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MarkJHarris

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  • Birthday 21/04/1969

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  1. MarkJHarris

    Change My Mind - Best UK Subaru

    I also prefer the lower scoop profile. Otherwise I'm not able to pick whether the Blob or Hawk front ends are better looking.
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    Change My Mind - Best UK Subaru

    Only problem I found with my old Blob was the bonnet lifting at the corners at speed. My Hawkeye doesn't do that. Forged 2.5 now so no worries about reliability either. That's the keeper for me.
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    Roof trims

    I can recommend East Kent Subaru. They're breaking a Hawkeye right now. 01227 860843. I've had a few bits off it already.
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    Gold wheels

    If it uploads, here's one of the old crappy scratched and flaky silver 08 wheels I managed to buy on ebay..... after CMC in Leeds had finished with them.
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    Roof trims

    Plenty of broken cars out there to get replacements from. I have a few clips left over if you need them, there's three different ones all colour coded.
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    Gold wheels

    Should be able to pick up a set of four standard 17x8s easily enough on Ebay. Loads of 08 on cars had them and sold them online once the tyres were done to get 18" upgrades. Probably silver in colour but if you get them for a reasonable proice they'd need sorting anyway. I'd recommend the place in Leeds that did mine . Perfect finish.
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    Car Tax

    I reckon I know the reason the Boxers are so bad. Having driven from Turkey at 130mph on th autobahns I got spectacular fuel economy. Weird. Better at 130mph than at 70? Yes. The real reason our cars are so thirsty is pumping losses. We spend almost all our time on virtually closed throttles, with big pistons trying to suck a cylinder full past the closed throttle and inlet tract and turbo, etc. Comparison. Nissan Micra. Micra to drive at steady 50mph. about 13bhp. Impreza STi to do the same. 20bhp. Bigger tyres and a bit more drag. Micra to generate 13bhp in top gear needs probably half to 3/4 throttle. Hence if you drive at 50mph and floor it nothing happens. Scooby is virtually on closed throttle, in either 5th or 6th. Touch the pedal and the horizon comes at you rapidly. Micra has a dinky manual box and narrow tyres. to put 13bhp down it needs to make 18-20bhp at the crank. Thus the fuel economy is 50-60mpg. Impreza has AWD, big tyres and three differentials. To make that 20bhp at the road it probably puts out 35bhp at the crank. Hence Drive like a nun and you'll still not get 30mpg. Thus manufacturers are getting into little engines and selective cylinder operation. Can't really do that with a Boxer. We're fooked.
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    Subaru coin

    I must check the change pot more regularly then. Let you know if i find one.
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    Water in boot

    Ah. That's a better idea. I replaced the seal round the base of the spoiler with silicone. ~I ran a nice bead round, then let it fully dry before fitting. Comes off undamaged every time. the slots for drainage mean I still need to seal the holes but silicone isn't much use here. I was going to buy new gaskets from Subaru but your Neoprene sheet idea sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip!
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    Rusty lower radiator panel

    Indeed. Looks new now. I'm just sorting the ride height in this weather as the new struts are 20mm shorter than the last ones. My mistake. On full length they sit lower than O.E. and I'd forgot that as I'd ordered the last ones +60mm on standard. The helper springs are now fully compressed and i will probably just run without them from now on. Just bought a 6.7litre vacuum pump to do oil changes and stuff. Works a treat to vacuum bleed brakes.
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    Rusty lower radiator panel

    Final bill was just shy of 2K! However, that includes painting the boot and roof including all pillars and into the rear quarters. Looks like new though. Check under your radiators folks, and try to catch it before it rusts too badly!
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    The Future's Electric

    Unfortunately, the price of fuel is only going one way long term and our guzzling Boxers just can't adapt. Pumping losses and the AWD system are the unbreachable walls. IMHO, the only way to overcome this is getting rid of the gearbox, the true heart of a Subaru. A Squirrel cage AC direct drive at each corner, gives you fully torque bias independent AWD, with a range extending generator to provide power and fast recharging en route. The tech is there now to produce an Impreza sized car with the power of the STi and actually be lighter than the recently deceased version. It's been compact enough to run in MPV type cars for the last 2-3 years already. You take DC and invert it with a frequency proportional to the speed you want. The frequency varies as you press the pedal. The Difference between frequency and speed gives slip which produces torque and current flow. If any tyre slips, the slip and torque to it reduces. Simples. I've been a fan of this kind of drive for ages. I love engines and fast cars and bikes, but I'm not afraid of the future...
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    2004 WRX wind deflectors

    Any update?Were you able to get some?
  14. MarkJHarris

    Car Tax

    £245 for me. If my car was newer than April 2010 it would be £549. They're just having a laugh really. Covered less than 1,000 miles last year...
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    Rusty lower radiator panel

    OK to be fair. I should pop it off and powder coat it to be honest while I've got the chance. Edit: looked this morning and it's fine. Just light surface rust, but for £14 I'll replace it anyway. Ordered a genuine Subaru middle gauge pod too. More money I don't have right now....
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