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  1. #651
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    The pop-out quarter windows on the coupe are really pretty awesome for dogs. It lets them smell the outside world without having to stand on the armrests/door card, and falling out is impossible. On the flip side, getting in the back of a coupe to clean all the nose prints is a bigger pain in the ass than in a sedan.
    And the windows are not as good for car washes.

    Love the Miata. If I had a garage, the ND would definitely be considered as a ZHP replacement except for the winter.

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    1. Get that ND fam
    2. Hi Sam!
    3. Your headlights should have adjusted with the weight in the trunk. AL not working after the repair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornung418 View Post
    Happy Thanksgiving, Spenser!
    Crap, sorry I missed all these responses. Thanks, Justin!

    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    OOOh joining the Miata lyfe. Still the most smiles per mph I've had in any car.
    Oh man, they're a hoot. I don't know when it's happening, but I really want it to. The people who knock 'em have clearly never driven one.

    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    love this.
    It's not spacious like the X3 but they love the sniffer windows!

    Quote Originally Posted by RUS_ZHP View Post
    That SUV is massive and your coupe looks tiny parked next to it.
    I love picture of you friend in the rear seat. He looks comfortable in the coupe.
    It's hilarious how big that car is. Even though I knew it'd fit in the garage I still got nervous when I had to park it.

    Quote Originally Posted by holyc0w View Post
    And the windows are not as good for car washes.

    Love the Miata. If I had a garage, the ND would definitely be considered as a ZHP replacement except for the winter.
    Heh you remembered the time I didn't close them all the way...I wish they had one-touch close like they do one-touch open. Still more convenient than the manual levers in the E36...that is, until one of the motors dies lol

    The ND looks awesome, and Nate said it was a lot of fun to drive. I think I'd have to get the RF.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    1. Get that ND fam
    2. Hi Sam!
    3. Your headlights should have adjusted with the weight in the trunk. AL not working after the repair?
    1. ND is sweet but the whole point of an NA/NB track car is cheapness. Cheap consumables, cheap cost of entry, and I think the people who track cars they have payments on are craycray.
    2. See next post.
    3. Correct me if I'm wrong: the AL uses the "manual" adjustment as a reference point, yes? So if the adjuster screw gets turned that's the new benchmark for when weight gets added? I'm wondering if Loren just didn't get the reference point correct during the repair.
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    So Saturday night/Sunday morning it started snowing.

    And it kept snowing.



    Yep, cars aren't going anywhere. This carport is awesome, in that it's basically a full-on two car garage with a separate storage room and attic, just without a door.

    But...yea it doesn't have a door.

    Alternate mode of transportation? Sled team:



    Oh wait, sled dogs are supposed to be focused on the task. One of my sled dogs is defective.



    No, Tawny's not scowling because she's cold. She's pissed because we stopped playtime to take a picture.



    Snow really brings out the youthfulness in Sam. Coming up on 11 and she still acts like a puppy in the white stuff.



    Not my best work in Adobe cloning out their leashes, but leashes ruin pictures.

    Anyway, then it became freezing rain last night.



    Then it became snow again this morning. And as I'm typing this it's still snowing.



    I know everyone loves to make fun of southerners for not knowing how to drive in winter weather, but let's take note of a couple things:

    (1) Our winter weather down here is much icier than proper snow. We retain warmer ground temps, have warm days with refreezing overnight. Honestly it's a mess.
    (2a) Everyone is on no-season tires. And the tread depth requirements to pass state inspection are truly frightening, if your state even has inspections.
    (2b) Couple that with the people who have bought into the marketing BS of our Lord and Savior AWD (TM) and suddenly you have a populace which thinks they're invincible with their stupid crossovers. They go barreling down the roads like there's nothing wrong, and act surprised when they find out AWD only helps you get moving, and doesn't do shit to help you stop. 90% of them don't clear off a single surface of the car aside from the windshield either, and turn their cars into moving snow blowers.
    (3) Our infrastructure is not set up for this. We don't have enough plows or salt trucks for the whole state. So in order to pre-treat all the roads many of them are treated too early, and the salt/brine is dusted off and washed away before the precipitation arrives. The plows usually only service the state-maintained roads, and the local roads go untouched. What the plows aren't able to removed then melts, pools, and refreezes for the next morning's commute (see 1st bullet).
    (4) Outside the Appalachians, we get 1-2 decent snowfalls/ice storms each year, so very few people ever get enough experience driving in winter weather to develop any sort of proficiency.

    /end rant, I'm off to shovel and get some mad shoulder gainzzzzz
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    Up north here (MI) we have truck bros who think the black ice is no match for their off road tires...


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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    So Saturday night/Sunday morning it started snowing.

    And it kept snowing.



    Yep, cars aren't going anywhere. This carport is awesome, in that it's basically a full-on two car garage with a separate storage room and attic, just without a door.

    But...yea it doesn't have a door.

    Alternate mode of transportation? Sled team:



    Oh wait, sled dogs are supposed to be focused on the task. One of my sled dogs is defective.



    No, Tawny's not scowling because she's cold. She's pissed because we stopped playtime to take a picture.



    Snow really brings out the youthfulness in Sam. Coming up on 11 and she still acts like a puppy in the white stuff.



