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About Abruzzi

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  • Birthday 01/12/1985

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    Australia QLD
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    Travel, Food, Culture, Martial Arts, Science Fiction, Photography, Engineering, Physics, Philosophy, Computers, Reading, Music... and Cars of course.
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    Nissan Silvia
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    S15 Spec R
  • Occupation
    Mechanical Engineer / Operations Manager
  1. LiquidsounD, have resent my PM mate, please check and let me know
  2. LiquidsounD dude, do you check your PM's, sent you one on the 15th of March, no reply yet?...
  3. I didn't adjust the handbrake immediately after installing the new pads and disc, but gave it a go later on, and as I said, it didn't help.
  4. You can do this yourself if your mechanically minded enough. You won't need new calipers and it would not be cheaper to buy from a wreckers than just rebuilding the ones you have, as in a few years time your likely to end up in the same position anyway. Its likely that the calipers have absorbed some moisture (thanks to your brake fluid) and have gummed up and corroded a little. Hence the sticking. If they need to be rebuilt, it basically involves pulling them out, cleaning up the piston seal surface, replacing the seals, cleaning the crap out of the caliper and fitting them all back together. If you have or can find the service manual for your vehicle it will show you exactly how they come apart.
  5. Hi all, Need a bit of help. Yesterday finished the install of a set of rear pads on my S15 (only the passenger side set) and I had to use the car before being able to install the other set, however I have found that the new install is not fully disengaging, they remain ever so slightly on. What I did during installation: Pulled the entire brake caliper out, pulled the piston apart, checked seals (they were fine, piston was a little scoured from attracting moisture, but cleaned the surface up and also the inside of the caliper itself and refit the piston back in. Wound the piston in until it bottomed out on the adjuster thread, then put everything back together with new pads and disc. Bled the line and checked all other lines to make sure there was no air and pumped the brake a few more times just to be sure. What I noticed: After driving (note, although I didn't specifically bed the brakes using the technique described in the how-to article, I have not pushed them on hard, only light braking with very steady driving and lots of slowing down using gears, which I do anyway) was that there was a burning brake smell coming from that side, I stuck my hand near the disc and it is a lot hotter than the side that hasn't yet been replaced. I also noticed when I put the handbrake on for the first time, that I could almost pull it all the way up the first time, but the second time I did it it was back to around the halfway mark (this was simply let it back out and pull it back up again). Could the brakes have self adjusted when doing this and pushed in too far? Even so though, shouldn't they self adjust back out again also? What I have done since: Put the car up on jack with blocks. Pulled the handbrake off and turned the wheel by hand. I can feel and hear the pad is touching the caliper slightly, just enough to cause very minor drag, but not enough to notice while driving the car. I adjusted the handbrake bolt so that the nut was almost all the way out, this didn't change anything, so put it back to where it was. Then left the handbrake off and tried pumping the brake pedal a few times (although I did this before first driving anyway, and obviously a few times while driving so I don't doubt it will be doing anything) and it was still a no-go. So my question is, is it because I have not yet changed the other set of brakes/caliper. I don't think it should affect it because the brakes are self adjusting anyway, so it shouldn't matter if one side is different to the other... except for the handbrake. However, as I said, I loosened the handbrake all the way off, and this didn't help either. Any ideas!?
  6. I have an S15 with HID high beams. They work brilliantly. I live in a country area and use them all the time, they were well worth the price. I like to be able to see as much as possible when I'm driving, low beam HID's do not compare to high beam HID's, they might to normal bulb high beams. Also you'll find that the charge up time isn't really that much of a pain since your low beams are still on anyway. The kits I have are Kaixen kits, which are a Korean brand (most people associate Korean products with Chinese quality, but they are actually more on par with Japan in terms of electronics). There's a guy on NS.com that was selling them that I purchased off, if you find one of his threads you'll find a review that I did on them also.
  7. Shame you can't spell though. Why's that, so the government can make all your decisions for you?
  8. Its not sensationalism mate, I've done quite a bit of reading about it. I suggest you do to before making accusations. Now that depends whet you read, I will never discourage research and reading but remember Y2K many people made alot of money out of nothing. People fear what they dont understand Of course it depends on what you read, thats why you should read a lot and make up your own mind. I've done this, and don't put me into the catagory of "People fear what they don't understand". I understand this stuff quite well. Its not sensationalism mate, I've done quite a bit of reading about it. I suggest you do to before making accusations. i have to say.. your post did reek of the sensation... Terms, like.... "ISP's are being hit" "the slowdown will increase exponentially" And statistics, like... "Will slow down by up to 75%" "1 in 10 sites that should not be blocked will be blocked" and then "I guess you could say" Is this you're own version of the Fox News "Some people say..." I don't see how my terms appear to be sensationalism Cush. My information makes sense, and it took a decent amount of research to find it. My terms are sound, internet traffic never goes the way it is "predicted" to. I can see a lot of ISP's crashing. The slowdown will increase exponentially, what do you think its going to be a linear or limited curve? Not likely. The limit will be reached when the server crashes, but until then the rate of slowdown will increase as traffic passing through the ISP's increase. Reason? Slowdown will be compounding whilst traffic continues to increase, more slowdown + more traffic = exponential slowdown. Sensationalism? No. Maths? yes. The statistics I quoted were from some of the sites I and my brother found, one of which is quite detailed about the whole issue by another guy who has done a ton of research (on and off the net), and has collated all the information he has gathered so far together. They are from trials, sure in the final version this might change, but upon first implementation it wouldn't be by much. Sensationalism? No. And mate, likening me to Fox News, and then putting in only part of my statement; "I guess you could say", is rather hypocritical. I actually said "1 in 10 sites that should not be blocked will be blocked by the program unintentionally. Though I guess you could say that you wouldn't be missing anything cause I suppose you technically won't know it should have been there..." That statement is nothing whatsoever like Fox News's "Some people say". I was clearly stating that you could say you would not miss the content, with reference to vr4nut's post, but that would only be because it doesn't show up, even though it is there. I was not avoiding confrontation and nor was I making a statement to which I could not be held accountable, which is what the "Some people say" statement does. In all honesty, your post, trying to make out that mine "reeks of sensation", has more sensationalism than mine, and only proves your point because you have cut my statements to do so.
  9. Its not sensationalism mate, I've done quite a bit of reading about it. I suggest you do to before making accusations.
  10. 1. Won't slow down f**kall. 2. This shit is already in effect. 3. You're not missing anything, realistically the shit on the list no one would want to see, and if you did you're a very questionable character. 4. Do you really think our Government can block everything? Dreaming. Ask any Government employee if their area is under resourced. 5. Proxy? 1. Will slow down by up to 75% (Trials have been done). All traffic is monitored, so yes it will slow down, and depending on how much the ISP's are being hit at the time the slowdown will increase exponentially. 2. It is not in effect for the internet, not in Australia. 3. Bullshit. 1 in 10 sites that should not be blocked will be blocked by the program unintentionally. Though I guess you could say that you wouldn't be missing anything cause I suppose you technically won't know it should have been there... 4 & 5. True, there would be ways to get around it, but not for the vast majority of Australians. And no matter what, there would still be point 1. to contend with.
  11. TF2

