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Kchrpm
March 16th, 2021, 06:15 PM
I can finally answer the question: now!

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Torch Red, 7-speed Manual, 2LT, HUD, Navigation/PDR, black badges and wheels

<27k miles right now

Crazy to think about.

Cam
March 16th, 2021, 06:18 PM
Hawt. :cool:

Jason
March 16th, 2021, 06:33 PM
Holy shit, congrats man

dodint
March 16th, 2021, 07:43 PM
Six to midnight right now.

Congrats, sincerely.

Godson
March 16th, 2021, 07:54 PM
Fucking happy for you.

In my opinion, You own the holy grail of the Corvette.

Leon
March 16th, 2021, 07:55 PM
It happened!!

FaultyMario
March 16th, 2021, 08:28 PM
woot!

Yw-slayer
March 16th, 2021, 09:34 PM
Congrats, bro!!! So happy for you!!! Jealous, too...

Rare White Ape
March 16th, 2021, 11:08 PM
Here's me bagging you out recently saying you'd never buy one. So I take full credit :p

Congrats man, this is the best news of the last 100 years.

Kchrpm
March 17th, 2021, 03:04 AM
The credit really goes to buying a foreclosed condo 12 years ago and raising property values.

JoshInKC
March 17th, 2021, 03:55 AM
All-fucking-right! Congrats on closing out the Keith Wants to Buy a Corvette saga, which we've been watching for 20-odd years.
I'm looking forward to the follow-up "Keith Owns and Drives a Corvette"

Rare White Ape
March 17th, 2021, 05:54 AM
And does sick burnouts everywhere.

Yw-slayer
March 17th, 2021, 06:34 AM
The credit really goes to buying a foreclosed condo 12 years ago and raising property values.

Awww yeahh

Kchrpm
March 17th, 2021, 07:33 AM
I did already get it a little sideways on accident making a 90 degree left from a stop to get onto an onramp.

Fiat500
March 17th, 2021, 09:55 AM
Awesome!

Sad, little man
March 17th, 2021, 11:09 AM
Sweet. When is the body shop appointment to get it resprayed orange and black? :cool:

Kchrpm
March 17th, 2021, 01:34 PM
If I did anything, it would be a wrap like this:

https://i.redd.it/iyy3dld2g9431.jpg

Sad, little man
March 17th, 2021, 03:40 PM
Wow they can do that in a wrap? Interesting.

Rare White Ape
March 17th, 2021, 03:50 PM
Beware, wraps look terrible if they aren't done right. Seen a few on my neck of the woods on your bread-and-butter Japanese drift hacks and... uggggh.

XHawkeye
March 17th, 2021, 03:55 PM
:up: :up: I'm jealous.

Jason
March 17th, 2021, 03:59 PM
I did already get it a little sideways on accident making a 90 degree left from a stop to get onto an onramp.

Please don’t wreck it before your first car payment like someone else :|

Kchrpm
March 17th, 2021, 04:29 PM
Beware, wraps look terrible if they aren't done right. Seen a few on my neck of the woods on your bread-and-butter Japanese drift hacks and... uggggh.

It's not a serious consideration, the red is very nice.

Jason -
I'm driving it very gingerly, this was one of those "I'll accelerate a little faster from a stop to easily clear these cars" and it just stepped out for a split second, and didn't rotate past the direction I was trying to go. But yeah, since then I'm just more cautious making tight turns from a stop and often waiting for a larger opening.

An interesting thing I'm noticing: because of the rolling resistance, engine braking, and digital speedometer, it feels more difficult to maintain a constant speed on the highway w/o cruise control.

Also, I'm still working on consistently getting into fifth gear. But I haven't even gone through a quarter tank yet, so I think that's reasonable.

I was looking into updating the maps, and it requires buying a USB stick with the new info for $100+ and letting the car idle for 50 minutes while it updates. Unless it becomes an issue, I'll likely stick with my old maps supplemented with Android Auto (I still prefer using the car's navigation because of the directions being displayed in the HUD and dash).

2ndMoparMan
March 17th, 2021, 05:11 PM
Saw this on Twitter last night. Good on you, man!

dodint
March 17th, 2021, 05:46 PM
An interesting thing I'm noticing: because of the rolling resistance, engine braking, and digital speedometer, it feels more difficult to maintain a constant speed on the highway w/o cruise control.


