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Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-31-2014, 12:38 AM
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Posted By madscientist
^This. I can't possibly agree more with what...

^This. I can't possibly agree more with what Nick said.

At one point or another, I've owned every single Taurus powertrain combination except the 2.5/ATX combo. There's a reason I DD a Vulcan...
Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-28-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,523
Posted By madscientist
Sam brings up a good point about the V8...

Sam brings up a good point about the V8 powerplant plans for the GN34. My statement above isn't exactly accurate. What I meant was that the GN34 is what started the development work with Yamaha,...
Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-27-2014, 11:29 AM
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Views: 4,523
Posted By madscientist
So this is what brought about the Taurus SHO

Just to clarify, the GN34 and the Maya aren't the same car. The GN34 predates the Maya by a couple of years. The GN34 was a Ford in-house project. A lot of the design and marketing work for the GN34...
Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-22-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,427
Posted By madscientist
I'll hit 176k miles on my 2000 Vulcan tomorrow. ...

I'll hit 176k miles on my 2000 Vulcan tomorrow. The only non-routine maintenance items I've had to replace were the A/C compressor, the fuel pump and the instrument cluster. She still drives like...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-21-2014, 10:54 PM
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Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
A '00 Vulcan is a different beast than a '92. ...

A '00 Vulcan is a different beast than a '92. The 15 HP and 26 lb.ft. peak differences between the Gen 2 and Gen 4 Vulcan don't seem that big, but there's a lot more power under the curve. There's...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-21-2014, 09:52 PM
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Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
No kidding. I need another car like I need a...

No kidding. I need another car like I need a hole in the head, but if that were near here, it would be very hard to resist.



I know Vulcan bashing is a popular trend around here, but in the...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair   07-21-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,427
Posted By madscientist
It is most likely a leak in the EVAP line. It...

It is most likely a leak in the EVAP line. It runs down the passenger side of the car from the EVAP canister behind the tank to the engine compartment. It's a fairly typical problem. An EVAP leak...
Forum: Suspension, Handling and Brakes   07-17-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By madscientist
^Yep. Front suspension is the same but the...

^Yep.

Front suspension is the same but the rear is completely different.

At any rate, I'd be very weary of $40 eBay springs. Items that greatly impact the safety of your vehicle probably...
Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-17-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 42
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The EPA mandated returnless systems to reduce...

The EPA mandated returnless systems to reduce evaporative emissions. A return style system adds a lot of heat to the fuel that is returned to the tank. This is from a combination of the heat...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 02:21 PM
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Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
They didn't have one available for testing yet...

They didn't have one available for testing yet when we were doing the evaluations for next FYs purchases. We did budget for twenty 2WD PPVs though. Here in Texas, 4WD has largely been seen as a...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 24,383
Posted By madscientist
I think this has a lot to do with why some people...

I think this has a lot to do with why some people love the iPhone and others hate it. I have their newest, flagship device and love it. Many people that are new to the iPhone are buying the...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
At least GM is recalling them. I couldn't list...

At least GM is recalling them. I couldn't list all the issues with the Charger Pursuits if I tried, especially the pre-2012 models. With enough complaining they'll repair them under warranty, but...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
5.3. For typical patrol use, it's plenty of...

5.3. For typical patrol use, it's plenty of power and gets a lot better economy than the bigger engines. They're faster than the old CVPI's. For highway traffic enforcement it's adequate, but that...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
They don't actually make a pursuit rated 4x4...

They don't actually make a pursuit rated 4x4 Tahoe. They do make one with the police spec interior and electrical hookups, but it is a completely different beast than the Tahoe PPV. The handling...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-17-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 24,383
Posted By madscientist
This would be my one complaint of my iPhone. I'm...

This would be my one complaint of my iPhone. I'm on my 5th or 6th Lightning cable. They crap out constantly. I sprung for the Apple replacements the first two times. Now I just buy the even...
Forum: Engine and Drivetrain   07-16-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 84,645
Posted By madscientist
I see little need for a parts car. Most of the...

I see little need for a parts car. Most of the parts you need can be picked up cheaply and easily at a junk yard.

As for getting a SHO MTX-IV, what are your honest goals here? Short of...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-16-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
Amazon.com: VHT Nite Shades Cover Tint Black Tail...

Amazon.com: VHT Nite Shades Cover Tint Black Tail Light Lens Coating - Lens Cover Tint: Automotive

You can pick up a can at most auto parts stores. Just make sure you test after each coat and...
Forum: Engine and Drivetrain   07-16-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 84,645
Posted By madscientist
As 249HP mentioned, the MTX-IV in the SHO and...

As 249HP mentioned, the MTX-IV in the SHO and Tempo are almost completely different beasts. Why Ford gave them the same name is beyond me. Almost none of the parts interchange and even the internal...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-16-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 24,383
Posted By madscientist
I'm with you. I'm far from an Apple fanboy, but...

I'm with you. I'm far from an Apple fanboy, but my iPhone 5S has been nothing but rock solid for going on a year now. Ridiculously fast, extremely stable and easily gets a couple of days on a...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-16-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
Agreed 100%. Rarely is it worth it to put the...

Agreed 100%. Rarely is it worth it to put the money into straightening out a unibody car once it gets tweaked bad. You can easily spend a few grand and still not get it perfect.

We're running...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-15-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
This is my point: ...

This is my point:

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Forum: Odds and Ends   07-15-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
I hate to quote myself, but... Isn't...

I hate to quote myself, but...



Isn't there an Apple product you could be lusting for, buying and then returning instead of repeating for the thousandth time how much you love Apple and deplore...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-15-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
Please, not this again. We get it. Apple is the...

Please, not this again. We get it. Apple is the greatest company in world and any of their competitors are therefore scumbags. Your point has been made 100 times in this thread alone.

Next...
Forum: Odds and Ends   07-15-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6,905
Views: 452,953
Posted By madscientist
Mac going to the x86-64 platform is the best...

Mac going to the x86-64 platform is the best thing that ever happened for them from a sales and development point of view. Given the progress made by Intel in the last decade or so, there wouldn't...
Forum: Taurus and Sable General Discussion   07-15-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 44,272
Posted By madscientist
Assuming you're still using the stock Conti AX4N,...

Assuming you're still using the stock Conti AX4N, I'd strongly reccomend that you have it rebuilt and beefed up before you even think of bolting on a turbo. Just the stock torque levels are pushing...
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