What did you do to your vehicle today?

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by BBQ, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Zappymouse

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    Yeah, one second I was going round a roundabout, the next second I'm on top of a kerb facing the wrong way in a broken MX5. Cold semis and torrential rain don't really mix, even if you're driving carefully...
     
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  2. amarks240

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    Screw it. Your clearly as competent mechanic as anyone on this forum, let's find you a donor car to bring it back. If its only control arms and maybe a tie rod you won't even need one. Praying your frame is straight my thoughts are with you.
     
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  3. slntbob_

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    Installed a Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit front bumper lip on my 190E
     

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  4. BBQ

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    Umm, so my plans changed. I now got this. :D

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  5. Cwazywazy

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    Swedish cars r grate.
     
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  6. machine

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    Man that looks so cool!. How about hanging those extra lights under the bumper (possibly getting smaller ones) and getting rid of those ricey hubcaps? Some classic alloys would looks great on that.
     
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  7. BBQ

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    I think having them up on the bumper is both more practical and I don't have to be scared taking huge speedbumps. Hubcaps will probably go off soon ;)
    Will get some proper alloys for it when I get my paycheck :)
     
  8. coolusername

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    some 3 spoke alloys or original hubcaps would look good
     
  9. SixSixSevenSeven

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    personally i dont like the extra lights at all, but that is a rather nice car. That reverse longitudinal engine though...
     
  10. NGAP NSO Shotgun Chuck

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    Two words.

    Yellow foglights.

    You know you want to.
     
  11. Cwazywazy

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    But foglights bro. For fog lighting.

    My car has rear foglights. It's a switch above the headlights that turns on a second set of rear brake lights. Swedish safety for ya. I remember our old Saab had a night mode that turned off everything but half of the speedo lights.
     
  12. SixSixSevenSeven

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    They arent a second set of brake lights, they are genuine fog lights and a legal requirement to be installed on all euro vehicles, has been for decades (well before your volvo was brand new).

    Its considered somewhat laughable here that american cars dont have them, as a result every imported american car you see on british roads has to have a foglight bolted onto the rear somewhere (usually its just a small one hanging off the bumper). You can be fined for having them on during daylight, and fined for not having them on during fog, its also an MOT fail for it to be missing (imported vehicle) or broken.
     
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  13. logoster

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    what?

    we have fog lights on our vehicles
     
  14. SixSixSevenSeven

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    tell that to the F250 and the taurus in a village near home and the numerous imports roaming between "RAF" alconbury and molesworth
     
  15. logoster

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    i just looked outside my window, all the vehicles in my neighborhood have fog lights on them(including our 1998 ford expedition), and if i go to ford.com for example, all the images show fog lights on the vehicles

    same for chevy, gm, dodge, etc, etc
     
  16. Peterbilt

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    Rear fog light. Alright then.


    Let me go test my auxiliary front reverse lights.
     
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  17. Cwazywazy

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    It's just that I can't ever remember seeing rear fog lights. Only my car and the RAV don't have front ones.



    The red ones on top of the light tower things are the rear foglights. Also RWD is really fun in dirt.
     
  18. Peterbilt

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    In all seriousness, what do they do? what is they're purpose? Are they overpowered reverse lights? But then why would they be on their own switch?

    I've put rear facing lights on a few trucks I've owned, however they really aren't intended to be used while the truck is moving. They're more of a work light.





    Or are the Brit's just trying make us look like morons with a wild goose chase.
     
  19. SixSixSevenSeven

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    fog lights are as they say, lights for the fog. Essentially its a bright red light, in thick fog you turn it on and your vehicle is visible from further away than the standard rear lights (and even brake lights) are visible from. The front fog lights (which arent a legal requirement and not present in standard trim vehicles usually, only 1 of the my 3 cars had front foglights) are additional lights angled upwards towards oncoming drivers, they arent as bright as headlights so not to be dazzling in foggy conditions, but being angled towards oncoming drivers are more visible from a distance than your standard headlights which are normally aligned downwards, however if they are on in daylight without the fog to punch through they are quite dazzling and it is a fineable offence to have them on in broad daylight.

    Essentially, its aiding visibility of your vehicle for other road users in heavy fog, thats it.

    Rear ones are compulsory in the entire EU. Even vintage vehicles and imports from countries that dont have them must have them retrofitted.
     
  20. Peterbilt

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    I never put two and two together that they were red, That makes alot more sense. For whatever reason I was assuming they were white.


    However, I still fail to see the reasoning behind making them mandatory, as it seems that I've always been able to discern vehicles ahead of me fairly easily, even in the densest of fog, as long as the other vehicle at least has their running lights on.
     
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