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Old 11-09-2014, 11:46 AM   #171 (permalink)
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constant current charger

I got a 12v 3 amp model 1206 constant current charger from Ebay a few years ago, use it all the time and it's great. I think it was $45 at the time. Check "1206 charger 12v battery" on Ebay.

This link has a good explanation of how it works.

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Old 11-09-2014, 10:31 PM   #172 (permalink)
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I lowered the headlights a bit to help with the lack of projectors:




I acknowledge that auto-leveling projectors are the right way to do HIDs, but they're a bit out of my budget right now.

EDIT: Strongly considering a pair of cheap eBay projectors. Will update if I find something I like.

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Decided on these projectors to protect other drivers from my new headlights, for $50 on eBay:

Texenon Mini H1 Retrofit Bi Xenon HID Projectors with Mini Gatling Shrouds | eBay



Since the bulbs I bought have metal shrouds to simulate low/high beams, I may need to cut those off, but I'll play with it when they get here.

Also, a small 48 SMD LED arrived, $3 on Amazon. A 5 pack is ~$6, but I only had use for one.




Old light:




Housing, with the clear cover taken off:




LEDs installed:




Vastly increased brightness at lower wattage:




I was afraid they'd end up being white like so many other cheap LEDs, but these are a very rough approximation of the same color as the stock bulbs, perhaps very slightly whiter - definitely not harsh. Highly recommended.

Also, block heater came in:

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Old 11-10-2014, 05:42 PM   #174 (permalink)
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Ecky, stop with all the LEDs! You're killing me man, I must have some of my own now!

So my car didn't appreciate sitting for a week un-used while I was on vacation, and it repaid me by doing a recal and a forced regen most of the way to work this morning, so there is no way for me to tell if the throttle smoothing circuit is a yes or a no yet. Hopefully it has enough juice at this point (from me stabbing the regen button at every slow-down) that I can test it out tonight.
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Block heater installed. Got under the car and looked, and realized I could get to it from above. It's right next to the catalytic converter on the back of the engine, and is removed with a 1/2" drive.




With one hand I unscrewed the drain plug, and with the other I pushed the block heater into place. All said and done, I lost less than half a cup of coolant. Torque for the block heater is 44 ft/lbs, and it takes a 24mm socket.




Now I have two plugs hanging out of the front grille, and they'll be attached to a light switch by my front door. Will probably flip it on ~2 hours before my wife heads to work.


EDIT: Updated first post with a picture glossary

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Ecky, stop with all the LEDs! You're killing me man, I must have some of my own now!

So my car didn't appreciate sitting for a week un-used while I was on vacation, and it repaid me by doing a recal and a forced regen most of the way to work this morning, so there is no way for me to tell if the throttle smoothing circuit is a yes or a no yet. Hopefully it has enough juice at this point (from me stabbing the regen button at every slow-down) that I can test it out tonight.

Do you have a grid charger for it yet?
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Do you have a grid charger for it yet?
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Block heater installed. Got under the car and looked, and realized I could get to it from above. It's right next to the catalytic converter on the back of the engine, and is removed with a 1/2" drive.




With one hand I unscrewed the drain plug, and with the other I pushed the block heater into place. All said and done, I lost less than half a cup of coolant. Torque for the block heater is 44 ft/lbs, and it takes a 24mm socket.




Now I have two plugs hanging out of the front grille, and they'll be attached to a light switch by my front door. Will probably flip it on ~2 hours before my wife heads to work.


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Awesome! Thanks, I am wondering though, why only 2 hours before your wife leaves for work? Why not just leave it plugged in 24/7?
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Awesome! Thanks, I am wondering though, why only 2 hours before your wife leaves for work? Why not just leave it plugged in 24/7?
From what I've read, the block heater can only heat it so much before it levels out and the block loses heat as fast as it's added. 2 hours is into diminishing returns, and it's 400 watts, which is something like $500 per year to run 24/7.
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From what I've read, the block heater can only heat it so much before it levels out and the block loses heat as fast as it's added. 2 hours is into diminishing returns, and it's 400 watts, which is something like $500 per year to run 24/7.
Holy crap... Yea Nvm haha.

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