The M6 is like this in 1-4 for sure; if you're not on it, the speed comes right back down.

GreatScawt
March 17th, 2021, 06:52 PM
So awesome dude. :up: :up:
And so damn happy for you! A friggin' Grand Sport!!

Ashie
March 17th, 2021, 06:58 PM
As I said before, so happy for you friend. Well deserved!

sandydandy
March 17th, 2021, 10:14 PM
Seriously awesome, and in a way an inspiration to the rest of us that dreams do come true.

Rare White Ape
March 18th, 2021, 03:48 AM
SoÖ

How are you going to fit this new one into the lounge room to display next to your scale model Corvettes?

Kchrpm
March 18th, 2021, 04:12 AM
Not until I get the house from Speed Racer where the garage and living room are combined. Currently the garage and the rest of the house are on different levels.

Kchrpm
March 18th, 2021, 04:49 AM
Seriously awesome, and in a way an inspiration to the rest of us that dreams do come true.

Dreams do come true, but they also become real. I'm going to be spending a large amount of money every month for 5 years for something that will spend 99% of its time effectively invisible to me. It is a depreciating asset which does not fix any major issues more effectively than a vehicle I could have bought outright with the down payment.

It is proof that I got this far in life and couldn't think of anything better to commit to spend more than a year's worth of net salary on than a bright red toy for myself, rather than child care, education, and trips for the family I don't have and likely never will at this point.

sandydandy
March 18th, 2021, 06:20 AM
Well they say life is a series of trade offs, but thereís really no rule that says you canít have those other things you mentioned AND the Corvette.

(But yeah do try to avoid child care...which I assume you mean is child support).

Kchrpm
March 18th, 2021, 07:47 AM
But yeah do try to avoid child care...which I assume you mean is child support).
No, I meant paying for someone to watch the theoretical kids while the theoretical wife and I are working. I've heard it's very expensive and only going to get worse when minimum wage increases unless there's some other help for it in the legislation.

sandydandy
March 18th, 2021, 08:37 AM
Oh ok that makes sense.

Crazed_Insanity
March 18th, 2021, 09:58 AM
This thing is going raise the interest levels of lots of chicks. With great horse power comes great responsibility. I hope you've learned a bit of the System from Doc Love. Make sure you only pick chicks with sufficient integrity, flexibility as your future wife. Don't get a wife who loves you because of this Vette! Be selective, okay? :p

Man, I'm so happy for you! :D

samoht
March 18th, 2021, 03:09 PM
Wow! I'm really happy for you man, saw all the trials and tribulations, fantastic that you've been able to get behind the wheel, not only of your own Corvette, but one of the best models of Vette too! Fantastic, hope you have lots of fun with it.

balki
March 18th, 2021, 05:22 PM
No. Fucking. Way.

Awesome!
Congratulations.

drew
March 19th, 2021, 05:18 AM
:up:

Dicknose
March 19th, 2021, 01:22 PM
Well done - now enjoy it

Kchrpm
March 20th, 2021, 11:47 AM
When shopping for the car I saw the Michelin logo on the tires and didn't check any further (reading freshly cleaned tire sidewalls in overcast weather is HARD), and I just assumed they were the OEM tires. I was wrong. It has Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires on it, so I don't need to worry about them on cold mornings. I will still likely get winter tires for it, but I may wait until December to do so rather than needing to look for them in the fall.

Also: more pictures!

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FaultyMario
March 20th, 2021, 12:24 PM
Sorry to be so nosy, but you have garage space for 2 cars?

Kchrpm
March 20th, 2021, 12:58 PM
Yep, there are two cars in there currently.

FaultyMario
March 20th, 2021, 01:07 PM
I remember you owned a house but in another post you mentioned something to the effect of the levels of your residence, that I thought that you had moved to an apartment.

Crazed_Insanity
March 20th, 2021, 02:19 PM
After getting a closer look at your car, I was reminded of seeing articles about certain model corvettes have tendency to bend or crack rims... your wheel doesnít quite look exactly like the ones in the article, or maybe they do? Anyway, probably should check it out with the dealer just to be safe.

https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/04/new-lawsuit-filed-over-cracked-wheels-on-c7-corvette-grand-sport-z06/amp/

Kchrpm
March 20th, 2021, 02:35 PM
I live in a condo, but picture a townhouse rather than an apartment. There are 3 levels: basement/garage, living space, bedrooms.

