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Old 7th April 2012, 08:34 AM
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Gidday Folks

Guess I should start a journal. Seems a goodly system of keeping this stuff organised ... .

Anyway, I have fitted the OEM roof bars and Rola basket to Roo2 in the last couple of days.





Took it for a spin into town today on the Nepean Highway.

From about 70 km/h, it started to purr.

By about 80 km/h, the purr had become a more of a roar ... .

This will drive me NUTS, in short order ... Fortunately, it is my intention to fit the basket to the lid on my rebuilt trailer, where it should be out of the wind, and the noise should be well behind me ....

Will keep you posted about all this ...
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Some people put a small wind deflector on the leading edge of the basket...might help.
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G'day RB,

Congratulations on the opening of your journal.

I didn't expect the basket to stay on long, will be great on your trailer and save you a small fortune in fuel.

Have a good Easter mate.
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Cool, so whens the lift coming along RB?

Do you find the wind noise annoying? I guess usually I drive alone and have my music reasonably loud so it doesn't bother me. I can't drive in quite unless I feel sick or am super tied

A wind deflector is a good idea if the basket is loaded up, I think I will look into this for my next big trip when ever that is. Although at my current rate it looks like its the Aus Subaru meet up in Coffin Bay Jan 2013.

If your still looking at tyres and want all terrains with good tread you can get Yokohama Geolander AT-S in a light truck that have 16mm of thread!! Guaranteed to last atleast 80,000km. There are other options but the Geolanders seem to be the best compromise for an AT tyre for on and offroad use.

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Some people put a small wind deflector on the leading edge of the basket...might help.
I was thinking the very same thing
You'll have to let us know how much it effects your petrol economy too mate

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A wind fairing for any roof basket is a must. I took mine off once and it didn't take long for it to drive me up the wall! Makes all the difference in the world. With it on, i don't get any noise at all unless the winds are very high.
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Nice, glad to see you started a Journal I can't wait to see more for the Fozzy.

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Default New tyres - Michelin XM2 215/60 16"

Gidday All

4X new Michelin XM2 215/60 x 16".

Full wheel alignment.

The latter was OK for caster/camber at front, and camber at rear. Pretty much dead centre of the specs.

Toe in/out was all over the place:

FP = 2.4 mm
FD = -1.2 mm
Spec = -1.6 ~ +1.6

RP = +2.4
RD = +4.6
Spec = -0.5 ~ +2.6

No wonder that Roo2 was less than directionally stable!

With the new tyres and wheels properly aligned to pretty much centre of spec, it sure handles far better and has stopped wandering ...
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Gidday NL & All

Thanks for all your positive replies and suggestions. The last week has been a tad "messy", shall I say?

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Some people put a small wind deflector on the leading edge of the basket...might help.
I can probably make one, but the problem should disappear when the basket goes to live on its trailer ...

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G'day RB,

Congratulations on the opening of your journal.

I didn't expect the basket to stay on long, will be great on your trailer and save you a small fortune in fuel.

Have a good Easter mate.
Thanks, ST. I spent most of Easter at a client's; then all day Tuesday until 2100H fixing a DNS cache/IP address conflict - while 5 people looked over my shoulder, with nothing else to do.

After they all went home at around 1700~1730H, I finally worked out what it was. A printer had been moved from downstairs to an upstairs office. So far so good. No IP address conflict was there now? No. I set up all my small networks with static IP addresses so this can't happen. However, the print server used to be the other side of a router ...

When it moved, it was now on the same side of that router as the rest of the network (and the NAS box, in particular). Turns out that the print server was sitting on a separate IP address for the UPnP protocol. Guess what ... ? The UPnP address was the same as the NAS box ...

I fixed that and all the problems went away. The diagnostic process is a trade secret - LOL .

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Cool, so whens the lift coming along RB?

Do you find the wind noise annoying? I guess usually I drive alone and have my music reasonably loud so it doesn't bother me. I can't drive in quite unless I feel sick or am super tied

A wind deflector is a good idea if the basket is loaded up, I think I will look into this for my next big trip when ever that is. Although at my current rate it looks like its the Aus Subaru meet up in Coffin Bay Jan 2013.

If your still looking at tyres and want all terrains with good tread you can get Yokohama Geolander AT-S in a light truck that have 16mm of thread!! Guaranteed to last atleast 80,000km. There are other options but the Geolanders seem to be the best compromise for an AT tyre for on and offroad use.

Taza
No lift, Taz. Roo2 is going to remain almost bog(ged) standard .

I like quiet cars these days ...

And "too late", she cried, the Michelins went on this morning .

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I was thinking the very same thing
You'll have to let us know how much it effects your petrol economy too mate

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Mr T, the latest tank has returned 11.99L/100kms - all short trips and suburban/urban driving. Using 4th for <60 km/h. Basket on for about 120 kms of it (1/4). Will post details in my "Oils ain't oils" thread in a few days' time.

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A wind fairing for any roof basket is a must. I took mine off once and it didn't take long for it to drive me up the wall! Makes all the difference in the world. With it on, i don't get any noise at all unless the winds are very high.
Thanks Matt. I can easily make one up out of half-hard aluminium if needs be. I like to listen to a Chopin Nocturne, without the Basso Continuo accompaniment also ... .

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Nice, glad to see you started a Journal I can't wait to see more for the Fozzy.

-Jamie
Thanks Jamie.

I hope to get some photo processing and uploading done in the next couple of weeks. Currently I have dead computers running out of my ears! One of them is moving to Qld before the end of the month, so have to get my skates on with that one!
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Old 12th April 2012, 03:58 AM
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good locking car ratbag! im assuming the new tires are road tires?
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