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>> No. 420040 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 8:48 pm
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Time for a new weekend thread.

How goes it, lads?
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>> No. 420307 Anonymous
15th September 2018
Saturday 9:48 pm
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>>420303
You can put those goalposts back where you found them, lad.
>> No. 420310 Anonymous
15th September 2018
Saturday 10:05 pm
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>>420307

Fuck the goalposts, it's what happens in the scrum.
>> No. 420312 Anonymous
15th September 2018
Saturday 10:18 pm
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>>420306
>It is the 50/50 glucose and fructose, the same qualities as it occurs in sucrose, but not bonded together.
This isn't quite correct. The two commonly used grades of HFCS contain 42% and 55% fructose. 55 tends to go into drinks.

Worth noting that the "high-fructose" part refers to the fructose content being higher than usual for corn. Corn starch breaks down mainly to glucose, and the manufacturing process for HFCS converts some of it to fructose.
>> No. 420316 Anonymous
15th September 2018
Saturday 10:22 pm
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>>420310
No point being a hooker if you don't like touching balls.
>> No. 420321 Anonymous
15th September 2018
Saturday 10:47 pm
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>>420306
Today I learned that the sugar in apples is 110% sugar.

I hate to be that bloke but can you please proofread your posts, I'm finding it hard to understand your writing.
>> No. 420335 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 6:41 am
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I had an objectively enjoyable time yesterday, looking at art and various museum exhibits. For some reason though I still carried a feeling of dread in my chest and had frequent bouts of total awareness of my own mortality. Rather tainted the experience, frankly.
>> No. 420336 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 9:01 am
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>>420321

I rounded up a load of numbers to the nearest 5% no great mystery there.
>> No. 420339 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 12:44 pm
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>>420312

It's also worth noting that some kinds of fruit have a much higher fructose-glucose ratio. A fully ripe apple can have a fructose-glucose ratio of 6 to 8, meaning it will contain six to eight times more fructose than glucose (or 85% to 15%), and ripe mangoes will still have a ratio of around 3.

Eating an actual apple will probably still give you less "bad" fructose than drinking a glass of apple juice. Due to all the fibre and other carbohydrates contained in an apple, you will probably not manage to eat more than two apples at a time without feeling full. But to obtain about a 200 ml glass of apple juice, you have to put some four to six apples through a juicer.

What matters, then, is that an apple has a much lower glycaemic index than a glass of apple juice, i.e. an apple affects your blood sugar level much less than a glass of apple juice, while they will feel about equally satisfying.

Also, the problem isn't that you should make a resolution to not eat fruit anymore, but it's that sugar is added to all kinds of processed foods without the consumer being fully aware of it. Sugar has a property of acting as a flavour enhancer, which can mask the fact that you are actually using low-grade, low-quality other ingredients in your processed food. It works in a similar way as salt, which is another inexpensive flavour enhancer. If you buy Lidl's cheapest instant chicken soup in a sachet for 29p, it will contain about a third more salt than Knorr's brand-name chicken stock. Because that way, the actual chicken stock content of your sachet from Lidl can be reduced and it still tastes - vaguely - like chicken soup.
>> No. 420341 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 1:50 pm
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Why don't you cunts just read the labels
>> No. 420344 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 5:20 pm
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>>420341
Reading is for boffs, init
>> No. 420345 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 5:51 pm
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>>420341

Too busy reading harry potter with my Ribena and chicken dippers lad.
>> No. 420346 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 8:41 pm
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Today I bought a 2001 Daewoo Matiz in Dark Orange. 0.8l of power.
>> No. 420347 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 8:55 pm
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>>420346

I like those cars. They look like guinea pigs.
>> No. 420348 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 9:34 pm
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>>420346
T H A T ' L L B E T H E D A E W O O
>> No. 420349 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 10:24 pm
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>>420346