And yes, my wheels are part of that issue. They do not get fixed under warranty (hence the lawsuit, which GM won by claiming the wheels are poorly designed, not poorly manufactured, and only manufacturing mistakes are covered by the warranty), so unless they're affecting the behavior of the car there's not really reason to inspect/replace them.

Dicknose
March 20th, 2021, 02:44 PM
Id get some better tyres when these wear out. Esp if you are getting winter tyres, then get some stickier summer ones as well.

JoshInKC
March 20th, 2021, 02:48 PM
[...] which GM won by claiming the wheels are poorly designed, not poorly manufactured, and only manufacturing mistakes are covered by the warranty)
I was unaware of this, and it is hilarious. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Kchrpm
March 20th, 2021, 02:50 PM
Id get some better tyres when these wear out. Esp if you are getting winter tyres, then get some stickier summer ones as well.

We'll see. Stickier vs getting to use them for another two to three months of the year where the temps go from 20 to 50 throughout the day but there's no heavy snow. Cost and availability will also be major factors, since my sizes are not commonly used/made.

Edit: For example, Tire Rack has only two tires in the Max Performance Summer category which fit my car: $1400 for Continentals whose rears are currently back-ordered, and $1960 for Michelins whose rears would not be delivered for more than a month. The Michelin (Ultra High Performance) All-Seasons are $1480 and the rears are also a month to deliver.

The only other options for summer are noted as being focused on track/competition use or giving up tread life and comfort for dry grip.

Rare White Ape
March 20th, 2021, 03:17 PM
Oh god it's so hot. You must walk out of your house and spring a huge boner.

Smile. I mean, you walk out of your house and spring a huge smile.

I mean, I am literally feeling that emotion when I'd see my Tuono parked looking all cool and stuff.

Crazed_Insanity
March 20th, 2021, 08:25 PM
I was unaware of this, and it is hilarious. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
I could not believe such a defense is even possible either...

Boeing couldíve just admit to design flaw of 737 max and be off the hook?

Anyway, just stay away from potholes and take it east over speed bumps...

Kchrpm
March 21st, 2021, 11:17 AM
Drove the car up to my parents house to give my mom a ride (she approves and was able to get in and out without assistance!), and bring my dad back to his (freshly washed, vacuumed and fueled) car at my house. We caught up, listened to the Ohio Players (whom he went to high school with), marveled at all the people flying by us as we did 5 over, got my first Corvette owner wave from another brother driving a red C6, and even randomly saw my actual brother, who was on the highway driving to work and caught up to us and honked.

Averaged about 28 mpg going up there doing mostly 70 mph, and dad marveled at how smooth it rode compared to his Corvette back in the 70s.

Crazed_Insanity
March 21st, 2021, 01:59 PM
Wow, the best my S2000 could do is about 28mpg. VTEC sucks! Or corvette rocks!

Rare White Ape
March 21st, 2021, 03:10 PM
I never knew your dad owned one! What kinda Vette did he have?

Kchrpm
March 21st, 2021, 03:58 PM
A new one in the mid-70s, I forget the exact year. It was the worst of all circumstances, though: a big block with new smog preventing hardware choking it, and it was a lemon before there were lemon laws, so he didn't get a chance to enjoy it a ton.

Rare White Ape
March 21st, 2021, 05:03 PM
Aww that's good and bad. Imagine if he still owned it?

Godson
March 21st, 2021, 06:31 PM
Wow, the best my S2000 could do is about 28mpg. VTEC sucks! Or corvette rocks!

I pulled 31 averaging 90 once from Oklahoma city to KC

Crazed_Insanity
March 21st, 2021, 09:16 PM
What?!?!

Corvettes must be way more aerodynamic then... plus maybe if Honda could add one more gear...

S2000 is already doing 4000+ rpm in final 6th gear at 75 mph. Maybe a 7th gear will help match yours... but then again maybe my puny engine just wonít have enough torque to cruise like yours... I get what I pay for I guess... :p

George
March 22nd, 2021, 08:52 AM
Congratulations! Very cool. :up:

You can now change your tagline to Corvette Owner.

Or how about Corvette Connoisseur?

Corvette Collector...

