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Old 05-10-2017, 01:38 PM   #2431 (permalink)
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Solid tint choice! I have the 3M CR70 on my car because I travel back and forth to CA and wanted to tint my windshield. Great stuff, though expensive...

Edit: CR90 and CR70 block tons of heat but look (basically) stock. I love it.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:42 PM   #2432 (permalink)
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Edit: CR90 and CR70 block tons of heat but look (basically) stock. I love it.
Really? Hmmm...
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:44 PM   #2433 (permalink)
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I like racks! It looks nice, Adam! Still can't believe I thought Sharka wore the 14x7 RPF1's and Bucky had 15s...
HA! Yup, I like the grip that the 225 Toyos give. There's not a lot of grip on the 14" grey market tires on Bucky.

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Last minute meet???
I'll be at KINOD on the 19th!

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what center caps did you use?
Those are the stock RPF1 center caps that fit 16" and above. They also happen to fit 15x8s.

I was gonna get a set of 3D printed ones, but time ran out. I still will probably do that.
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:49 PM   #2435 (permalink)
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Ugh. Tints are so important. I need to them done on my car someday.
Also really digging the trunk rack on there. Though I must ask, you're willing to drive one three 15" wheels and one 14" ? I guess if the need arises, you would be... But why not just rock all fourteens? lol
Yeah, all 5 tires are about the same height. They should work pretty well together if I have a need for the spare.

Bucky's 14s are somewhat worn... and I'm lazy. And... I didn't think of it. lol

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Solid tint choice! I have the 3M CR70 on my car because I travel back and forth to CA and wanted to tint my windshield. Great stuff, though expensive...

Edit: CR90 and CR70 block tons of heat but look (basically) stock. I love it.
My dad got CR90 on the windshielf of his car and I'm jealous. I'll be doing that in the near future. But the shop would have kept Sharka overnight to remove tint and then redo everything plus adding the windshield. That made me a bit skeered since I'd never dealt with that shop before.

Windshield tint soon!
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:27 AM   #2436 (permalink)
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The only downside is that you have to retint the whole thing when your windshield gets a crack / replaced. Ask me how I know
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Nice! I'm not too far from there, so I'll definitely try to make an appearance to at least say hello
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oh man can we meet? dinner on me?
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:28 PM   #2439 (permalink)
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Drive down to LA on friday for the KINOD meet Royce! LevRimiter edition yo
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Adam gonna miss you at KINOD - I'm working in Vegas this weekend. Plus all three of my "meet" cars are down right now anyway!

Maybe next year...
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Nice meeting you for about two seconds. I was the one that assumed the wrong price of your paint (I was thinking about Scrat's paint price...)
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Oh man, I didn't realize that was you. I believe I was dragged away to ride in the Cappuccino seconds after that.

SO great meeting everyone!
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Oh man, I didn't realize that was you. I believe I was dragged away to ride in the Cappuccino seconds after that.

SO great meeting everyone!
You got to ride in a Cappucino?!
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Where to begin?

The opportunity arose to drive out to California and do some cool stuff. I’ll show more of that in a very near future post. This one is about the stop I made on the way to the LA area. A place I’ve wanted to visit for years – Joshua Tree!



Stickers? What stickers? heh, Probably some explanation is in order.

See, Sharka had (has) this spare tire on the trunk lid. That isn’t the normal “clean” look that I go for with my cars, but it looked kinda purposeful to me. Kinda vintage rally car. So I cut out some big roundels on my vinyl printer. (46cm before you ask). And that looked pretty damn cool, so I printed some big red REV heart stickers. Then I did the large Mazda stickers for the back. And then things progressed from there.

This is my quicky tribute to the vintage 70s rally cars. I’ve never done a livery on Sharka and had a blast doing it. The reactions from folks on the way were fantastic.



My route took me along I-10, which passes near the southern entrance to Joshua Tree. It’s in a different climate zone than the north, so it has quite a different look. Gorgeous rock formations, lots of neat desert plants, and a very bleached out landscape.

And no Joshua trees.







My original plan was to be in Joshua Tree National Park (called JTNP for most of the rest of this post most likely) for sunset, but… man, the sky was boring. Not a single cloud. The park was gorgeous, but no pretty clouds means boring sunset photos.

And I didn’t wanna drive all that way for boring photos. So I went to my nearby hotel and resolved to get up super early for sunrise and hit the north side of the park.



Earlier in the month I searched for a hotel nearby to JTNP. I knew I’d be along I-10 so I started looking in the Palm Desert / Indian Wells area. I found a few hotels near the freeway that looked kinda… not great. Parking Sharka in a hotel that shared an IHOP parking lot didn’t really appeal to me, so I dug a little deeper into town.

Just down the road was this huge resort with golf, tennis, multiple pools and covered parking for only $60 more than the IHOP hotel. I booked.

It turned out to be a timeshare resort covering about quite a few hundred acres. I had a view of the golf course and a pond with ducks. Sharka had a protected parking spot with no way of parking anything on either side of him. It was bliss.

And at 3:30 AM, the bliss came to an end and we boosted up to the north to see some sunrise Joshua trees!







The road between Palm Desert and JTNP north entrance is fantastic. It rises about 4000 feet in elevation over 20 miles and has some great curves. California canyon driving. Then there were some slow small-town miles. And then I was inside Joshua Tree.

Joshua trees were EVERYWHERE! The horizon was filthy with them. Success!!!

The north road into JTNP has these signs saying “55MPH Limit STRICTLY ENFORCED” which were just hilarious. The road is extremely not-straight. Lots of hills and fast turns. And I really did try my best, but I couldn’t maintain 55 over the whole thing. I did a few full drift turns trying to maintain speed (and was the only one on the road at the time) but I was just not enough driver for it. That road had a wildly optimistic speed limit.

And at the end was my reward – sunrise at JTNP.









Once I got inside the park, I was in a race against the sun. I was high on adrenaline from the 55mph-strictly-enforced backroad and low on sleep. I was a panicked ferret with boost and a camera. No wife or daughter around to calm my mania. Just my automotive alter-ego urging me to drive faster and beat the earth’s rotation.

The park was EMPTY. We passed a few cars parked off the road with no humans nearby. I’d guess they belonged to hikers on the way to a good sunrise viewing spot. So it was just me and Sharka.

The earth rotated under us.





BOOOST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Squeal! Engine idle. Door slam. Click-click-click! Pause. Door slam. VROOOOOOOOOM!!!

Over and over. If anyone was around to see or hear us, we were probably pretty obnoxious. I’d find a nice spot, get out, take some pix, and then Sharka raced to the next nice spot ahead.

Full boost. Full volume.

Until we found our sunrise spot.







So worth it. There are no words.

Once we found our spot and parked, this feeling of serenity washed over me. Sharka and I became a part of the silence. We just sat and watched the sun come up. We listened to the tiny birds call back and forth to each other.

We existed in the silence.



Sufficient adjectives are not appearing in my brain to describe our time that morning in Joshua Tree. Words fall short. My photos are decent, but they don’t capture the whole experience.

It was truly an experience.

I feel beyond privileged that I was given this. That my life included that morning in Joshua Tree and that my little Roadster was there with me.

No words. So much love.

The room is dusty you guys. More on my California road trip soon.
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