Brn2Crz

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    Keeping Cool

    To carry on......Get a bigger oil cooler (if you already have one) or get one installed, if you don't. The lubrication system works on splash, pressure and splash/pressure ways to keep everything slippery. Imagine the sun as the cylinder and the earth as the radiator. The temperature at the cylinder wall, head and lower assembly is like the sun...I mean really, really hot because it is really, really close and so it cracks the oil. The radiator is far away and can release the average block heat but it can't help the oil that's getting superheated. An oil cooler gets that under control and a number of other boring things so that the oil can do its job. Keeping cool means more power in a big way if the underhood temperatures can be kept low, low, low because the intake air is denser leading to a better mixture in the cylinders.
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    Keeping Cool

    Why keep the engine cooler? Better fuel efficiency, less wear and tear on engine parts and more power. Keep in mind that the radiator is at the end of the thermal transfer chain. In hot climates, such as India, the engine block runs measurably higher temperatures which "cook out" the oil and produce the vapor which leaves that lovely brown varnish everywhere. A stock radiator operates in a narrow temperature band. The lower limit governed by the thermostat and the higher by the radiators thermal transfer characteristic. Simply put....a better radiator keeps the engine within better, more moderate operational range. Intercoolers are used to cool the intake air so it's denser to deliver more l/m to get more power. Exhaust exhaust exhaust....I like short, large, unrestricted pipes that get the gas out as quick as possible to give me more power. Imagine wedging a potato up the exhaust pipe. The engine now has zero power. Unfortuneately, short pipes make too much noise. The alternative is to use a larger tube to reduce flow restrictions. This lowers temperatures, increases power and decreases the creation of NOx with help from the cat. In summary...keeping cool means more power and less wear.
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    Keeping Cool

    You can reach coolness by replacing the fan assembly with a larger, more efficient unit. Here are some suggestions: 1. Replace the factory battery with the largest you can fit into your ride. 2. Replace the radiator with an aftermarket unit with a greater heat transfer factor. 3. Replace the fan assembly (they come matched for that larger radiator). 4. Upgrade the radiator fluid or add a bit of wetting agent. I know it's getting a bit spendy but these are just suggestions.
  4. Make sure to push the "recirculate" button. Otherwise you are going to suck in moist air.
  5. Keeping the engine cool is one of the best ways to save fuel and get extra power. 1. Depending on your situation, replace the exhaust with a larger tube on the order of 5cm to 7cm diameter. This allows hot gas to exit faster carrying that waste heat away. 2. If you've got the cash, have the exhaust manifold ceramic coated. (or purchase a set of headers that have already been plasma coated.) That lowers underhood temperatures more than 60f. For every 30f drop in intake air temp you get an extra horse or two. Cooler is better and there are a million ways to slice a mango.
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    Spares

    Don't buy from road side vendors. Carry OEM approved brake fluid (3 or 4 whichever you have) and OEM hydraulic fluid and OEM radiator. Remember that radiators use orange or green and mixing them is death to the car. Same for trannys (auto)...Dextron II and III are totally different. Make sure you know what your car uses.
  7. Synthetic oil after 3000+ kms for a bike. For the fuel, it would be a shot glass of GX-301 every month but unfortunately you can't get it in India. During the rainy season keep the tank full of petrol. The air filter also needs extra attention. Clean it every week.
  8. Post deleted: Useless one-liner. BornFree2011-06-02 11:33:46
  9. Itsme....don't wax the car unless you are forced to. Try to get a bottle of Glare from www.glare.com. I'm not sure it is available in India but we've tested it and it is worth the cost.
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    Spares

    The Hyundai dealer is wrong. Never, ever, never add water to the brake fluid. Brake fluid is hydrophilic (it loves water). It sucks it up and will ruin the ABS and caliper assembly. When braking the water will vaporize creating bubbles in the line and the brakes will fail. That's the best part. The worst is that the entire brake system will have to be purged and the ABS and calipers rebuilt. This should be a whole new topic....brakes. Beside mechanical, I also carry a medical kit, food (cans and candy and utensils), tire sealant and pump, water and a tent and sleeping bag. Yes, there is till room in the boot even with that CNG tank.
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    Spares

