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byalexandr

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    byalexandr got a reaction from soldier_ph in Show Yourself [Image]   
    Stay fresh to death
     

     
    Ew I need to shave
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    byalexandr got a reaction from boggy77 in Upgrading a Used PC   
    This one looks pretty good:
     
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Optiplex-7010-SFF-Intel-Core-i7-3-40GHz-16GB-New-256GB-SSD-Win-10-Pro/174350040680?hash=item2898127e68:g:Hw4AAOSw2xBfDx5d
     
    Has a 3rd gen i7-3770 and 16GB of RAM along with a 256GB SSD. All I would need to buy is the 1650 at that point, 256 is plenty for Windows 10 and a few programs and one or two games I think. If not SSDs are cheap and I can add another one.
     
    Not really looking to upgrade this PC for at least a couple years, hence why I'm spending so little. I just need a solid desktop for now that I can manage my business with; I just like the slim towers and the 1650 comes in half height.
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    byalexandr reacted to boggy77 in Upgrading a Used PC   
    try to find a 3rd gen i7, it will make a big difference. I would not recommend a 3rd gen i5, it will feel slow and sluggish even in excel and browsing and it would definitely bottleneck a 1650.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from creeon in Off topic chit chat   
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    byalexandr got a reaction from Sanved Joshi in Potential leak of new GeForce GTX 1000 series cooler shroud   
    Highly doubt it. Looks tacky and much less intricate compared to a standard reference cooler shroud. Not to mention that Nvidia would never spend that much metal on the shroud, it would be a lot thinner. Plus I'm 90% sure they aren't milled aluminum, they are probably cast or press formed. Costs would skyrocket and it'd be an Apple product if they were machine milled like in that photo.
     
    There are so many things wrong about this...
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    byalexandr got a reaction from hiccups1980 in Google Store Father's Day Tech   
    His grandfather is such a warm guy, and it made a really lovely video. Really made my day.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from Derkoli in The most expensive thing you bought this year?   
    Not one single part, but collectively I have spent $3,600 building my forged engine for my turbo Miata in the past couple months.
     
    The most expensive single part for it was the harmonic damper, surprisingly, at $526. A close second is the piston set at $474.
     
    Still another $12,200 to go before it makes 400hp!
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    byalexandr got a reaction from TVwazhere in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Yep that's the post. Still a lot to do (and buy) which is why I ended up doing the head gasket on the old motor. Runs great but now I'm running into a clutch or transmission issue, replacing the clutch slave did nothing and replacing the transmission oil made it shift a lot smoother but it still doesn't let me go into gear at first startup which is super odd.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from TVwazhere in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Some photos I took during the process of my less than $100 head gasket change. $43 head set from work and $45 for the machine shop to throw the head on the belt sander, several hours of work and cleaning and a lot of cursing. This was the least I could do for this poor engine; I honestly don't care about it that much because I have a $4,000 long block waiting to go in, but I'm really surprised it was still running as well as it was for having a blown head gasket for over a year. I only did the head gasket as it was absolutely necessary if I wanted to get ANY more miles out of this thing while I get the rest of the parts for the new engine. I watched as the machinist took SEVERAL passes on the head deck and he and I both agreed that it was VERY warped, especially between cylinders 2 and 3. Either way, cleaned up the block deck and pistons with WD-40 and scotch brite, put a new gasket and put the head back on. Tons of reassembly, a new oil drain plug/valve, and a new battery (from sitting in the garage for only 3 days smh) and it drives great, definitely gained back a lot of compression (you can hear the starter motor actually putting in some work now), no more magically disappearing coolant and a healthy amount of power gained back throughout the rev range and especially at higher RPMs.
     
    After the job the only thing I really need to do is adjust the valve lash; after all that cleaning, machining, and reassembly one or more of the valves have excessive lash and have a pretty audible ticking. But I can solve that with some appropriately sized bucket shims. My built engine gave me loads of experience but nothing teaches you better than doing complex work like this on an in-service engine that you rely on. Overall it was still nerve-racking but I kept my cool and got it done, and still have a car to drive to work on Monday
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    byalexandr got a reaction from JoaoPRSousa in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Huge update on the 400HP built BP!
     
    I have the longblock fully assembled; clean, fresh paint, all buttoned up!
     

     
    Of course, I am only $4k into a $15k build but this is a huge step and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I think the next thing I'm going to save for is the turbo manifold kit and the EFR 6758 (which is $3k by itself smh), but I really need to get my ECU soon so that might come first. My MAF sensor is failing on the old engine in the car and I can just straight up delete it with the new ECU, plus it would give me a good chance to get into tuning a bit more.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from RorzNZ in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Nah, weight reduction bro.
     
    In all seriousness if I'm moving it's bearable. Even with the windows up, I don't have a blower motor so the vent in the wiper cowl lets in fresh air. It's the stop lights that suck, mainly because it's hot but also because I hate everyone around me for not moving.
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    byalexandr reacted to bcredeur97 in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    it's at 250k? wow. Didn't know it was that far along. Mines at 136k now. Can't wait to stop dailying it.. feel like im just beating on it at this point, especially on Avery Island where I work, it's all gravel roads
    would be cool heavily modified probably. but is it worth it? probably not.
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    byalexandr reacted to AthrunZ in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    One of the most beautiful things I've seen all day.
    I'm jealous!
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    byalexandr got a reaction from warmmilk in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Huge update on the 400HP built BP!
     
    I have the longblock fully assembled; clean, fresh paint, all buttoned up!
     

     
    Of course, I am only $4k into a $15k build but this is a huge step and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I think the next thing I'm going to save for is the turbo manifold kit and the EFR 6758 (which is $3k by itself smh), but I really need to get my ECU soon so that might come first. My MAF sensor is failing on the old engine in the car and I can just straight up delete it with the new ECU, plus it would give me a good chance to get into tuning a bit more.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from TVwazhere in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Huge update on the 400HP built BP!
     
    I have the longblock fully assembled; clean, fresh paint, all buttoned up!
     

     
    Of course, I am only $4k into a $15k build but this is a huge step and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I think the next thing I'm going to save for is the turbo manifold kit and the EFR 6758 (which is $3k by itself smh), but I really need to get my ECU soon so that might come first. My MAF sensor is failing on the old engine in the car and I can just straight up delete it with the new ECU, plus it would give me a good chance to get into tuning a bit more.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from Real_PhillBert in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Huge update on the 400HP built BP!
     
    I have the longblock fully assembled; clean, fresh paint, all buttoned up!
     

     
    Of course, I am only $4k into a $15k build but this is a huge step and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I think the next thing I'm going to save for is the turbo manifold kit and the EFR 6758 (which is $3k by itself smh), but I really need to get my ECU soon so that might come first. My MAF sensor is failing on the old engine in the car and I can just straight up delete it with the new ECU, plus it would give me a good chance to get into tuning a bit more.
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    byalexandr got a reaction from TVwazhere in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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    byalexandr got a reaction from terrytek in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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    byalexandr got a reaction from MEC-777 in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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    byalexandr got a reaction from JoaoPRSousa in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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    byalexandr got a reaction from PandaCopyRight in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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    byalexandr reacted to iDeFecZx in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Ur spending $15k modifying a $1500 mx5
    Man you crazy
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    byalexandr got a reaction from 711jrp in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Finally got a hardtop! Dramatically changes the look of the car
    OEM hardtop with glass window and Jass Performance mounting brackets, a steal at $800
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