Phil_SS
March 24th, 2021, 04:36 AM
Corvette Sommelier

Kchrpm
March 25th, 2021, 06:18 AM
As I live my life with my dream car, I now better understand why people become obsessed dorks about them and do all kinds of mods, from tiny things to ugly things to outrageous things. In few avenues of life can you fully own, control, and display your choice and freedom to enact those choices. When you feel quiet and powerless in some other avenue of life, go ahead, buy that Borla exhaust. Feel like you can't stop things from attacking you? Get a clear bra and ceramic coating! Feeling like you're no different than every other overweight middle-aged guy at the bar? A billet grill will make you special!

You just want to focus on the Corvette and all the things you can do to and with it so you don't have to think about all the elements of your life that aren't what you want them to be and you have little to no immediate control over.

dodint
March 25th, 2021, 09:09 AM
Reading your musings on this reminds me of the difference between having a fun car and having a dream car. I've had tons of fun cars, but you sound the way I did when I had my Delorean. I didn't refer to that as ownership, but rather enjoying a stewardship. Not saying the experiences are the same, more likely just congruent. You're making the same sounds, for sure.

Kchrpm
March 25th, 2021, 10:08 AM
To be fair, I still love driving the car and haven't felt any real negatives of it. I enjoy the conversations that I have with people so far, and it makes every trip better. I just end up wanting to go for a drive somewhere, anywhere, to bask in it rather than think about everything in my life that could be as good as it.

TheBenior
March 25th, 2021, 09:34 PM
I got some of that with my Miata and my current GTI. A fair bit of it was guys reminiscing about their old Triumph, MG, or Alfa Spider that the Miata reminded them of, and Rabbit/Golf GTI in the case of my GTI, of course.

Crazed_Insanity
March 25th, 2021, 09:41 PM
I felt the same way when I got my S2000.

Except Iím cheap and didnít want to modify anything. Mostly to keep my factory warranty intact. :p

Later on I bought a set of decent looking cheap rims and tires so that the rubbers could be more durable as my daily commute... plan was to use factory rims with racing tires for tracking, but marriage really left me with no money and no time... ;)

In retrospect, I probably shouldíve bought an investment property. I would be a lot richer now..., but if I had to do all over again, Iíd still buy my S2k! :p

It is still giving me pleasure while driving it after 19 freaking years!!!!

Kchrpm
March 26th, 2021, 02:38 AM
That's the experience I hope to have here, a vehicle that I can buy once and enjoy for a long time into the future. I'm really glad that I waited and bought a really nice Corvette, with a ride and features that make it a joy to drive every time, vs just getting something sleek and fast that was worse at being a normal car.

Rare White Ape
March 26th, 2021, 04:28 AM
I know that feeling Keef. Iím happy for you :up:

Crazed_Insanity
March 26th, 2021, 07:35 AM
That's the experience I hope to have here, a vehicle that I can buy once and enjoy for a long time into the future. I'm really glad that I waited and bought a really nice Corvette, with a ride and features that make it a joy to drive every time, vs just getting something sleek and fast that was worse at being a normal car.

Yeah, I'm sure you will. I'm not a huge Corvette fan, but I think even I could easily enjoy driving your car... :p I still can't believe you can get better MPG than my car!!! Your dream car can definitely do 'normal' amazingly well!

The only thing I'd do is to once again get new rims and then safely store the 'poorly designed' factory rims in the garage so that I won't ever damage it by accidentally running over a pothole...

Anyway, enjoy while you're young! If you become a president like Biden in the future, secret service won't let you drive your Vette anymore! :p

Kchrpm
March 27th, 2021, 08:45 PM
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Rare White Ape
March 27th, 2021, 09:15 PM
Stop I can only get so hard

Crazed_Insanity
March 29th, 2021, 07:30 AM
My, my, very nice chevy blossom tree!

Kchrpm
March 31st, 2021, 06:02 PM
RE: summer vs all-season tires, tomorrow, April 1st, the *high* temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. AKA the temperature underneath which summer tires, officially, are considered dangerous.

dodint
March 31st, 2021, 08:52 PM
I drive Supercar 3s year round in an older car with more horsepower on roads covering more extreme terrain with no issues.

Sack up, son.

Rare White Ape
March 31st, 2021, 09:00 PM
Drive harder and lower your pressures. You'll soon build tyre temps enough to set fast lap times.

