Innocent Bystander

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  1. Innocent Bystander

    Not OEM Tires

    Depending on who you believe, 6-10 year life with no more than 6 years mounted, so you could argue 4 years of “shelf life”. Others say 6 years of total life from manufacture.
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    Not OEM Tires

    What do you want the car to do? Looking for extreme summer tires? All Seasons? Max grip or better feel? Tire rack has some good performance comparative tests. Street legal auto cross tires like a bit of warm up and can be overcooked. A couple of moderate heat cycles make a big difference. Bridgestone RE-71 are today’s hot shoe for most cars and drivers. For all seasons, I like Pilot Sports AS. Sticky in the heat. Good rain tires and can take temps down into the low 20’s. Pirelli p Zero Nero’s we alo decent AS tires. Max performance. Pilot sport cup but you will pay a lot and treadwear means a short like. My son is a very competitive autocrosser. He daily drives pilot sport all seasons and changes to RE-71’s on track. If it’s really wet, he keeps the Ps all seasons on.
  3. Innocent Bystander

    Plane Missing

    He could but then he’d have to kill you. I’m sure it involves the CIA, Russia, China and an international conspiracy because THEY know exactly what happened and where the wreckage was dumped when they were done with certain passengers.
  4. Innocent Bystander

    Weather Map Definitions

    Well, ECMWF is a privately funded commercial enterprise and a very expensive subscription to access.
  5. Innocent Bystander

    Weather Map Definitions

    AIUI, GFS is a slightly simpler model and is run more offer so is pretty good in the short term and OK in the mid (3 day) timeframe. ECMWF is a subscription model, more complex with more input data and takes much longer to run so is run less often. It’s not quite as up to date as GFS for near term (today), somewhat more accurate mid term and generally better in the 5 day timeframe. For Hurricane forecasting, that’s why the “european“ model has a better record in the 5-7 day track and it and the GFS tend to converge in the 1-3 day tracks. Or I could be remembering a bullshit story I heard at the bar. Edit. Some insight into the two models here.
  6. Innocent Bystander

    Electrical Issues

    Big fan of those switches. I also add an On-Off switch between the switch you show and the starter. Allow me to positively isolate engine start voltage when performing maintenance while keeping DC power to lights, fans, etc. I like my fingers.
  7. Innocent Bystander

    Thinning Interlude Bottomkote - help

    Fair enough. I agree that using straight xylene would be acceptable. Where I am, there is a Worst Marine 10 minutes away but no industrial supply places. Sherwin Williams 25 minutes away and open daytime business hours only so an industrial solvent seller is much harder to get to.
  8. Innocent Bystander

    Is football dying?

    Agree it’s a contact sport, but 75% of those hits included penalties as they were clearly illegal. The better the lax, the fewer huge hits as they generally come with man down penalties. On those better teams, a player who draws a lot of penalties generally gets benched as a man down defense gets scored against a lot. A solid, legal cross check can be a hard hit but you don’t generally see the head hits that come in football.
  9. Innocent Bystander

    Is football dying?

    Lacrosse is seeing a move to bigger stronger players and weight room sessions but the need to be nimble with “fast feet” comes first so places a fit over fat requirement, much like any running sport. The 10 second down cycle of football favors big over fast for a good part of the team.
  10. Innocent Bystander

    Is football dying?

    In the mid Atlantic, Lax has long been more popular than football for players but football still brings in the spectators. A number of smaller Div 1 schools with high academic standards don’t bother with a football but field competitive Lax teams. Pro Lax is still a “hobby sport” but seeing a lot more really competitive intercollegiate Lax on the tube, including newer teams from Colorado and even Texas. Stands to reason. 6-8 years ago, we were seeing very competitive high school age travel teams showing up at east coast tournaments and doing well. Those kids are have moved into college. Fast moving skill games without the constant crushing contact seem to be gaining where football is losing.
  11. Innocent Bystander

    F1 2018...

    As expected, Ferrari is claiming the wing above their HALO mounted mirror was for structural purposes, not aerodynamic ones but have removed the wing and strengthened the mounting structure for Monaco.
  12. Innocent Bystander

    Damned Kids Won’t Grow Up

    Well, they raised him......
  13. Innocent Bystander

    go go go go-kart

    Seriously fast. Not kiddie karts. At most autocrosses, a decent driver in a shifter cart will own FTD (fastest time of the day). Most fun is to watch a 3 or 4 YO driving a junior kart.
  14. Innocent Bystander

    go go go go-kart

    Agree. Just don't see the "drama and excitement" in a 15 MPH amusement park cart. It will be a boring ride sure to keep the kiddies safe. They would never allow shifter carts there in the same way you won't get to drive a 160 mph supercart on a real track without some credentials.
  15. Innocent Bystander

    Thinning Interlude Bottomkote - help

    Xylene/benzene mix. i buy a quart every couple of years for thinning and clean up. Expensive, but you are playing with $200-250 per gallon paint. Really want to experiment with thinners that just might. Screw that up? As JB says, if you can buy Xylene without spending a bunch of time chasing down an industrial supplier, that will probably work but 216 is on the shelf.