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  1. I continue to be stunned by this forum’s inability to comprehend that new tyres need to go at the back, not the front. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Advice!

    Also, a topic title like "Budget tyre options?" or similar would likely get a lot more replies, as "Advice!" gives no clue as to the thread content. Also, welcome!
  3. Growmac

    Advice!

    You've gone for the big wheels with resultant expensive tyres, but now you're cheaping out on tyres? That doesn't seem wise, they are all that connects you to the road. If you don't want to spend a fortune on tyres then you could sell the larger wheels and move down to 18" rims where there are loads of great, quality options well below £100. And your ride will improve. You'd have to declare the wheels as a modification though, which might increase your insurance? Also, you need the best tyres on the back, although saying that, there are some on here that will vociferously argue that stability and traction control means that the rules of physics don't apply to their car and that that's not true.
  4. This is one of the most straightforward descriptions of how to run in a modern engine that I’ve seen: https://youtu.be/uNto8uWiYtw Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. A quick note in favour of Bath Volkswagen. I just had a medium service at 43k miles, and I had asked them to look at a suspension squeak going over speedbumps at low speed. I noticed when I got back in the car that the trip computer was reporting 16 miles since start, which seemed like a lot. The tracker confirmed two 8-mile trips this morning, plus another slightly shorter trip last night. Prejudiced to assume abuse or joyriding, I pulled the dashcam card to have a look. I’m impressed. They were all completely appropriate and professional test drives to try and find the fault. The car is driven sedately, safely, courteously, and the conversations between the two techs in the car on the final drive are polite about me and about the car, and focused on trying to find the fault. Now of course the Thinkware dashcam audibly announces that it’s recording (which is also why I'm happy to review it), but they left it on while they were servicing as well, and I’ve seen nothing to indicate that they took any notice of it being there. As it happens, they couldn’t replicate anything that they thought was a fault, but I’m happy that they thoroughly and honestly looked for it. Plus they turned off that stupid soundactor for me, which is just wonderful. So yeah, well done Bath VW.
  6. Small twist to this story. I contacted Honest John after he praised the EA888 engine in a recent answer for having dual injection. I queried this, saying that I understood that it had been removed as per the issues discussed in this thread. I don't believe his (admirably rapid) response is confidential, so I paste it in full below:
  7. How is it going to be rosy though? That’s just a meaningless platitude. There are only 35 or so ‘developed’ economies with large GDPs. We’re in a trading block with 27 of them right now, and the others are all far away. Look up what the US wants for a free trade deal with them. It’s horrifying. There’s a reason the EU hasn’t signed a deal, it’s not because we didn’t want to, their terms are totally unacceptable. There may be ideological reasons why someone supports Brexit, but I just can’t see any economic upside of any sort. I’d love to be wrong. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I disagree. People being able to get away with malicious half-truths like “nobody knows what will happen” is directly costing jobs and ruining our country. I think I put a fairly facts, evidence and experienced based argument that it’s rubbish. If I’m wrong, make a counter argument. Or not. Like you say, you don’t have to listen to or agree with me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. It’s the non tariff barriers that will kill us. Or most favoured nation will mean zero tariffs across the board and Far East and China will decimate all manufacturing and farming. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. "Nobody knows what will happen". The most intellectually bankrupt, moronic comment associated with Brexit. I assume you're not an idiot or a racist arsehole? So. Do you walk out into traffic without looking because "nobody knows what will happen"? Do you put a gun in your mouth without checking it's loaded and pull the trigger because "nobody knows what will happen"? No, of course not, because you're not a moron. There's lots of uncertainty about exactly what will happen, but it's going to be bad. Really bad. For everyone. Supply chains will no longer work, says every expert involved in industry. Jobs will go, capital will move, living standards will fall. The poorest, the most done over by the last 10 years of ideologically driven societal changes (the UN's words) will get hit hardest. This is not conjecture, it is not some unknown in the future, it's happening now. The EMA is gone to Amsterdam, Barclays moved £190 billion to Ireland last week, the total including the big five is nearly a trillion now, thousands of jobs are already gone. One of my clients is discussing with me whether we terminate clinical trials early and repatriate equipment because we don't know if we can after March. Another company I work with is in the process of terminating various contracts because it's unaffordable to keep all the spares on hand when overnight delivery no longer works. At a medical awards event I was at on Thursday there was near universal panic about what is happening, friends in civil service tell me that martial law is being seriously considered. Overseas medical suppliers are making a killing as UK companies have to stockpile or drop contracts that EU competitors pick up. Concrete example of the problems looming. Right now it costs me about £2000 more, give or take, to go to exhibit in Switzerland than somewhere in the EU. Why? We need a carnet to pass customs. That's a list of literally everything we're taking, down to the last cable and fastner. That needs to be put together, checked against the packing list, and put on official paperwork. A customs agent helps in the process, and all in all, it takes about a day for a typically complex build. When you get to the border the paperwork is checked, and often they want to inspect everything to make sure the carnet is complete. Last time we went that took six hours, as the border check we went through didn't feel able to inspect medical equipment, so we got sent an hour up the road. Same on the way out. Another inspection, only this time it only took about four hours. So a day on paperwork, £600 for a customs agent, and 10 hours on the border. Compared to just driving in and getting on with it. Yes, if this happens 100% of the time then paperwork can be automated. Yes, you can plan around it. But once this applies to the UK but not to any of our competitors, we're at a disadvantage and we're going to get hurt. This is already happening, contracts are already being lost. Real jobs are going. But hey, "nobody knows what will happen". Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Never said I was. I’ve gone from the BBC’s biggest fan to being ashamed of their lazy, government fearing coverage. They denigrate their journalistic duty because they’re scared of losing the licence fee. C4 and Sky are doing a far, far better job of covering the dishonest, intellectually incoherent sham that is Brexit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You're smoking something my friend, the BBC deserve just as much credit for Brexit as UKIP. Nigel Farage was a staple fixture, they till have Mogg and the ERG on at every opportunity, give idiots like Dellingpole every opportunity to spout ignorance. Their inability to distinguish balance from truth is a massive contributor to what got us into this mess. Even if you think I'm talking nonsense, the fact that I can make the counterargument at least suggests that they are fairly neutral.
  13. What did you get? I just got a UK Towtrust bar and electrics, is there something more exciting available from the US?
  14. Took me six months to realise it wasn’t crap, I’d just never turned it on. Stupid design! (Or maybe stupid user?) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Point two is true, but honestly you hardly see it in reality. That said, I’m not that car proud so it doesn’t bother me and I appreciate the bike rack every week. I guess if you were then it could be an issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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