps. At least I hope not...
by Shadow
Wed May 08, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Weighted Shift Knobs
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Weighted Shift Knobs

Anyone ever swap out their OEM shift knob for a weighted one? Reason I ask is because there's a guy on the Audi forums who decided to pop the top off of his OEM shift knob and fill it with lead shot. Then he poured in a bit of Elmer's glue to keep the shot from rattling around and also to add a bit ...
by Shadow
Tue May 07, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: How much do you drive manual for the performance reasons vs. the experience?

I started driving manuals back in the late 80s with a 5.0 Mustang. And back then, there were several good reasons to have the manual version of the car over the automatic. The manual cars were less expensive (automatic was a costly option), faster, and better fuel economy. So who would even want an ...
by Shadow
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1464378

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

A modern hydraulic clutch has no feel anyway, so that's easy enough. Maybe they could use force-feedback technology from arcade game joysticks to transmit synchronizer feel...hmm... Can't really agree with that. In my opinion, a hydraulic clutch usually has far less effort, but not really less feel...
by Shadow
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1464378

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

A modern hydraulic clutch has no feel anyway, so that's easy enough. Maybe they could use force-feedback technology from arcade game joysticks to transmit synchronizer feel...hmm... Can't really agree with that. In my opinion, a hydraulic clutch usually has far less effort, but not really less feel...
by Shadow
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1464378

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Get the key out? Out of what? My keys never leave my pocket. Took me a minute to get used to push button start, but now that I've had it for awhile I love it. The Mazda even has a walk away feature, whereby if I leave the car with the key in my pocket and don't actively lock it the car automaticall...
by Shadow
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55300
Views: 1464378

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

ClutchFork wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:48 pm
Some Bozo wanted to require manual transmission cars to be in reverse to get the key out, eh?
Get the key out? Out of what? My keys never leave my pocket.
by Shadow
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?
Replies: 19
Views: 7284

Re: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?

Here ya go. Auto-rev-match-downshifting on the 2019 Mustang. (No thanks, I'll keep my 1992 Mustang) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh_7N3jKVeY&feature=youtu.be Quite a few cars have automatic rev matching (downshifting and upshifting) and I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing. Why? Well, for ...
by Shadow
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?
Replies: 19
Views: 7284

Re: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?

Your comment is chock full of assumptions and personal opinions but few facts. #1: "Riding the clutch damages it" How do you know your friend had to get his clutch replaced BECAUSE he was riding the clutch? Could it not have been something else? Had you been with him on every drive he ever went on?...
by Shadow
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 31
Views: 3403

Re: The beast has come...

No worries with 4 lugs....there used to be all kinds of guys running 10s with slicks on 4 lugs without any issue.
by Shadow
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 31
Views: 3403

Re: The beast has come...

Whelp, I have the 3.73 gear set and it would be fun, but everything is working quite well, so hate to mess with it. We aren't going to the track or planning to race, so the fun factor is the main thing and it has plenty of that. Perhaps in a year or two we will want more giddy-up and can have someo...
by Shadow
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 31
Views: 3403

Re: The beast has come...

I had two of these Mustangs back in the day, both purchased new. They were quick back in the late 80s & early 90s, but by today's standards, a V6 Camry will outrun them. Still though, lots of low end torque to have fun with. My first one had the highway gears in the rear end (2.73) and my second one...
by Shadow
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Roll Call. Who's still here?
Replies: 42
Views: 2688

Re: Roll Call. Who's still here?

A ton of what would have been on forums in yesteryear has transitioned to things like facebook groups or other social media. Most people are already logged in already, and theres also the easy ability to message someone directly and have a good possibility of a near-immediate response. The other da...
by Shadow
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Roll Call. Who's still here?
Replies: 42
Views: 2688

Re: Roll Call. Who's still here?

It's not just this forum. It's most forums out there, speaking mostly of automotive forums. They have been replaced by Facebook groups. Only the largest ones like The Car Lounge are still very active. You've said that before, but I'm not seeing that at all. I'm active on the Audi forums (two of the...