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[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 16:46:03 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Ford: Re: Sliding around turns.

Does your GTI have some kind of traction or stability control? My RX-8 has a stability control--I forget exacrly what it's called--and there's a button that turns it off.

Also, when I did the one-day car control course at Skip Barber, the instructors disconnected the ABS on the BMW 325i's we were using when we were learning about threshold braking. Maybe there's an easy way to disconnect the ABS in your GTI?
ABS Binder

[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 17:33:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What goes rumble rumble rumble at any speed over 20mph comes from the

back of the car and goes cunk cunk cunk when you apply the brakes.

A poorly secured dead body in the trunk?

[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 17:51:34 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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<laughs> Perfect.

[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 18:32:28 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Easiest way to disable ABS is to pull the fuse. :-)

You're not going to believe this.
I blame the power tool, something thiss dumb couldn't have been my fault. MAybe somebody's trying to kill me, one of those conspiracy people I keep badmouthing...

On the right rear, one of the lug nuts was missing, three were loose, leaving one on tight.
Don't ask me how it got that way, because I'm not going to blame my shiney new impact wrench so it must have been conspiracy people trying to kill me.
So I tightened them up again (with my shiny new impact wrench) and all the noises are gone.

Boy that would have been ugly if that last lug nut came off...

[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 19:42:39 EDT from Heather @ Uncensored

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That would have been ugly indeed......especially ugly on one of those curves like the one you were telling us about a couple of weeks ago.

[#] Wed Oct 17 2007 20:45:39 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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If you have enough torque, you'll find that lug nuts are a casualty of having fun.....

[#] Thu Oct 18 2007 10:17:09 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yes, but 4 of them?

[#] Thu Oct 18 2007 12:15:24 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I was riding on two lugs once.... Three sheared off...

[#] Thu Oct 18 2007 18:54:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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wonderful design whatever car it was..

[#] Fri Oct 19 2007 04:22:10 EDT from davew @ Uncensored

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Wed 17 Oct 2007 08:45:39 PM EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold@uncnsrd

If you have enough torque, you'll find that lug nuts are a casualty of having fun.....

On large vehicles with large wheels (lorries) all wheel nuts tighten to the rear. This is because the usual forward motion can cause them to come loose.

In the good old days in the UK, when all wheel nuts were rigth hand thread, it was common for lorries to loose the off side wheels. This is why they changed the off side to left hand thread. In the USA that would be the near side.

This didn't stop the wheels coming off all together but it did reduce the occurrance by an order of magnitude. 

[#] Fri Oct 19 2007 07:29:50 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Never heard of that here, I wonder why not. doesn't exist here?

[#] Fri Oct 19 2007 12:44:48 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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It works for bicycle pedals...

[#] Fri Oct 19 2007 16:16:11 EDT from davew @ Uncensored

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Fri 19 Oct 2007 07:29:50 AM EDT from Ford II@uncnsrd

Never heard of that here, I wonder why not. doesn't exist here?

Hmm, I thought it was universal. It definately exists throughout Europe.


[#] Fri Oct 19 2007 16:23:05 EDT from davew @ Uncensored

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Forgot to add.

I just checked the International Road Haulage Association (iRHA) Construction and Use Handbook. This is a British publication by a British organisation but it is supposed to be a concise break down of the European laws for vehicle construction (My familly was in road haulage and I was going to be but they said I was too clever ... not too sure about that bit) and it says that all vehicles with a gross train wait in excess of 7500KG must have wheel nuts that tighten to the rear. Surprised me a bit, I didn't realise it was law, I thought it was just a defacto standard.

Either way its definately a European thing, may not be a USA thing though.


[#] Mon Oct 22 2007 15:09:42 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm not a mass transport person, it's quite likely here too, I just never heard of it, and I figured that's the kind of trivia I would have come across at some point.

[#] Mon Oct 22 2007 15:21:39 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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interesting flat tire this weekend. one of my tires had a slit in the sidewall, at one of the seams.

should probably be covered under warranty...

[#] Mon Oct 22 2007 17:26:53 EDT from davew @ Uncensored

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Mon 22 Oct 2007 04:51:33 PM EDT from Ford II@uncnsrd

The spare tire of my 1992 eclipse GS didn't even fit on a 1992 eclipse GSX.

Let me gues, one had four nuts, the other five?


[#] Mon Oct 22 2007 17:39:29 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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nothing a really big drill wouldn't fix...

[#] Mon Oct 22 2007 21:47:17 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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no, it fit the hub fine, but the wheel itself rubbed against the brake caliper. I think the gsx had bigger brakes.

[#] Tue Oct 23 2007 18:13:59 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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"Personal Downsizing"

 - Buzzword for getting the smaller car. 

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