Friday, November 27, 2009

In the past week...

I haven’t had much time to update since the past week, with my workload piling up most notably my gunpla WIP =p, & having to put up with the hassles of getting my ride up & operational again after a major brake failure.


From Miscellaneous

Early this week, my eneloop rechargeable batteries shipment from Sashinki finally arrived, but i’ve yet to start playing with my virgin speedlite =p


From Miscellaneous

Focus test chart ~ i guess this is how it’s supposed to work; checked OK!


From Gunpla

Yet another impulse purchase on an impromtu visit to one of the local toy shops, thanks to my gunpla-crazed housemate... 1/200 Speed Grade collection ~ worth every cent of its 39.90 tag. Reviews coming soon.


From Rides

Finally sent my car for its long awaited brake system upgrade in the form of brake pads change & OEM rubber brake hoses replacement with IMP stainless steel braided brake hose kit, for better braking efficiency & eliminate spongy pedal ‘feel’ under heavy braking.


From Rides

From Rides

From Rides

From Rides

OEM rubber brake hose kit Vs high performance stainless steel braided brake hose kit

OEM rubber hose kit generally have an average lifespan of about 3 years; in the case of my old ride, it could very well be a ticking time bomb on the countdown to burst. They tend to swell with age and this may restrict fluid flow thus, causing sponginess pedal ‘feel’ when braking.

In comparison, the stainless steel braided hose kit is of sturdier construction with Teflon inner lining & stainless steel overbraid which gives it added strength & flexibility, durability to handle extreme pressures & temperatures without fatigue or failure.


From Rides

From Rides

Faded brake pads Vs new pads from AFI

*claimed to bite stronger but at the expense of its slightly shorter than OEM lifespan; we’ll find out soon


From Rides

From Rides

From Rides

A friend’s car getting its wheels blinged with supercool & expensive TRD lugnut set


From Rides

From Rides

Other nice rides spotted at the establishment...

With weak Point A of the braking system eliminated, unfortunately it wasn’t happily ever after just yet, as the other remaining weak points, namely the brake master pump seal & brake separator valve seal, started to leak not long after (maybe due to the aging rubber components in those part’s inability to handle the pressure exerted by the newly topped up brakefluid couple with a now more efficient back-end of the brake system), rendering me car-less for a couple of days as the problem gets rectified at my friend’s workshop -_-


From Rides

From Rides

Once out, it’s back to Big Wheels again, to have 2 of the balding Advan Neovas at the rear replaced with another set of pricey semi-slicks; the Bridgestone Potenza RE001 Adrenalin; sized at 195/55R15, now for the 1st time in about half-a-year since i replaced 2 of my front rubbers with Toyos, my car will have equal sized tires all around... (previously running AD07 195/55R15 on all fours before i replaced them with the thicker Toyos 2 piece at a time; unfortunately i’ve sourced the whole Miri for the same rubber, but without any success)


From Rides

Bumped into another fairly new Japanese exotic ~ the 370Z Fairlady with nice bolt-on mods...


From Rides

Checkout the its nice rear – more Porshe-like looking now...


From Rides

It’s in the process of getting brand new Volk GT-C 20” wheels fitted on. How much if you may ask? If i sell off my car for cash now, i could probably afford only 2 of those wheels. MYR25,000 for a set of bling-bling; shouldn’t be too much to ask for one who can afford a brand new 370Z. =)

2 comments:

round said...

when gona upgrade engine? :p

cal81 said...

ha, have to wait til the $$ in my piggy bank penuh le... =p