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  1. I have lost (well not me personally but the munchkins have nicked it) one of the protective boots for the rear shock. Impressed it can be done all from the wheel arch, normally it is interior trim out to get to the top fittings So that wil be a job for next weekend. Also never heard of deci newton metres before although the meaning is pretty obvious. http://www.lorenz-sensors.com/english/company/torque_unit_calculation.php
  2. Winter tyres are for Winter or rather sub circa 8 degree average temp use, often labelled saying similar as well, chances are if you used them in the summer: Your insurance might be invalid in the event of an accident. They would wear down prematurely. The tread pattern might overheat rapidly and the handling would be all squirmy.. The idea does not have any merit at all. Oh and sentences like the opening and closing ones in the original post typically start with an 'I' HTH
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    Finding VIN numbers online

    QED https://www.bmw-warranty.co.uk/Login/Index The problem here and across the myriad of other forums asking the same question is as soon as any link is posted the usage flies up and it gets modified to remove the functionality so everyone loses. Anyone posting such links is a prat to put it bluntly! Yes there are sites out there, 5 minutes of googling found one yesterday and that is the emphasis here, people need to make the effort and go and find them themselves. Many of the spoon fed community will not bother which is a good thing because the benefit to those of us that make the effort is the site remains available a little bit longer. Your mate needs to make a bit of effort and look, and if he does not have the skill set to use a search engine then what is wrong with spending a quid or two getting an HPI check done on a potential vehicle which will also provide the Vin or even asking the seller for it? I appreciate this sounds selfish but that is a reality of cyberlife today.
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    Performance air filter

    I hope you are pleased with the improved performance of the sticker
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    This must be a truckers worst nightmare

    Fortunately the trucker was operating the vehicle. Just imagine the scenario if he had been boiling up a pot noodle with his feet on the steering wheel whilst watching videos on his dashboard mounted Laptop or reading a book! I say that having watched a recent YouTube video from police footage on the very subject of what some lorry drivers do whilst at the wheel, bloody scary! And a good reason to kep well away from them.
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    Tyre pressure warning

    My Winter wheels went on this weekend. Each tyre had dropped just 5 psi in 6 months of storage.
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    Tyre pressure warning

    Imho most digital gauges or terribly inaccurate and can be very temperature sensitive especially the cheap ones I have on of these and it always scores highly during tests: https://www.amazon.co.uk/RACE-RX0014-Tyre-Pressure-Gauge/dp/B000VZ8S26/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1487627457&sr=1-5&keywords=tyre+pressure+gauge&linkCode=sl1&tag=bestreviewer1-21&linkId=74e5214f1b1bd04ee840cbf505796c0a I always did my non TPMS tyres Bi weekly and I still do weekly for my motorbikes where it is probably a lot more important. The Proper TPMS sensors are pretty accurate as well I have TPMS on my F11 and my Kia Soul but Kia decided just to provide a yellow light on the dash rather than present the pressure and temp data on the centre screen!
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    Beautiful 21k mile E34 525i

    I am always suspicious of dealers that remove plates from cars it makes it just that much harder to check even the basics. There's a dealer up the road from me that buys almost 100% from "little old ladies" on eBay and marks them up, turds and all, normally circa 300%.
  9. Correct you have the poor mans version of TPMS. Which makes the assumption that if a wheel is rotating faster than the others it might be under pressure/deflating. When I bought my winter wheels and tyres from Mr Winter wheels they installed the wrong sensors which was bloody annoying!
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    Shock absorber boot

    Both of the rears on mine had disintegrated they are made of a mix of cardboard and shaving foam! About £20 each and easy enough to replace.
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    BMW connected drive app on IPHONE

    It is limited to the point of not being fit for purpose and I would love to see a class action suit Mine works maybe 1% of the time and that is being generous No BMW, the car is not in a poor signal area either which is always the stock excuses! Added to that the appalling performance of a GPRS sim and its really a recipe for endless frustration It the crappiest most dysfunctional tool I have ever had the misfortune to stupidly buy!
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    Kawasaki Z750 - Modern Classic?

    Hmm a naked with a chain and no ABS just as winter arrives, no thanks I will stick with my 2005 R1200ST. I am a bit biased though 15-20,000 miles a year for the last 40 years has made me a shaft drive fan for the last 30 of those. If that style of bike suits your craving then go for it the price seems very fair. in the mid 70's I used hanker after the then new Z650. That was a superb bike for its time.
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    IMPORTANT - What do your kids know !

    If you think that was worth posting on a UK forum then you are a plonker. Everyone knows the average yank is a tad backward in the worldly and general knowledge arena. If you yourself are a yank then obviously you now need to look up the meaning of plonker.
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    7up has finally betrayed me

