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smadge1

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In Topic: Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Yesterday, 10:52 AM

Interesting to see that you can get some head units (even with Android Auto/Apple Carplay) that have ODBII integration.


In Topic: What car do you drive?

21 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

It's important to note that belts for high-torque applications are made completely of metal.

 

 

They refer to them as "push belts" because they are designed to push the pulley, rather than pull it.


In Topic: What car do you drive?

21 March 2017 - 08:57 AM

I haven't had any issues with my CVT. It doesn't seem to be as responsive as a normal Auto, but I put that down to computer/software.

 

The main limitation of the CVT is the belt, the stronger the belt, the more torque you can transmit. As time goes on, I don't doubt they can improve the belts.

 

Ideally, given a properly engineered belt and software, the CVT would be the perfect transmission. But there are still engineering hurdles to jump.


In Topic: Making the world's biggest military even bigger, watch out China!

21 March 2017 - 08:53 AM

i'd love to know how successful China has been in infiltrating NK's politburo/secretariat/control committee/party central.  they seem uniquely placed.  theyve had the time, reasonably good relations, and have considerable resources.  NK is beneficial to them in many ways, but not something to be left festering unchecked.  and i guess you would also have a number of SK operatives poking around variously in cahoots with the west, or china, or both...

 

How long do you think North Korea would survive if China wanted it gone? I think NK is almost a province of China. What I want to know is, how disillusioned is Jung-Un??


In Topic: South Australia to install new batteries!

17 March 2017 - 10:24 AM

Seems to me like the Govts (all levels) and the energy industry should look to install Battery Plants in key locations in every state.

 

Yes it will change the industry dynamics, but at the end of the day, it's us, the consumers and taxpayers who should be more important.


ah, looks like another thing has raised it's head. Upsides and Downsides of course.

 

Giving farmers a share of the royalties for gas wells may be an incentive for them. But it still doesn't reduce the risks of damaging land and water tables. (especially for neighbours)