Kchrpm
April 1st, 2021, 03:39 AM
I'm just going by the official numbers!

dodint
April 1st, 2021, 05:09 AM
;)

I was obviously (I hope) being facetious, I know the all-seasons were a happy accident for you but it's cool that you've had a sustained run of good luck. :up:

The SC3s do surprisingly well in freezing temps. Nothing like the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2s that I had on the E36. Those felt like driving steamroller wheels when it got cold.

Kchrpm
April 1st, 2021, 09:43 AM
There were actually stories about the Z07 Cup tires being cracked upon delivery because they spent too much time in freezing temps while being transported or something.

https://gmauthority.com/blog/2015/03/michelin-issues-statement-after-corvette-owners-complain-of-cracked-tires/#:~:text=More%20than%20one%20Corvette%20Forum,with %20cracks%20in%20its%20tires.&text=A%20Michelin%20rep%20has%20now,from%20appeari ng%20in%20their%20tires.

TheBenior
April 2nd, 2021, 04:51 PM
I'd imagine that those were the Pilot Sport Cup 2, which are street legal, but that's just a street class cheater thing.

Michelin does say this about the PS4S (C8 summer tire option and what I have on the GTI):


Note: Tires exposed to temperatures of 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C) or lower must be permitted to gradually return to temperatures of at least 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) for at least 24 hours before they are flexed in any manner, such as by adjusting inflation pressures, mounting them on wheels or using them to support, roll or drive a vehicle.
Flexing of the specialized rubber compounds used in Max Performance Summer tires during cold-weather use can result in irreversible compound cracking. Compound cracking is not a warrantable condition because it occurs as the result of improper use or storage, tires exhibiting compound cracking must be replaced.

So far, I've been fine driving about when it dips to 39F at night, and they seem less squirrely than my Mazdaspeed's Bridgestone RE050A and replacement S04s. If it's actually getting below freezing or cold and wet, I'll just take the CX-5 to work.

GB
April 4th, 2021, 01:04 PM
Just curious, any plans for track days sometime in the future? I realize the cost of tires could be a downer. And possible stone chips. And blown motors.

Nothing wrong with sticking to cruise-ins, now that I think about it.

Kchrpm
April 4th, 2021, 01:12 PM
I'm considering going to the National Corvette Museum Bash and doing touring laps, that's more my speed, literally and figuratively, than a normal track day.

Crazed_Insanity
April 5th, 2021, 07:56 AM
Yeah, if I own a car like yours..., I'm not sure if I'd take it to the track either... I'd really want to, but also really afraid to... such an unbearable dilemma...

That's why I'd never want to own a car like yours! :p (Unless I become filthy rich and have plenty of money to buy another one if necessary...)

Godson
April 5th, 2021, 09:29 AM
Yeah, if I own a car like yours..., I'm not sure if I'd take it to the track either... I'd really want to, but also really afraid to... such an unbearable dilemma...

That's why I'd never want to own a car like yours! :p (Unless I become filthy rich and have plenty of money to buy another one if necessary...)

There is such a thing as Track Insurance ...

dodint
April 5th, 2021, 10:38 AM
Yup, even for Time Trials I generally buy a policy. I know more than one person that has received a prompt, fat check shortly after their bad day at the track.

Crazed_Insanity
April 5th, 2021, 10:48 AM
Yeah, yeah, but youíre asking a financially constrained cheap dude to shell out more money to solve that dilemma?

Thatís why Iíd just admire that car from a safe distance! ;)

I saw a guy who crashed his viper on Fontana speedway turn 1 wall...

If that were my car, even if I got a big fat check, Iíd still cry!

Kchrpm
April 6th, 2021, 05:58 PM
I'm hosting a big trivia show next Friday, so I confirmed that I can get my old, big trivia gear into the trunk safely. I can't use any of my storage pieces, so it will be inconvenient to carry, but it does fit, and the car came with some fabric covers/tie-downs that should keep it all in place. I have a big piece of foam for my own piece of mind as well.

Speaking of hosting, I had a nice drive home from subbing at a show tonight. It just feels great to drive the car. Going through the gears, accelerating however fast I want, doddling around just above the speed limit, it all just feels great. I might take the show just for the drive.

The Bluetooth didn't want to participate after one of my stops today, but plugging in and switching to Android Auto/USB audio worked as a temporary fix. Deleting the connection on both devices and then reconnecting them will hopefully be more permanent.

Dicknose
April 6th, 2021, 09:21 PM
There is such a thing as Track Insurance ...

