Archive for May, 2010

Gettin old…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 26, 2010 by sosideways

Got this for my birthday so the car had been on hold for a second lol

Houston, we have a problem….

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by sosideways

I figured out what the problem was.

It wasn’t because the spacers on the FLCAs binding on the bearing cup, it was because of how long the stock knuckles’ steering arms are, and the problem was compounded by the long spacing from the tie rod ends.

Basically, to push the knuckles OUT to turn the wheel into the wheel well (picture the passenger side suspension when you turn the steering wheel to the left), the tie rod has to push the steering arm on the knuckle out and BACK.  That’s right, BACK, because that arm is bent inwards stock, when you push it out, it goes through an arc that brings it back as well.

Here are a couple of pics to show you what I’m talking about.

Here are some pics of the other side.  Notice how much more angle this side has due to the bend in the stock knuckles’s steering arms already.

The rod end is actually getting caught up on that bracket on the FLCA where the end link would bolt up to.  I am going to try to put the brackets that come with the FLCAs that were supposed to be used as the steering stoppers on there, that way maybe the rod end will hit that bracket and then just slide over the the end link bracket, allowing me to get that last half an inch of space between the tie rod and the rack.

Yes, the tie rods aren’t even bottomed out on the rack yet.

Hopefully, someone can help me out with how to figure this out, because I really really REALLY need to get my car back on the road, and this is preventing me from buttoning everything back up in the front there…

Music Review – Design Your Universe by Epica

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by sosideways

I was emailed by my best friend with a song in it a few months ago, and I liked it so much that I eventually got a hold of the entire album, and was blown away by how good it was.

The songs have very catchy melodies, and to the trained musicians, there are things going on everywhere all the time, which makes for an album that gets played over, and over, and over…  Just to give you an idea, I’ve probably played this album back to back on my playlist for a couple of months now, with a few other albums cutting in maybe here and there; at the end of the day, I always end up coming back to this album.

Simone Simmons, a very well known front woman in the metal world, known for her powerful operatic vocals that cuts right through the thick and heavy metal guitars and double bass blasts from the rest of the band, did a perfect job delivering her signature style vocals on this album.

The guitar solos were amazing, and the guitar tone sounds real good on here.  I guess the main rhythm guitars’ tones were derived from using both a Mesa and a Marshall amp doubling up.  I don’t think all the songs were played through 7-string guitars, but quite a few were, which had a great heavy, tight tone to them, not sloppy and run together like some other bands that use tuned down 6-strings instead.

The songs are complex, but very listenable.  There are some prog influences here and there, but they are not prominent like on Dream Theater’s songs.

The keyboard parts are amazing, reminds me a little bit of Tuomas Holopainen from Nightwish’s style, but distinctly unique to Epica’s own music.

The album starts off with a sort of overture that leads into the 2nd song, and from there, you’re taken through a musical ride for the rest of the album.  A few of the songs on here are tied in with songs from their previous albums to form the story of “A New Age Dawns”, and one song in particular, even has some voice acting thrown in to make the story more vivid than just lyrics.

There are some political songs on here as well, but as I do not like political statements made through songs, I will not comment on them other than musically, they were awesome songs.

There were even a couple of ballads on here, which really showcases Simone’s beautiful voice.

Overall, if you’re into epic metal songs, with a little bit of operatic feel to the vocals, this album is for you.

Here’s the official video of Unleashed, the song that I was first shown by my friend through the email.

Up up down down…

Posted in Cars with tags , , , on May 10, 2010 by sosideways

No, not the Konami code, but just as cool.

Project TwoForty – Front Suspension 99% Complete

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by sosideways

So I went ahead and bought these guys from the PBM guys.

They’re 1mm thicker than the Tein ones, thus they will provide a little more angle for the drifters.  Teins in the front, PBM ones in the back.

Here’s how everything is on the car during the test fit.

The rod end wasn’t close to straight up and down on the tie rod end when it was screwed all the way in, so I ended up moving it out a little bit.  Nothing is tightened to spec yet, as this was just a test fitting session.

And here’s a picture to show how things look on a “stupid ricer fanboi drift lololololol kiddie”‘s car.

The ride height is basically with 215/40/17 tires out front, with the very top of the tire at the fenders, no fender gap.

I will be switching to 2350/40/17s later on this year once my bank account has had a few to recover from the tie rod end adventures and the slew of parts I had to buy to get the car back on the road, so the ride height will be increased a little bit from there as well.

That is with 2″ spacing between the FLCAs and knuckles and 2″ of spacing between the tie rod ends and knuckles.

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