    What do you carry in the boot? I carry a spares set that includes an oil filter, air filter, gas filter (and tool), a/c filter, oil, brake fluid (#4), hydraulic fluid, timing and/or accessory belt and tensor, small tools, electrical tape, plastic wraps, duct tape, window cleaner, rags, paper towels and a plastic ground sheet. This is for mechanical. What do you carry?
  12. http://www.hindustanpetroleum.com/En/UI/RetailCNGOverview.aspx http://www.bharatpetroleum.com/ These pages cover most of the CNG stations by state. Have fun!
  13. Where should I start? 1. Oil changes for CNG average 15kilometer intervals. 2. CNG is non reactive to engine metals. 3. It does not damage engines, sensors, input or exhaust manifolds. 4. It reduces maintenance >25%. 5. Cheaper. 6. Cheaper. 7. Cheaper. 8. Gasoline distributors will hate you. 9. Cheaper. Dual fuel is the way to go. Too bad hydrogen is prohibited. Did I forget to say it is 50% cheaper?
  14. Hankook is a Korean brand that is top quality worldwide. Just google hankook international. A couple of more tips. 1. rotate those tires. 2. if you are not going to drive the car then put it up on blocks to get the tires off the ground. 3. always use lug locks 4. tighten the lugs with a torque wrench
  15. Com'on! Install front and back quad sensors and a rear mounted wide angle video cam. Very common now and great units are made in India.
  16. Hankook has a 160,000 k warranty. Sumitomo has a 70,000 k warranty. These two tires has less expensive, enjoy longer warranties and have a higher rating than either the Michelin or the Bridgestone. Square edged tires are for tractors and trailers. Rounded edges are for modern radial design tires and outperform other styles. When replacing tires, don't change the height but get one size up on width. It will improve the stability and lower the noise. Ok. Use nitrogen in your tires. Check the struts often and replace them as soon as you can with first quality aftermarket units. Front end bearings and bushings are next so be prepared to swap out the rubber bushings with urethane (orange or blue) when the time comes. The rear bearings and bushings follow quickly after so I usually change all at the same time. Lastly (for now), keep the front end aligned.
  17. Headers work great. Check out this link. http://www.howstuffworks.com/question172.htm
  18. Problem free, stock engines move your ride for the life of the warranty. 54 h/p isn't lurking in the belly of the beast waiting to be released upon the unknowing public. It isn't hidden there by evil engineers secretly bent upon driving up production costs. Engines are built using the cheapest parts and simplest designs to make the most money up front and the most money post warranty on service. The relationship between power and engine life is inverse; the greater the performance...the shorter the life ie: race cars rebuild engines after every race. So remapping can suck perhaps 10% more out of the performance margin. Maybe. The a/c uses almost 10%. It shortens the life of the engine and increases the cost of operation while giving the car more zzziiiiiiippppp (lower case letters because it's really very little zip). As the saying goes...an ounce of perception is worth a pound of performance. It's all about money....the money you're willing to plunk down to reach the satiation of your perceptions. And, that's good. The more money in circulation, the more dynamic the economy and you feel good. If you really want to make a significant change while minimizing the downside, get a custom airbox and a set of headers. That makes the engine more efficient while dumping more waste heat.
  19. I have a 2L engine with dual fuel capabilities. The cng tank holds 13 cubic meters which gives me 150k in the city at less than half the cost of petrol. There is little difference in power that you can feel. The real difference is in the cost per kilometer. It's less than half petrol. I use the cng in the city and petrol on the freeway. This link breaks it down pretty well for India. http://www.cartradeindia.com/car-bike-news/petrol-diesel-cng-or-lpg-we-help-you-choose-111207.html
  20. Post deleted: Double post. BornFree2011-05-16 07:01:37
  21. Post deleted: Off-topic. BornFree2011-05-16 07:01:12
  22. use boric acid powder or baking soda powder takes them off. be sure to wash the window thoroughly afterwards.
  23. The Porsche Panamera has got to be the ugliest vehicle that ever waddled down the road. It has provided limitless fodder for humor around the world and mocked its cousins R11, Carrera 4S and the diminuitive Boxer. http://chrisescars.com/do-you-think-the-porsche-panamera-is-ugly/
  24. Golf....anything you say or write or type on the internet is forever recorded. Even if you erased it...it's stored and retreivable without your consent or advisal. Always use an alias for e-mails or whatever and be sure to generate data to support the alias. If you must purchase with a credit card....get a limited card with a low, low credit limit.
  25. Durango here is another great link. I know you can't purchase from them but they've been in business for a million years and have great advice about options and systems and current prices. http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=982