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jon dee

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    John D
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    Wellington
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    2008 335i Msport Coupe
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    MHD Stage 1+ ver.9 beta; XHP Stage 3
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    Mitsi Colt Plus Ralliart

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    Cars, dirt bikes, adventure riding, reggae, blues, hill walking, old buildings, analog dials :)

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  1. Being on the road without WOF or Rego improves your situational awareness, encourages you to stay within the posted speed limit and drive in a careful and considerate manner. Of course, not everyone knows that's how it works... Cheers...
  2. Valves are tough little bastards... if a piston hit a valve on the way up while you were turning the crank by hand, it would have stopped. Or at least there would have been a point at which the resistance to turning increased noticeably. If it turned smoothly and easily (plugs out) and you didn't feel anything I think you should be fine. Cheers...
  3. jon dee

    Quick rant thread.

    Having made a lifelong study of this particular phenomenon, I have determined that it is primarily high end cars with older drivers. The likely cause is that the dashboard presents so many options (buttons, knobs, switches etc.) that they have no idea what most of them do, and are completely unaware that the rear fog lights are ON. Not restricted to nighttime driving either !! Cheers...
  4. When I was modifying my car I worked with the LVVTA documentation in mind. These are the docs that the Cert Man will rely on when inspecting your modified vehicle. As far as I know WOF requirements are the same for all cars modified or otherwise. The WOF guy will be OK with your mods if they can see them listed on a Cert plate fixed to the car. The LVVTA docs are primarily related to any modification that can affect safety aspects of the vehicle and its operation. Therefore by invoking the powers granted to them by legislation, if they something is a safety matter it is non-negotiable, regardless of how annoying or how illogical that rule may be. Minor modifications like adding gauges or M3 stickers are not required to be certified Cheers...
  5. jon dee

    Quick rant thread.

    Yeah... just had a look and you are dead right Seems that somewhere along the line they did away with the "GST is payable if the GST payable on the CIF is greater than $50" rule, and I hadn't picked that up. I know that Aliexpress, Amazon etc add GST to everything regardless of value. And NZ Post will add GST to anything they bring in from overseas. But waiving GST on shipments under $1000 will save a heap of paperwork for Customs. Just need to check if the $1000 limit is inclusive of freight and GST, or before GST. The worked calculation above does not make that clear. I don't like surprises !!! Cheers...
  6. jon dee

    Quick rant thread.

    Still liable for GST tho...
  7. It seems logical to me that the big oil companies will be at the forefront of development of hydrogen as a combustion engine fuel. They have the investment capital and a vested interest in maintaining dominance of the transport fuels market. So while I have no doubt that there will be some entrepreneurs and special interest groups that see an opportunity to get a slice of the pie, realistically the most likely outcome is some kind of joint venture between oil companies and specialist hydrogen gas manufacturers. Fuel cells on the other hand represent an alternative and competing development path to direct combustion of hydrogen, one that can either complement existing battery technology or displace batteries altogether. The dividing line between the competing technologies appears to be vehicle type and intended use. So perhaps instead of drawing up battle lines a better solution would be to allow both to develop to their full potential and let the consumer decide which suits his/her requirements better ? Improved technology always comes at a price... evolution and changing attitudes to important issues takes time. Cheers...
  8. The problem is that NZ is prone to political posturing... we might only be a Dachshund but our leaders like to run with the big dogs. If you like, we seem to need to have to prove that our collective pen is mightier than anyone else's pen is And that leads us to want to be among the first to sign up to any pact or global agreement on containing and reducing greenhouse gases / global warming. We set the country goals that realistically need decades to achieve, and then flounder about looking for easy ways to meet those goals to the timeline that we agreed. Using forestry as a carbon sink seemed like a good idea twenty years ago, but now that the trading of carbon credits has become well established it seems that growing trees and selling the credits does not do a lot to achieve a reduction in emissions in NZ. Big polluters just buy the credits and add the cost to their products Fcuk... who could have foreseen that ??? Well, obviously not NZ politicians. Now the answer is electrify everything, cull our dairy herds and get everyone to drink oat milk. If the world can manage to get over it's irrational fear of atomic energy the door is opened to virtually unlimited electric energy without the need to dam every river and upset centuries old ecologically sound farming and fishing cultures. Yes, getting rid of the spent fuel rods is currently a sticking point, but given that China has more than 50 reactors in service and plans to build 150 more in the next 15 years, how long do you think it will be before they develop a way to recycle spent fuel ?? Why reinvent the wheel just because a proven technology does not have a big green sticker on the box ?? Cheers...
  9. There are certain things that are difficult to discuss in a rational manner... religion, politics, safety and how to save the planet. In what by any yardstick (metre rule just doesn't sound right) has been an incredibly short time, the world has gone from not giving a sh*t about global warming to near panic. The media is full of headlines about melting icecaps, record breaking floods, rampaging bush fires and how we must all beat our fossil fueled cars into ecologically correct mobility vehicles. Adversity is the mother of invention. Not all that long ago there was a war that involved most of the major western countries and when hostilities cut off supplies of certain essential raw materials, necessity drove the combatants to invent/discover/modify/adapt to find alternative solutions. War has the same effect on otherwise complacent scientists and engineers as a cattle prod has on a recalcitrant steer. Likewise, when one finds oneself facing a moral dilemma, like for instance, choosing between freezing to death and running a heater using cheap power from a nuclear reactor, suddenly nuclear power stations don't look quite so threatening So we can expect to see the rapid development of some new technologies and alternative energy solutions when the full implications of the sanctions placed on Russia manifest themselves. Anyone or any country that is foolish enough to think that making life tough for the Russian people is going to cause them to knuckle under has obviously not read about the siege of Leningrad. Putin knows that he has western Europe by the short and curlies and just like Xi he knows that no-one is going to step in and try and stop him doing whatever he decides. What we are seeing today are kneejerk stopgap measures that politicians love as it shows the world that they are doing something. But they are only short term solutions to long term problems. Excavating a hole in a mountain to store nuclear waste or dumping it in the ocean is not exactly doing the planet any favours. Maybe Musk can use his rockets to fire waste into the sun... that really would be an achievement !!! Cheers...
  10. Wut.... ???????????????????????????????
  11. AMEN to the above. When you consider the primary source of the battery raw material and the country dominating EV battery manufacture, the EV industry is severely limiting its options. No different to Europe's dependence on Russian gas coming back to bite them on the ass. Cheers...
  12. Finally.... some common sense enters the discussion Battery manufacturers have had far too much influence on the direction of motor vehicle development for far too long. Cheers...
  13. Ahhh.... the beauty of the English language... My personal preference is more along the lines of... "No disrespect intended, but I think that you are acting like a bell end !!!"
  14. Dang... seems I missed out on a good stoush Oh well, it won't be the last given the world we live in...
  15. jon dee

    Quick rant thread.

    The express lane is always the lane next to the one I am waiting in...
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