Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna

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I was employed by MMAL ( Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited ) for seven years before they closed down. I really liked the Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna version after I got a test drive in one. I thought that the manual version even with a limited slip diff was very bad a putting the power down and first gear was almost un-usable due the the massive amount of wheel spin, so I went for the auto / tiptrononic which is a whole lot better.

2002.06.12_BQI02C_the_RalliartMagnaI took a Ralliart magna that was fitted with a sunroof out for a drive just to see if I liked the sunroof, in the end I didn’t like it because by putting the sunroof in this dropped the roof line down to low inside the car and no matter how much I adjusted the seat I still managed to touch my head on the roof. This was way to irritating so decided not to have the sunroof fitted to mine. For this is one helluva powerful car. The book claim’s a 0-100 time of 6.7 seconds!!! its 180kW factory figure feels well understated. I also tested the Mitsubishi outlander but that’s not the car for me. The one I did like though was the Mitsubishi Lancer evolution now that car has got some power, but I found the ride a bit hard for my sensitive frame, even though the recaro bucket seats held me down nice and snug.

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I can achieved easy high sixes. In fact, even with the gentlest of launches and with two people in the car, the time to 100 was still in the low-mid Sevens – faster than a 225kW v8 Holden launched in the same way. All the Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna’s are individually numbered and hand sprayed with data dot security.

One of the benefits of being an employee of Mitsubishi Motors is that you get a lease car as part of your package and you get massive discounts if you want to buy a car. Well the car I own now was my lease car ( I liked it that much I bought it ) check out the Pictures.

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The engine is nothing short of magnificent. To develop its 180kW at 5500 rpm and 333Nm at 4000 rpm (over the 163kW engine, the torque is improved right through the rev range!) the engineers have lifted the compression by 0.4 of a ratio to 9.4:1, modified the combustion chambers, and fitted cams with an additional 10 per cent lift. Stainless steel extractors are fitted, and while the exhaust is largely the same as fitted to the 163kW cars, a large central muffler has been added to reduce the low-rpm resonance and bow does it sound nice from inside the car.

ECU changes include the lifting of the speed limiter from 210 to 240 km/h, make this Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna a top car to drive and own.

Accusound Speakers Signature Series 8.5 Review

Do you want to select some home theater speaker, then this article will go some way to helping you with your selection. The speakers that I’m looking into are made by a company called Accusound Australia Pty Ltd they are Australian company and they make 5.1 or 7.1 surround speakers. I am writing this review to share my experience with the quality and the set up of these accusound speakers. Some of the points that I will cover are how well do they look, also how well do they sound and how easy they are to set-up the speakers.

Accusound Speakers

The accusound review will be of the 2009 model signature series reference 8.5 speakers. these speakers consist of two front main speakers two rear speakers a center speaker and a Sub woofer, or a LFE “low frequency effect” as my Yamaha RXV663 amp calls it. I was on a very tight budget so these speakers came at a bargain price I wasn’t expecting too much the way of audiophile performance. I was however looking to have a relatively good sound experience for when I was listening to music  I was impressed by the claim from the manufacturers that all the speakers in this package were completely tone matched. the front speakers are the main speakers each tower comes with 2x 200mm bass drivers also it comes with a mid range 150mm driver and a 25mm elliptical soft done tweeter. the center speaker comprises of 2x165mm drivers and also a 25mm elliptical soft dome tweeter this gives excellent bass response also Clear vocals and crisp highs. the rear speakers have 165 mm bass driver and a 25 mm elliptical soft dome tweeter identical to the main in the center speakers. the subwoofer is designed to use the 300 mm long throw high-power Sub bass driver it also has a built-in 200W amplifier with volume and phase and frequency adjustments, so these are the components that come in the package that will make up your sound system.

Before I get into the guts of un-boxing and setting up my speakers want to make mention of the guys at Audio Australia who have the exclusive on the signature series accusound speakers. I was very impressed with the speed of communication from them, I fired of an e-mail question and within hours I get a detailed response, I am not sure about you but it makes me feel more comfortable to buy from these guys when I get that kind of speedy response.

These are one of the best deals around for the price, though i wouldn’t class myself as a hi-fi guru or a audiophile but I do know what I like and take time out to make comparisons of similar products before I part with my hard earned. My Home Theater Setup consisted of my Panasonic 50inch Plasma and XBOX as my media center and DVD player, and a Yamaha RXV 663 Receiver, and now the Accusound Reference series 8.5. These speaker really look the part meaning that they don’t look cheap, I was impressed with the build quality of the cabinets and the finish was overall very good. I must mention that the ones I bought did state that they are box damaged and this was true as the box for the sub woofer did have a big dent in it. Holding my breath I took the sub out of the damaged box and yes did find a small dent in the cabinet I was devastated for the first half hour then I got over it. Looking at the speaker terminals they were nice and big and will accept the now standard banana plug, the accusound cables I decided on was the 12 gauge.