I genuinely love bargain-basement cars. Fabric seats, scratchy plastics, manual window winders, the lot. They seem to burst the bubble of consumer capitalism - you owe the bank £40k for your BMW, I paid £800 for my tinny little shitbox, but we're both stuck in the same traffic jam.
>> No. 420350 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 11:15 pm
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>>420349

One of my brother's mates was known in school for driving the cheapest possible cars he could find. And I mean, the cheapest possible. One time, he got a late 70s Rover for £100. This was around 1990, so the car was well over ten years old by then and in a sorry state. It miraculously still had a few months MOT and an engine that would start, and it got him to school in the morning. Except not for long. About eight weeks later, the car just died in the middle of the road on the way back from school. It simply went out and try as he did, he couldn't bring the engine back to life. I think there were some serious electrical problems, and something that would have cost far more to fix than the 100 quid that he paid for the car in the first place. So he decided to have it towed to the breaker's, and I think he even got 100 quid for the car from the breaker or something. So it was a zero sum game for him. 100 quid spent buying the car, and 100 quid back when he sold it.

Personally, I agree completely that there is no point buying a car for 40 grand and then selling your soul to a a bank for a loan. The car isn't yours and never will be. It may be your name in the papers, but as far as the bank is concerned, your car is collateral in case you default and stop your regular payments. And then your 5 series Bimmer with the big engine in your driveway will just disappear into thin air.
>> No. 420351 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 11:38 pm
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>>420350
Wow, a car just over ten years old...
>> No. 420352 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:02 am
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>>420349>>420350

I've had a lot of cars over the years, but I've always bought them outright. I'd much rather drive around in a £300 micra for a year while saving up ten grand for a nice second hand sports car.

The thing I never understood about buying a BMW or Merc or whatever on finance is that 90% of people go for an utterly uninspiring motor anyway, like the 1.8 BMWs that honestly are probably outperformed by that lad's Daewoo on power to weight. You're paying all that money for brand recognition.

I bought a 325ti for less than two grand and it's all the car I'll ever need in terms of speed and fun. It's ugly as fuck but that adds to it for me, you don't see many of them about. Between that and the other old cars I've had, RX8's, Celicas, Skoda VRS, 350z, Merc SLKs, even Land Rovers and Rangies, I've always typically had the sportiest and most eye catching cars of any of my mates/colleagues, and rarely have I broken ten grand to get one. By the time I've had my fun I can sell it and get at least a very good chunk of my money back. In the case of some, I even profit. Certainly no car I've ever owned I've spend more on than I would have on finance.

I'm mechanically minded though, so I'm capable of dealing with the pitfalls of owning an older car. Not that a 2005 mid to high-end car is much of a money pit, most of these cars (most) are solid. Don't talk to me about the RX8.
>> No. 420353 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:16 am
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>>420349

This is exactly how I feel filtering through traffic on my shite motorbike.

Albeit slightly wetter.
>> No. 420354 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 1:06 am
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>>420353

I used to cycle to work and I got there about ten times faster. I understand why motorists hate bikes so much, as I sailed past hundreds of gridlocked cars with my smug little cycling cap on.
>> No. 420355 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 1:34 am
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>>420352
Yeah, the paying for brand recognition thing goes all the way to the top end of the market as well. Take the Nissan GTR for example, at £80,000 new it can embarrass prestigious super cars many times its price, some times ever classics worth millions.

>RX8
Did you have trouble with the wankel engine after 60,000 miles?

Also do you watch Wheeler Dealers - it's a great show about fixing up classic cars and selling them on for a profit. Free view channel 37.
>> No. 420356 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 2:34 am
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>>420351

I take it you've never owned a 70s Rover. British cars of that era were shockingly awful by modern standards. It wasn't unusual to see a brand new car on the dealer's forecourt with visible rust in the wheel arches. After three or four years, you'd expect to need holes patched up or replacement body panels to get your car through an MOT. Most BL cars left the factory with rattly panels and loose bits of trim and started disintegrating almost immediately. On cold winter mornings, you'd hear a chorus of struggling starter motors as the owners fruitlessly tried to start their cars before the battery went flat.

