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One thing about the lowrider hydraulics, they're interesting. Matter of fact that's the good thing that all these mods share, a little (or lot) creativity. Even though I may not like what people do, even if I might think its ugly, I can still appreciate creativity. Some really do go over the top.

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Over the top?  The paint?  The interior?  The girls with big hair?  

 

Those guys are at another level of being car guys.  A Jay Leno level, and then some.

 

Lowrider hydraulics sounds just like what you need.

 

You need "front & back, and side to side".

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On ‎6‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 9:52 AM, OLDSCHOOLFOOL said:

I liked these Jaguar wheels so much I got a second set. The pictures in the ad were pretty bad and the price was so good I figured the wheels were in really crappy shape and I would just use them for "winter wheels". Turns out they are in great shape and I cannot bring myself to put snow tires on them. Choices of something "interesting" out there to put on them are extremely limited however.

 

So I think I will use the Toyo tires, retire the Volvo wheels since they are only 16x7s and find them a good home.

 

Hopefully I'll get these on the van tomorrow. Got some work to do today changing a water pump on an old 94 POS Accord I have been rehabbing for my youngest. What should be an easy job is far from it thanks to some pencil-neck engineer who decided the water pump should reside BEHIND the timing belt.

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Following Volvo with 225/55R16 Radar tires setup was donated to a 2003 Mercury Sable. Really perked up that old grocery-getter.

 

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On 5/14/2018 at 11:14 AM, Beta Don said:

I'm sorry, but huge wide tires on the back of any FWD vehicle makes about as much sense to me as the HUGE wings you see bolted to the trunk on some of the little FWD Japanese imports  -  Do they really need all that extra traction out back??  Now, if you can just add a little 'fart can' muffler to your TC (and maybe a wing too?) you'll be all set  :clapping:

 

 

The answer is yes. Regardless of the drive of the wheels, you still need the rear under control. That is handled with tires and aerodynamics. The weight distribution may not be as significant as rwd or even rear engined vehicles like Porsche, but with enough momentum through a turn, that rear can kick out uncontrollably. Professional race teams like the touring classes use modified front wheel drive cars for races. When they dial in the appropriate settings for wheel alignment and aero, they tend to perform better than RWD or even AWD counterparts. 

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18 hours ago, i86hotdogs said:

 

The answer is yes. Regardless of the drive of the wheels, you still need the rear under control.

 

Fortunately every little FWD Japanese import comes from the factory engineered exactly that way  -  With both the front *and* rear 'under control.'  To think that an 18 year old kid with $100 burning a hole in his pocket is actually improving anything by bolting on a wing or a set of huge rear tires is just  . . . . ludicrous!  By the time he's 24 or 25 with his own engineering degree, he'll look back at the pictures of his old car and realize just how much he still had to learn

 

Don

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18 hours ago, i86hotdogs said:

 

The answer is yes. Regardless of the drive of the wheels, you still need the rear under control. That is handled with tires and aerodynamics. The weight distribution may not be as significant as rwd or even rear engined vehicles like Porsche, but with enough momentum through a turn, that rear can kick out uncontrollably. Professional race teams like the touring classes use modified front wheel drive cars for races. When they dial in the appropriate settings for wheel alignment and aero, they tend to perform better than RWD or even AWD counterparts. 

 

True if anyone thinks a big wing on the back is to help launch a rwd car faster they are very wrong! At the speed when a wing or spoiler is functional the torque available to the wheels is much less because of the higher transmission gear.  So it does little for straight line acceleration in a fwd or rwd car and only slows the car down at higher speeds.

 

But do I think having a big wing on the back of a street car is stupid? Yes I think its a waste of time regardless of if its a fwd or rwd car, mostly because it only causes higher fuel consumption and reduces the top speed.

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12 minutes ago, Beta Don said:

 

Fortunately every little FWD Japanese import comes from the factory engineered exactly that way  -  With both the front *and* rear 'under control.'  To think that an 18 year old kid with $100 burning a hole in his pocket is actually improving anything by bolting on a wing or a set of huge rear tires is just  . . . . ludicrous!  By the time he's 24 or 25 with his own engineering degree, he'll look back at the pictures of his old car and realize just how much he still had to learn

 

Don

 

On that note "huge" or super wide tires wont help a car corner faster, in the same way the a solid axle or welded diff wont help it corner faster. LUDICROUS!

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Obviously, you guys don't like stickers either.  

 

I want to believe that some of these kids know that stickers, wider wheels & tires, a spoiler........none of those things add horsepower.  I think most of them do it because they like the way it looks.  I remember when people installed body kits to make their car look lower to the ground.  Then every steep driveway and speed bump destroyed the expensive body kit.  Same way kids do "home made" lift kits which are just plain stupid & dangerous.  

 

Despite what a lot of people think is stupid, dangerous, useless.............there's a huge aftermarket for auto parts which are stupid, dangerous, and useless.  Mind boggling.  Unless that teenager is an engineer and able to manufacture his own parts - he's buying those parts.  And somebody is producing them in volume.  

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On every level how the car looks and makes you feel is the most important thing for a large percentage of the worlds automotive customer!

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I look and feel like The Poor Man's Jeffrey Epstein. White creeper van.  Ice cream. And a puppy.

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Yeah, I have heard all the free candy jokes.  After years of driving vans, I have heard them all.  They are off base.  My van's sign says free champagne.  I go for a different demographic.

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So many inappropriate comments left on the table. None of us really wants to tread into "hashtag-me-too" waters.  A politically incorrect observation may prevent one of us from being confirmed to a high ranking post.

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