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  1. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Bplakad, No cvt whine that I can detect in my fxt. Changed cvt oil at 40k km by BMS cos din know MI also change it at 50k km service package that was done early this week ... smooth and quiet like butter churning. Cheers. Richard
  2. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, Thanks ... yes, via double sided tape that came from Kaddis and quite sturdy. Together with the sti diffuser as well as the colin lights, the look is more rounded and less boxy .. yymv but I do like it. Cheers. Richard
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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi bros, Just added Kaddis tailgate kit and sti rear bumper diffuser last week ... with modded rear bumper, this closes aesthetic mods I think. Cheers. Richard
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    2016 / 2017 Subaru Impreza

    Hi Kia2000, 5D hb is great looking. Metal road in door is standard for all modern cars. Indeed impressive safety and other features and 4W drive cornering ability but no solar film on windscreen by MI due to warning of eyesight by Subaru Japan. Indeed fantastical price for the total package but went with mazda 6 executive for my wife instead 1 yr ago cos not willing to take no claim insurance risk by putting solar film on windscreen on my own. Cheers. Richard
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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Terensu, Fxt with hot turbo need W40 vs W30 for Fna. Castrol Edge for reasonable cost and costly Motul 300v for superlative performance but not recommended till 10k km (6-7k km) interval will be my recommendation. Cheers. Richard
  6. richard_crl032

    Nissan QashQai 2014 Part 2

    Hi Stream, Get the 2.0L .. engine from Japan. Caveats: not FC friendly, not full size SUV Pros: Good looking, ride comfort 1.2L is underpowered and other issues. Cheers. Richard
  7. richard_crl032

    MAZDA 6

    Hi GTO, Indeed YYMV and hence wanted to also share that with AA for discerning audiophiles, crystal clear internet radio and hi-res stations like hi online channels at 320kbps makes beautiful music: <<http://www.hionline.eu/app/>> Cheers,
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    MAZDA 6

    Hi Gabby, Believe it was 104k for executive when first launched and coupled with drop in the then COE price ... standard version was indeed <100k. Mine was 109k back in Aug 2018 without considering the 1k service voucher and 500 good-will-rebate that my salesperson applied for his customers. With falling COE price, 113k is indeed a surprise albeit good old for owners. Cheers, Richard
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    MAZDA 6

    Hi GTO, For me, AA is worthwhile upgrade for crystal clear internet FM and other hires radio stations even on stock bose system in addition to googlemap nav. No touch on over-riding safety consideration for me is also ok. Cheers. Richard
  10. richard_crl032

    MAZDA 6

    Hi Evoz, Congras ... different class of ride and cannot be worse than mazda 3. Cheers. Richard
  11. richard_crl032

    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Wrigleys, Guess depending also on the width of tyres used ... seen 245 tyres on +35 offset and it protrudes out and looking nice nice. Also such none standard offset against stock 48 comes with the same detrimental effects of using spacer with change to the designed load capacity of the arms, drive shaft etc. Cheers, Richard
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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Shutterbox, Was looking for the same and concluded that up to 120 deg C will be ok from several forum on track racing ... for at least short term as lubrication on the mechanics of the engine. Cheers. Richard
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    MAZDA 6

    Hi Bros, Shared by bro Clement on current mazda 6 FL variant. Cheers. Richard Mazda refreshes 2018 Mazda6 with thicker mild steel, revamped chassis; higher-strength steel BIW elements unchanged By John Huetter on January 10, 2018 Repair Operations | Mazda announced late last year that the refreshed 2018 Mazda6 would receive body reinforcements and chassis changes meant to provide a quieter ride and greater capabilities. Mazda spokesman Jacob Brown on Monday said the changes to the body involved thickening mild steel elements and didn’t include increasing the tensile strength of the higher-strength steel parts. The OEM thickened the mild-steel cowl crossmember from 1.2 mm to 1.8 mm, the Mazda6 front floor panel increased from 0.6 mm to 1.0 mm, and the rear wheel housings’ inner walls doubled from 0.7 mm to 1.4 mm, according to Brown. Mazda also retooled the chassis and suspension, which could affect certain collision repairs. In this latest round of thoughtful improvements, engineers have revisited every aspect of Mazda6’s chassis, with its suspension offering a smoother, more linear ride quality and greater NVH refinement similar to the ultra-quiet CX-9. Its steering rack is now rigid-mounted to the chassis, offering greater steering response and feel, and its SKYACTIV-CHASSIS has been stiffened in complement with the revised suspension to offer both a smoother ride and to improve outright dynamic performance. Enabling this more comfortable ride without compromising the Mazda6’s handling, the suspension geometry has been revised, with roll-steer changes that promote more neutral handling. Additionally, body reinforcements, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells, reinforced chassis bracing and even thicker suspension trailing link mounts help improve interior conversation sound quality, putting Mazda6 into rarified air when it comes to quietness, refinement and capabilities. Spokesman Jacob Brown was also nice enough to provide a look at the unchanged higher-strength steel elements on the 2018 model year and all 6s dating back to the generation’s Job One, part of the 2014 model year. This might be of interest to shops and techs who don’t see many Mazdas; the Mazda6 itself sold 33,402 units last year. Anything in dark blue is ultra-high-strength steel of either 780 megapascals, 980 MPa or a whopping 1,800 MPa. The blue locations are 590 MPa, and the light blue components are either 390 MPa or 440 MPa. 
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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi Tohto, Can consider SRS cover wrap and call Wheelzkin again liao .. keke ! Cheers. Richard
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    2015 Forester 2.0

    Hi James, I changed to another SRS cover when doing the leather wrap and removed the original emblem but no, you do not have to do so which was the case before SRS cover's leather wrap. Cheers. Richard
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