I looked it up - would cost me approx $20k a day!!
And still have a decent excess of $10k
Ive done enough track days that it would cover the cost of my car several times over.

My "normal" insurance is $1k a year.

dodint
April 7th, 2021, 05:27 AM
:lol:

It was like $400 for two drivers for the FoST at VIR for two days.

Kchrpm
April 14th, 2021, 09:53 AM
Random fact: there are a lot of mechanical sounds that come from the rear of the car, things adjusting and fluid flowing it seems, because of all the cooling and adjusting I guess. I accept/assume that all of it is normal.

Crazed_Insanity
April 15th, 2021, 09:02 AM
Sounds interesting... I'm assuming that's the sound of your magnetic ride control system kicking in?

How quiet is your car... or how loud is this mechanical sound?

I can only hear wind buffeting and engine sounds in my S2000. :p

dodint
April 15th, 2021, 11:41 AM
Random fact: there are a lot of mechanical sounds that come from the rear of the car, things adjusting and fluid flowing it seems, because of all the cooling and adjusting I guess. I accept/assume that all of it is normal.

Hamster wheel and such.

Kchrpm
April 15th, 2021, 12:24 PM
Sounds interesting... I'm assuming that's the sound of your magnetic ride control system kicking in?

How quiet is your car... or how loud is this mechanical sound?

I can only hear wind buffeting and engine sounds in my S2000. :p

That's all electric, I think it's more likely to be cooling or lubricant stuff getting moved around.

It is not a quiet car inside, though.

Crazed_Insanity
April 16th, 2021, 09:29 AM
That's really weird. What needs to be actively cooled or lubricated back there?

Suspensions actively compensating for something makes more sense...

Anyway, you're the only dude with the car. Please find out and report back to us! Inquiring minds need to know! :p

CudaMan
April 16th, 2021, 10:12 AM
There's a lot of stuff back there. Transmission, eLSD, coolers, etc.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DloivJfUcAAH1Ua.jpg

dodint
April 16th, 2021, 10:23 AM
They're naked!

Crazed_Insanity
April 16th, 2021, 12:25 PM
:D

So hot! No wonder they need extra cooling...

Kchrpm
April 18th, 2021, 01:31 PM
Went for a drive with a few friends, one with me, one in a Miata, and another in a Cayman. Nice twisty roads that were mostly 55 MPH speed limit, with me in the back so I had some opportunities to "catch up quickly" after stop signs or left turns. Even took the top off since it was beautiful out.

Rare White Ape
April 18th, 2021, 01:39 PM
You took your top off? I hope your moobs didnít startle any onlookers.

Crazed_Insanity
April 18th, 2021, 02:07 PM
:lol:

Hot car with a hot driver, top less is the only way to go! ;)

Kchrpm
April 18th, 2021, 02:43 PM
You took your top off? I hope your moobs didn’t startle any onlookers.

No more than your near dead corpse lying on the side of the road.

Godson
April 18th, 2021, 03:55 PM
No more than your near dead corpse lying on the side of the road.

I feel partially targeted here....

Rare White Ape
April 18th, 2021, 04:43 PM
My moobs were definitely out in my instance. I even distinctly remember asking the paramedics to get my wang out before they wheeled me into the ambulance.

neanderthal
April 20th, 2021, 01:15 PM
I can finally answer the question: now!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3dnuuogiY-n0zz5khOhTgsPOdOR8tdx_-XQqLhwNjSVFxGJR_s0yeHdMVPgtJZC1a3liEEdp4ZyiVOZardl kLfxvYuUC9wcf65OngDak4lcgsy5Zd_sf7f99xmQVKoyIJWTdJ eymvKgiCLySRF8JN6J8A=w1303-h977-no?authuser=0

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Torch Red, 7-speed Manual, 2LT, HUD, Navigation/PDR, black badges and wheels

<27k miles right now

Crazy to think about.

How did I miss this. Keef!!! My brother. Congratuswearwordlations. I'm so happy for you. And you got he best one!!!!

Reading your posts about driving it and how you feel about it made my cold dark heart smile. :eek::cool:

George
April 22nd, 2021, 05:44 AM
Even took the top off since it was beautiful out.

Corvette-clueless me didn't realize you had a removable top. Nice.

