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Killer 77 Fiat X19 Dyno and Speed Tests

This is my buddy Kent’s latest project. Enjoy the video! Contact him over at his website, or follow him on youtube; http://www.automotiverepairsolutions.com/

 

First the Dyno test

 

Then the speedometer test;

 

 

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Harley Davidson KC Plant Open House TODAY

Heading over to the HD open house in about an hour.

 

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Stop by the H.O.G. area to pick up your event pin and meet staff from H-D. Then check out the free 2016 H-D motorcycle demos and a free behind-the-scenes look at the facility that produces the Sportster®, Dyna® and VRSC™ families of motorcycles. Call 1-877-883-1450 (toll free) or for factory tour information.

 

EVENT LOCATION

Kansas City Vehicle and Powertrain Operations
11401 N Congress Ave.
Kansas City, MO , US

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Manual Operation of BMW Z4M convertible top

Here is a video showing how to manually operate the convertible top on a BMW Z4, for instance if the hydraulic pump failed. It also shows how to operate the hydraulic release latch in the trunk. This is called the “Bowden cable” whatever that means. Here are the factory instructions, with some notes by me in [ ].

1. In the luggage compartment on the left-hand side below the convertible top compartment floor [TRUNK!], pull out the plastic ring attached to a Bowden cable as far as it will go. [watch video]

2. With a 90-degree turn, lock the plastic handle in this position.
In the hydraulic unit, a short circuit is enabled, making it possible to open and close the folding top by hand.

3. Pull the handle of the Bowden cable in the rear panel of the luggage compartment.
The interlock in the convertible top compartment is released.

4. Move the top forwards by hand until it reaches the cowl panel.

5. Take the Allen key from the on-board toolkit. [as you can see in the video, I didn’t have to use the allen wrench at all]

6. Remove the plastic panel from the front roof brace. [not necessary, generally speaking]

7. Insert the Allen key in the uncovered internal hexagon.

8. Lock and unlock the cowl panel lock by turning the Allen key.

9. Take out and replace the Allen key.

Emergency opening:

1. Perform steps 1 and 2 as well as 5 to 7 from ‘Emergency closing’.

2. Unlock and open the cowl panel lock by turning the Allen key.

3. Take out and replace the Allen key.

4. Move the top backwards until it reaches the convertible top compartment

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Another Premium AMSOIL Option for European Vehicles

Another Premium AMSOIL Option for European Vehicles

Posted: July 10, 2015 – New Product

AMSOIL has expanded its European Car Formula line to include a full-SAPS 0W-40 viscosity. Featuring the same premium synthetic formulation and recommended for the same specifications as European Car Formula 5W-40 Full-SAPS Synthetic Motor Oil (EFM), new European Car Formula 0W-40 Full-SAPS Synthetic Motor Oil (EFO) provides European vehicle customers with a different viscosity option.

 

European vehicle owner’s manuals typically require the motor oil meets a certain specification, but many list several viscosity options. Some manufacturers include temperature graphs to help customers choose a viscosity based on climate, but many customers prefer using lower viscosity oils in all environments. New AMSOIL European Car Formula 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil provides customers that lower viscosity option, and it is ideal for customers looking for a premium AMSOIL alternative to competing 0W-40 motor oils that carry European specifications.

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AMSOIL Super Chevy Best of the Best: Tri-Five

AMSOIL Super Chevy Best of the Best: Tri-Five

August 21, 2012

In our new blog mini-series we’ll be covering each of the five categories in the AMSOIL Super Chevy Best of the Best program: Nova, Full-Size, Tri-Five, Chevelle and Camaro. These models have sustained a following of enthusiasts over the years, despite most no longer being in production. Next up in the series is the Tri-Five group, named for the glory years Chevy enjoyed with the production of their 1955-1957 models.

Of all the models Chevy produced in the fifties, the big change came in 1955 with the reinvention of Chevy that included the introduction of the small-block Chevy V8. While the Bel-Air is the most popular classic of the Tri-Five group, other models include the Nomad, Townsman, Two-Ten Delrays, Beauvilles, and One-Fifty Handymans. Each came in a variety of options from hardtops to convertibles, to sedans and wagons. In those days, buyers were given the freedom of purchasing a stripped down car and ordering everything from the engine size to the color and accessory options. These options included air conditioning, padded dash, tinted glass and even power windows and seats. The 1957 Bel-Air still holds a place in the minds of many as the iconic American car, known for being a solid, good looking automobile.