    Not my best work in Adobe cloning out their leashes, but leashes ruin pictures.

    Anyway, then it became freezing rain last night.



    Then it became snow again this morning. And as I'm typing this it's still snowing.



    I know everyone loves to make fun of southerners for not knowing how to drive in winter weather, but let's take note of a couple things:

    (1) Our winter weather down here is much icier than proper snow. We retain warmer ground temps, have warm days with refreezing overnight. Honestly it's a mess.
    (2a) Everyone is on no-season tires. And the tread depth requirements to pass state inspection are truly frightening, if your state even has inspections.
    (2b) Couple that with the people who have bought into the marketing BS of our Lord and Savior AWD (TM) and suddenly you have a populace which thinks they're invincible with their stupid crossovers. They go barreling down the roads like there's nothing wrong, and act surprised when they find out AWD only helps you get moving, and doesn't do shit to help you stop. 90% of them don't clear off a single surface of the car aside from the windshield either, and turn their cars into moving snow blowers.
    (3) Our infrastructure is not set up for this. We don't have enough plows or salt trucks for the whole state. So in order to pre-treat all the roads many of them are treated too early, and the salt/brine is dusted off and washed away before the precipitation arrives. The plows usually only service the state-maintained roads, and the local roads go untouched. What the plows aren't able to removed then melts, pools, and refreezes for the next morning's commute (see 1st bullet).
    (4) Outside the Appalachians, we get 1-2 decent snowfalls/ice storms each year, so very few people ever get enough experience driving in winter weather to develop any sort of proficiency.

    /end rant, I'm off to shovel and get some mad shoulder gainzzzzz
    I wish it was powdery snow cause then I could use my new stihl blower to blow off the driveway (for fun).. Haha. But completely agree with all of your statements..

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    Damn I wish we got that here... I could of used an extended weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    Heh you remembered the time I didn't close them all the way...I wish they had one-touch close like they do one-touch open.
    Coding. I assume you did the switch mod that allows you to engage the second position when closing?

    and I think the people who track cars they have payments on are craycray.
    Call me cray then. I tracked my car every single year I had a car payment on it. When you only have one car, you do what you gotta do, because not tracking is not an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    I know everyone loves to make fun of southerners for not knowing how to drive in winter weather, but let's take note of a couple things:

    (1) Our winter weather down here is much icier than proper snow. We retain warmer ground temps, have warm days with refreezing overnight. Honestly it's a mess.
    (2a) Everyone is on no-season tires. And the tread depth requirements to pass state inspection are truly frightening, if your state even has inspections.
    (2b) Couple that with the people who have bought into the marketing BS of our Lord and Savior AWD (TM) and suddenly you have a populace which thinks they're invincible with their stupid crossovers. They go barreling down the roads like there's nothing wrong, and act surprised when they find out AWD only helps you get moving, and doesn't do shit to help you stop. 90% of them don't clear off a single surface of the car aside from the windshield either, and turn their cars into moving snow blowers.
    (3) Our infrastructure is not set up for this. We don't have enough plows or salt trucks for the whole state. So in order to pre-treat all the roads many of them are treated too early, and the salt/brine is dusted off and washed away before the precipitation arrives. The plows usually only service the state-maintained roads, and the local roads go untouched. What the plows aren't able to removed then melts, pools, and refreezes for the next morning's commute (see 1st bullet).
    (4) Outside the Appalachians, we get 1-2 decent snowfalls/ice storms each year, so very few people ever get enough experience driving in winter weather to develop any sort of proficiency.

    /end rant, I'm off to shovel and get some mad shoulder gainzzzzz
    damn dude... 17" of snow and then ice? and then snow? that's a big storm for here...

    i know it will melt soon, but still - i totally understand about all of your points above. it sucks.

    be safe!

    (and.....not that it helps, but we've got 1" of snow here, and grass showing in places. the irony... )
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    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    Up north here (MI) we have truck bros who think the black ice is no match for their off road tires...
    ďItís a truck thing, you wouldnít understand.Ē

    Quote Originally Posted by tomnobes View Post
    I wish it was powdery snow cause then I could use my new stihl blower to blow off the driveway (for fun).. Haha. But completely agree with all of your statements..
    Once you get below the top inch or so itís still pretty powdery here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    Damn I wish we got that here... I could of used an extended weekend
    Dude I wish I could send you some haha

    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Coding. I assume you did the switch mod that allows you to engage the second position when closing?



    Call me cray then. I tracked my car every single year I had a car payment on it. When you only have one car, you do what you gotta do, because not tracking is not an option.
    I didnít know you could code the switches! And yes, Iíve rapidly come to learn itís not an option lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    damn dude... 17" of snow and then ice? and then snow? that's a big storm for here...

    i know it will melt soon, but still - i totally understand about all of your points above. it sucks.

    be safe!

    (and.....not that it helps, but we've got 1" of snow here, and grass showing in places. the irony... )
    Officially at the airport they measured 13Ē as of last night (when I took the measurement picture). That was on top of my trashcan, which is the only place in the yard thatís flat while also not covered by oak canopies, so I felt it was an accurate measurement for my house.

    I plan to use what Iím removing from the sidewalk to make some Calvin and Hobbes snow art
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