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    Ordered a C8 tonight

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.com/forum/me-discussion-photos-videos/62049-faurecia-is-the-interior-fabricator-on-the-c8-corvette
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    Parking brake pad replacement

    Weren’t the oem GT brakes supplied by Brembo? (Or is my memory bad?) Edit: pic from ‘06 brochure. .
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    Parking brake pad replacement

    If the Ford pads were cheap, someone would have bought them all a few years ago and would be selling them on eBay for $261, and then people would complain that they aren’t available from Ford. I don’t see how you could go wrong with Brembo pads.
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    Why do we torture ourselves?

    I think the device has very little affect on non-ferrous metals. But if you heat a steel bolt that's threaded into an aluminum part to cherry red, I'm sure you could damage or even melt the aluminum. Just like when using a torch, you want to use as little heat as possible...
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    Why do we torture ourselves?

    Here's part of a video showing uses for larger items, like hubs. This is a video from a different brand, but it shows them heating part of an iron block to remove a head bolt.
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    Why do we torture ourselves?

    I bought one of the flameless bolt heaters a few years ago, and while I've only needed it a few times, it is definitely worth it! . http://www.theinductor.com/shop/mini-ductor-accessories/mini-ductor-ii-md-700
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    SWINGING DICKISM WRIT LARGE

    It's probably hard sitting on the sidelines as a lowly journalist watching the multi-million dollar cars drive by, but it's just sad when one resorts to name calling, saying companies that make expensive cars have an "ode to greed" and buyers who buy those car "have too much money," when the...
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    The Art of Racing in the Rain

    If you're a dog lover like me and enjoyed the "first person dog" storytelling of that book or movie, there's a great series of detective books also written from the dog's perspective. (The dog is just a normal dog- no superpowers, can't talk, easily distracted, etc.) There are 8 or 9 so far...
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    I did a crude version where I leveled the taillights, I think that helps, too. .
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    This guy has some interesting videos about revising or updating styling of various cars (including the Aztek and even Crown Vic). https://www.youtube.com/user/LexOrABenz/videos He did a quick revision of the rear of the C8, shrinking the taillights, enlarging the rear vents, eliminating the...
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    The 05-06 FGT is unusually short. The C8 height is actually about the same as the NSX, 458, 488, etc.
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    I agree the rear is the worst view. Skipping the Z51 stuff eliminates the rear spoiler. You can also choose to have the side boomerangs and other details body-color instead of black.
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    It's also interesting that the car's dimensions are virtually identical to the 05-06 FGT (except the height- 5” taller).
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    I think it is interesting that we have come to assume that mid-engine cars are for some reason inherently much more expensive to make than front engine cars, so we are asking “what did they leave out to get the price so low?” But if you think about the bill-of-materials for a C8 versus a C7...
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    2020 Corvette thoughts?

    Although I don't love the rear styling or the Captain Kirk interior, and will miss a clutch pedal, the C8 is an astounding car, both in performance and usability. And I don't see how you can call it overweight, since it weighs about the same as the 05-06 FGT. I've been considering buying...