In the era of the fifties you could drive off the lot with a brand new Tri-Five Chevy for under $3,000.00. Today, they are worth upwards of $20,000 depending upon their condition. Even those in need of extensive work are fetching thousands, indeed more than their very first asking price. Enthusiasts spare no time or expense in restoring these classics, resulting in one of the largest collector car followings of its kind.

AMSOIL has had the pleasure of witnessing some of the best Tri-Five models turn out for Super Chevy shows and crowning them Best of the Best. Stay tuned for the next installment of the AMSOIL Super Chevy Best of the Best blog series as we take another walk down memory lane to discover what makes these classic Chevys so great.

Photos courtesy of Super Chevy Magazine.

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Butler Bike Maps Prints Paper Map For The Digital World :- synthetic gear oil.

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GPS lovers, don't give up on print quite yet! Inside a year of building themselves as the authorities on motorcycle roads in the States, Butler Motorcycle Maps has again modified the way that we use paper maps. Along with showing the best motorcycling roads in each state, the newest generation of Butler Maps uses QR technology to link riders to the best places to sleep, eat and explore. QR codes are little printed images that allow users to immediately access content on the internet using a free app downloadable on their smartphone. While the printed code itself never changes, the content behind is consistently updated. “Many individuals see paper maps as a thing of the past, but we see them as a staple to any road trip.

QR codes are the perfect way to keep the reliability of a map yet gain the genuine time information that only the internet can supply. The great thing about QR is it can all be reached freely from the side of the road,” says Justin Bradshaw of Servant Maps. Butler Maps latest edition, the Texas Hill Country, has thirty three unique codes released across the map. Each code has its own function including linking users to film of roads, lists of BBQ joints, places to sleep and even a calender of live music in the area. “This is loads more then a map, we call it a Mobile Tour Guide, it really is all that you need to have the best ride achievable.

Of course, we will always focus on the best rides, but after all, there is much more to a good day of motorcycling then just the roads,” says Bradshaw. Servant Motorcycle Maps has editions for many of the western states and can be discovered at over one hundred dealers across the nation. The water resistant and tear resistant maps retail for $14.95.

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Judge Rules Harley Riders May Continue With Overheating And Burn Legal Action Against Harley Davidson | Ford Edge Cooling Fan Replacement.

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Last week, a Fed judge ruled that a class action suit against Harley Davidson free press releases could go forward, siding with 4 bike riders who say their Harley Davidson motorbikes were defectively designed because their engines ran so hot as to pose a unceasing danger to riders of being burned and were therefore not fit for their intended use. The complaint alleges that since 1999, Twin Cam 88, 96, 103 and 110 cubic inch engines in Harley bikes produce severe, excessive heat causing clothing to catch on fire, burn wounds and the danger of burn injury to riders and passengers as well as overheating causing early engine wear and in models manufactured after 2006, transmission failure. Although Harley Davidson asked the Eastern District of California court to throw away the claims under state law, the U.S. District Judge sided with the bike riders.

Greg Owen, a partner at LA personal injury attorneys Owen, Patterson & Owen and one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in this situation, states, “Harley Davidson has known about that issue from the early 2000s and has the technology to mend it, but has selected to sell many thousands of touring bikes here in California without divulging this known defect. When Harley shoppers complain to Harley’s dealers after purchase, Harley’s reply is that is ordinary and it will not supply an effective fix to the problem.” Owen believes the dangerous heat problem is due to Harley selling bigger engines that cannot comply with the emission standards of many states, including California. ‘The fix is pretty simple, ‘ claims Owen, “and Harley already has it – make touring bikes with liquid cooled engines rather than air cooled engines.

If Harley did that this major design and safety defect would go away.” The present ruling permits the case to progress, and Harley Davidson will now face Class Action Authorization process at the end of the month. Class members are prompted to contact Greg Owen at Owen, Patterson & Owen to get more information, by calling (866) 654-4947. *Case No. 2:10-CV-02443-JAM-EFB in the Eastern District of California Owen, Patterson & Owen represents wounded plaintiffs in consumer crime, faulty products and serious injury cases. Enthusiastic customer advocates, they have demonstrated their power to give significant resources in both cash and time, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for their clientele.