Well how do they sound? Not having a Blue Ray Player as yet ( its on my list though ) I  call up my son and asked him to come over and check out my new 5.1 speakers and by the way bring your Play station 3 and your blue ray disks with you. Setting up the PS3 is dead simple just plug the HDMI cable into the amp and your done. We decided to watch Resident Evil 3 as this movie has got the uncompressed audio on it and my Yamaha RXV 663 will happily decode that, we sat though the whole movie marveling at the added sound effects that we missed or didn’t hear before, the bit were Alice takes out all the crows was absolutely stunning, great rumble from the sub woofer also the fronts themselves generate a fair amount of bass effect and great effect from the rears and the center. The manual says that the speakers need to have a burn in time and indeed I have found this to true the sound does seem to be a bit more richer more so listening to music than movies. The fronts are capable of being bi-amped and my RXV643 is capable of this configuration but as yet I haven’t got around to doing this but I will.

In conclusion, would I recommend these to anyone else?, yes I would, and have, my son likes the sound of the accusound speakers and the price is great so he is keen on getting a setup soon. You are getting a good quality product for a really great price. I like to buy the odd gadget every now and again and I must say that these Signature Series Reference 8.5 Speakers give me a fantastic bang for my buck ask my neighbors.

Christopher Ward A Company That Will Stand the Test of Time

I have been a very long time without a wrist watch, ever since my Accurist died after 12 years of faithful service and only one battery change after 7 years. So I started hunting around and came across these beautiful watches after listening to a radio 4 story about watch makers and the return to traditional, classic mechanical movement time-pieces, it got me excited again to buy a quality watch.

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Although Christopher Ward is a relatively young company, they have been impressing buyers in the watch market since the company was founded on a river boat in 2004. This company is known for having very high quality watches for a surprisingly low price. Critics and average consumers alike have praised this company since they started to grow in 2005.

When the company took off in ’05 it was right after they launched the C3 Malvern Chronograph and the C5 Malvern Automatic. Being a new company, Ward Watches owes most of its buzz to the internet because of the many forums and blogs that have discussed the company. The biggest and probably most influential areas of the internet that had included discussions on the Ward company were a Timezone and Rolex forum; and also the famous watch blogger Dave Malone (who resides in Australia) wrote about them after purchasing a Malvern Automatic. In Malone’s article he gave the watch a good amount of praise, although his original intentions were to expose that a good watch could not be bought for such a low price.

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Some of the styles of watches that they have for men include classic/ dress, aviation, sport, and diving watches. A nice model of the classic/ dress model watches is the C20 Lido watch. This watch is available with black leather, brown leather, or a metal linked watch band. The design of this watch certainly brings one back as it has the classy simple look, but as this watch maintains its simplicity throughout it also carries a beauty to it in all of its aspects by being finely crafted. The notches for time seem to protrude slightly from the surface and show the depth that went into the watch, and the hands look almost like finely crafted swords. A watch along the same line of the Lido is the C7 Rapide.

When compared to the Lido, there are some very big differences between the two watches. From a beauty standpoint the Rapide is the clear winner. The Rapid has a lot going on with numerous dials for a stop watch function and various readings along the perimeter of the watch, but it brings all of this complexity together beautifully and is like an angelic harmony for the eyes. One could look at this watch for an hour and may have still missed some of its beauty, as every singe detail seemed to have been mapped out and carefully thought out before hand by both artists and technicians. The glorious white and silver face contrasts beautifully with a black band, but other bands are also available.

Along with a great product, Christopher Ward is a company that is courteous and accommodating to its customers. Ward vows to listen to complaints, their ethics include a section on finding what bothers people and many of their policies reflect this such as their return policy and their available warranty offers. Ward offers a completely free return on all watches for sixty days after purchase with no questions asked. Christopher Ward Watches is a brilliant company, and at this point it seems that they will stand the test of time.

My Favorite Chain Saw-Pole Chainsaw Pruner in Action

This is my new Pole Pruning Chainsaw I was getting sick of paying high cost of hiring a pole saw for a 4 hours and I decided to buy my own, I worked out that the price of a new Pole Chainsaw is the same the 2 or 3 hire price. So if I use this new tool 4 times over its life then I have got my money’s worth, Baumr-AG Pole Chainsaw Chain Saw Pruner

Baumr-AG Pole Chainsaw Chain Saw Pruner

Perfect for any application, whether it be trade use, pruning those hard to reach palm trees, clearing overhanging branches usually way beyond reach, removing bushfire hazards or just to make you the most popular neighbour in the street!