A modern car will run for ten years with no major maintenance, but that's only because the Japanese revolutionised the industry in the 1980s and massively raised our expectations of quality.


>> No. 420357 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 4:08 am
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>>420355

>Take the Nissan GTR for example, at £80,000 new it can embarrass prestigious super cars many times its price, some times ever classics worth millions.

The GTR is my end goal, really. I'd genuinely rather have one over a Lambo, and I'm at a point in my life where a (used!) supercar isn't just a dream anymore. Depending on how my next job goes, it might be something I'm looking at relatively soon. It's the one car I'd be tempted to finance, but with careful saving I might not need to. I can't imagine needing another car after that, except maybe a Land Rover or a van for the weekends. They don't have much space for groceries.

>Did you have trouble with the wankel engine after 60,000 miles?

Stationary gear bearing failure, which isn't quite the apex seal failure that's most common, but it's still wankel related, obviously. I bought the car for about £900, one owner, at 72,000 miles, and it still hot started and worked fine for a few thousand miles.

I knew fully what I was getting into, though, I was well aware of the problems and had budgeted five grand into repairing it. I also wouldn't have even thought about buying one had I not lived in Leeds at the time, which is where Rotary Revs, the best place in Europe for rotary engines, is. Seriously, in my visits there I saw lads from Germany, Spain, France, all bringing their cars over to get this lot to work on them. If I wasn't just down the road from such experts, I would never have bothered.

Anyway, it cost me £3800 to get the engine rebuilt, with a 100k mile warranty from RR, some electrical work, a new head unit, and new (refurbished) wheels and a new midpipe. It was worth every penny. That car was probably the best car I've ever had, but it was the only car I've ever had that I couldn't work on myself (Even the Range Rover I could change a gasket on), and I really didn't like that feeling of knowing I had to take it to a specialist even to tweak something basic like timing or fuel intake.

I sold it for about 7k on ebay, as that Rotary Revs rebuild certificate is worth it's weight in gold. I wish I'd kept it as a track toy, I've never had anything that handled better, apart from an MX5, which is not surprising, it's the same chassis.

Anyway, I certainly had more fun in it than I ever could have in a financed repmobile. I'd recommend every petrol head to own one at least once, but it's not something you can do when you're short on cash. The wankel is a beautiful thing, it feels like you're driving a four wheeled superbike.


>Also do you watch Wheeler Dealers

Love it, I've bought a couple of motors because of them. Haven't seen any of the show post Ed China though, I've heard it's bad now.
>> No. 420358 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:16 pm
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>>420356

>I take it you've never owned a 70s Rover. British cars of that era were shockingly awful by modern standards.

This also had a lot to do with union strikes in the 70s, before ARE Maggie went and sacrificed the unions on the altar of capitalism. Coordination between different BL plants had always been less than exemplary, but with all the strikes and what-have-you going on from the second half of the 70s, it meant that little actual work got done in the factories, and product quality suffered badly.

There is a famous anecdote about former PM James Callaghan, who was given a Rover SD1 specially made for him with bulletproof glass and all the trimmings. When he tried to roll down the power window next to his back seat the first time they took the car out, the window reportedly fell in his lap, and he later said to the driver, "Don't bring this car again!"

Rover in particular never fully overcame its quality and reliability issues. Even up until the early 2000s before they went tits up, they were known for shoddy build quality and inattention to detail. I call an S-reg MG F my own, and although it's a fun little car and I love it to bits, build quality is only so-so even for a 20-year-old car. I've spent years ironing out the niggles and today it's in pretty good nick, but it has been difficult. When I bought it six years ago with just over 50K miles, it was like a rattle on wheels, and everytime you went on a cobblestone road, you could identify about ten different sources of rattling noises. I have fixed about 95 percent of them now, and my car feels like any well put together late 90s roadster. But again, dozens of weekend afternoons were spent getting it to where it is now.
>> No. 420359 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:18 pm
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>>420358
The Rover 75 was pretty tasty.
>> No. 420360 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:33 pm
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>>420358
My dad is something of a R75 connoiseur, while they have had their selection of faults, none of them have had build quality issues. I think it's essentially a BMW underneath, which is why the quality wasn't as bad as its predecessors.

