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    1. 2014 Ram ProMaster van 280 hp 2008 smart fortwo...

      2014 Ram ProMaster van 280 hp
      2008 smart fortwo 70 hp
      2011 Honda CBR125R 12 hp
      2004 Kawasaki ZX10R with stuff done to the engine, no dyno yet but guess 170 hp
      1990 Yamaha FZR400 with minor stuff...
    2. Long-term motorcyclist here, too. I don't like...

      Long-term motorcyclist here, too. I don't like the thought of driverless cars, but there are plenty of technologies that are partially here now and partially on the near-term horizon that could help...
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      Main reasons for low roof are (1) I don't need...

      Main reasons for low roof are (1) I don't need the high roof, (2) With the low roof, I can back it into the driveway partially underneath a balcony so that it eats up less driveway space, which is a...
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      For the moment, a Baxter front wheel chock and...

      For the moment, a Baxter front wheel chock and tie-down straps to the hooks supplied in the floor. Yes, stuff flying around the interior is a concern in a collision, and apparently the partition for...
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      It is (now) available with a 3.0 litre diesel...

      It is (now) available with a 3.0 litre diesel engine, but it is different from the 3.0 V6 in the Ram trucks; this one is a 4 cylinder. It was a delayed introduction - they are just starting to show...
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      The Van Lounge: RAM ProMaster owner review

      To support my motorcycle roadracing hobby/addiction ... it was finally time to move from having a car towing an open trailer, to a proper enclosed method of transport. Fed up with camping in a tent,...
    7. No matter what rules you put in place, those who...

      No matter what rules you put in place, those who have to deal with the rules will game them if it is advantageous to do so.

      Next up: "half ton" pickup trucks with just over 8500 lb GVWR. Vans are...
    8. I only picked it up a week ago. Initial...

      I only picked it up a week ago. Initial impressions ... it's good ... really good. But I've only got 600 km on it. Give me another couple of weeks to put some more impressions together.

      I will...
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      That's not the point. Where is the dividing line...

      That's not the point. Where is the dividing line between "legal" and "not legal"?

      Is any non-standard wheel and tire combination illegal? If the vehicle specifies -2 to -1 degrees camber, is -2.2...
    10. It would be nice if that were true ... full-size...

      It would be nice if that were true ... full-size trucks have gotten too tall. The bed floors are too high, the bed sides are too high.

      As for the weight ... Jeeeezzz those trucks are heavy. I had...
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      No ... they were projecting an image of being...

      No ... they were projecting an image of being environmentally sensitive, even though they either really didn't care, or didn't think the process completely through.

      It's a variation of...
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      Remember also that the new smart ditches the old...

      Remember also that the new smart ditches the old (outdated) Mitsubishi engine and the old automated-manual transmission that everyone loves to hate. Remains to be seen what the new one will do for...
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      The "problem" is that the most efficient ratio...

      The "problem" is that the most efficient ratio for a given engine load would follow a pattern that few drivers would find acceptable: basically lug the engine at the lowest possible speed until...
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      And yet, that hasn't happened - at least, not in...

      And yet, that hasn't happened - at least, not in the case of the iQ.

      The smart fortwo outsells the iQ by several times over in every worldwide market except Japan - including Europe, including...
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      And yet the current fortwo, 7 years into its...

      And yet the current fortwo, 7 years into its production run and with all its faults and with it well known that there is a replacement on the horizon, not only handily outsells the iQ by several...
    16. Go back to first principles. Take spark plug...

      Go back to first principles.

      Take spark plug #1 out and stick a long screwdriver down there to use as a piston feeler. Find actual TDC that way. When it is at actual TDC, either cylinder 1 or...
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      Two-spoke steering wheel means base model, and...

      Two-spoke steering wheel means base model, and for those cars, that really does mean no power steering.
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      This is not an IF ... THEN. There is not a black...

      This is not an IF ... THEN. There is not a black and white line that must not be crossed. It is a continuum of shades of grey.

      1" lowering is a change that is heading in the wrong direction, but...
    19. That's how you adjust a non-adjustable adjustment...

      That's how you adjust a non-adjustable adjustment :laugh:
    20. Turbines work well at a utility-power-generation...

      Turbines work well at a utility-power-generation scale. They don't scale down to automotive size very well, and the efficiency drops off badly.

      You are not going to get 42% efficiency from fuel to...
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