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    Caption competition

    Caption this! Just for fun, no prizes other than knowing your humour is superior.
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    Caption competition

    😂😂😂😂 I was expecting turtle wax and teenage mutant ninja turtle jokes, not full on examples of designers like Franco Sbarro The Jeep thing should be a new thread.
  3. Don’t hit the kerb. I saw something on another site a couple of days ago, Reddit or 9GAG or something like that, I don’t remember. Some guy screwed rubber onto the kerb outside his house so he wouldn’t damage his wheels when parking. I felt like making an account just to tell him if you can’t park without hitting the kerb, you probably shouldn’t be driving. I see this every day. Some people have no spatial awareness and no idea of the size of their car. They will driver until they hit the kerb and use that as a feel for when to steer. It’s not just tyre damage. It knocks your wheels out of balance so the steering wheel vibrates when you drive. It also upsets your steering alignment so your car doesn’t drive straight when you let go of the wheel.
  4. @shadow79 ok solution if you want to butcher something up to sell it again but it’s hiding the problem rather than fixing it. No disrespect intended. If the car is a keeper it’s better to isolate and repair the issue. Who was it on here that put bananas in the rear diff to stop the oil leak? That’s the most ghetto thing I’ve ever read about 😂
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    timing belt kit

    You should have 2 pulleys, not one, an idler pulley and one that attaches to the tensioner system. Other than that, that’s all the parts I’ve ever used. You’ll need some coolant too. Transmission fluid if you remove the radiator to make it easier. Removing the radiator takes an extra 30 minutes and isn’t necessary but it’s worth if for the extra space to work. Thats really all you need. At a guess, I assume that the official kit includes some bolts which would make the numbers up. Maybe cam and crank oil seals. No need to change if they’re not leaking but no harm in changing them when you’re stripping the engine back that far. Saves doing it all again later. I’ve done countless pajero timing belts and never changed any bolts. As long as they aren’t obviously damaged, I would use them again. If you have enough experience to tackle a timing belt, you can use your own judgment. It’s not a difficult job. The hardest part is getting the crankshaft pulley off. Just be careful what type of puller you use, later models are equipped with a harmonic balancer pulley and if you pull from the outside and separate the rubber, you’ll have to replace the pulley. Also be aware that the bolts which hold the bracket in front of the timing cover for the alternator and depending on model, the AC compressor and steering pump, are different lengths so make sure to put them back in the right place. There are no special tools needed for the job outside of a standard mechanics tool kit. Strip everything back to get access to the belt. Line up the timing marks, slacken the tensioner. Old parts off, new parts on, turn the engine by hand a couple of times to make sure the marks are still lined up then build everything else back on. Bleeding the cooling system after refilling is easy. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to fill with the engine running. There is a screw or 2 screws depending on your engine on top of the thermostat housing. Open them and start pouring coolant into the radiator when switched off and cold. If it’s the one screw, close it when the coolant comes out, job finished. If it’s 2 screws, close the first one when the coolant comes out, keep pouring then close the second when the coolant comes out. Job done. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
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    2019 plans?

    Forget New Years resolutions, they never work. What are your car related plans for 2019? Are you planning any mods? Looking for a new car? Chasing mad horsepower? Share it with us!
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    Most fun car ever?

    What was the most fun car you ever owned? Ive had a lot of fast and expensive stuff, but the most fun car I’ve ever owned was a 1.1 Peugeot 106. Paid £50 for it at a scrapyard so all mechanical sympathy went out the window. I didn’t care if it broke or got crashed. Wasn’t even a nice one, it was a snot green 5 door. Had a lot of fun thrashing the tiny engine and listening to it scream for help in narrow mountain passes, putting it on 2 wheels at every opportunity. Was a little beast for lift off oversteer. What killed the fun was cutting the top and bottom of the steering wheel off to make it like KITT from Knight Rider and basically turning it into a boat tiller. Driving with anything less than a full steering wheel is difficult to say the least.
  9. I think every 4x4 in UAE has been mentioned so far apart from the Niva 😂 So which is the best 4x4 for the desert?
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    100k service

