Southern Belle

Started by Petrus, December 19, 2018, 19:35

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Petrus

Little one punching 15 weight categories higher  ;D



shnazzle

Quote from: Petrus on December 23, 2018, 12:40
Little one punching 15 weight categories higher  ;D



Ha! That's tiny!
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Petrus

#27
Quote from: shnazzle on December 23, 2018, 12:52
Ha! That's tiny!
and the (lack of) weight is weírd. Like lifting an empty milk carton when you expect it to be full. It weight léss than a 1l. milk carton!!

Think of it; you need to seriously lift to get the OEM one out. This one you put in clamped between thumb and two finger. It is ...well, like I wrote, weird.

shnazzle

Quote from: Petrus on December 23, 2018, 13:00
Quote from: shnazzle on December 23, 2018, 12:52
Ha! That's tiny!
and the (lack of) weight is weírd. Like lifting an empty milk carton when you expect it to be full. It weight léss than a 1l. milk carton!!

Think of it; you need to seriously lift to get the OEM one out. This one you put in clamped between thumb and two finger. It is ...well, like I wrote, weird.
If it works well, I'm a convert
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jvanzyl

Don't suppose you could post a link to the exact battery?

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1979scotte

Quote from: jvanzyl on December 23, 2018, 14:31
Don't suppose you could post a link to the exact battery?

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+1
Although I will need something with much higher CCA to get my V6 going.
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Joesson

Quote from: 1979scotte on December 23, 2018, 14:34
Quote from: jvanzyl on December 23, 2018, 14:31
Don't suppose you could post a link to the exact battery?

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+1
Although I will need something with much higher CCA to get my V6 going.

@1979scotte and when is that likely to happen again?

Petrus

Which exáct battery you want depends on how far you want to jump  ;)

Have a look at the brand Shido, type LiFePo. Something 7,5 or 8 Ah (or plus if you want). Say BMW 1200 or Harley 1450  compatible.

They are not cheap but then it saves a lót of weight and you get a better, longer lasting battery.



1979scotte

Quote from: Joesson on December 23, 2018, 15:23
Quote from: 1979scotte on December 23, 2018, 14:34
Quote from: jvanzyl on December 23, 2018, 14:31
Don't suppose you could post a link to the exact battery?

Sent from my Moto G (5) using Tapatalk

+1
Although I will need something with much higher CCA to get my V6 going.

@1979scotte and when is that likely to happen again?

I really don't know Tony.
I expected it months ago passed caring now the weather is cold and wet.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
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Joesson

Tis said "absence makes the heart grow fonder" , when the sun again has his hat on I'm sure  you and Bee6 will be coming out to play.

Petrus

Btw, the battery I mounted is nót the one I would have bought for the MR. I would have opted for a larger one. It is just that I had this one for ´free´.
Like with the superbike carbon cans. Would go for an aluminium* one but I have these two lying about.

* less temperature issues: the carbon tubes are bolted/riveted to metal bits and this wíll move since the carbon hardly expands with heat. As such the combination is less sturdy/durabel.
Also the carbon looks conspicuously modified.

idnan

This one seems a good shout:

https://www.tayna.co.uk/motorcycle-batteries/shido/ytx20l-bs/

Only 1.4kg but the higher AH ones are close to £200

Petrus

I´d say go for it.
The one I have fitted is smaller still, 3 years abused and so far is up to the winter job.

idnan

I actually do need a new battery but I'm 50/50 about spending three times what i was going to originally on a normal battery

Joesson

Quote from: idnan on December 27, 2018, 17:27
I actually do need a new battery but I'm 50/50 about spending three times what i was going to originally on a normal battery

@idnan -This Colin Chapman quote from the Lotus website may help your decision.
Throughout the company's eight decades, it is innovation on road and track that has been key in delivering success. At the root of our DNA is Colin Chapman's obsession with light weight.
"Simplify, then add lightness", he said.
It was his philosophy, way before 'minimalism' became fashionable.

"Adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere", was another of Chapman's premises.

Petrus

Quote from: Joesson on December 27, 2018, 19:12
-This Colin Chapman quote from the Lotus website may help your decision.
Throughout the company's eight decades, it is innovation on road and track that has been key in delivering success. At the root of our DNA is Colin Chapman's obsession with light weight.
"Simplify, then add lightness", he said.
It was his philosophy, way before 'minimalism' became fashionable.

"Adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere", was another of Chapman's premises.

I have ancient roots in motorcycle racing and there is no substitute for lightness.
It also makes you stop shorter; a lót, meaning you can keep it floored for longer.

Now that is track talk. On the road less is more because it is safer; you stop shorter and steer quicker.
No need to go overboard on the road though as a lighter car is bumpier unless you get the unsprung weight down too.

Anyway, still looking for a muffler to add more lightness  ;)

Petrus

#41
Bit of a set back here.
Mountain love said she would contribute 200€ recieved notice that a company she has business with has júst gone into recievership so she wll not get het outstanding bills paid.
´Only money´ and missing out on the 200€ for mods a luxury problem really.

The newby info on these pages I find extremely helpful in determaining priorities. Best first buy a front strut brace while looking out for an OEM muffler.


p.s. strut brace ordered. And a technical manual, and a bag of those plastic push pins for the front vanity shroud.

Petrus

First of Januar 2019; wónderful weather, out for a spin through the mountains during the extended lunch ´hour´ over here.
Over 150 kms of twisty bits steeply up and down, almost all in 2nd and 3rd, with at móst a dozen other cars.
The charming company has a sore throat; what is there not to like  :))



Petrus

Been out at the coast all weekend with the 5 doors, so today being a very quiet bank-holliday and absolutely gorgeous weather, took out De Kikker.

Took a lovely route with as many flowering almond trees as possible, seesawing between sea level and 1100 meters, crossing half dozen mountain passes.

This is a snapshop taken above Lake Viñulea climbing to the Puerto del Sol (1086m.). A bit hard to see but from where I take the shot to the sky it is all zigzagging up: Perfect tarmac, ober 600 hight meters of switchbacks.



Two more of the views




A rather funny footnote is that at both stops underway someone asked if he could take a photo of the car  ;D

Petrus

Cccccóld south.

For those thinking I was kidding about the cold:
Seven days of sun, 0% rain, in the weather forecast, so planning a long weekend at the coast.
Pushed my car out in the sun to thaw out and wash with time for it to dry. No water, all outside water lines frozen stiff  :-\

Yesterday evening, when the sun was already setting again, there was still frost on the ground on the shade side of the farm.

Going to split some logs now, hoping there will be water when I finish.

shnazzle

Not a bad place to drive a 2! Nice
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Petrus

Quote from: shnazzle on January 10, 2019, 11:53
Not a bad place to drive a 2! Nice

As I explained in the new members intro, the roads here are THE one and only reason for buying the MR2. There are véry few vehicles beter suited to the southern mountain/country roads.
With the 300 days son/year it is a joy to drive a cabrio and more so with my life style of ´dating´ as a hobby. The MR2 is a not at all practical option among cabrios and thus midship concept needed to be rather a serious driving fun argument and it is.
The down side of not being able to take much luggage has the inherent advantage of the charming company not being able to haul along much luggage  ;D

Anyway, done some log splitting, changed in dry clothes and ... still no water  :(
Right where is the measuring tape? Got an idea for the front number plate.

Petrus

#47
The front plate sits right in front of the cooling air entry.
If you look at the numbers it is actually scary:
The effective grill opening is 780 x 100 mm.
The Euro spec plate covers over 50%.
Over here in Spain there is a reduced plate for special cases. p.e. when it cannot be mounted in the middle as in the case of Alfas.
This is explained in an instruction to police and inspection stations. This letter also mentions that the list of exceptions is not closed and that restriction of cooling capacity is a valid reason for excepton.
The problem is that it does not mention where you can obtain the exception.
I have drawn up the request, added calculations and refer to the document. Now, the where to send it to....

p.s. one step further. Found a request form on the central DGT (DoT) site. Also the department which should deal with it according to the organogram.
Forwarded the info to the gf who has the necessary digital certificate ánd knowledge to submit the request.

Checking the water again...

Petrus

The gf told me that she had received email from the DGT central office in Madrid that they had accepted the request and had forwarded it to the Málaga office to investigate.
The good news being no bad news  ;D
Málaga is notoriously slow so I don´t expect any response from them soon.

Joesson

I believe the word for this is  mañana ;)