Archive for May 4, 2009

Lubricated

Posted in Car stuff on May 4, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I had my LSD oil changed on last Saturday afternoon.

LSD Oil Change

LSD Oil Change

My last LSD oil change was a year ago, and the oil that’s been let out looks like this:

Old LSD Oil

Old LSD Oil

Looks silver’ish, tofu, does that mean it ain’t good? XD

Here’s the LSD oil my mech got for me, a 4L Toyota LSD Oil with 85W90 viscosity:

Toyota LSD Oil

Toyota LSD Oil

And it costs me RM85 plus RM5 for the oil change labor.

The guys at the workshop used this to pump the new oil into my differential:

Oil pump

Oil pump

After I had my LSD Oil changed, I still have half of the bottle left, I placed it in the car and told the mech to continue the checkup on my Ebrakes, which is totally NOT working at all:

Ebrake checkup

Ebrake checkup

After a brief checkup on the Ebrake cables and the pump, it was found out that my brake pump was the main culprit, and unfortunately, my mech doesn’t has any spares around, and he also stated that this stuff don’t come by easy as it’s pretty rare, I guess all stuff related to the AE86 is pretty rare?

However, I’ve read somewhere that people actually modded their brakes so they have a separate drum as their Ebrakes apart from their current Disc brakes, I asked my mech about it and he told me I’d need to change the whole axle, hmm… bad idea then.

My mech then proposed to use brake pumps from other models such as the AE90 or AE100, it doesn’t fit, but nothing can’t be done without a little modifications, that’s what he said, and that’s what I’d opt for as well.  Now, I’ll just have to wait for till he found some spares for those, and I’ll get my Ebrake fixed, once and for all!

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My 1st 180km/h!

Posted in Car stuff on May 4, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve sat in cars that ran 180km/h or more, but I had never driven at that kinda speed myself, until last Sunday.

Inspired by Tougeking‘s daily routine of spirited driving up his local Touge, I drove my Charmant to the other side of Sibu’s Igan bridge at 8am.

The roads after the bridge is surprisingly good as compared to the roads in town, it’s not long before I found the long stretch where I’ve heard rumors that there are some enthusiasts who test or dragged their souped up rides here as well.  I drove leisurely through the stretch to make sure the road conditions are fine and to spot any slight bumps along the way, once I felt comfortable I’ve made a U-turn, and just stopped there in free gear, getting myself ready for my rare spirited dash with my Charmant.

Clutch in, 1st gear, 4k rpm, and off I go!  Slight wheelspin on the start but then the grip catches on fairly quick, I kept my right foot planted on the gas while I changed gears at 6.5k or 7k revs.  Seconds past and I’ve reached 5th gear, I glanced at my speedo and I’m already at 160km/h, goodie, I’ve done this speed before but never gone any faster, seeing there’s still plenty of stretch left on the road, I kept my foot planted and let my 4AGE roar, something it rarely does.  At that very moment, the car feels unstable, I can feel the front of the car is swirving slightly to the left and to the right, I assume its either my crappy front tires or my alignment settings, which has yet to be fixed for over a year now, LOL!  I know, I must’ve been outta my mind attempting this speed with a f*cked up alignment.  But hey, regardless of the instability of my Charmant at those speeds, I’ve achieved my very first 180km/h drive, and I’m glad that I’ve done it in my Charmant, though I knew 4AGE is good, but I was still overwhelmed by the power it delivers, I guess it all comes down to the fact that I’m quite easily satisfied.

Anyways, that 180km/h run was awesome, though a bit scary, but I’d make sure I have the front wheels properly aligned before my next run, it does feels really good being able to rev a 4AGE to its full potential especially during a Sunday morning, no wonder Tougeking is obsessed with his daily morning touge runs, haha!