That said, The Rover 400 series in the 90s were simply rebadged Honda Civics; the 600 shared a platform with the Accord iirc, so I would guess aside from the K-series engine they were fairly reliable. I guess it's difficult to shake a reputation though.
>> No. 420361 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 12:59 pm
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>>420360

The K series was actually a decent engine, I've got the 1.8-litre, 120 hp MPI variant of it in my MG F. The main worry with it was crumbling cylinder heads, and in the F, owed to its layout as a mid engine car, there were coolant and heat dissipation issues that could result in head gasket failure, exacerbated by poor quality factory installed head gaskets. A popular swap after head gasket failure was a metal gasket from the Lotus Elise.

All that said, the coolant problems were often the result of improper and incomplete bleeding of the coolant system after changing the coolant, or undetected coolant leaks that led to air pockets in the engine's nooks and crannies. With the engine in the back and the coolant radiator in the front, it's really a pretty complex setup. There are essentially four different bleed points in the coolant system of the MGF, two under the bonnet and two in the engine bay, and all of them need to be bled carefully and completely so that all the air will be out of the system. This is often overlooked by DIY mechanics with patchy knowledge of the F's engine, but also occasionally by car mechanics. Not many people nowadays still know how to properly service an MGF. One reason why I do nearly all the repairs myself.
>> No. 420364 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 6:53 pm
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>>420358

The first car I ever joy rode back in the late 90s was a Rover 420 GSi, brings a tear to my eye to think about, so it does.
>> No. 420367 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 10:07 pm
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>>420360

>I think it's essentially a BMW underneath, which is why the quality wasn't as bad as its predecessors.

Not quite, in that they didn't just stick some different looking body panels on a BMW chassis. BMW were more or less working with what Honda had left behind as their involvement in Rover ended. A small selection of mechanical parts will actually fit between a 90s Rover and a BMW, which is good when you have to go find parts for the cars, but it's really no rebadged BMW. The Bavarians were smart enough not to sink any of their relatively expensive proprietary technology in the cars of a subsidiary brand that was struggling at the best of times while BMW owned them.

MG and especially the MGF were worse still though. Although Rover stuck MG badges on the more ambitious model trims of its hatchbacks, saloons and estates, the MGF was in large part really just a hodgepodge of off the shelf parts thrown together from old 1980s and 1970s Rovers and Austins. The MGF has hydragas suspension, for example, which dates back to 1973 in the Austin Allegro. I'm not saying it's a bad system, in fact, it makes for very smooth braking and roadholding in the F. But it was already 22 years old when it was put in the MGF from 1995, until it was retired for its successor, the TF, in 2002, which then had coil springs instead.

What was even worse, BMW spent no real money of its own on MG's model evolution between the first 1995 MGF and the TF which was built until 2005 (and briefly again in 2008 under Chinese management). And BMW always saw the F/TF as a potential competitor to its then new Z3, which meant BMW had an interest in keeping down both the F/TF's build quality and their potential appeal to people that BMW wanted to persuade to buy a Z3.

So the F especially, but also the TF were indeed purebred British cars. But to a large extent, in all the wrong ways. I'd still never sell my MGF though. Because all is forgotten when you take an F that's in good nick for a spin up and down some curvy country lanes, where it really comes into its own and delivers tons of driving fun.
>> No. 420377 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 6:38 am
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PLEASE ADVISE!

I nearly got flipping bum rushed by a horde of wasps! Sorry about the terrible photo quality, but as I said this was a TEACON 1 situation; Shedbunker status; compromised, rice status: away on iPhone drying duties.

