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  2. kwhelan

    Quick rant thread.

    world wars will be over fresh water supplies in the not too distant future
  3. kwhelan

    Quick rant thread.

    chinas economy is extremely fragile, they are terrified, they are under far more stress internally than countries like USA, things can go very pear shaped very fast for china and they know that.its happened before, they have a lot of mouths to feed. its all an act
  4. kwhelan

    Quick rant thread.

    so what has been done icu wise to prepare for the inevitable relapses or outbreaks, have they set up emergency preparations , ppe gear, done any work on isolating rest homes properly if it became needed, set up teams of people ready and trained in what to do because it looks like nothing has changed since the first day we went in to lockdown. hospitals went back to normal business and we don't appear any more ready than we were the first time with all the knowledge learnt from other countries experiences what have we done to prepare for this time
  5. M3AN

    Quick rant thread.

    Heck, the world didn't even stand up for Crimea, Taiwan is totally fooked (I'm afraid 😯). China are a bad actor, that's undeniable, if there's one thing economic we should be worried about here it's our trade dependence on China. And yes, we need to collectively protect the pacific nations.
  6. China have an economic victory over the entire world at this point and there isn't a military in the world right nowthat could stop China doing what it wants militarily in the Western Pacific.... realities to keep one up at night ...
  7. I know, I'm being a little glib there with the batch thing. Totally agree, we are in a very different position with COVID...but I don't have any doubt the outcome would have been the same as the US, UK or similar to what is now being seen in VIC and NSW if we had gone the same way. UK and US being severe examples, Brazil and India being totally extreme. Where NZ is very different is that the ICU capacity is alarmingly small...I work around the health sector here and the genuine sense of relief that ICUs were not swamped (and the extra deaths caused by lack of ICU spaces, heart attacks etc etc) was palpable. I do have sympathy for destroyed businesses and livelihoods....but there is some confidence that many thousands of lives have been saved. I for one am glad I'm not the person/people who have to put dollars on one side of the scale and human lives on the other.
  8. True, very true. That said I suppose food is something as you say, that will always be needed, regardless of any other economic issues.
  9. Cheers guys, quite the PITA then. I'm afraid I don't have a spare rear one (I do have a redundant front), mine came with a blue rear one, I've just not measured it yet. It still looks spaghetti thin. And yes, I get you now on your rear setup, thanks.
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  11. Yeah 100ish mm or so at the front from memory, but even then its a finger puzzle!
  12. Difflab in Australia do both Wavetrac helical and MFactory 1.5/2.0 way diffs for the E9x, they also do OS Giken if you're feeling flush.
  13. History shows agricultural exports to be a very safe ecomomic option. NZ is in a particularly good position to provide the world with high quality food due to our climate (we don't even feature in the global top 10 for agritech, despite the size of agriculture as a percent of our GDP), legislation being the main barrier to fast growth in this area. Let's face it, the world is always going to need to eat.
  14. Jacko should comment - but it looks draw all the bolts and lower it about 100mm or the length of the still attached lines, whichever comes first. Do E90's have larger stock bars? Yes one of the reasons is too much transverse stiffness will lighten the inside wheel but having softened it slightly with less compression I can probably go up a bit and reduce roll but not lose traction - hence only looking for 12 or maybe 13 mm . It initially drove a bit towards oversteer doing only the front shocks because the konis in the front also have less compression so the front has a little more roll when you push it it drives with understeer again so going a tad stiffer in the back will bring it back towards neutral with good atriculation and reasonable roll stiffness.
  15. I've wondered that (still need to measure my blue one)... how far do you have to drop the subframe? I can't be bothered with another alignment at this stage. I have read though that it's spaghetti because no LSD and if you go up much in stiffness without an LSD you just spin the power away with a lifted inside wheel.
  16. Ah well done! I knew this wouldn't last long when I saw it come up. Glad it's landed on its feet!
  17. coop

    Quick rant thread.