    Hope this helps
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    I do Project Manglement as well. I am so Agile I will probably lap myself during my next track day!
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    PPS Contracting in the early years without demonstrable consistent income via audited accounts, can have a knock effect to things like mortgage applications credit scoring etc. If you are thinking of buying a house or taking out some other form of crippling loan do that first whilst you are still a permie.
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    PS I replied on behalf of 'So' I don't know who 'So' is but I have never seen him or her reply on here ever. Think very hard about starting any sentence especially on you CV with 'So' It's a pointless word similar to using the non word 'got'.
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    @falcodub Double Salary is not enough after tax you could be considerably worse off. Are you an absolute expert in your field? With many many years of relevant experience and a CV full of good blue chip companies? Do you have a glowing Lineked In profile that sells you like you are the best thing since sliced bread? In Contracting that is exactly what a client is looking for. If not then think hard The contracting market is flooded with Wannabees with sod all experience and often their primary interest seems to be solely in the misguided belief they will earn a lot more money. Many end up a lot worse off! This is also making the job of agents that front these people on behalf of their clients difficult especially if they get 500 applicants but can only put 2-5 people forward! These Wannabees are having a knock on effect to the hourly or daily rates as well. in IT for a few years now the Bobs from India have been taking on work that undercuts a lot of UK based Contractors now we are seeing the same from Eastern Europe. The market is very crowded and very competitive HMG changes in the public sector > all deemed inside IR35 have pushed the cream into private sector so even more fierce competition. In reality you need to be aiming for >3x your target permie salary and ensure you have a war chest to live on during the months you might be on the bench and/or running a plan B. Contracting can be a bit of a minefield, do you go Umbrella or Ltd. is the contract inside outside IR35, if Ltd. need to submit accounts and a SA every year, etc. The role you describe i.e 3 years, immediately potentially puts your ability to claim any T&S (if you go Ltd.) at risk so you need to reflect that in any agreed rate. Contracting does have it advantages though Once you get good at it and build up a network of contacts you can then often bypass the agents and negotiate a higher rate direct because the client is not paying them >15-20% on top of your invoice every month. You can: Put the allowable max of £40,000 into a SIPP pension every year because it is very tax efficient to do so. Pick and choose when to work and where, work from home is often an option. Pick and choose the type of work and the type of client. Use a SPV for buying land to develop and buy to lets etc as part of plan B Pay yourself enough to be comfortable the idea here is not to throw money at the taxman annually if you can do better things with it by keeping it in the company. Use cloud based tools like Freeagent (Included as part of many Accountancy contracts) for accounts and they really are a doddle to manage each month.
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    Job advice

    This: Recruiter A could put you forward again, but you let them and the client down big time, so they probably see you as an embarrassment and possibly even a liability. Unfortunately they are your only sensible route to this client. Try mending some bridges. Recruiter B won't put you forward no matter what BS they give you because their is a risk they will not get their commission or may have to spit it. Ditto contacting client HR, they probably will not be interested if they are now only dealing with recruiter B because if hired they may well owe Recruiter A their fee as well. Hiring companies hate seeing CVs from the same person via multiple agencies, typically when I receive those they go straight in the bin because of the risk of being chased for multiple introductory fees. I have been hired by a company I initially turned down at interview because the rate was too low so I gave them 6 months to think about it but I went through just the one agency on both occasions. Lastly your post has/had the odd grammatical error. Try to avoid use of the non word 'got'! This is a generalisation not aimed specifically at your post but I have seen a few similar threads here. Don't treat a forum as a place to vent your spleen without reading through your post and correcting it, good presentation always counts! If you can't adopt the habit of doing that for the little things you will lose the habit when it matters i.e. on your CV or during written presentations. Best hint of all is to always read out aloud to yourself anything you write first, if it sounds wrong it is wrong! I say that having only a CSE in Woodwork, so what would I know HTH
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    Market Research

    Please state who the client is? The owners that you would like to contact you might be interested to know what the motivation behind this is It could be an East European outfit based out of lockup in London that specialises in sourcing & exporting Hi-end cars in shipping containers to foreign parts?
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    Tyre pressure warning

    The cheap system relies on relative wheel rotation speeds not tyre pressure You are not checking your tyres pressure regularly enough like as in bi-weekly One of the ABS sensors could be on the way out
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    Wow, that was a good investment.

    PS the last two cars I sold for way above above book price and more importantly significantly above my original purchase price were both MG ZT V8s I had owned them consecutively for 5 years each and used them a lot including on the wrong side of the road in Europe. Driving your cars is what it should be about and if you get back a fair return then all the better.
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    Wow, that was a good investment.

    Some cars will always be exceptions but it is all about managing expectations. I would not sit on one for years hoping for a good return though, the market can be very fluid and with high value cars they are really just a valuable & trade-able asset and not seen as cars to the people that buy them. Fortunately I have bought enjoyed( as in driven) and later sold several cars for a good, albeit unexpected profit, typically 100% over the original purchase price and for a couple by considerably more. I do wish I had kept my immaculate E30 cabriolet a bit longer though, they are becoming modern classics and good ones are typically achieving about 4-600% on what they traded at 10 years ago. Old Landrovers can do surprisingly well if they have well researched providence i have seen 400% returns on a couple of those and one was frankly on its last legs! Beating or judging when the market is just right helps. Donkeys years ago when Maggie Thatcher was selling off most of the countries asset into private ownership I bought and sold a brace of interesting cars (I won't shame BMW by saying what they were) just at the right time, Maggie's Yuppies couldn't get enough of them. Paid off a fair chunk of my Mortgage iirc! Anyway a few years later their prices had nosed dived again.
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    Voice command problems

    The system is a total waste of time 'Display screen off' and 'stop guidance' are about the only ones I have ever managed to get to work consistently. You can have fun with it Asking it to do the laundry or make some toast etc have some interesting results.
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    That's it for petrol....

    Define quickly? the P100 has a 100KW battery and a range greater than my last V8 circa 350 miles That one probably had the optional ludicrous mode as well so 0-60 in 2.7 (ish) seconds which is faster than my 1200cc Motorbike. It's all a bit embarrassing really, long gone are the days when the only EVs on the road had Express Dairies on the door. The only positive thing is they cost silly money so in the real world lets stick to nasp or forced V8s for a bit longer.