    You can buy the genuine Mitsubishi parts from Al Habtoor for 600ish. You’ll need a belt, tensioner and 2 pulleys. Don’t bother with aftermarket unless you’re buying Gates parts. Gates make the original parts and Mitsubishi stick their own logo on it. You’ll also need a couple of gallons of coolant because the front coolant hoses need to come off to do the job. Some mechanics may remove the radiator to make the job easier, then you’ll need a litre of transmission fluid. It’s a simple job, line up the timing marks, pop the old belt off, change the tensioner and pulleys, pop the new parts back on, pull the pin on the tensioner. It’s a half day job so budget for 1,500-2,000 including parts depending on the garage. It is a simple job but don’t go chasing the cheapest price, make sure the mechanic has done it before. A failed timing belt will result in a top end rebuild costing 3-4K, maybe more.
  11. It’s cool having mad skillz and being able to change a head gasket at the side of the road, but what are some basic skills that all drivers should know how to do? Here a few, feel free to add. Sadly I don’t know many people who can do these and rely on garages. Should be introduced as part of the driving test. Check oil and coolant levels and top up as necessary Check tyre pressures and wear Change a flat tyre Fill the fuel tank Bonus - Understand that honking your horn in a residential area just because there’s traffic isn’t cool
  12. Prince Philip, the husband of the queen of England, 97 or 98 years old depending on what article you read Crashed his Range Rover, some news articles are reporting it was a Freelander. Some (most) of us will say it’s karma for the years of colonial imperialism. The guy is a horrible racist, just google his name. The current British royal family are old, they will die soon. I always laugh when I see Indian kids wearing England shirts in the mall, if only they knew. The British empire is long gone, Brexit is their last chance to hang on and they made a mess of it. Maybe now Scotland can be an independent country and Northern Ireland can rejoin Ireland and be a unified country.
  13. Mine was an engine swap. Put a Pinto engine into a CVH Sierra, converted it from EFI to carb. The guy who helped me was a lot more experienced. He cursed me everyday. It wasn’t easy because none of the wiring matched. Until this day, he doesn’t speak to me.
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    What was your first modification?

    This was 15 years ago. At the time it was cheap and easy. I had no money, I was working a shitty job in a store, my friend had no money, he was working a shitty job as electrical apprentice, we just wanted to get the car running.
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    Recommend offroad equipments

    I have a Crony CN888 radio for sale. 250 new. Will accept 200. Used once and boxed with all manuals, as new condition
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    Your Favorite Second Hand Cars

    Really loving this old pug right now. 7 seats for 20k dhs. Used to be a fairly common car. Rather than finding teeth in a chicken these days.
  17. Yes, you can make up blanking plates and block everything off. Have a look on eBay, there are blanking kits available for a lot of cars, search EGR delete and your particular model. The EML might come on but any good tuning shop will be able to edit the ECU and take the EGR out of the main program.
  18. I grew up with EFI. As a young mechanic I cut my teeth on ECUs and learned to programme. Then I got into classics. I learned my trade backwards. First I learned about computers, then I learned how to set up plugs and points. My old boss was so frustrated. I knew how to do all this new stuff and he didn’t, but I kept my mouth closed and listened.
  19. God bless EFI? Give it a few years and you’ll be saying god bless electric motors. I love old cars, but technology moves forwards. Maybe in 10-15 years time the millennials will be paying us massive sums to fix their EFI equipped GT86s because nobody else knows
  20. I’ve got nothing again electric cars, I love the noise of a carb sucking air and an exhaust blowing it back out again but 14,000 nm of torque is nothing to be sniffed at. We’re almost approaching top fuel here. Like it or not, electric will eventually overtake ICE.
  21. I feel it’s lost the magic the original Supra had. And when you learn that it’s just a reworked BMW Z4 with the same engine and a running gear, the last remaining bit of magic is gone. Toyota have had so many opportunities in the past few years but they seem to be failing miserably in the sports car department. The GT86 was massively hyped but in reality, it was a million miles away from the AE86. Ive driven a few and every time I was left disappointed. It was marketed as a drift missile but it’s impossible to get a good drift out of it if you have an ounce of mechanical sympathy.
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    New Supra - Final release pics

    4 cylinder 2.0 version has just been confirmed. I’ve nothing against 4 cylinder cars, some of my favourite cars have 4 cylinders and 2.0 or less, but in a Supra, it just feels wrong. The last 4 cylinder Supra was called the Celica, and we all know where that went. Cool in the early 90s WRC glory days of the 4WD ST205, but then it turned into a reshelled coupe version of the Carina. Drove a few, handled well, good car but never lived up to the name.
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    Mitsubishi Pajero head gasket is gone

    It would be worth checking out the clutch too and changing it if it’s worn. Easier and cheaper to do when the engine is already out rather than pay someone to remove the gearbox to do it later on.
  24. A faulty EGR valve can cause overheating. The associated pipework can block up too and also cause overheating. It’s a nasty system and the main purpose is to get cars past emissions regulations. Look at it this way, your engine burns fuel then tries to get rid of the smoke out the exhaust. The EGR then puts some of that smoke back into the engine to try to burn it again. Which means you could be pumping carbon, oil and all other sorts of nasty crap back into your engine again, which can never be a good thing. While not strictly legal, often the best thing to do, especially on Diesel engines, is to blank off all the EGR components, and if it’s a newer car, have it mapped out of the ECU.
  25. If there’s any bikers on here, chances are you’ve heard of Rickman Motorcycles. Heres one of their other ventures from way back in 1985, The Rickman Ranger. Based on a Jimny chassis with a GRP body. Most of them had a 2.0 Pinto engine, good for 150 BHP with a cam, carb and port and polish job. This one runs a 1.3 X-Flow engine, good for 100 BHP with a few mods. GRP body means it’s super light which should make for an impressive power to weight ratio for a small car. For something built in 1985, it’s definitely a few years ahead of it’s time. Was never sold as a full car though, you had to buy the kit and build it yourself.