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JL35
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New from Cleveland

Post by JL35 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:18 pm

Hey everyone,

I made my first few posts earlier today while procrastinating at work, so I thought I'd introduce myself here, too.

Anyway, as the title suggests, I'm living in Cleveland, Ohio right now. Moved here for work March this year. Grew up in Queens, NY and went to school in Atlanta, GA until then.

I'm currently driving an '06 Infiniti G35, 6MT of course. The interior trim is kinda plasticky and likes to rattle/squeak. Also, the hard suspension is killer over the bumpy roads (which, as I found out upon arriving in Cleveland, is in no short order around here). Nonetheless, the car drives and sounds awesome. I leave the windows down most of the time because I prefer the exhaust note to the radio, esp during rev-matched downshifts :D

I am a little worried about winter though, namely snow and rust. For the former, I have a set of Blizzaks mounted on 17-inch 350z wheels, which worked pretty well in the couple of snowstorms we've had in March and April. Have yet to experience the full shebang though. As for rust, I plan to run the car through those touchless car washes or something once a week. Think that'll be enough?

Anyway, worthless w/o pics, right? Here are the few photos I have of the car. Looking forward to chatting with you guys!

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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by tankinbeans » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Welcome, again!

As for tires, I've always wanted to try a set of dedicated winter tires, but never seem to have a chance to get a set and, thus, am not qualified to answer that question. Perhaps this will be the year I finally buy a set.

Re: Rust

I've never been too much of a stickler for washing cars and mine don't seem to do too badly. Periodically, when there gets to be a layer of grime that's visible from a ways off I'll take mine through a touchless wash and it seems to be fairly good. Just make sure it's above freezing outside so you don't freeze yourself out of the car. I would think that periodic runs through a wash would be fine.
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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by theholycow » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:24 pm

tankinbeans wrote:As for tires, I've always wanted to try a set of dedicated winter tires, but never seem to have a chance to get a set and, thus, am not qualified to answer that question. Perhaps this will be the year I finally buy a set.
Same here.

I did manage to acquire a pair of heavy duty snow/winter tires for my truck a couple years ago and I'm very happy with them.

I just acquired a pair of studded old-school snow tires for my Buick...haven't had them mounted yet.

Regarding rust:
However much effort and investment you want to put into it may well be worthwhile. Rust and rot are my biggest foes, ever since I began doing all my own work. Everything that's not rotted to dust is seized.

If the car wash you will go to include undercarriage spray, great. Also whenever the weather is warm enough, use a lawn sprinkler to thoroughly rinse your undercarriage.

I'm not sure if undercoating is worthwhile. My 1980 Buick was undercoated 32 years ago and the places where it received undercoating are mostly rust-free, but it wasn't exposed to much road salt and I don't think those areas would rust on a non-undercoated car anyway. In the meantime, flare nuts (and all fasteners, actually) are all seized just like on my GMC.

My 2002 GMC has 200,000 miles. I didn't wash it for like 5 years and for 4 years most of its miles have been in the worst part of winter...and before that it had some non-winter miles but it was still what I drove in winter, and I drove in winter more than anyone I know. Fasteners are all seized. Most of my parking brake and rear disc brake system was rotted out when I started fixing that a couple months ago...blew my budget and more than a week of my time replacing (and painting for rust protection) everything. It's a damned shame.
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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by IMBoring25 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:24 pm

Be aware some car washes recycle water and the quality of the filtration systems varies. A car wash may leave you washing the underside of your car with saline solution. Washing at home with a wand or oscillating sprinkler is probably the way to go.

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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by Rope-Pusher » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:35 pm

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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by AHTOXA » Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:06 pm

Hey, welcome!
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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by potownrob » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:49 pm

wilkommen und nice karr

my 03 accord hardly ever gets washed (maybe 1-2 times a year) and no rust other than undercarriage yet. that said, i'd try to wash it at least once a month or so if you really care about it (which it sounds and looks like you do). :)

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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by wannabe » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:14 am

winter? whats that?

snow? wtf is that?

I love this winter :)
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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by theholycow » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:58 am

wannabe wrote:winter? whats that?

snow? wtf is that?

I love this winter :)
This, x1000.

Actually, the suspense is killing me. I don't want it to snow but I want to know it's not going to snow...this thinking we could get snow any day now stinks (but nowhere near as much as actually getting snow would).
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Re: New from Cleveland

Post by AHTOXA » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:17 pm

I'm gonna say it. I miss snow. But only for a day or two, just soI can drive out and play in it. Then be gone, please.
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