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Change Air Filter on Ford Edge–Video | Change air filter Ford Edge.

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Well, I wanted to change air filter on Ford Edge, so I shot some video. Here is how to change the air filter on a Ford Edge. The video is at the bottom. Now I can run for 4  years on this filter, and the Edge will be wore out by then. It’s supposed to be cleaned once a year. Minimal maintenance.

AMSOIL Ea Air Filters represent a major breakthrough in filtration technology. The revolutionary nanofiber technology used in AMSOIL Ea Filters captures more dirt, holds more dirt and allows better air flow than conventional air filters. AMSOIL Ea Filters improve engine performance and help engines last longer.

Absolute Efficiency
AMSOIL Ea Air Filters rank among the most efficient filters available to the auto/light-truck market. Ea Air Filters’ synthetic nanofiber media removes 5 times more dust than traditional cellulose media alone and 50 times more dust than wet gauze filter media. AMSOIL Ea Air Filters have a service life of 100,000 miles or four years, whichever comes first.

Better Air Flow
AMSOIL Ea Air Filters allow more airflow than filters that use cellulose media alone. Cellulose fibers are larger than nanofibers, and have larger spaces between the fibers, causing contaminants to load in the depth of the media and plug the airflow path, which results in higher restriction and less capacity. The synthetic nanofibers in Ea Filter media have submicron diameters and small interfiber spaces, which result in more contaminants being captured on the surface of the media and lower restriction.

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change air filter on Ford Edge

 

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More Capacity
AMSOIL Ea Air Filters hold up to 2.5 times more contaminants than cellulose air filters. Since the nanofibers in the media are so small there are more pores per square inch, allowing for higher dirt-holding capacity and lower pressure drop when compared to cellulose filter media alone. Thinner media fibers produce more uniform pore size distribution, improving the filter’s overall quality and ability to capture and retain particles. Testing shows that Ea Air Filters hold 15 times more contaminants than a wet gauze-type filter.

Cleanable – Longer Life
When cleaned according to AMSOIL specifications and used in normal service, AMSOIL Ea Air Filters are guaranteed for 100,000 miles or four years, whichever comes first. Ea Air Filters remain effective for 25,000 miles or one year before requiring cleaning. This coincides with the AMSOIL 25,000-mile/one-year motor oil drain interval, adding even more convenience for motorists by consolidating routine maintenance. (See below for cleaning instructions.)

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Change air filter Ford Edge

AMSOIL Ea Air Filters hold 15 times more dust than a wet gauze type filter.
AMSOIL Ea Air Filter media removes 5 times more dust than traditional cellulose filters and 50 times more dust than wet gauze.

 

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Applications
AMSOIL Ea Air Filters provide superior air filtration for vehicles in the auto/light truck market.

Cleaning
Ea Air Filters should be cleaned every year or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Carefully remove the filter from the housing. Clean the housing with a shop towel, being careful not to knock contaminants into the air inlet. Filters can be cleaned by carefully vacuuming the filter media on the dirty side, or by holding the filter with one hand and carefully blowing the filter media at a 45-degree angle on the clean side using low-pressure shop air (15-20 lbs. psi).

Service Life
AMSOIL Ea Air Filters are guaranteed for four years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The guarantee applies only if the filter has been serviced according to AMSOIL recommendations. In off-road, frequently dusty or other severe-duty applications, clean and change more often as determined by operating conditions or as indicated by restriction gauge.

AMSOIL Warranty
AMSOIL warrants that its filtration products are fit for use according to AMSOIL’s recommendations and warrants its products to be free of defective materials, design and workmanship.

 

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Does Your Differential Feel Neglected? Synthetic Gear Oil

Does Your Differential Feel Neglected? Change to synthetic gear oil

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Many truck and SUV owners personalize their vehicles with aftermarket products such as lift kits, tires and rims, custom grills, paint, wheel well flairs and engine upgrades. While these upgrades and accessories can increase engine performance and add plenty of visual appeal, they do nothing for extending drivetrain life like synthetic gear oil can do.  Most people perform proper engine maintenance and change their engine oil on a regular basis, but according to one quick lube business, only about two percent of its customers purchase differential gear lube changes. Even fewer change to synthetic gear oil. Sometimes this out of sight, out of mind differential neglect results in costly gear failure, leaving the motorist stranded on the highway.

