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Test drove my coworkers 2015 F150 Platinum EcoBoost.

 

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Quite impressed with the power. 0-60 is under 6 seconds... awesome for a 4 door, 4x4, fully loaded 6000lb truck. Not sure what rear end ratio.

 

Then we went back inside and started buying bolt-ons. I'll be installing an intake next week (he wants to hear the turbo noise) and a cat-back next month. He's skeptical about tuning and voiding his warranty. I'll convince him otherwise soon enough. :evilB:

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Well, you get what you paid for (said in his mind Hyundai's CEO)... to quote the article:

 

"During the manufacturing process, metallic debris may not have been fully removed from the crankshaft. This problem can restrict oil flow to the connecting rod bearings, causing damage to the connecting rod. 

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The vehicles in question are equipped with either 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection engines and were built between December 11, 2009 and April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama."

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Test drove my coworkers 2015 F150 Platinum EcoBoost.

:icon_eek:

Quite impressed with the power. 0-60 is under 6 seconds... awesome for a 4 door, 4x4, fully loaded 6000lb truck. Not sure what rear end ratio.

Then we went back inside and started buying bolt-ons. I'll be installing an intake next week (he wants to hear the turbo noise) and a cat-back next month. He's skeptical about tuning and voiding his warranty. I'll convince him otherwise soon enough. :evilB:

I'm not a big fan of aftermarket intakes since you have to really make sure your not reducing your filtration. To many people slap on an intake that cuts filtration, when an improved intake should increase flow and filtration. As for exhaust, check out what MBRP has to offer. I'd consider turbo back exhaust if he really wanted to make more power.

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Well, you get what you paid for (said in his mind Hyundai's CEO)... to quote the article:

 

"During the manufacturing process, metallic debris may not have been fully removed from the crankshaft. This problem can restrict oil flow to the connecting rod bearings, causing damage to the connecting rod. 

...

The vehicles in question are equipped with either 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection engines and were built between December 11, 2009 and April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama."

 

 

The CEO who was responsible for this particular cost cutting move left Hyundai a few years ago to run TrueCar.com, and since then he has moved on to manage Google's autonomous/connected car projects.

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The wonders of how and why ISIS loves Toyota so much makes me laugh at this:

 

 

Although I do think ISIS saw the Top Gear special where they tried to kill a Hilux and failed.

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Probably the most common pickup in that region of the world, its really not surprising. I read one article in which the author claimed that the Hilux was more durable and war proven than the HMMWV. Clearly that guy has no idea what he is talking about.

 

Although it has a tarnished record due to road side bombs and crew safety they weren't designed for that purpose anyway.  The Hummve is really an amazing vehicle (besides for the absolute garbage 6.5L diesel), they are wide as hell, have independent suspension with massive travel, portal axles, inboard mounted brakes, can climb a 60 percent incline and drive along a 40 percent side slope, and can drive though 5 feet of water. No pickup truck in the world comes close to the capability that the Hummve offers.  Its just no longer providing the necessary safety that is required for our military.

 

If I were in the position I would love to own one. It would be stripped down and run as light as possible, and probably swap the trashy 6.5L for a Cummins 5.9 or similar.  You would have an amazing off road vehicle.  Its just too bad the government is auctioning them off for an extremely inflated, unrealistic price.

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Humvees are frickin' hot too. None of the ones I drove around the desert were up-armoured, nor did they have any A/C. Heat pours off the hood and center "console". Personally, that was the worst thing about them. Off road capability was amazing. Driving on civilian roads was quite different. One side skimming the curb, the other skimming the lane divider. The horn was a joke..."meep meep" from such a big vehicle. I usually volunteered to drive the big and bigger trucks anyway.

 

One of my favorite memories in a Humvee was at Ft. Hood, out on the tank range. As a platoon medic with little to do and a license to drive everything, I was often tasked to drive for other units or platoons. One day I went out with the evironmental specialists (aka bug catchers). We had completed our task and were returning to camp on the north side of post (Ft. Hood is huge). The sergeant said we should have some fun...run down the tank trails and kick up some mud. Heck yes! So we're jumping tank ruts and splashing through the giant mud puddles when suddenly an Apache chopper rises out of the trees and begins tracking us. So we make a run for it... and the Apache locks on us like a target, strafing as it skims the tops of the trees. We didn't have a radio mounted in the Humvee, so no idea if they were attempting contact, but it seemed like they were having fun just as we were. This continued for a few minutes until he broke off with a wing wave. Motor pool was pissed when we returned the Humvee caked in mud and brush.

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An old friend drove out to pay a visit. Former Taurus owner who went by the handle FFVulcanPowah (aka Mark) brought his latest toy. I got to be a pimp for a day behind the wheel. The Corsa exhaust really announces its presence at WOT but quiet at cruise. The 6.4L is a beast. Steering feel is good, heavily weighted with adequate feedback. Some might complain the ride is too stiff, which is true if this were strictly a boulevard cruiser. For a sporting barge, the ride is quite nice. Seats are excellent and supportive, but not sure if they would feel as good over a long ride trip. Interior noise is minimal, the loudest noise coming from the 30 series tires rolling on twinny twins (22s) This is the automotive equivalent of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a Men's Warehouse business suit. Mark got his first ride in the backseat while I tested lateral grip at triple digits. Pucker factor of 10 for the owner. :D

POWAHH!!!

