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Supermoto on Highway 1 – DRZ400 and Ducati Multistrada

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Check out this video taken from a DRZ400E Supermoto motorcycle on Highway 1 in California:


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Rider brushes flying crashed motorcycle during race

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

If you want, you can start watching from 45 seconds. This is a crazy near-crash video you must see:


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Chainlink Extreme 4×4 Has 7 Feet of Travel

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

7 feet of up OR down motion on each tire. Seven feet. Full specs can be found on YouTube. They include a fuel injected Ford 5.0L V8, c4 transmission and t-case out of an early bronco, ARB air locker running chain gears on the ends. Swing arms are hydraulically controlled, and can be controlled individually or together. In addition there is coil spring and shock suspension. Chains inside the swing arms turn Hummer gear reduction hubs at each wheel. 39.5 inch tires. Steering is linked through the swing arms. Body construction is steel tubing. Total weight is 5900 pounds. Check the video below.


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How to Make a Disk Brake Rotor Wall Clock

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Here is a simple tutorial on how to create a functional clock using a disk brake rotor. The rotor was taken off a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ). When completed, this project can compliment your man cave very nicely.

Supplies needed:

-Disk brake rotor

-Functioning clock

-Silicone glue (or another flexible adhesive)

-Rubbing alcohol or another quick drying cleaning product

Tools needed:

-Cutting tool (like a Dremel or Jigsaw)

-Drill

Step 1:

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Set down your disk brake rotor.

Step 2:

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Drill a hole in the back of the rotor which will enable you to hang it up.

Step 3:

Cut out the center of the clock (a Dremel with a cutting disk works best for this).

Step 4:

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Clean the inside of the center of the rotor. Glue the clock into the center of the disk brake rotor using silicone or some other kind of flexible adhesive. Be sure the clock is centered, and let the glue dry with the clock placed with its face down (as in the picture).

Step 5:

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Set the time and hang up the clock!


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2009 San Francisco International Auto Show Wrap-Up

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The following is a complete list of WordPlop’s coverage of the 2009 San Francisco International Auto Show. We could not get photos and information about every single car that was at the show, but we tried to include as much of the interesting stuff as possible. And since most people don’t buy interesting cars unfortunately, we also covered as much of the boring cars as we could.

It took a lot of work, and this has been the biggest “project” on WordPlop so far. We took 684 photos, which amounted to 2.28GB. We narrowed this down to 336 photos, and compressed the size down to 125MB. We then watermarked the photos and renamed each one so you would be able to easily search for a particular car. Finally, we divided the photos into posts, and typed up all the information about the cars we had. This whole project took many hours of hard work to put together. So please, do not use our photos without linking back to the post from which the photo came from. Feel free to share, but give credit and a link.

Special thanks goes to Thomas Munka, who wrote about the SVT Raptor, ML 350, Corvette, and Toyota. He also provided transportation to and from the auto show, and helped with taking photos. Thanks!

All the posts below can be found through the San Francisco International Auto Show 2009 tag. The list below is a compilation of links to the articles and photo galleries, in alphabetical order. If you’re looking for something particular, you can use the site’s search function in the sidebar.

San Francisco International Auto Show 2009

1927-1937 Classic Car Gallery
1932-1970 Hot Rods Gallery: Bel Air, Corvette, Mustang, and more
Aston Martin Gallery
Audi R8 Gallery and Information
Bentley Photo Gallery
BMW 335d, M3, and Z4 Roadster Info and Gallery
Cadillac Converj Photos
Chevy Camaro Photo Gallery
Chevy Corvette Convertible, Grand Sport, ZR1: Photos, Information, & Review
Chevy Volt Photos
Dodge Challenger Photos
Ferrari Photo Gallery, Including Upgraded F430
Ford Gallery: SVT Raptor, Fusion, Mustang, Shelby GT500
Honda Galleries: Civic Si, Fit, Insight, S2000
Hyundai Genesis Coupe Info and Photos
Jeep Commander and Wrangler Unlimited Photos
Lamborghini Photo Gallery
Land Rover Range Rover HSE Info & Gallery
Lexus GS 350 & IS 350 Sharpie Edition Gallery & Info
Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator Gallery & Info
Lotus Evora Photos
Mazda Photo Gallery and Information
Mercedes ML350 and SL550 Photo Galleries
Mini Cooper Photo Gallery & Info
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Rally Photos
Nissan Leaf, GTR, & Skyline Photos
Porsche Photo Gallery
SFPD Police Interceptor, Rolls Royce Phantom, Modified Scions, Pink Smart Car
Subaru Impreza WRX & STI Photo Gallery
SV 9 Competizione Photo Gallery
Toyota 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Prius, Tacoma, Yaris: Photo Galleries and Info
Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, & Touareg Information and Photos


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Chevy Corvette Convertible, Grand Sport, ZR1: Photos, Information, & Review

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

General Motors – known in the past for solid steel and big block cars; currently known for putting out plastic crap. Not even the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette differentiates itself from this plastic extravaganza. Open a door and feel the plastic door panels creak. Take a seat inside, feel the not-so-solid backings of the seats on a $60,000 car wiggle back and forth. Let’s turn on the radio, hopefully the knob won’t fall off. And if you feel like opening the trunk, be sure not to press too hard, you might crack the plastic body panels.