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differential drain plug

There are two basic ways to change differential gear lube to synthetic gear oil. The old fluid may be drained or suctioned out and the differential refilled with new gear lube, or the differential cover may be removed to allow more of the old gear lube to drain out and allow access to the magnet inside the differential. Unlike engines, differentials are not equipped with filters. Instead, magnets that are open to the entire gear lube sump are used to catch some of the metal wear particles. When changing differential fluid, the magnet should be cleaned to ensure the new gear lube does not
become contaminated.

After draining the old fluid and cleaning the magnet, the differential cover should be re-installed and the differential filled with the correct viscosity grade of AMSOIL SEVERE GEAR® Synthetic Gear Lube. The use of cleaning solvents is not recommended. Initial differential oil changes are recommended by some manufacturers after the first 500 to
3,000 miles. synthetic gear oil

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Even when vehicle manufacturers do not specify to change the factory-fill gear lube to remove wear particles, it is a
good practice to do so. For optimum gear and bearing life, AMSOIL recommends the factory-fill differential gear lube
be changed no later than the first 5,000 miles with new or rebuilt gears, followed by 50,000 mile drain intervals in
severe service or 100,000 mile drain intervals in normal service when using AMSOIL synthetic gear lubes.

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AMSOIL recommends any one of three SEVERE GEAR viscosity grades, 75W-90, 75W-110 or 75W-140, for turbo diesel or 4×4 trucks, SUV’s and automobiles.

SEVERE GEAR 75W-90 (SVG) replaces competitive 75W-90 and
80W-90 gear lubricants and delivers the optimum fuel efficiency and cold temperature performance of all the SEVERE GEAR gear lubes.

SEVERE GEAR 75W-110 (SVT) replaces competitive 75W-110, 75W-90 and 80W-90 gear lubricants and delivers increased fluid film wear protection over lighter viscosity fluids and better fuel efficiency than 75W-140 gear lubes.

SEVERE GEAR 75W-140 (SVO) replaces competitive 75W-140, 80W-140 and 85W-140 gear lubes in applications where these viscosities are recommended by equipment manufacturers.

Also don’t forget to look at the RACING gear oil options.

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Headlight Restoration Kit – Mother’s Powerball – Updated with Video

Headlight Restoration

 

SyntheticOilHQ.com has carried the Mothers lineup for years. I have complained that we don’t have the Headlight Restoration kit, and NOW WE DO!.

Mother’s Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

For all those headlights that aren’t really clear anymore, these will make them clear!  Putting in new HID or high performance bulbs?  Polish them first! You’ve seen cheap crappy kits on TV, but this is the best, it’s from MOTHERS!

Mothers® PowerBall 4Lights® Headlight Restoration Kit Designed to quickly and safely restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity. Mothers® PowerBall 4Lights® Headlight Restoration Kit easily cleans away yellowing and stains, and even buffs out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges and flaws in a single step. The included PowerPlastic® Polish restores crystal clarity; leaving a tough, protective, oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements. Kit includes polishing tool, PowerPlastic® (8 oz.), two restoration pads and 15” x 15” microfiber towel.

Mothers® PowerBall 4Lights® Headlight Restoration Kit
Stock Code: 07250

Mother’s Powerball Headlight Restoration Kit

  • Headlight restoration kit includes the XPEL protective film discount inside the box
  • All in one kit designed to restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth plastic headlights
  • Dramatically increases driver’s visibility behind the wheel by removing clouding of headlight lenses allowing for more light
  • Removing the clouded appearance of headlights enhances vehicle appearance, strengthening vehicle resale value
  • This kit is safe and easy to use, allowing virtually anyone to increase their clarity when on the road in minutes

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Headlight Restoration

Headlight Restoration

The Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit is designed to quickly and safely restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity. It easily cleans away yellowing and stains, and even buffs out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges and flaws in a single step. The included PowerPlastic Polish restores crystal clarity, leaving a tough protective oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements.

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Before and after comparison of headlights treated with Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit
See more clearly with Mothers PowerBall 4Lights headlight restoration kit.
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Yellow, Clouded Headlights: Unsafe and Unsightly
Regardless of where you live, your car’s headlights are exposed to a variety of damaging environmental factors. Sunlight, UV rays, constant heating and cooling, rain, smog, harsh chemicals, pitting, and other factors can accelerate the affects of oxidation, quickly dulling and degrading your lenses. Not only is this an unsightly problem, but yellow, clouded headlights reduce light output and impede your ability to see at night, creating a serious safety concern.

