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  1. Good info Ash, I have always run my Aurions tyres at either 36 - 38 PSi..when on a long haul trip it is possibly 38-39 PSI..if i had a thermal thermometer i would certainly be checking them better.. as tyres are the lifesaver it was great advice to buy the best you possibly can afford as they are the only defence against idiot driver and wild wet weather like we have right now across the central coast NSW..today i really felt the benefit of the Michelin Primacy Brand of tyres..as when we left for the shops it was only spitting rain when we came out it was dumping from a great height on us and
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  2. Just read this on a post in Quora.com which I think has merit. "The tires control the vehicle. Get the best tires you can afford. Your life may depend on it one day. After driving 10 miles or so. Use a infrared thermometer to measure temperatures across the face of the tread. If the center is hotter than the edges, the tire is over inflated. If the edges are hotter, it’s under inflated. Adjust accordingly until the temperature is consistent across the tire. This is a properly inflated tire. It will also be higher than that sticker, and in most cases be about 10% under max psi from the sid
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  3. I meet a man about 12 years ago now, (as i did free shows for aged care homes singing with Karaoke on the TV screen for the residents to sing along or follow) he drove alongside a young Brock and all the big names of that era..he recalled to me running his cortina across the mountain when they had few walls on the left..now that was the seat of the pants brave days of the mountain..I can't recall his name now have tried but I loved sitting hearing his stories, it has been and always will be the greatest test of drivers and machines..I loved getting up early with my dad to watch the build up an
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  4. 18s on an aurion still leaves it a smooth ride due to the 45 series sidewall. I personally wouldn't go bigger. Don't forget, chr wheels fit as well....
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  5. Nice one Robert. Good bit of Macgyvering mate. You'll have to sleep with one eye open after that shameless raid of "who she must be obeyed's" secret stash 🤣
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  6. My Hachi has the loud boxer rumble coupled with a short throw manual gearbox, rwd & go cart handling - it stirs the emotions, I love it
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  7. You'll start a war with OPEC with that free radical thinking 😂😜
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  8. Hahaha, so true. The Aurion has nothing sporty about it so it doesn't really inspire you to drive it like you stole it. I can understand the 86 though. That car would have more of a roadster feel. If I had spare cash I'd really love a BMW Z4. Superb car !! Roadsters are fun to drive like the Mazda MX5 too. My M3 is on a whole different level again. It feels solid, planted and very neutral in the corners thanks to the 50/50 weight distribution and the ///M suspension. Handling is sublime, with linear power delivery from the engineering masterpiece S50B32 engine. I love that car.
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  9. Thanks Robert. Glad you liked the pics. Threads like this are worthless without pics aren't they ? Rupes make some high quality gear and when I first saw this kit, I was in total awe !. I had always imagined if there was a polisher that could tackle those tight spots I'd love to have one, but unfortunately, nothing of its type had existed back in the day until Rupes came out with this little beauty. It was pretty much a manual labour affair with cloth over finger to get in there and polish, (very unsophisticated with average results). The iBrid has been out for several years and I had de
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  10. It is worth the effort to keep good records. Can I suggest that you consider taking some vehicle ride height measurements before and after replacing the struts and springs.
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  11. Glad you like the new look forum chaps....sorry about the errors and we are fixing them as I type. Thanks for the feedback
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  12. Those were the days with the rise of the touring car on the track and muscle cars on the public roads. Potentially anyone could take a stock car and with enough money for modifications turn it into a race ready car. Remember that garage mechanic named ***** Johnson leading the Big Race, the rock, the public support then back next year to win. If you want to take a trip down memory lane and see how much things have changed have a look at this video. Certainly a bygone era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOQd1vT794s
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  13. All done, oil pressure and the oil temp is on the transmission. The pressure gauge was a bit sensitive to having a good earth on both the sender and gauge but otherwise it was pretty straight forward, possibly the hardest bit was getting wires through the firewall.