We got a chance to see and feel the 2010 Corvette at the 2009 San Francisco Auto Show. The first thing we noticed was a peeling racing stripe decal (see picture below) on a car valued at $60K; you might expect racing stripes to actually be painted on a car of this caliber. After adoring the cool looking body, we took a seat inside only to find that the seats wiggle back and forth about ten inches; no big deal, I suppose they’re not clicked in. So we get out of the car, play with the seat controls, and they still wiggle like crazy. I asked a company representative about this issue: he checked the seats on the Corvette and told me they shouldn’t be doing that. He proceeded to another corvette, only to find the seats doing the same thing. And later, when we were looking at the SV 9 Competizione (which is built on the Corvette platform), we noticed the exact same problem. Enough about the seats – the whole interior creaks and the quality of it feels like it belongs in a ten year old, worn and used sedan. Well, to fish out some positives, it puts out amazing horsepower (436 HP for the Grand Sport and 638 HP for the ZR1) and excellent gas mileage (16 MPG city / 26 MPG highway for the Grand Sport and 14 MPG city / 20 MPG highway for the ZR1) for a price you can’t beat ($54,770 for the Grand Sport and $106,880 for the ZR1) – just don’t expect the 2010 Corvette to feel as sturdy and solid as, say, a Porsche or Ferrari.

EDIT: Well this is interesting: looks like GM just raised the MSRP on the 2010 Corvette ZR1 from $106,880 to $108,180 according to their website.

Photos taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

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Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

  • MSRP of $54,770 (the one pictured is $60,550)
  • LS3 6.2 Liter engine making 436 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 Wheel independent suspension
  • Power speed-sensitive variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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Chevy Corvette ZR1

  • MSRP of $106,880 (the one pictured is $121,000)
  • LS9 6.2 Liter Supercharged V8 making 638 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Power Speed-Sensitive Variable Ratio Rack-and-Pinion Steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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SV 9 Competizione Photo Gallery

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The SV 9 Competizione is built on the Chevrolet Corvette platform. It looks like a Corvette and feels like a Corvette. It also shares some of the Corvette’s problems, including wobbling seats. The engine bay has also been modified, using quite a bit of carbon fiber. These photos were taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

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2010 Toyota 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Prius, Tacoma, Yaris: Photo Galleries and Information

Monday, December 7th, 2009

One automotive manufacturer which definitely stood out amid the 2009 San Francisco Auto Show, sort of like a roaring tiger at the top of Mt. Everest, was Toyota. It seems like they’ve got everything right – a well priced hybrid, a solid off road machine, solid work trucks, safe and reliable family transportation, and a good future. The FJ Cruiser seems solid, simple, easy to work on, and full of great features for 4×4 off road use. The 2010 Prius seems like a promising and solid car, and according to company reps, the 2011 Prius will use Lithium batteries and will be plugged in overnight. Toyota’s lineup of minivans, sedans, and SUV’s seems very promising and reliable as well. If you’re thinking about a new car, Toyota is one brand to definitely consider. The following photos were taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

Toyota 4Runner

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Toyota FJ Cruiser

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser starts at an MSRP of $25,270 and is powered by a 4-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve Dual VVT, 258 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque engine. Included is a 5-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4WD, Variable Gear Power Steering, Cyclone Air Pre-Cleaner, and 17 inch black steel wheels with P265/70 R17 tires. The FJ gets an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 MPG city and 21 MPG highway.

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Toyota Prius

The 2010 Toyota Prius starts with a $25,800 MSRP and is powered by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which includes a 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT 4-cylinder engine. 4-wheel disc brakes and front independent suspension is also included. EPA estimated fuel economy is 51 MPG city and 48 MPG highway.

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Toyota Prius Hybrid Plug-In

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Toyota Tacoma

The 2010 Toyota Tacoma starts with an MSRP of $26,750 for the Double Cab 4×4 4-liter V6 5-speed automatic transmission version. It’s powered by a 4-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve VVT engine producing 236 horsepower. The 5-speed automatic transmission is part of the 4WDemand system, which is Part-Time 4×4 with a 2-speed electronically controlled transfer case. It also has an Automatic Limited Slip Differential, coil over shock double A-Arm front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension with staggered outboard mounted shocks, and power assisted front disc and rear drum brakes. EPA estimated fuel economy is 16 MPG city and 20 MPG highway.

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Toyota Yaris

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SFPD Police Interceptor, Rolls Royce Phantom, Modified Scions, and a Pink Smart Car

Monday, December 7th, 2009

These are cars that are worthy enough of a post, but didn’t fit in anywhere else, or didn’t have enough photos to include in a separate post. Taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

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2010 Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, & Touareg Information and Photos

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

VW GTI

The 2010 VW GTI starts at $23,290 MSRP and features a 2-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder direct injection engine, producing 200 horsepower and 207 lbs-ft of torque. The GTI includes independent front and rear suspension, Electronic Stabilization Program, Anti-Slip Regulation, Cross Differential System, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Anti-lock Braking System, and rides on 225/45/R17 all season tires with 17 inch alloy wheels. EPA estimated fuel economy is 24 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

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VW Jetta TDI

The 2010 VW Jetta TDI starts with an MSRP of $22,660 and features a 2-liter, 140 horsepower, 236 lbs-ft of torque, in-line 4-cylinder TDI engine. The Jetta TDI is front wheel drive, has independent front and rear suspension, ABS, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Stabilization Program, Electronic Differential Lock, and rides on 205/55/R16 all season tires with 16 inch alloy wheels. EPA estimated fuel economy is 30 MPG city and 42 MPG highway.

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VW Touareg TDI

The 2010 VW Touareg TDI starts at an MSRP of $43,960 and comes with a 3-liter, 221 horsepower, 406 lbs-ft of torque, inline V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine. The Touareg has 4XMOTION Permanent 4WD with low range gear, a center differential lock, and 255/60/R17 all season tires with 17 inch alloy wheels.

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VW Old Beetle / Bug

And a little something extra.

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