One of my good garage buddies, "Dubber" recently deleted his rear wiper on his VW Golf. He has one of those radical R32 models that came equipped with a 250-bhp 3.2L V6. Anyway, he recently did away with the rear wiper and used a plug to finish off the hole in his rear windscreen. I am following in his footsteps. I purchased this kit through a Florida tuner called Urotuning. I plan to tackle this seemingly (hopefully) simple mod in the coming days. I never use my rear wiper and I think its absence will give the SQ5 a cleaner look in the rear. Stay tuned for an update.
The QuickJack does what it says it does, and it lifted my SQ5 in fine fashion. I was very pleased that the even weight distribution of the QuickJack meant there were no divots or impressions in my RaceDeck Free Flow floor. Here's some shots, but you'll have to excuse the current state of the SQ5, it has been a busy and messy week. We actually had some snow on Thursday.
My new QuickJack portable lift system arrived this week. After hauling in home from the shipyard in my SQ5, it has been sitting in the middle of the garage. I was under the weather today, and spent all day in bed. I finally got up some energy so I decided to head out to the garage to assemble and test this puppy out. The detailed instructions made assembly a fairly painless process and it seems to be working well. I quickly ran out of gas, so I haven't had the opportunity to lift my vehicle with it. Once I feel a little better, I plan to put the SQ5 on it and see what happens. I'm hoping to find some time over the weekend to spruce up my rusty brake rotor hats, so stay tuned. I'm quite curious to see how things go with the RaceDeck floor. I think it should be fine, but I will keep you posted.
So, why QuickJack?
The main reason I went with the QuickJack lift was the portability factor. I will probably use it a dozen times per year, so I didn't want something that was going to permanently occupy valuable real estate in my double garage when not in use. Its low profile design enabled me to slide each section away so it won't get in the way of the other happenings in the garage.
The other reason I chose this over a scissor or two-post life is that it is tailored more towards my needs. I plan on using it primarily for wheel swaps and detailing, so I don't need my car way up in the air. At max height, it should provide me with a foot of body lift which will make a world of difference when polishing the lower portion of my SQ5 and detailing my wheels and wheel wells. I think it was the perfect solution for my needs.
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I found a buyer through Kijiji for my son's first two-wheeler. Bittersweet moment. He has a new Trek Precaliber 20, but this bike will always hold a special spot in my heart. I actually took some video of the bike and plan on putting a little tribute video together at some point. The buyer was impressed with the condition of the bike. What can I say?
As a kid, I would spend a portion of my summer holidays at my Grandparents' place in Red Deer, AB. My Grandpa owned an Auto Body shop on the Southern edge of the city. In the early '80's, he purchased a Suzuki Samurai and gave it a flashy red paint job. I dreamt of one day inheriting it. On a few occasions, my Grandpa would let me drive it around his acreage. Then, disaster struck. A fire claimed the shop and many cars along with it - including the Samurai. I have fond memories of spending the summers up there, and I will always feel an affinity for these cool little jeeps.
Just by chance, I drove past a sandwich board advertising a free wash to Audi drivers. I hummed and hawed, but decided to give it a shot. The "detailers" used a high pressure steam machine and waffle weave towels. Their process did result in some swirl marks in certain areas. They were particularly noticeable on the rear deck. For a "professional" detailing outfit, they should be more skilled in washing a car - you would think. I have a major polish forthcoming, so I will be sure to do some before/after shots. Anyway, it was a cool idea on the part of the Audi dealership that sponsored it.