I relate to Tim Allen in more ways than one. 🙂 But I certainly agree that everything could use more power. 🙂 I'm doing things to our cars right now that give them more power, and it takes lots of power to drive a media room, so this will be my new "engine" that I'll be using for my power.
I've always owned high power amplifiers from early on. The speakers that I've owned have been inherently inefficient do to their design and required a lot of power to drive them, and their low impedance m
Every home theater system has a sound processor of some type to manage the inputs and outputs as well as the sound processing. On low end systems you would have a receiver that would handle those chores, and as you move up you might have a dedicated preamp that handles the same task. as you know, there are many different types of sound formats in use and they all require decoding in order to send the sound to the correct speaker. Some receivers/preamps even have their own automated calibration s
Ahhhh.... the nitty gritty. Yes, we have to make the room look nice AND sound nice, but to get the "sound nice" part, you need to start off with some hardware. It's like a car. It's one thing to make it look nice, but to make it fast, you have to throw hardware at it. 🙂 Just like the weather, there are a lot of pieces that go together to make a good system, and along with the hardware, one of the most important pieces is the room itself. That is a whole other post as it gets complicated, so I'll
I finally have a plan... 🙂 My car has been at the Cadillac dealer for three weeks now as they tried to figure out what the clunking noise is in the left front of the car, and it appears that the front sway bar migrated to the left and was touching something and making that noise. I've ordered collars to go on the bar that should arrive Tuesday that will keep it centered with the frame, hopefully that will fix the problem.
Next, I have Friday March 5 appointment with Teddy Knisely to instal
There are all kinds of home theater rooms with as many different styles as there are people, but I'm not sure I like the term "home theater" for the room that we're going to create, because "theater" is not the primary reason for the room. I love music, doesn't matter what kind, as long as it's good music. 🙂 But more importantly, one thing that makes all the music better is a good sound system. With that in mind, the room will be designed around the best "sound" that I'm willing to pay, and trus
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It's an addiction, somebody help me!!! 😎
Several things going on with the cars now, we will start with Amy's car first.
The new grills and emblems are here, so I'm ready to either find someone to paint the hood and bumper cover or get it wrapped, and I'll be exploring those options next week. The Swift springs are on the way here but the wheels haven't shipped yet. I need to ask James about those but I know he takes his time. Once they ship I'll order the new tires. I'd really like to
The car we bought for my wife isn't quite as nice as the one i drive. And it's not that it's not nice, it's just that it's one year older and has 53,000 miles on it, so the exterior could use a little bit of a facelift. I would like for hers to look as good as the other car, so I decided it was time for a few changes.
I ordered some new wheels for the car, and they are exactly the same wheels as I have on my V, Renick Performance RP556 in gloss black. These are the max wheel and tire sizes
The other day I had received my new Renick catless downpipes, so I took the car down to Chequered Flag Automotive to let Chris and Shawn get those installed. While it was there, they spent lots of time tracking down a noise in the left front of the car that appeared after the first autocross. After checking and tightening everything on that side of the car, they disconnected the newly installed sway bar and methodically played with end links etc, The weird part is that the sound appears to be go
I had some good reflections the other day, so I had to snap some pictures. The ceramic treatment makes the car shine all the time.
Can't squeeze anymore wheel and tire back there. 🙂
Here's an After/Before. Yes, I did it backwards. 🙂
Well... I don't think that turned out too bad for the first time out in three years. I haven't seen the final results yet, but the car felt really good and I wasn't as rusty as I thought I was going to be. 🙂
It was a great day for an autocross with partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures, but as the day went on the clouds filled in and the winds picked up, and we had a few sprinkles for the last heat but nothing to really slow anyone down. There were only 51 entries so everyone got
The wheels arrived this week... finally. I ordered the wheels on July 1 so it was a long wait but worth it. I took the car down to Gran Turismo East for the installation of all the new pieces (except for the already done engine tune).
Renick RP 556 Wheels Gloss Black
Front: 19x9.5” with 265/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Rear: 19x11” with 305/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Renick front and rear adjustable sway bars
Eibach Pro springs
Ordered July 1, arrived October 13. Whatever, they finally got here. All 19" with the fronts being 9.5" wide and the rear 11" wide.