Professional Results Made Easy
Restoring headlight clarity may seem complicated, but it’s not. Cleaning away yellowing and stains, and even buffing out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges, and flaws couldn’t be easier. Mothers Powerball 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit is a revolutionary product that utilizes a drill-mounted*, precision foam polishing ball to quickly, safely and affordably restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth plastic headlights to crystal clarity. Most lenses can be safely repaired in just minutes with a simple polishing procedure. Regardless of the challenge, Mothers unique restoration process will lead you down the proper path to complete headlight restoration, guaranteed.

The Mothers PowerBall 4Lights applicator
The easy-to-use Mothers PowerBall 4Lights*.
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A Great Investment, An Even Better Value
Restoring and maintaining headlights has never been so affordable. Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit and a little bit of your time is a great alternative to replacing your lenses, considering a single headlight can cost you hundreds of dollars. The kit contains everything you need to restore plastic headlights in any condition.

The PowerBall 4Lights polishing tool is washable and reusable. The included PowerPlastic 4Lights liquid polish restores clarity; leaving a tough, protective, oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements. And there’s enough polish to restore and routinely maintain all of your vehicle’s headlights for years to come.

Clarity In Minutes
With Mothers PowerBall 4Lights polishing tool attached to any cordless drill, apply a nickel-sized amount of the included PowerPlastic 4Lights liquid polish to the center of the ball. Polish the lens until clean and clear, adding polish as needed. Buff clean with the supplied microfiber towel. Enjoy the crystal-clear results.

To maintain and protect headlight clarity, apply Mothers PowerPlastic 4Lights liquid polish, by hand or with the PowerBall 4Lights polishing tool on a monthly basis.

Step one of the Mothers PowerBall 4Lights headlight restoration process
Step 1 – Prep: – Works with any cordless drill and a dab of PowerPlastic Polish.
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Step two of the Mothers PowerBall 4Lights headlight restoration process
Step 2 – Polish: With Mothers PowerBall 4Lights*. Headlight restoration is safe and easy.
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Step three of the Mothers PowerBall 4Lights headlight restoration process
Step 3 – Shine: Buff clean with a microfiber towel. Enjoy crystal-clear results.
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Effective On Clear Plastic Surfaces Such As…

  • Headlight lenses
  • Taillight lenses and reflectors
  • Plastic convertible top windows
  • Automotive bug shields
  • Motorcycle windscreens
  • Helmet faceshields
  • Plastic marine windows
  • Emergency vehicle safety lights

Key Features and Benefits

  • All-in-one kit
  • Restores, maintains and protects all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic surfaces
  • Professional results made easy and affordably
  • Like-new clarity in minutes
  • Safely removes yellowing, oxidation, pitting and scratches
  • Saves money over headlight replacement
  • Improves nighttime driving safety
  • Enhances vehicle appearance
  • Strengthens vehicle resale value
  • Proven PowerBall technology

What’s in the Box

  • PowerBall 4Lights polishing tool
  • 8 oz. PowerPlastic 4Lights liquid polish
  • 15″ x 15″ microfiber towel
  • Supplemental Severe damage Headlight Restoration Pack
    • Two double-sided Severe Damage Headlight Restoration Pads
    • Instruction sheet for repair of pitting, scratches or severe oxidation
  • Exclusive XPEL protective film discount offer

*Drill and Painter’s Tape Not Included

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction guaranteed when used as directed. Manufacturer’s liability limited to replacement of product or refund of purchase price upon return of unused portion and proof of purchase.

About Mothers Polish
Mothers is known worldwide for its premium-grade polishes, waxes and cleaners and offers a broad array of finish care products under its California Gold, FX, Reflections, PowerBall, Marine and Professional lines.

Product Description

The Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit is designed to quickly and safely restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity. It easily cleans away yellowing and stains, and even buffs out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges and flaws in a single step. The included PowerPlastic Polish restores crystal clarity, leaving a tough protective oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements. This kit includes one polishing tool, an 8-ounce bottle of PowerPlastic formula, two restoration pads, and a 15-inch x 15-inch microfiber towel.

 

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