I had to consult Google to see just what comes off.

https://www.newcartestdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-corvette-600x400.jpg

Kchrpm
April 22nd, 2021, 07:19 AM
Yeah, all the C7 coupes have a removable roof. It's really light, but big/awkward enough to need two people to do it easily. And it latches into the trunk.

Crazed_Insanity
April 22nd, 2021, 07:19 AM
Google couldn't find any of Kchrpm's manboobs? Too bad. We'll just have to settle with the car...

JoshInKC
April 22nd, 2021, 03:01 PM
Yeah, all the C7 coupes have a removable roof. It's really light, but big/awkward enough to need two people to do it easily. And it latches into the trunk.

That seems to be a running theme with manually removable hardtops.
So I say...




BRING BACK T-TOPS!

George
April 22nd, 2021, 04:02 PM
I'd sign that petition!

https://mobile.corvettestory.com/images/corvette-images-mobile/Corvette-T-Top-brochure-illustration-2_a.jpg

JoshInKC
April 22nd, 2021, 05:14 PM
Stupid t-tops :p
I'm not sure I've ever seen an unrestored car with them that didn't leak in less than like 5 years.

George
April 23rd, 2021, 10:47 AM
Here's an article at Hemmings.com about the history of T-tops (https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/08/20/t-time-a-look-back-at-the-history-of-t-tops).

https://img.hmn.com/900x0/stories/2020/08/10120217/tasco_overhead.jpg

Also, I was thinking that Keith really needs a red turtleneck to match his 'vette like the guy pictured above with the yellow car and matching shirt.

Kchrpm
April 23rd, 2021, 10:54 AM
Also, I was thinking that Keith really needs a red turtleneck to match his 'vette like the guy pictured above with the yellow car and matching shirt.
Honestly...I kind of love that idea.

JoshInKC
April 23rd, 2021, 04:29 PM
Upvote

JoshInKC
April 23rd, 2021, 05:50 PM
Here's an article at Hemmings.com about the history of T-tops (https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/08/20/t-time-a-look-back-at-the-history-of-t-tops).
I love the '77 Aspen ad in that article. It feels like every magazine advertisement I saw through about 1984.

Kchrpm
April 24th, 2021, 05:55 PM
Bought my car corral pass ticket for IMSA at Mid-Ohio next month, which includes a parade lap of the track. When I did the official car corral stuff there with the Mazdas, I got some cool additional access. That will probably be lessened because of COVID protocols, but there will at least be lunch and access to the "private lounge under the Super Pavilion" (no idea what that is).

I will probably be a bit giddy to be in the Corvette Corral :)

Rare White Ape
April 24th, 2021, 07:04 PM
That's cool Keith :up:

Crazed_Insanity
April 24th, 2021, 08:59 PM
Man, you are living la vida loca ahora!

Rare White Ape
May 2nd, 2021, 01:08 PM
Just announced:

https://images.brickset.com/sets/large/76903-1.jpg?202101121052

Kchrpm
May 2nd, 2021, 01:15 PM
Left rear tire started leaking and some vibration after I couldn't avoid some poorly patched pavement on I75 because of traffic. Overfilled it a little at home and have an appointment to see if the earliest opening place tomorrow that might have the necessary hardware. We'll see. If I have to get two new rears, it might be a struggle to find them in stock. It actually seems the summer tires are easier to come by right now, so my hand might be forced.

Of course, if the wheel is cracked, then...yeah.

Kchrpm
May 3rd, 2021, 03:43 AM
And it's the wheel! Yay! :-/

Rare White Ape
May 3rd, 2021, 06:10 AM
Ahh poo. Hopefully not an expensive fix.

Crazed_Insanity
May 3rd, 2021, 12:33 PM
I told you to save them lame flimsy factory wheels and get some cheaper wheels instead... :angry:

Anyway, not really angry at you, but at stupid GM...

Kchrpm
May 3rd, 2021, 03:33 PM
Turns out there's a local shop that repairs them for ~$90. I got a new one, and dropped off the old one to get fixed. At some point I should just sell them all and get aftermarket, but considering the problems I don't expect I'd get much for them.

And they're so pretty...

JoshInKC
May 3rd, 2021, 03:41 PM
It's very cool that there's a cheap and local solution for you.

