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About WillyChang

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  1. nowhere close, think we used to call mica blue "Telefonica Blue" vs metallic blue "WRX blue" there's no PS equivalent for TS50 last time I rattled one of those
  2. you Brits probably took most of the forex hit after Brexit, whereas downunder AUD dumped this month from 69c to 52c now ~60c. a week in I'm already getting revised price lists from import/distributors... geez everything's going UP big time ignoring the reality that there's an extra million or three joining the unemployment queue... yeah won't be much discretionary dollar left. China has restarted production... but now discovering there's no demand to buy their goods.
  3. Umm, yeah about that. The idiots in charge have also decreed to parole much of the prison inmates... "Safer to let them out" etc etc... SAFER FOR WHO?!!
  4. ... who Charles has been snogging not Camilla?
  5. Nah not me, had a neighbour who does... spooky seeng those little eyes staring out. Worse are the ones with the binoculars or the solar powered spotlights i go hoard aldi only for their 20V powertool packs Samsung 18650 inside them! Einhell!!
  6. Technituned is pretty soft, don't expect too much... even when brandnew barely as grunty as a SportTuned IMHO probably originally intended for 1/12 pan cars like the Porsche 956 Racing Master mk6. BiTD Comms were sold as sparepart bubblepacked on cardstrip. Technipower Comms a lot rarer to be found these days than Technituned Comms.
  7. That's downright annoying! Those meerkats come in a family of 5 different poses, each store only gets 3 models & how do you choose which 2? Then you go to the next Aldi and they've got a different 3 again... oh.
  8. yes best not to remove TechniGod/Power/Tuned endbell until you've got the tools or it'll be hard putting it back together without wrecking the brushes/comm.
  9. Don't feel bad, join the club $400pa rego at my end of the island, been paying for 15yrs & I don't ever get chance to ride the thing. But to get RWC would cost $200 minimum in test fees, $50 in days Unreg permit + time & queuing at VicRoads $200 in new plate & application fees... meh. One of my to-dos for eventual lockdown is to go clean it up, see if it still starts then get real.
  10. Corner of my eye spotted somewhere online this wk somebody's crowing he's just received a 959 he scored for $150 posted. Full set with radio, body unpainted, chassis looks mint & tyres mounted - looks like uncompleted assembly. Grrr...
  11. If you want to try "drift" just buy a set of Drift tyres for your TT02. Look for HPI T-Drifts or the 1001 similar copies available, that'll be good enough for AWD style rally sliding. RWD drifter is pretty specialised niche, they won't run on most surfaces (you gotta retune for each surface) and IMHO more trouble than they're worth unless you've got a likeminded community around to support your interest. Otherwise it'll be run once then left lying around collecting dust.
  12. Lots of idiots in charge everywhere matey. Don't get me started. DM has started limits 3 wine bottles, 1L spirits, 1 slab - pick 2. Popped out to Woolies yesterday, we needed bread. All the usual shelves empty n surprise, add to that ORANGE JUICE fridges all empty! Wow weird... everybody now guzzling OJ to starve off flu? Or delivery truck got hijacked. Who knows, don't really care.
  13. And I now hear Prince Charles is down with it... he's been hobnobbing with Mr Monaco huh... zombies are coming peoples!
  14. You broke it? Check your manual rear if you want identical replacement part. But that particular fitment doesn't need to be exact identical afaik, just needs to fit intended geometry. Aftermarket is fine if it fits, Kimborough makes good servosavers. 3Racing also make servosavers that look/work pretty close to TRF hi-torque unit...
  15. I've been sniffing around the auctions down here lately. Vendor expectations/reserves haven't lowered to meet dismal market at present, majority get passed in - unless it's some workute or a cabchas with custom body, those stil selling strongly. Not many hybrids around, pretty much limited to Toyota. Late model Prius haven't sold many, Prius V or C even less... can you live with their plasticky seats? Which only leaves whitegoods-on-wheels Camry... decent car, but they're fetching $3-4k (20%?) premium over petrol identical model at auction due to Uber driver demand - I don't know why they bother, it's only 5 vs 7L/100km difference). Lexus h don't come cheap. There's a few Outlanders 3-5yo popping up now; or there's a 6mth waiting ist for new RAV4 Hybrid. Your Volvo sounds like it's 20-30yrs old. Because younger lot barely survive 10! Your '09 Outback sounds like it's the 6, if it's chewing up its gearbox already (sure u got equal size tyres all 4 corners?). Petrol too... 'cos if it's diesel probably not have survived even 5yrs. And that's the crux of the matter, modern cars no longer properly built to last. They'll usually run for 3/5/7y fine however long the warranty is, then the subsequent run to 10y is what kills them fast. Maintenance schedules have been stretched too far out (to cheapen ownership cost during lease term), oils are too thin (to maximise new car fuel economy) so there's zero buffer nowadays to tolerate missed services... let alone stupid design faults like diesel oil dilution from aborted DPF purges. Or Jatco CVTs in anything bigger than 660cc Kei cars Plus these days anything "Sealed For Life"... well, it's life will be SHORT! No dipsticks to check level/condition, no easy way to fluid change... meh! Any machine always works better on fresh lubricants, but can you even buy the correct fluid aftermarket. Another curveball is Takata airbag issue, not everybody is recalling them to fix. Working class cars of say 10-15yrs, they just buy them back to crush. Saw a pic of huge pile of 1st gen Honda CRVs that supposedly Honda paid $500ea for, what a waste. Same with early Audi TTs so I read. So many units wastefully deleted from used car pool. As for what's worthwhile for cheap transport downunder... well nothing Commode worthwhile, definitely not an imported one. Really only leaves anything with a Barra motor... 5-10yo Falcon sedan probably safest bet for relatively easy fixing. Terrortorys have their own issues, plus diesel Landrover engine not as hardy as Barra petrol but yeah for a good cheap one gotta get in quick before they all fall into the hands of no-service run-into-ground cheapskate owners.
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