I suppose an unlikely combination of bad weather, a recently baked cake and a slightly ajar kitchen window had almost doomed me, but fortunately I decided I'd have a coffee several hours earlier than usual and spotted this absolute nightmare just before it germinated into full blown living night terror. Four managed to get in, but I could only catch one of those because of the awkwardly shaped light fixtures they decided to hang around on. Three's managable, especially compared to the thirty-odd on the window, who have all cleared off now I'm glad to report.
>> No. 420385 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 11:46 am
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>>420377 The Mrs is one of those daft fuckers who flail at wasps, to maximise the chance of getting stung.
She got stung at the weekend, and her hand is now swollen like a cartoon glove. WTF?
This is just going to make her flail more, isn't it? No amount of rice-packing is going to stop her trying to swipe wasps off me. I suspect I also need to declare a mild teacon.
>> No. 420391 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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>>420385
I tried to properly zen my way through a wasp landing on my face at the train station the other day, but then it started trying to crawl between my lips at which point I thought "fuck it" and finally flapped at it to get it piss off. Cheeky little yellow bastard, trying to get in my mouth with no warning. At least buy me dinner first.
>> No. 420392 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 1:57 pm
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>>420385
You have a legal duty to protect animals from unnecessary suffering. If she's not learnt her lesson and starts trying to hit animals again I suggest you involve the police.
>> No. 420393 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 2:38 pm
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>>420392

POTY

WE'VE DONE IT LADS
>> No. 420394 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 3:58 pm
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>>420393
Thank fuck for that, see you lads in January. Bye!
>> No. 420413 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:54 pm
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Just picked up a proper heavy duty side box barrel barbeque, £150 down from £400, just because it was missing some brackets that can be easily fabricated by me.

Used to have great fun with a similar but much flimsier model back in the day, I can't wait to start again. First project will be hot smoked salmon, maybe mussels too once the season for them picks up. And fuck loads of ribs and pork, goes without saying.
>> No. 420415 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 2:24 pm
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>>420352
> Don't talk to me about the RX8.
Sorry mate, that's exactly what I would like to talk about. How did it feel on the road?
>> No. 420416 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 3:49 pm
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>>420415

It's alright. I did bang on about it earlier in the thread but I'm happy to do it again.

It's genuinely one of the best cars to drive I've ever experienced, it felt much more planted than even something like a Lotus Elise. It's all MX5 chassis and running gear, so the handling is world class. If you've ever driven a mk1 or mk2 MX5, imagine exactly that, but with 230 bhp. I can't overstate how fun the car is to drive.

The only reason they're not hugely valuable classics at this point is the engine. The rotary is a joy to drive, but the maintenance and inevitable rebuilds scare people off, and I don't really blame them. I'm fully convinced if Mazda had put a more traditional engine in the thing, maybe a supercharged version of their MX-5 DOHC block, we'd be looking at them selling for twenty grand, still. Though, saying that, the rotary is part of its charm. It revs up to 12k, for fucks sake.

I think every petrolhead should own one at least once, but you can't go into it expecting the car to be a lucky one that doesn't need a rebuild. It will. I would suggest getting a cheap one at about the failure mark (60k miles), and taking it for a rebuild, rather than buying one off someone that's already had it rebuilt, just so you have the warranty etc.

Even though the cars pre-rebuild rarely go for more than two grand, you really do need to budget AT LEAST another three grand on that for the engine rebuild. You also need to consider that basically the only place worth going to for the work is Rotary Revs in Leeds, so you might need to work that into the cost of ownership too. There's a reason they're mostly track toys these days, and not cars to be relied upon daily.