    We are one of or if not the most isolated country in the world. We had one month after the rest of the world until we had our first infection, and our population is smaller than Melbourne, with next to no population density. Clutching at straws to compare us on the world stage. I don’t think the majority of complaints are about not being able to go to their batches. A few will make it to the sensationalist media so they can run with it. The complaints are more to do with the destroyed businesses and livelihoods across the country.
  18. This is Barry's @Autoglym “Mini-Me”. Why Mini-Me? It’s the little version of his fabulous Zinnoberrot e28 ///M535i! See the likeness? Mini-Me: Tuesday 11 August, 2020 e28 ///M535i - August 2017 (unmistakeable likeness) The short story is it’s done ~250k kms, originally from Wangvegas. It was found in a quiet garage, off the beaten track. A very tidy car, feels like the rear seat has barely been sat in. There are the minor dents and dings of a 30+ year old e30. It’s running a very slick M42 installation that's had new rings and bearings, and it idles beautifully and goes well. There's a carefully-built compact header setup that clears the steering and meets with the standard M40 exhaust. Mini-Me currently runs an auto, and has disc rear end from factory. Plans are to tidy it up, perhaps a manual conversion, windscreen, and get it certed. And then enjoy Mini-Me for fun and shows. e30 Mega Meet, here we come! First job: A good go over with Auto Glym and a little elbow grease… Rinse and Bodywork Shampoo to start, with a quick blow-off Clay bar, Bodywork Shampoo (briefly), Followed by Super Resin Polish, Clean Wheels, Bumper & Trim Gel, Bumper & Trim Detailer, and finished off with Instant Tyre Shine. Beautiful! Plans are to tidy it up, perhaps a manual conversion, windscreen, and get it certed. And then enjoy Mini-Me for fun and shows. e30 Mega Meet, here we come! Some upholstery work is being scheduled, and other maintenance items are in the wind. Watch this space!
  19. Yeah spotted that - the front one on a Saab 9-5 is an order of magnitude harder again- the only way to do the Saab one is to lift the engine and ease the sub-frame one side at a time or drop the subframe completely out and do it on the bench. Not planning in doing much to the 87-er other than good maintenance - got enough good projects , and it's actually not my car.
  20. This is true in so far as it's a coding and programming operation. It's not 'special locksmith tools'. You just need the software and interface to program the module and code it properly. It's probably easier on CAS vehicles than it was with EWS from what I can see. EWS was a pain in that many of the operations could only be done by pulling the module and reprogramming it directly with a kind of 'clamp' that sat over the CPU. At least on CAS vehicles everything can be done via the ODB.
  21. This is true but there are similarities...I know CAS and EWS are substantially different...but the crank with no fire ...along with that code....seems like too strong a symptom to ignore. Given that the engine runs with donor CAS and DME...it seems to strongly point to an issue between the two. If both the CAS and the DME can be interrogated then are likely to not have 'died'. That coupled with the fact the car wasn't run for quite some time.... I'm saying it's an area worthy of further investigation, rather than at this point going out out sourcing (and having programmed and coded) new CAS and DMEs.
  22. Yeah basically any model BMW after 2002 (I believe) have a more complex security system. The CAS and DME are married together in the sense that, INPA or any software tool cannot flash or program a different DME to another car (CAS) without the need of special lock smith electronic tools. I had to send my DME, CAS and Key remote to a car ECU repair specialist who married a donor MSD81 DME to my existing CAS. My old DME was water damaged and blew.😢
  23. @E30 325i Rag-Top I'd given up hope and was going to order a G21 Alpina B3 Touring! Can't believe it but very happy...
  24. E46 security system is a whole lot different to E82....
  25. Sammo

    Quick rant thread.

    Goddamnit, already had to cancel a trip to Italy scheduled during the previous lockdown and have booked a 10 day South Island Road trip first week of September... First world problems huh
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