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He can fit in the back seat?

 

 

Went to an autocross today since my schedule finally matched up with my friend's, who's been autocrossing his Miata all year. It just so happened that they had a "Reasonably Priced Car" for entrants to flog. It was a CVPI that was apparently part of the motor pool at the tech school that owns the track, and I got a ride-along.

 

 

So now, the question is, do I buy a Scirocco or do I autocross the LTD?

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An old friend drove out to pay a visit. Former Taurus owner who went by the handle FFVulcanPowah (aka Mark) brought his latest toy. I got to be a pimp for a day behind the wheel. The Corsa exhaust really announces its presence at WOT but quiet at cruise. The 6.4L is a beast. Steering feel is good, heavily weighted with adequate feedback. Some might complain the ride is too stiff, which is true if this were strictly a boulevard cruiser. For a sporting barge, the ride is quite nice. Seats are excellent and supportive, but not sure if they would feel as good over a long ride trip. Interior noise is minimal, the loudest noise coming from the 30 series tires rolling on twinny twins (22s) This is the automotive equivalent of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a Men's Warehouse business suit. Mark got his first ride in the backseat while I tested lateral grip at triple digits. Pucker factor of 10 for the owner. :D

POWAHH!!!

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New forum handle: 6.4LHemiPowah  

 

:P Tell Mark to get his ass back here to TSOC. 

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Regarding Powahh's choice of vehicle - we all have a serious lapse of judgement now and then. (AKA - brain fart)  :P

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Regarding Powahh's choice of vehicle - we all have a serious lapse of judgement now and then. (AKA - brain fart) :P

I own a 20 year old Subaru spaceship, too. I pride myself on my questionable vehicle purchases. :P

Hi Brian!

Hi everybody!

Luke, I'm thinking of going to a set of the first gen forged Alcoa 20's on the barge, with 275's all around. Thoughts? Opinions? They look like the twinny-twins, but are obviously more normal sized.

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We just got a 2015 Ram 2500 at work today with the same motor.  Although I'm sure it doesn't provide near the same amount of motivation in the 8000lb crew cab 8 foot box truck.

 

I like how that car is very clean, minimal markings and badging, just clean and simple.

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Mark! Hi! All hail the dancing corn.

 

I own a 20 year old Subaru spaceship, too. I pride myself on my questionable vehicle purchases. :P

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Here's a novel thought: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=28&acctid=3345

 

The listing says the vehicle was never marked and there is a small radio antenna on the right rear quarter panel. A Zephyr for administrative PD use, an interesting choice. 

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Here's a novel thought: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=28&acctid=3345

 

The listing says the vehicle was never marked and there is a small radio antenna on the right rear quarter panel. A Zephyr for administrative PD use, an interesting choice. 

 

Probably a supervisor's car. Nice. 

 

There is a local PD here that had a fleet of white fully marked CVPI sedans in their standard patrol fleet, and an identically marked Town Car Signature (white paint with reflective graphics, an LED lightbar, and 17" Police Interceptor steelies) for the department Chief to use in the field. :P

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Installed an aFe intake on coworkers 2015 F150 EcoBoost. Dual runner setup, feeds each turbo individually. I found it funny that the stock tubes have "turbonator" fins in each tract to spiral airflow to the turbo.

 

Owner is quite pleased. He states there is definitely a performance increase and the truck sounds like Darth Vader breathing. He wanted to hear the turbos.

 

Next step is gonna be exhaust. He wants to hear it at WOT without drone while cruising. I noticed aFe also makes a single side exhaust for not too much $$$ so we may go that route.

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Installed an aFe intake on coworkers 2015 F150 EcoBoost. Dual runner setup, feeds each turbo individually. I found it funny that the stock tubes have "turbonator" fins in each tract to spiral airflow to the turbo.

 

Owner is quite pleased. He states there is definitely a performance increase and the truck sounds like Darth Vader breathing. He wanted to hear the turbos.

 

Next step is gonna be exhaust. He wants to hear it at WOT without drone while cruising. I noticed aFe also makes a single side exhaust for not too much $$$ so we may go that route.

 

Those fins on the stock intake are likely to "silence" the intake.  aFe makes decent stuff but its on the expensive end. My buddy had one of their setups on the 7.3L but it didn't fit properly so he switched back to an improved OEM setup.

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Fit was OK on the aFe kit. It's basically held together by the clamps, so a lot of loosening and tightening to get it all to fit well together. Yes, it was on the expensive side ~$500. Aluminum tubing and silicone clamps with a formed sheet aluminum filter mount, black crinkle coating.

 

The kit included a dozen or more stickers. +5hp each... so like +60hp right?

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"Light Snow Mist"

 

Oh yea, bring it on! :pat:

 

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He's Baaaaaaaaaaack!!!

 

 

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http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123138/chris-hansen-back-catching-predators

 

Best news I've heard all week!

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My friend who bought a welded '99 SHO at auction for $800 and had it for several months sold it for $2600 yesterday, and then dropped $600 on a running and driving Centennial! Currently at the shop for the rack & pinion ($340) and he'll get it back in a couple days probably, then just basic maintenance and a deep cleaning and it'll be perfect!
 

He also has to put new head gaskets on his Duratec Sable Wagon, that's the 2nd case that I've heard of a Duratec blowing them. Wonder how many more will pop up in the future.

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