When you add in the rebuild budget, we're talking a five or six grand car - for that, in terms of RWD coupes/sports we could also be looking at a Nissan 350z, BMW E46 330ci/325ti, Toyota GT86, MR2, even an old Boxster. I'd probably recommend any of those over the RX8 if it was your only car, unless you REALLY don't mind having to take it to a specialist garage for work, and are patient enough to live with everything that comes along with it - constant oil top ups (it uses oil to lube the rotors) having to heat up the engine before driving every time - you risk serious damage if not - and having to hold the revs at 6k for a full minute before turning the car off to purge the oil from the engine to prevent flooding. All that put me off keeping it, I was driving it daily and it just felt like I was looking after a sick child. It more than made up for that on the B roads, but I just ended up fatigued by the specialist maintenance.

They look amazing, too. I love everything about the visual design of them, even the weird rear suicide doors. This was a car designed from the rubber up by one man with a vision, and it shows.

TL;DR get one if your mental constitution and financial situation allows it.
>> No. 420417 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 3:54 pm
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>>420416

I totally forgot to mention something important about the drive - the torque is fairly underwhelming, You'll never beat someone off the line in a similarly powered straight 6 or turbo 4 pot. All the pull is in the top end. It's a bit weird to get used to, but basically the car wants you to rev the tits off it. It lives in the 6-8k rpm range, and you're supposed to redline it every so often to keep the engine clean.
>> No. 420418 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 4:27 pm
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>>420416
> I did bang on about it earlier in the thread
Bugger. I'm moderately bleary-eyed, kind of glossed over it. Appreciate the detail anyway.
> They look amazing, too.
Catchy, yes.
> get one if your mental constitution and financial situation allows it.
Not in the country I'm residing at now. I've seen RX8 here too though; mildly interested about the maintenance as I doubt there's a repair shop similar to Rotary Revs anywhere around here.
>> No. 420419 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 4:59 pm
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>>420416

>The rotary is a joy to drive, but the maintenance and inevitable rebuilds scare people off, and I don't really blame them.

In its own way, the concept of a rotary engine is a much more elegant way of turning combustion energy into kinetic energy and propelling a car than a piston engine. Because you don't have to convert an up and down movement of pistons into a rotary movement, which you need in the first place to drive your transmission and wheels.

But as you say, the mechanics of it are really a problem. I'm not sure they can ever be fixed and the concept improved in such a way that rotary engines will be as reliable and durable as old-fashioned piston engines. The difficulties lie in the fundamental design itself.
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 5:02 pm
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>>420418

>as I doubt there's a repair shop similar to Rotary Revs anywhere around here.

There's not even any in Europe. I've seen lads from as far as Germany drive over here to get their work done by Revs. It's a little bit mental, but goes to show the lengths people are willing to go to run these things.
>> No. 420421 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 5:14 pm
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>>420419

I agree. I think there's probably a great many ways to make the rotary engine more reliable, but the problem is, elegant as it is, it's not particularly useful for anything other than their incredible power to weight ratio, so no manufacturer has any reason to build or research them.

I'm a little surprised they never took off in racing. A rotary F1 would be a fantastic thing to see, but as I understand most motorsports outright ban them, not sure why, possibly just because of the headaches involved in trying to categorise them next to piston engines. It's not like you could run your 1.3L RX8 against piston engined cars with the same displacement.
>> No. 420425 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 5:42 pm
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>>420421 It's not like you could run your 1.3L RX8 against piston engined cars with the same displacement.

Well, you could, and you 'd have won Le Mans exactly once. But it would be a glorious sounding once.
Lesser motorsport series do have engine equivalency rules - certainly for forced induction and I'm pretty sure I saw mention of Wankel somewhere.
However, I suspect that bike engines are cheaper and at least as much fun, without some of the maintenance and integration hassles (and there are entire series dedicated to them).
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:37 pm
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>>420421

>I think there's probably a great many ways to make the rotary engine more reliable, but the problem is, elegant as it is, it's not particularly useful for anything other than their incredible power to weight ratio, so no manufacturer has any reason to build or research them.