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  14. Money... What's money ?? 🤣 (Famous line from Seinfeld, when Jerry was contemplating buying that Suede Jacket with the candy stripe lining) Live a little, spoil yourself.. 😜
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  15. All good Buddy. Feel free to join my tyres thread if you like. It's all relative anyway. I'd have a hard time deviating from the Michelin brand. If It were my choice, I'd spend the extra $$ for the Pilot Sport 4. From everything I've read, It seems to be the more superior tyre in that range before you start going to the Cups. I think I'll probably do the same too, not discounting the Primacy 4, it would be nice to try something a bit different. If I find the wear unacceptable then I'll go back one to the the Primacy 4. Just wish the retailers offer deals on MIchelin tyres ins
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  16. Ash, technically that's an excellent response & makes perfect sense. Problem is not many people have one of them giggas to measure temps. Max pressure on my tyres is 50psi-10%=45=plenty ! The above info is so great I wana try it - what sort of thermo gun do you have Ash & would you recommend it ? Repco have the Mechpro on special which seems decent enough.
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  17. I have attached my wheel alignment printouts Feb.2020 and Aug.2020. I was informed that they had replaced the wheel alignment machine after February. August printout shows the "Target Data" in the centre column. Interesting the difference in camber range between the front and rear axles. Wheel Alignment Reports_2020.pdf
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  18. I ended up buying another set of ignition coils in May 2020 from the same USA seller that I used back in 2018. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/6-Ignition-Coils-Replacement-for-Camry-Rav4-Avalon-Lexus-RX350-ES350-3-5L-UF487/131133586608?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Delivery would have taken a few weeks and they are still in my spares box. Only reason I replaced my ignition coils was because of the time and effort to replace the spark plugs on the rear bank of the V6. I have a spare set [proven quality from a well established eBay seller] on stand
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  19. Those brushes are excellent to use "if" you can get one lol.. My wife doesn't wear make up, so there's zero possibility of having scored one for the detailing collection.
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  20. 70% down ?? That's hilarious. How did he arrive at that assumption ? I love some of these diagnosis theories. 🤣 Coils either work or they don't. There is no in between. Have you ever been zapped with 40,000V ? It's not pleasant I can attest to that lol.. While checking for spark on my other car, I found out it was working.. the hard way 😁 I've been browsing Ebay myself for some time looking to get myself a spare set as I know the time will come at some point and I'd like to have them in my possession ready to swap out in case the car protests on a Sunday for example. I need the c
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  21. They're actually one of the biggest Japanese harness makers too, any dorifto worth his flat-cap will have knock-off green Takata harnesses fitted to his knock-off Bride bucket seats.
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  22. I have got a fine brush which is actually a cosmetics brush [that I acquired in my bower bird/recycling activities] which will do that task quite nicely. I am sure that it was one that the girlfriend was going to throw away. Definitely not "acquired"from her secret stash.
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  23. That is frustrating I know. The usual google search will almost always bring up searches from the U.S. and very little from our side. Did you also try this site ? http://general.toylexparts.com/camry/285370
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  24. Looking good Luke ! It's not a drastic drop yet subtle enough to give you the improvement you were looking for. I wouldn't go any lower than that. I think it's perfect. Give it some time to settle in a bit and see what it feels like then. Well done mate
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  25. Sorry, my bad, I have no idea where I got 50mm from 🍷🍷 Still 20-25mm is a nice enough drop, springs usually get thicker as you lower which makes for a more brittle ride although your shocks appear to be controlling them well from the sounds of it. If noise is really loud, consult the installer. Perhaps time will settle them. Don't mind Meguiar's, they make some good stuff.
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  26. Yes Ash seems a lot to dump on us for days yet, fortunately where I am it is very sandy soil so it drains away fast when the rain stops..I was going to do some work on the wheels but after yesterday's dumping it washed them for me when we went shopping, so decided to fix the rubber boot button beside the number plate lights..it had that melting issue and had bugged me for years..so after removing the switch assembly and not being able to find one at any wreckers I raided the storage cupboard belonging to "She Who Must Be Obeyed" I located a flat small section of silicone and cut and fitted it.