These are the main feature of my saw Powerful, high output commercial grade 33cc engine, Light design for ease of use and maneuverability, Easy service access to engine, filters & spark plug, Quality construction Durable & reliable performance, Throttle hold easy start feature, Comfortable rubber grip handle, Latest Model – Now 4.5m Long, Air injection carburettor for smooth operation, Quick tension chain mechanism, Auto chain lubricator, Adjustable chain oil feed, Spark arresting safety exhaust, Low vibration design, Easy disassembly to make cleaning a breeze, Bonus Easy Hold Shoulder Strap, Bonus Quick Fuel Mixer, Bonus Safety Goggles, Bonus Chain Guard, Bonus Maintenance Pack.
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Perfect for any application, whether it be trade use, pruning those hard to reach palm trees, clearing overhanging branches usually way beyond reach, removing bushfire hazards or just to make you the most popular neighbour in the street!

These are the main feature of my saw Powerful, high output commercial grade 33cc engine, Light design for ease of use and maneuverability, Easy service access to engine, filters & spark plug, Quality construction Durable & reliable performance, Throttle hold easy start feature, Comfortable rubber grip handle, Latest Model – Now 4.5m Long, Air injection carburettor for smooth operation, Quick tension chain mechanism, Auto chain lubricator, Adjustable chain oil feed, Spark arresting safety exhaust, Low vibration design, Easy disassembly to make cleaning a breeze, Bonus Easy Hold Shoulder Strap, Bonus Quick Fuel Mixer, Bonus Safety Goggles, Bonus Chain Guard, Bonus Maintenance Pack.

How I picked My Hyosung GT650S and What I Dont Like About It

When I was on the lookout to buy myself a motor bike I went through a bit of research and though I would write this article to help anyone who is in the same boat that I was in when I looking out to buy my bike. What did I end up getting well, its a one year old Hyosung GT650S Touring Bike that had 5000 K’s on the clock and It had a full service history and I bought it from a reputable hyosung dealer

Here a few reasons that I would have recommend to anyone that want to get a good deal:

• Make sure that bike has got a full service history, this is usually a small booklet with a space for the service agent to put his stamp on there and to list the date and the mileage when the service work was done.
• Go over the whole bike looking for any scratches or dent in particular on the mudguards or the petrol tank mine had a few scratches on the front mudguard and the dealer told me that the bike had been dropped it was not to bad and can be fixed up really easy check out the pics in this post, I deemed that this was only cosmetic and did not effect the way the bike performs.
• If possible make sure that you know that the person who is selling the bike is of good standing, otherwise you my run the risk of buying a stolen bike or even a bike that has a finance dept. over it. in my case i got the bike from a Hyosung dealer and he told me that this bike was a trade in for a new hyosung bike and even that he sold this bike new to the same rider that now went back to get a new bike. This was great news on my part as it showed the bike had been well looked after and that the previous owner is a local rider as the dealer new him, also that the dealer was good as the rider came back to him to buy another bike.
• Make sure that you take the bike out for a test ride, this is probably the most important thing you need to do, I was totally hooked on this bike the moment i took it out for a ride, It was so comfortable to ride as the rider position is a bit more upright and the foot pegs are positioned a bit further forward, I found that the small nose faring did actually do a good job of deflecting the wind off you, I know because i test rode a GT650 Comet which is a naked bike and I did feel the wind more on that bike. the dealer was kind enough to let me try the GT650R also and this one was a full faring racing style bike and it really did feel fast, but not for my taste.

Well if you try to follow the points I have highlighted above you will get a bike that you will be happy with for many years, I only use my bike for pleasure like weekend rides in the Hills so I really enjoy the power of this v-twin motor I love the way it has a lot of torque and it just keeps pulling even it you get caught in a low gear at low speed, in that way it is very forging for the novice rider. I think that the suspension is very good being a mono shock configuration the bike hugs those corners and allows you to lean over quite low when you corner, this is great fun and when you get some experience this GT650S give you great confidence in the way it handles, this matches the front upside down forks very well

The only thing that i was not really happy with was that the rear brake developed a squealing noise and overall the power of the front brake was not supper powerful, don’t get me wrong you will come to a very fast stop by applying both front and back brakes together but other more expensive bikes have superior brakes. Overall I am very happy with my Hyosung and would recommend it to anyone like me who is looking for a bike that give you a lot of bang for your buck. check out my video of my short ride around the car park.

 

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Hyosung GT650S Great Touring Motorcycle