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by bladecar
Fri, 10 May 2019, 06:43
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Brendon_m Moke
Replies: 94
Views: 6542

Re: Brendon_m Moke

I went buying scales lots of years ago and noted that mechanical scale readings cruised up and down as I massaged the top of the scales with different positions. Bought a japanese digital set in the end. They're still working. You always have to stand in the middle from side to side since your toes ...
by bladecar
Wed, 08 May 2019, 12:10
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Brendon_m Moke
Replies: 94
Views: 6542

Re: Brendon_m Moke

Yes, the drums probably need machining to make the brake surfaces a proper circle again.
by bladecar
Wed, 08 May 2019, 08:21
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

Yes, well, finally, this is how I did tyres for 10 years (rotation, not wheel alignments). The easiest decision to make was where the rear tyres had even wear but the fronts had been punished around corners or were over or under inflated. Then it was front to rear on the same sides. If the fronts we...
by bladecar
Tue, 07 May 2019, 15:44
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Outlander PHEV Aspire question
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: Outlander PHEV Aspire question

Hi Rob and ultralights, Just an ultralight-hearted question :) If Jeanie from "I dream of Jeanie" popped into the room and aside from the obvious answer to her question "What is your wish, Master??", Where she could instantly replace your aspire with one of the current battery jobs, come on, it's so...
by bladecar
Tue, 07 May 2019, 15:29
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

Hi, the first look at this online was for the Elantra and it confirms your view :)

http://www.hemanual.org/tire_rotation-499.html

so it's not what I thought. It's not cut and dried. :)
by bladecar
Tue, 07 May 2019, 10:52
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

Now I'm curious if any vehicle manuals advise rotation across the car. Anyone? Brendon, do you work in a tyre place or otherwise where is your knowledge of this coming from. Just really curious. I don't but I did an apprenticeship and I know what I absorbed. Is 'standard rubber' an advance over tyre...
by bladecar
Mon, 06 May 2019, 20:49
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

Yes, never thought about the tyres being swapped on the rims as that has never been brought to my attention in 16 years of garage work some years ago. You would need to give the tyres quite some value before you'd pay for that as the option.
by bladecar
Mon, 06 May 2019, 20:39
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

The RACQ website says this: https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/products-and-services/tyres/tyre-rotation "Uni-directional and asymmetrical tyres Uni-directional tyres are designed to primarily turn in one direction. (indicated by an arrow on their sidewalls) They must be correctly oriented bot...
by bladecar
Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:18
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

Tyres are never moved from one side to the other as they have a direction of rotation. The tyre construction doesn't like it if it has to roll in the opposite direction to its marked direction of rotation or anyway, to the opposite direction to how it is currently rotating. The wear is probably due ...
by bladecar
Mon, 06 May 2019, 13:14
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

:) So the next thing is to check out the tyre from the other side and see if it is worn is a similar way, to get an idea of whether there is something different with the setting of just that tyre that you showed. However, after 30000, my way of doing things would be to be happy and do what you're do...
by bladecar
Thu, 02 May 2019, 21:44
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Ioniq Electric
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Ioniq Electric

I wasn't going to comment but I will for everyone else who isn't going to comment. Tell us about it sometime. :mrgreen:
by bladecar
Wed, 01 May 2019, 17:49
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

According to antiscab's specifications sheet, the toe in/out (not sure now) should be -1mm, the average of the range. That isn't what tomzoe's car was set to, (was it?). Tomzoe's was set to just outside the maximum range. I remember morris minis had interesting front tyre wear because they were fron...
by bladecar
Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 07:05
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 25
Views: 496

Re: New Tyres

TomZoe said: "Main Data Badly Out was the "Toe" (on front axle): - left was 1.9mm before and 0.6mm after they fixed - right was -0.5mm before and 0.7mm after they fixed - total was 1.4mm before and 1.3 mm after they fixed." It's been a long time since I've though about wheel alignment, but in the go...
by bladecar
Mon, 29 Apr 2019, 06:45
Forum: Other
Topic: ACE Van
Replies: 16
Views: 490

Re: ACE Van

Having been through the Blade experience of dealing with a start-up, this is where I stand on this situation. Start-ups need a good support network for a product (ev) to do the job that owners expect. They need repair locations within reach with personnel who know what they're doing (as a reference,...
by bladecar
Sun, 28 Apr 2019, 14:35
Forum: Other
Topic: ACE Van
Replies: 16
Views: 490

Re: ACE Van

And they are assembling them somewhere in Logan south of Brisbane. Ah! That's fifty times closer to me than Maryborough. Where did you get this from, as a point of interest? The ABC did a report on the Van on news breakfast or whatever one to two weeks ago, and repeated the report more than once. M...
by bladecar
Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 14:39
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 18
Views: 530

Re: I've got my Kona

Was going by keema before and saw a couple being shown over a white Kona Electric on the footpath. So maybe they're not hiding them this time.
by bladecar
Fri, 26 Apr 2019, 15:55
Forum: Vectrix
Topic: WTB: Vectrix (or functional equivilant)
Replies: 17
Views: 7649

Re: WTB: Vectrix (or functional equivilant)

Yes, that's me. Make an offer :)
by bladecar
Fri, 26 Apr 2019, 15:52
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 18
Views: 530

Re: I've got my Kona

Wonderful, mate. I drive past there often and see the New Kona advertising at the front.
by bladecar
Thu, 25 Apr 2019, 20:57
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

and to follow up a little: I think there is a need for ev owners to understand their vehicles. Prius's charge their cells between 30% and 70% only, in the interests of cell longevity (don't care about exact figures). Owner's should be informed about optimum charging strategies for their particular E...
by bladecar
Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 14:55
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The main difference being that the city cycle includes a lot more acceleration and braking being stop start. Acceleration is where most of the fuel gets used, accelerate to speed, coast to a stop and repeat every few hundred metres. If you could travel at 50km/h consistently in city traffic it woul...
by bladecar
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 07:11
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The main difference being that the city cycle includes a lot more acceleration and braking being stop start. Acceleration is where most of the fuel gets used, accelerate to speed, coast to a stop and repeat every few hundred metres. If you could travel at 50km/h consistently in city traffic it woul...
by bladecar
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 06:51
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I guess you're talking about a square-rigger going directly into the wind when you mention the Ranger, and the Hilux will be driving big tyres, heavy build and poor streamlining. The Elantra is made to carry people and seems to have been made to appeal to people who care about fuel-consumption. I ra...
by bladecar
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 07:43
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The cars available today - Hyundai Kona, Tesla Model S/X/3 are all capable of meeting the needs of much more than 50% of the car driving population in Australia now. The only question to my mind is upfront cost - how low does it have to be for the majority of people to get onboard. We've seen with ...
by bladecar
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 06:14
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 739

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I'm all for EV's but just noting that our 6 year old Elantra manual goes down to somewhere like 5.4 l/100 at highway speeds (not sure about A/C use after all this time and up to high 9's around town.