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Old 05-04-2018, 01:24 AM   #71
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As much as I love living in Beijing, there are a few things that really bother me. One is wind, the other is rain. I love wind and rain when I am in the states, I love the wind for sailing and rain is usually pleasant in Michigan, but in China the wind and rain just bring dirt and sand... I must have washed my car 3 time in the past 4 days. The weather report didn't say anything other than partly cloudy or else I would have held off on the washing. Anyway, here is the morning after I washed and waxed my car...
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:36 AM   #72
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And post 2 for today! This past weekend was a holiday. We went on a day trip to hike in the mountains. My health app said I climbed 138 flights of stairs that day... Going out there and back it is always fun to drive in the twists and turns of the mountain roads just outside of Beijing. Fortunately there wasn't too much traffic and I could take the turns with some fun speeds. My wife expected me to take a picture with my car, so I had to share the photo she too here too. Now that the weather is getting better I hope to go on more road trips. 18 years in Beijing and there is still so much I haven't seen yet.
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:22 AM   #73
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We've been having a lot of rain in Beijing. I parked my car in my usual spot outside the school where I work. Half way through the day my friend sent me a picture and said I should probably move my car...

The picture of the small river next to the fence is a 3 foot deep ditch that runs the whole length of the street. Fortunately I moved my car to dry land before it got any worse. And it did. There was a Mini Cooper that started floating away on the street shortly after I moved my car.
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Old 08-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #74
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I hope the rain helps clear up Beijing's atmosphere. I will be back in Shanghai for a couple days in Oct and dont look forward to the pollution
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:08 AM   #75
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I hope the rain helps clear up Beijing's atmosphere. I will be back in Shanghai for a couple days in Oct and dont look forward to the pollution
It sure did. The sky is a beautiful blue and the temps are perfect. I hope Shanghai is nice for you. October is always a good month to be in China!
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:45 AM   #76
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Ahh, the yearly inspection weekend. My family and most of my neighbors and friends who saw me this weekend thought I was crazy...

A bit of a back story, every year I need to get my car inspected and re-registered and to do so it needs to have a stock appearance which means my splitter, hood, fog lights and taillights needed to be swapped. I am afraid of failing the smog check so I reinstall the air intake and change the tune to back to stock while I am at it.

If it wasn't for rusted bolts on the splitter it wouldn't have taken much time at all. I ended up sawing off the bolts to get the splitter off and replaced them with rust proofed bolts, so that was a bit of an improvement.

While I had the back bumper off, I messed with the wires of the technostolgia tail lights because they haven't been working well with the China-spec taillight harness. I tried a few things and eventually got them playing nicely together for the first time since I installed them a few years ago. I also cleaned up the inside of the taillight housing where all of the leaves dirt and debris collected and got around to plastic-dipping my bezels black which is the first mod I've done in a quite a while. A few months ago I bought an extra set of bezels from a member here. Next year when I go to the inspection I'll pop the extra set on along with the old taillights. I'm pretty happy with the way the taillight bezels turned out. Its kind of like eyeliner subtly showing the lights.

Anyway, I think it is very good for me to have to look at my car so critically once a year. other than checking the engine, body and bolts, I also cleaned up the throttle body, MAF sensor and air filter and after reinstalling the tune I feel that my car is running perfectly. I have a friend who is a chassis expert (he works for KW, Porsche and a few racing teams) and after riding with me he gave me some advise on how to adjust my suspension settings (even though I have BC and not KW he's not mad)

So Saturday I took it apart, when to the inspection and put it mostly back together. I finished on Sunday and used most of the morning to clean and detail before going to lunch with my friends.

After I put my car back together it felt really solid and almost like a whole new car. Fall is beautiful in Beijing, I was so happy to spent the week outside the house playing with my car and making it better all while doing something that needed to be done I celebrated by taking some pictures on my school's campus for you all to enjoy.
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:21 AM   #77
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Two Posts in One Day!

The first post was just to say how happy I am to spend time with my car and even when doing a task that most would find annoying and in the end my car is better than it was before the process.

Now I am going to go through a detailed account of Chinese DMV services. I hope it is enlightening.

First the place is huge, there is one main road running the whole length with about 4 warehouse sized building on either side. You go to a check point at the front gate and they check your papers and drive to lot "A" on that lot the attendant takes pictures of your car and makes sure it matches the photos on record. I can't get my rear carbon fiber spoiler off so they were giving me some trouble, but when they looked at the records it was on there last year so they said it would be ok. After the photos I took a piece of paper and my car's book into a building to pay the fee and start the process. I handed my papers to a worker and she stamps it tosses it to the person next to her who photocopies it, then it gets passed across their tabes to another worker who inputs the information into the computer. Then it goes to another worker who asks for money. There are about 8 workers in that building, each who have one task to do.

Now that my car matches the photo and records and I have paid I take my paperwork to the lot where my car was photographed and it goes into the first warehouse onto a rolling road where they test emissions. The attendants who are used to sitting in Jettas and work vans really enjoyed the sound of the Borla exhaust and I don't blame them for driving it a bit aggressively into and out of the station. I liked hearing my car as much as they enjoyed making my car sing.

After the smog test I drove my car across the street to another station where they did a few other tests such as headlight aim and brightness after that the tests were basically completed. I took the paperwork and went across the street again to another building where at least 8 people looked at my paperwork and either stamped it, scanned looked at it or just stared blankly at it. There was one middle aged women working there who was kind of looking down and bored, tired or unhappy. I asked her a question and she was surprised how well I spoke Chinese. (I try to be modest when people compliment me, but I have lived in Beijing half of my life, I am married to a Beijing girl, went to a Chinese university and have been studying Chinese for 20+ years, so by now my Chinese is pretty good) It was really nice to see her become very awake and alert when she started talking with me and we had a great conversation while I was waiting on another station to fill out the last bit of paperwork before I could go. She also looked at my car's paperwork and commented on how clean my car is. I was shocked to hear that. I never thought of our Camaros as "clean cars" but if you look at the acceptable levels of pollutants and what my car made it sure does seem to be a clean fossil fuel burning machine.

Finally with all of my paperwork input I was given a sticker to go on the windshield to prove that my car is road legal for another year. After that I went home and re-modded it until it was dinner time, and thats how I spent my Saturday.

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First column legal limit, second column my car, third column Pass, fourth column I'm not too sure how to say it.
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:01 PM   #78
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Very interesting read. I was in Shanghai last week for three days and only saw a mustang (4 cylinder) on the road. No Camaro's. Was pleasantly surprised to see the sun and enjoy lower levels of pollutants...Stay safe
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