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What kind of lamp is that? Looks pretty darn bright!

one of these...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260633502947&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

 

you can purchase direct from the seller in quantities larger than one. 2 for $30 shipped, 4 for $55, etc. I've got an order in for 4 more. one for me and 3 for other people. if all 4 of those are the same color/quality then I'll get a few more and setup footwell lights in the celica. they're very easy to take apart, the ends of the tubes pop off and you can just use the bare board or chain the boards together or re-house them however you want. yes, its pretty bright in my trunk now....its actually a usable amount of light!

 

ebay page says it draws 4W and is as bright as a 30W bulb, in reality its about as bright as one of those twin tube coleman flourescent camping lights that runs on 2x 6V lantern batteries. so they're not far off on how bright, but it has the cold light of flourescent so it seems brighter. its plumbed into where a 5W bulb used to be so its perfectly fine.

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need new rear brake backing plates, almost totally rusted away and worried the parking brakes will become a blender inside the drums. toyota parts online shows the for $170 EACH! OUCH! they call it an assembly, which means I can probably only buy them with the shoes AND the plate. :( looking for used later. FISH! you should have kept that XRS, I could have used those rear brake parts damnit.

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Doh! Yeah, I would have, if the insurance company didn't want an outrageous amount for it. I'm sure I'll be kicking myself in a few months.

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called local dealer, $235 list, $196 EACH my cost for JUST the plates!!! nothing else comes attached. holy hell, I asked him if they were made of special japanese steel, he laughed and said they would need to be ordered in possibly from outside the US.

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yes, it is my good chum. someone in cali says they have them, pursuing that but they're slow to reply to me. guy in washington sent me photo's of rotors. DOH!

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Looks like I lucked out and got them for $75 each from a forum...assuming they actually come. they look near perfect too, thinking about ways to protect them from rusting out on me 10 years later...chrome?

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Yeah man, Chrome FTW!

 

Seriously, best options are to chemically treat the metal with one of those high performance primers (anti-corrosive pigments). Designed to greatly slow the rate of diffusion of water and oxygen to the target surface, so you might be able to hit that 10 year mark. But I'm not 100% certain that it will take the heat-cycling and corrosive brake dust bath that it is likely to see over that period of time.

 

But seeing how expensive these are - maybe chrome plating is not a bad idea :D

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one industrial place is $250 minimum for 'hard chrome' and they said thats not what I want, so I asked them where they would suggest I go. you got any suggestions around chicago? I'll do some more e-mailing and make some calls tomorrow maybe. I can prep them myself with the bead blaster cabinet at work with glass bead.

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Yeah, "hard chrome" or industrial chrome is overkill for that setup - more for wear resistance and oil retention than corrosion resistance. I'd even entertain powder coating - I'm mean they already powder coat many calipers - so you know they can take some heat and stand up to that corrosive area.

 

As for shops that can handle platings and coatings in your area - I've heard of CMWerks, Lo-Ko, and Pro-TeK from other owners (MR2 and Supra) - they had nothing but praise for those shops. But that was 2-3 years ago at the most recent - not sure how they are of if they are still around.

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so....the air horn died. the horn part, got really weak and then tooted once and then nothing

 

So I 'borrowed' the 'low tone' from the 2 tone airhorn setup I got Aunty Tracey, I had used the high tone on her Capri (and snip its loud!) and had the low tone left over. well my compressor and wiring were fine, so I hooked up this trumpet, found a good spot and temporarily installed it with a ziptie and boy does that trumpet PLAY! its even louder than it was before if you can imagine that. the stebel compressor really moves air, its almost freight train tone but emergency vehicle volume. its sniping insane and I love it even more!!

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Sweet! I can only image. Pretty cool, didn't know you had an airhorn setup - that has got to be insanely loud.

 

Replacement horn is next on my list. OEM horn is pathetically weak - the 2009 Matrix is a bit louder than the 2003 Matrix, but still pretty weak compared to others on the market. The FIAMM one on the Corolla is started to weaken, for some reason, might go with something different the next time around.

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