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  27. Results are in! Springs haven't set in yet obviously (was told that they'll drop a bit more) but initially, around 2cm drop in the front and 2.5cm drop in the rear. Exhaust (lowest point of the car) is still ~12-12.5cm from the ground, so should be legal even once it's dropped a bit more. Images: https://www.imgur.com/a/nSe2Y0J Ride comfort seems to have dramatically improved somehow (maybe my shocks were completely done for) - especially at low speeds, it doesn't bounce around with the tyres at 40psi. (I know others have complained about the Aurion being a bit bouncy at lower speeds thou
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  28. Latest news has reported that the current owners of Takata are sorting through 20 years of test data. Presumably this is to identify to what extent the test data for each model seatbelt actually differed from specifications. Potential big impact for Toyota.
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  29. Trick is, don't go for the big corner shop allotments with the bright red & yellow triangle flags. Find em on carsales, the small shed guys with minimal overheads, who buy & flip cars quick. My 2011 touring cost 9700 with 120,000kms..... Cheaper than anything else I could find. Few stone chips in the bonnet & bumper I will attend to one day, but overall happy chappy. Missus Subaru liberty on carsales from franchise dealer, same Kay's, was work vehicle and it did another 120,000km without spending a cent no quality issues at all before we got rid of it for peanuts as the timin
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  30. 86 being a manual will do that. Anything auto kills the vibe. Manual can give it random throttle in any gear & stills feels kind to the vehicle. Flooring it in an auto means long pause followed by huge stall into lower gear & harsh kickback & wheelspin, then transmission thump when you've backed off & confused it. Autos suck.
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  31. That same kinda of phenomena has me driving my Aurion like an 'ol fart/Hybrid driver & the 86 like a pace car on a racetrack 😐 It's the way the car makes you feel. Interesting also is that I feel more 'awake' in the 86 as opposed to the Aurion.
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  32. I suspect that it was more the time factor. The eBay seller that I used back in June did say in the listing that it would involve a special order and it did take a few weeks. Interested to hear how you find those Pedders Sports Springs after driving around on them for a few weeks.
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  33. I think you both make valid points here but Ashley hit the nail on the head in terms of long term ownership. I know Toyota make a quality product but batteries are batteries and they will all go bad eventually and if a battery pack costs 7-8k now, how much would this be in 10 years from now ?? I think the hybrid will be ready for the wreckers at that point. Who'd spend 10K or more replacing the battery packs when the car is practically worthless ? I much prefer petrol power and the refinements Toyota have made, especially to V6, make it a better choice for me.
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  34. Oh Bugger ! Semi shade is better than no shade I guess. I get wifey to deploy the windscreen shade to keep the sun off the dash, steering wheel and control stalks. She tends to get lazy sometimes and as a result the indicator stalk on my car has faded (sun damaged) and so I went out and purchased a pair of near new replacement items to replace one day. A towel over the steering wheel does wonders too. Keep the paint sealed with a quality sealant and it will resist those nasty rays.
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  35. Just an update - wasn't able to get King Springs but they managed to source the last set of Pedder's in Aus at the moment (apparently) for tomorrow! Supposedly more comfortable after some research. Anyway, some before stats (thanks @campbeam for the idea): Front-right ride height (base of tyre to arch): 70cm Front-left: 70.5cm Rear-right: 69.5cm Rear-left: 69.5cm And some before images: https://imgur.com/a/5S8prrf Will be back tomorrow with the results!!
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  36. You need to apply a ceramic coating to your windscreen Ash. Those wipers will not be needed then, 😀 Watch those beads glide off the glass. As soon as I build my carport that's exactly what I'll be doing.
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  37. Wet weather time with higher than average rainfall predicted this Spring and Summer. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/ With more rainy weather this weekend, I more noticed how much the wipers were smearing. Wiper blades have now been replaced. Certainly keeping on top of things just in case the QLD NSW border opens without restrictions by early November.