I weighed the wheels and this is what I found. The fronts, despite being a 1/2" wider and an inch in diameter greater, weight less than the OEM wheels by 0.7 lbs. The rear wheel, while 1.5" wider and 1 in diameter great, only weigh 0.4 lbs heavier than the OEM rear. It's the new tires that are heavier.
So Thursday morning we'll be at Gr
Well.... my wife really needed a nicer car as hers was getting old and she has been a Cadillac girl since she had her 2001 Cadillac SLS in Obsession Red. So.... we found one a little newer in the color she likes. 🙂
This is the newest addition to the family... a 2016 ATS-V sedan. 🙂 Yes, another ATS-V.
This one is a little special though. It looks pretty unassuming doesn't it? Just your normal Cadillac if you didn't know any better. But if you thought you might like to hav
Just got the car back yesterday after taking it for a ceramic paint treatment. Since the car only has 13,000 miles on it and appears to be garage kept for its entire life and was in near perfect condition, I wanted to protect the surface and make it easier to clean. So after doing a little research, I took the car to a place that's about 1 minute away from the Road Atlanta entrance called ZeroDefects. Chris had the car for three days and went over every exterior square inch.
I went with t
Let the fun begin. 🙂
It is really hard for me to leave well enough alone, I've always wanted to tweak my cars and make them "mine", so obviously this one will be no different. 🙂
I have already installed the tune from Trifecta and I love it. Not only do I gain ~120 hp at the wheels, but the transmission is also recalibrated and that is awesome. So 18 lbs of boost gets me 500 rwhp. Would love to see what 20 or 22 gets me. 🙂
Today I ordered some Eibach springs for the car. These are
I would love to take the car to a drag strip/autocross for some runs to see how it is currently running before I make any changes to it, but the changes may come first. 🙂 I don't think I've ever owned a car that I haven't made changes to...
The changes I am going to be making to this one will consist of power upgrades, suspension/wheels/tires, and a few cosmetic items... just because. This section is about power... makes me what to make Tim Allen sounds.
From the factory, th
I'm a handling guy, always have been. I love the curvy roads and will go out of my way to take those every chance I get. I started autocrossing cars back in 1973 and have continued off and on for all these years, and the love of driving has only increased as I've gotten older. And it's not just turns, I also want a car that can stop much faster than it can accelerate. This one does it all.
In the stock form, this car will pull a steady 1.03 g's on a skidpad, and many people have never even
Most people that aren't car people have no clue about this car. When you first tell people you own a Cadillac most minds conjure up grandpa's finned Cadillac with a 20 foot hood, but this ain't grandpa's Cadillac anymore. In today's world, Cadillac's are known for innovative performance on par with the best the rest of the world can offer, and this car is no exception.
With the introduction of the V Series models, Cadillac stepped up to the world of serious high performance cars. The initi
I'll try to be quiet while you sleep.... it's 3:28 am here in Atlanta, do you know where your cars are? 🙂
There are some light showers moving into the Lincoln area right now and they may linger through the early morning hours, bu most of the day should be dry.
Here's the hour by hour
Here are the expected temperature anomalies (GFS) through the end of next week. Sun-Tue will be warm, but great after that.
I guess you heard the rain moving through during the overnight hours, it is now pushed southeast of Lincoln and today to should a relatively dry day to kick off the ProSolo!
This is a combined radar/water vapor loop, and the numbers are dewpoints. Much drier air is moving into southeast Nebraska and today should feel great. About 15 seconds into the loop I switch from dewpoint to temperatures.
Lincoln Friday AM.mp4
The NWS hour by hour forecast looks grea
Good morning fellow Solo people! 🙂 Sounds like aliens to me.
I know we have a lot of people onsite for tomorrow's ProSolo, so this section has to to with this afternoon and evening. There will be severe weather in the area, please make sure everything is secure, and the car is in a trailer if you have one.
So please stay weather aware later this afternoon and evening. I will be around and making updates on the FB page if necessary.
Soooo, for tomorrow and Saturday.