True. And nearly all noteworthy manufacturers have decades, if not a century of experience building piston engines. They can produce a bog standard, reliable 1.6-litre four-cylinder four-stroke engine effortlessly because it is just something that has such a long engineering history. Nearly all the big problems that ever existed with the concept have been cracked. But reliable rotary engines are still elusive for most carmakers and engine manufacturers. Arguably because they never were more than a marginal occurence and never really found large market demand. So there was never an incentive to commit as many resources to their development as to the evolution of piston engines.

Not to mention that the reputation of wankel engines probably suffered irreparably from the faults of various rotary engine cars in the 1960s and 1970s, when the concept was in its first heyday. If you read up on the RO 80, which was a car by German Audi subsidiary NSU, then they had massive problems with the rotor tip seals early on during production, and were unable to fix the problem reliably even after various revisions. Substantial engine wear and faults began to appear as early as 20,000 miles from new. NSU installed replacement engines for free for a time, but they, too, often didn't last much longer. If what you read is true, the joke was that RO 80 drivers used to salute each other on the road, and signal to each other with their fingers how many replacement engines they had already gone through in their car.

Apparently, later RO 80s had much more dependable engines, but the damage was done, nobody wanted to buy an RO 80 anymore, and together with the cost of all the replacement engines that were given to customers largely for free, it was all such a financial disaster that Audi decided to retire the NSU brand, and for good.

Shame, really. The RO 80 had some revolutionary specs. For example, it was one of the first production cars with a fully galvanised body shell. A concept that Audi later perfected for cars under its own brand name, and which gave its cars from the mid-80s onwards a legendary reputation for body shell longevity. I've seen 30-year-old Audis with barely a speck of rust.
>> No. 420443 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 3:39 pm
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>>420420
Then it's even more interesting.
This piece of land is not in the EU. Probably means that whoever was barmy enough to buy an RX8 here is going to be fucked up royally sooner or later.
But then again, perhaps I am mistaken and because of some bloody miracle there is a place around proficient enough to deal with rotary engines. Anyway I doubt that.
>> No. 420447 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 4:38 pm
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>>420443

>perhaps I am mistaken and because of some bloody miracle there is a place around proficient enough to deal with rotary engines. Anyway I doubt that.

It's certainly possible. If you're in some post-soviet part of the world, it'd not be as surprising, since Lada did make rotary cars for a while - whether or not anyone is still interested in maintaining them, who knows, but a place tooled out to fix those could service an RX8, even if it's the only one they've ever seen, it's still basically the same thing.

If you're anywhere else, fuck knows.

All this talk of Mazda, and I completely forgot that they did showcase an RX9 concept a couple of years ago, and told us it was going to be in full production. I'll probably end up buying one, despite the risks.
>> No. 420491 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 10:07 am
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>>420447
> If you're in some post-soviet part of the world
Yes.
I've never heard about a rotary engine Lada IRL though. Read about one, right. But that's the only amount of exposure I've had to it.
I don't recall how many of them were made and how good or bad the engine was. My father has a load of old Soviet car magazines in his garage, maybe I'll flick through them for information.
> RX9 concept
I've seen only a few pics and quite unsure if those were even real. Strongly resembled Mazda6 from the front.
>> No. 420531 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 10:36 pm
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Mango season is picking up. The Iranian greengrocer not far from here had good sized Brazilian mangoes today for £1.50 a piece. Fully ripe and fucking delicious.

I honestly don't know how they survive. They sell 40-pound watermelons for 8 quid a piece during the summer months, and now they've got some of the best mangoes I've seen in a long time for a quid and a half. Even my local M&S here rarely has mangoes this good.

Or maybe it is because they are fully ripe. Maybe the big chains don't buy up produce like this because of the limited shelf life. I'm indeed not sure the one I just had would have lasted much longer, because it really was at peak ripeness. Maybe my Iranian greengrocer gets them at a discount that way, from wherever it is that they get their groceries.
>> No. 420543 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 1:53 am
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>>420251
@7:14 Those keys look like a bowl of cereal.

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