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  38. OMG.what a fantastic kit Tony...as typical with Rupes it contains everything you could wish for in one well designed and well secured case..Well Done I can imagine your brain swirling with what to try it on first and look forward to a test report Keep Safe and Thanks as always for the Pic's made me start to drool KAA
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  39. Just wanted to say thanks to the Owners of this forum for the excellent update. The new skin looks great !
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  40. There is a good post by ZZT86 on this recent thread. I use Redbook to research specifications and standard equipment of a vehicle. https://www.redbook.com.au/cars/details/2019-toyota-camry-ascent-auto/SPOT-ITM-529894/ https://www.redbook.com.au/cars/details/2017-toyota-aurion-at-x-auto/SPOT-ITM-456787/ The 50 series Aurion is a totally revised vehicle to the 40 series. As per Redbook 2017 Aurion has parking sensors and parking camera. I am very much biased towards the Aurion with its V6 engine because I love/appreciate how effortlessly it accelerates from 100 kph
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  41. I forgot about that Ash. Thanks for reminding us. I have experienced that also, which is why I don't bother doing searches anymore. Google usually yields all the posts from here strangely enough..
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  42. Hey All, Going through some old photo's on my hard drive and found quite a few of the old Group C and Group A Toyota's I've seen over the years at Muscle Car Masters. My Dad and I have attended most years since 2008 and a much younger me took some half decent photo's of Toyota's. From 2013 to start off. The Chickadee Toyota Celica of Graeme Bailey and Steve Land, 1982. It was the former Peter Williamson Celica that held the first Racecam. The Corolla Sprinters of Ray Cutchie and John Faulkner and Drew Price and John Faulkner An
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  43. It is a right not a privilege and I want it now and forever. Our good mate John is not holding back when he calls space saver tyres a fraud. You need a full size spare if you do any highway driving. I also check the tyre pressure of the spare tyre before I go on a road trip. Better to be prepared rather than sorry with a spare with only 20 psi that you have not checked for years. If you cannot handle the weight, then pay to have roadside assistance. If you are lucky, someone may stop to assist. https://autoexpert.com.au/posts/top-six-things-new-car-buyers-dont-check-but-should
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  44. A comment that sadly hasn't applied since Ford and Holden closed the locally made car chapter a few years ago. And I believe it, especially during the 60s, 70s and 80s. It's a different ball game now, I feel aero has ruined the sport and the new Gen 3 "Supercars" may potentially be great, with less aero and hopefully more manufacturers joining to make it a lot more interesting than it is now. Peter could certainly steer his Celica's around Bathurst that's for sure. The ground he made on the V8s along the top was something else, something that the E30 M3s did in the Group A years to the tu
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  45. We are the privileged few who still have a full sized spare these days as we're heading into this era of so called "space saver" tyres. The notion that it is called a space saver is ridiculous because it isn't really about saving space is it ? It's cheaper to give you a clown wheel and it also compensates for the increase in weight the cars get from the overload of techy gadgets. I like having a proper, full sized spare wheel. The only downside of having the full sized spare, that is fair to say, is that some may not be able to handle the weight while trying to lift it out of the boot. That's
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  46. hi mate, yes uploading here is best practice as like photobucket when they screwed things up for users all the images on the forums broke. If its uploaded here then we will make sure they don't get lost. cheers
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  47. Yeah, I wondered that too. Maybe it's still work in progress, but the rest of the forum upgrades have a nice touch to them.
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  48. Haha yeah. I am fussy. I like to be organised and work as cleanly as possible. Have the plan set in place and everything else just flows nicely then. Getting the car level took quite some time and it was probably the most frustrating part actually. I didn't show it in my pics but I also got it level laterally, not only longitudinally just to be precise. This would mimic the car being on a workshop hoist. I had a good feeling about the condition of the transmission because I've never had any shift issues at all. It's always behaved perfectly to be honest so there was no trepidation about
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  49. Was going to say DAB radio but maybe not on a 2006 RAV so yeah normal radio or GPS.
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