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Cyker last won the day on May 26

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  1. Ooops nevermind!
  2. The problem with hydrogen is it isn't a *fuel* - There is no natural source of hydrogen we have ready access too. Maybe if one day all nations and factions can put aside their differences and unite enough to take to the stars we could fly to Jupiter and Saturn to mine it with fancy space gas extractors, but down here on Earth the only way to generate large amounts of hydrogen is through electrolysis - which requires a huge amount of electricity - or chemical processes which are probably worse for the environment in the long term than burning fossil fuels. Both of these processes consume *far* more energy extracting hydrogen than you'd get back from the hydrogen 'fuel'. So really, it's only useful as a way to 'store' electricity because batteries suck. But this only makes sense if the range and/or power of a hydrogen-powered car is loads more than a battery-powered car, and it just isn't right now. The way this whole war on diesel is being done really narks me off - Why don't they incentivise petrols and hybrids they way they did diesels? We ALL knew diesels are worse for the environment, or at least air quality, than petrol, but the higher fuel efficiency, mpg and tax incentives, plus the lower CO2, are what persuaded me and, I suspect, many others to change. Why are we not seeing any of that to encourage take up instead of sudden bans and penalizing toll taxes? I know I'm not going to do any major change until things settle... it wouldn't surprise me if they started adding a surcharge to electric cars if the take up becomes high due to lost car tax revenue and the collapse of the grid! I find it ironic their whole push for diesel was to lower CO2 emissions - Now that that was successful, they can forget about it and now it seems they don't care how much CO2 your car produces judging by the new tax rules!
  3. Had PIAA's on mine since I bought the car which was a good few years ago - still silent as when I bought them
  4. Yeah, the Toyota ones are weirdly expensive; The bulk of the cost (IIRC) is the rubbers for some reason. You can get poly ones cheaper! Also relevant - BTW, why do you think they need changing? If you are getting suspension clonking sounds when going over bumps then they probably do, but if they just look perished they're probably okay still. The outer part doesn't last long; It'll look shagged within a year or two, but the inner core that does most of the work will probably be fine. You can also fit poly ones, like the ones from Super Flex, which will last forever but are a massive pain in the **** to fit because you need to take the anti-roll bar brackets off to drop the bolt in and the drivers' side one is a nightmare (Well, on a Mk1 D4D anyway...!)
  5. Yikes... I can't imagine the car would let the MG1 be run at -6000rpm for long periods of time! Also, the ICE maxes out at 4500rpm in that thingy... I'm sure it revs higher than that??
  6. You could also try some PIAA silicone wipers - I put a set on when I bought this Yaris and I've never needed to change them, vs having to change regular wipers every 1-2 years on my old Yaris. They are smooth as silk and silent all the time, even when you have light 'sticky' rain that causes normal wipers to make that horrible screeching sound. And they don't just do that when new - I think they've been on my car for 3-4 years now and they work just as well as when I bought them! They also make the windscreen hydrophobic over time - At 70mph in heavy rain I can turn off my wipers and the visibility is better than having the wipers flick across the screen rapidly! The only downside with them is they're a bit pricey compared to normal wipers, but IMHO they are well worth it as they'll far outlast normal rubber wipers.
  7. UniRoyal tyres have a good rep for wet weather performance. Of the tyres I've used, Cooper CS2s were the worst I've had in the wet, while Continental Premium Contact 5's were the best, but I found they wore down really really quickly. My fav. tyres at the moment is a tie between Premium Contact 2 and Goodyear EfficientGrip (Also Dunlop StreetResponse 2). This is for a Mk1 Yaris tho' so these experiences may be of limited value to an MR2!!
  8. I find the AC in my Yaris is pretty lame unless the engine is doing (Pulling a number out of my proverbial) say, 1800rpm or more.
  9. Yeah, I walked away from a few cars when Yaris hunting because the keys were damaged or on several cases not even original (One particularly memorable one was a T-Spirit that was advertised as having no remote central locking (Something which comes as standard on the T-Spirit models!); Turned out the previous owner had lost all the original keys and only had a cheap clone job which used a generic RFID but no remote module!)
  10. Good grief, you'll be chucking in that job and becoming a catwalk model soon 'eh? But seriously, that's a pretty good result! Keep it up!
  11. Best damned city car Toyota have made IMHO! I really hope I don't have to give my one up... there really isn't anything better!
  12. Don't worry, PartsKing is still our Pie King as well
  13. It might be worth checking the tracking and geometry and getting it realigned - If the toe in/out is off that can have a noticeable effect on straight-line stability which is magnified by crosswinds. Tyres can also have an effect; I've noticed some tyres tend to straight-line more stably than others, but I've not paid enough attention to that to find a pattern, just noticing the different handling characteristics! re. tyre pressures; I think the #1 cause of tyre pressure loss is hitting things like bumps, potholes and kerbs. Just having pressing down on a tyre shouldn't cause any measurable pressure loss, but the shock from impacts is more likely to. I know ever since they put these infernal speedhumps and cushions everywhere and also the proliferation of potholes because local councils can't afford to fill them in anymore, I've been having to put air in more regularly! I suspect another major cause is micro leakage from around the bead - I've noticed many tyre fitters just put the tyre off and on, maybe putting some of that paste stuff on, but don't wipe down the edge of the rim and bead area with a cleanish cloth so any debris stuck there will leave a tiny gap for air to escape.. The only reason I think that is because when I was using PunctureSafe, I never had to add air to my tyres at all for the entire time I had those tyres - I assume the puncturesafe was blocking up all the microleaks. I stopped using it because I could never sort out the high-speed judder, and now I'm having to add air as I did before!
  14. I ain't aware of anyone doing that here; The Yaris Club UK and YarisWorld forums are more into these kinds of custom mods so might be worth looking there (Well, it looks like Yaris Club UK is still down... RIP...)
  15. I think that is just the way they are; The Yaris has quite a narrow stance but is quite tall and light which makes it quite affected by cross winds. I know mine is!