    Yeah TF2 takes a little while longer than CS did to get used to for me, definitely a fun game but, I play it a fair bit with my bro. I make a pretty good sniper (been accused of cheating a good number of times)
  12. I finished my Mech Eng degree in 2006... does that count ?
  13. does it sound electrical? you sure its not speakers or something?
  14. Anyone from cairns?

    Yeah nah insects aren't really that bad up here, as 1onenil0 said its mostly around bush and mangrove areas you'll see mozzies and sand flies. Plenty of insects on the road at night but if your travelling along the highway, especially after its been raining ... Take the hire car for a spin around the Tablelands, head up the Kurranda ranges from Cairns and come back through the Palmerston, you'll hit the highway again just north of Innisfail. Plenty of little tourist stop offs too doing that drive, the new Mamu Rainforest Walkway along the Palmerston on your way down for example. Then as your heading north back along the highway towards Cairns, stop in at Josephine Falls and the Boulders.
  15. Anyone from cairns?

    Unfortunately Charlies has gone a bit downhill in recent years ... good pick on the other places though. There are plenty of good places for food up this way, this site is good for finding places though: Cairns Dining. Also try the Pier Bar at the Pier Marketplace (small touristy shopping centre along the Esplanade), they do some really nice home style Pizza's cooked in a proper pizza oven. If you like swimming I definitely recommend going to some of the fresh water swimming holes, though the best ones (IMO) are a bit further south of Cairns, about an hours drive to most, but definitely worth the trip. Try the Boulders, which is in Babinda, about 3/4 of an hours drive along the highway south of Cairns, head up the main street and keep following the main road, you can't miss it. Josephine Falls is another awesome spot, keep heading south past Babinda, you'll come to another small town called Miriwinni, keep heading past that about 2 mins and there is a turn off to Bartle Frere (can't remember if it says Josephine Falls or not) follow the main road until you get to the turn off, OR keep following the road to get to Golden Hole, which is another really nice one. advan, you were close, Ravenshoe is Queensland's highest town, Australia's highest is in NSW somewhere. The tablelands are west of Cairns and is a pretty nice drive, also has some more agricultural style tourist attractions (mango wine). There's heaps to do up this way!