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#211 craggle

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:36 PM

Odyssey batteries are AGM or Absorbed glass mat. They use an acid based gel in glass fibre mats that are sandwiched in between the lead plates then the battery is fully sealed. So well in fact that they are able to ship them as dry cell batteries.
Advantages are they don't leak unless really damaged and as the plates are sandwiched together they can't distort allowing you to discharge and charge the battery with far better results than a standard lead acid battery.

I used to design hybrid buses and we used Odyssey PC1700 batteries in a pack of 26 batteries as our power source. 312 volts DC at 600 odd amps is scary stuff to work around! I now have a PC1700 battery in the boot of my Cobra kitcar and that turns over a big Chevy motor very well! :)

Anyway, Key is they can be mounted any way up except upside down, they don't advise that for some reason.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:00 AM

The IQ is looking fantastic Taz, congrats on your recent winnings at the Queen Mary :)

A wee question - seen you have the chrome surround on the heating controls - is it a case of just unclipping the standard ones out and replace with chrome effect wire? I've seen this on the new Toyota Yaris and they look the same fitment as the IQ.

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The chrome is standard on the Scion iQ. I wasn't aware the Toyota iQ didn't have that.

Thank you for the compliments.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:01 AM

Thank you Craig. You answered before I could. I've used Optima and Kinetic batteries in the past but the Odyssey came very highly recommended by my friends who do audio and video system installation. They swear by these.

The ability to mount it sideways came in very handy.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:57 AM

Very interesting

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

The long awaited Tanabe USA Strut Tower Bar has been delivered and installed. The production units are available now!

Easy installation and I think it looks great. Got a chance to zip around a little with it last night but I'm going to really try it out on the way to work this morning.

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I also received the first iQ Sustec Frame Brace from Tanabe USA. This item will be available in August.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:38 PM

Wooow!! Those struts are awesome!! What price are they? Let us know what handling is like :)

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:58 PM

Wooow!! Those struts are awesome!! What price are they? Let us know what handling is like :)


The strut tower bar is $139 US and is available now. The frame brace will be available in August, no price point yet.

http://www.tanabe-usa.com/towerbar.asp

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:21 PM

They do look good, let us know if you can feel any improvement with them .

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:52 PM

Drove the iQ to work yesterday, 20 mile drive on the highway. I took a few different routes so I could hit some better corners than I usually do. The iQ felt much tighter than before. As with all "Seat of my pants" testing it could be as much my expectations providing me with positive results as the actual improvements. I would lean more towards the latter in this case.

I think I will add a rear sway bar to the iQ now to finish out the stability improvements.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:40 PM

Found that when the iQ is at full drop on the air bags the Sustec Frame Brace is touching the ground. Not a problem since I can't drive it that low anyway.

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Won another trophy at the Best of the West IV Car Show over the weekend.

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Representing Beat-Sonic USA...

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I also was a warded the 2nd Place Old School Trophy for my 1982 Toyota SR5 Pickup with 40,000 original miles.

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And I was able to meet and hang with some other iQ owners.

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