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    Written off F90 M5

    I wonder how much it cost per kilometre driven....
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    Quick rant thread.

    Yes it is - they cancelled the irrigation schemes, are introducing fart taxes, and are planning on limiting herd numbers.
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    Quick rant thread.

    Labour campaigned on borrowing more than National, and also campaigned on paying down less debt than National, and campaigned on paying down debt slower than National. Debt to gdp is the correct measure to use (this is what economists use), and by world standards ours is very low. This is due to the Bolger and Clark governments paying down alot of debt that had been racked up by mostly the Muldoon government, and due to strong global economic times in the decade before the global financial crisis, and due to good economic management through the aftermath of the global financial crisis. To put it in perspective our debt to gdp is 22.2%, and peaked at 54.8% in the aftermath of the Muldoon era. Japan is at 253%, USA at 104%, and the UK 85%.
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    Quick rant thread.

    Norway makes its money from mining and exporting oil. Labour is already shutting that industry down here, so that rules that out. Our income comes mainly from dairy which is already being attacked by Labour and the Greens, so maybe that golden goose will be maimed. The only way Labour knows how to increase income, is by raising taxes and borrowing more than before.
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    Quick rant thread.

    Its already over $3 for 91 in some places; https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107701845/some-kiwi-motorists-shelling-out-more-than-3-a-litre-for-fuel
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    Quick rant thread.

    National campaigned against the regional fuel tax - they even had an advert that attacked Labours myriad of taxes, including the regional fuel tax. National has promised to cancel the regional fuel tax if elected. Heres the old advert from the election campaign;
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    Quick rant thread.

    National opposed all the regional fuel taxes. They actively campaigned against it.
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    This guy manages to pull off ...

    What a legend!
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    Google Home

    There is no doubt there is a huge amount of corruption in the US system. The old boys club doesn't surprise me.
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    Google Home

    I've watched the Dr Ford interviews and something doesn't sit right. She comes across very coached and unreliable, and there are many holes in her story. We will never know what actually happened, but it appears at least partially politically motivated. I haven't watched the Kav interviews yet.
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    210mm 540 diff to a 4.1 and lsd

    My research on LS swaps has taught me to stick to the bmw rear end - much less painless, and much cheaper.
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    540i Timing chain guides

    Done well to get this far if those are the original guides. Looks like you stepped in just in time.
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    540i Timing chain guides

    How many kms on the engine?
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    Camber Adjustment Kit

    You still havnt stated what tyres you have
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    Google Home

    They are even more biased than CNN. No wonder you get caught up in conspiracy theories.
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    Google Home

    So where do you get your news from?
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    e46 v8 wagon

    So after my grief with the N46 in my 318i I decided to turn it into a project car. The car is a 2004 318i auto msport wagon with 130,xxx kms. It will be getting a m62b44 non vanos v8, mated to a 420g 6 speed manual, and a m3 rear end. I'll also be upgrading suspension and brakes, and setting the car up for flex fuel to run e85. Cosmetically it will get some upgrades, but nothing too over the top. The goals for this project are; #Do as much myself as possible. #No compromises except on budget. #Make something unique. #Learn as much as I can in the process. So lets get started - heres the car; First job was to completely strip the exterior of the car. Everything came out, engine, trans, suspension, subframes, fuel tank, even the fuel lines and brake lines. Up on stands and ready to do some work With everything out I set to work cleaning the underbody. This took ages because I'm a perfectionist. I used degreaser and a waterblaster, and eventually degreaser with a rag to get the real stubborn areas. There was no damage to the underbody but because I'm increasing the power output I wanted to strengthen it. I made strengthening plates out of 2mm steel. A huge thank you to forum member @Karter16 who posted me paper templates to make them from. I bought myself a cheap gasless mig welder and taught myself to weld. This enabled me to make plates like the one below. There are 6 plates in total, 2 for the front subframe mounts, 2 for the rear subframe mounts, and two which are like spacers. Welding is really difficult, but I managed to weld in all 4 of the subframe plates. First I used a grinder with a flap disc and a drill with a wire brush, to get the places to be strengthened back to bare metal, then I coated the area with weld through primer. I coated the back of the plates in weld through primer also and then I welded in the plates. Then I used the grinder to grind the welds back. I then coated the bare metal with crc rust converter primer to protect it - I really like this product. https://www.crc.co.nz/Rust-Converter/6895-2548b7ca-2a00-4114-b2e1-17eb0e6a576b/ Then I used a Vht top coat, followed by seam sealer, and finally Septone stone shield rubberised coating. I coated the whole cleaned underbody in Septone stone shield. Its black, but looks green in the photo for some reason. The side skirts were removed to clean and paint behind and then reinstalled with new clips from Schmiedmann. The inner arches were cleaned and painted, and the cleaned plastic pieces were reinstalled. The cleaning process takes ages. Inner arches before cleaning and painting; And after; While all this was going on I was accumulating parts. All suspension and brake parts I sandblasted in my mates sandblaster. This took many days, and would have been more cost effective paying a professional, but I want to do as much myself as possible. Then they were expertly powdercoated by forum member @aja540i who really does a nice job. Here is a pic of the before and after the sandblasting; And a pic of the same part powdercoated and assembled;
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    Google Home

    FWIW I find that MSNBC is better than CNN but not by a huge margin.
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    Google Home

    What I've found is that CNN has gone harder left since the election - I find Fox and CNN to be reasonably close when it comes to unreliability, and would never use either as a source. What I've noticed is that the further left CNN goes the more they struggle in the ratings. They have already been overtaken by MSNBC, and are being beaten by even the food network and the cartoon network in some areas now. I'll stick to Reuters thanks. Watching CNN or Fox is a waste of time if you want the truth.
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    210mm 540 diff to a 4.1 and lsd

    210 all the way - do it once do it right. Talk to Kayne Barrie, he will advise the best option within your budget.
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    Google Home

    I find Fox and CNN to be about as biased as each other. Its hard finding non biased news, but Reuters is pretty good. This website below is a good tool for getting an indicator on how reliable a news source is; https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/
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    540i Timing chain guides

    Crank bolt will come off with a decent rattle gun. Looking forward to following your progress.
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    Camber Adjustment Kit

    You can buy camber plates, or possibly get a small camber gain at a wheel alignment specialist.
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    Re-gas boot struts

    cheaper and better to just get new boot struts.
  25. I was fortunate enough to go to the tank museum in Bovington, England. The place is epic with a huuuuge amount of tanks. King Tiger remains my favourite.
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