Crazed_Insanity
May 3rd, 2021, 04:34 PM
Donít sell the pretty flimsy wheels, keep all your original equipment dude, when it becomes a classic, it should worth a lot more! :)

Anyway, glad to know you found an affordable solution! :up:

Rare White Ape
May 4th, 2021, 07:20 AM
Those low profile tyres don't do much to protect wheels unfortunately. But that's part of the pleasure of owning a really cool car.

I nearly came unstuck on a pothole last year. I was on a busy rural road with a toffy private school just off a side road, so it was full of parents picking up their kids.

I was following a car in the traffic jam at walking speed and noticed the balls end of a giant penis that had been spray painted on the road being slowly revealed from under the car ahead. At the business end was a humongous 2ft wide pothole, but at that point I couldn't see it as it was still under the car in front of me.

I looked down and thought well that's interesting then luckily saw the pothole at the top of the beautifully illustrated shaft with enough time to swerve to the side.

I'd like to thank the artist, otherwise I might have dropped a wheel into it and slightly damaged my bike, which would have been much worse than the crash I did have only a month later.

dodint
May 4th, 2021, 09:45 AM
GM has been sued over these wheels already. Their argument in court was that they're defectively designed, not defectively constructed, so they don't have to replace them under warranty. And the court agreed.
They're unusually prone to breaking, potholes or not.

George
May 4th, 2021, 02:02 PM
Keep your fancy-schmancy alloys in storage for car shows and resale value and run steelies for daily driving. :cool:

https://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/huracan-corvette-miata-and-others-rendered-as-base-models-with-steel-wheels-lol_12.jpg

Crazed_Insanity
May 4th, 2021, 08:58 PM
Thatís what Iím talking about! ;)

samoht
May 4th, 2021, 11:47 PM
Sorry about the wheel! At least it could be repaired. If one was flush with cash, it would be a nice opportunity to get some aftermarket items (CE28N ahem), but usually that's not the case after just buying your dream car.

Kchrpm
May 5th, 2021, 03:39 AM
I'm a sucker for a split 5 spoke wheel. The CE28N's do nothing for me. I'd be most likely to try and find wheels that look as close possible to my current ones, like these (https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/WheelCloseUpServlet?target=runWheelSearch&initialPartNumber=F491004GB&wheelMake=FLOW+ONE+Race+Spec&wheelModel=F4&wheelFinish=Gloss+Black+Painted&showRear=yes&selectedRear=F491201GB&autoMake=Chevrolet&autoModel=Corvette+Grand+Sport&autoYear=2017&autoModClar=Coupe) or these (https://www.craycorvettewheels.com/corvette-wheels-rims-spider/).

Crazed_Insanity
May 5th, 2021, 07:37 AM
I kinda like the silver one... with checker flag on it! Should help you finish the race! ;)

You could even get the one that's gloss black with mirror cut surface so you can have both black and silver...

Kchrpm
May 10th, 2021, 07:55 AM
Having the local Corvette expert do the 30k mile maintenance a little early and inspect the car before I take it out for its first weekend trip to the IMSA race at Mid-Ohio. Predictably the front left wheel is also bent. I'm going to replace it, get it fixed, and then I'll have a spare of each on hand to rotate in/out of service as necessary and keep working with the local wheel repair shop (whom he confirmed does good work). Also should be able to get a better price on the wheel directly with him than going through the Firestone shop like I did before.

And if I decide to give up and jump on a better wheel set, he's a Forgeline dealer. They're a local company (in a Dayton suburb, Kettering) and have a new budget wheel (compared to their racing stuff) that is stronger and lighter than the stock wheels but have a similar look. He showed me the set he just got for his Grand Sport, they're better in person than in pictures. Here are pictures of a random red C7GS they have in their customer gallery: https://forgeline.com/customer-gallery/forgeline-customer-118

Crazed_Insanity
May 10th, 2021, 10:49 AM
Looks good! :up:

dodint
May 10th, 2021, 11:24 AM
Those wheels have a nice 'flow' to their aesthetic.

Rare White Ape
May 10th, 2021, 02:20 PM
Oh yeah.

retsmah
May 10th, 2021, 04:33 PM
As in SLM's thread, late to the party, but congrats on the Corvette!

Leon
May 10th, 2021, 04:47 PM
I did a week touring around gravel roads, used in a 1971 car rally that ran around much of the country. The roads were a bit rugged ... we were in a Kia Sorento on 65 profile snow tyres, so didn't have problems. One dude in an HSV (fancy pants Holden) on the lip approach on a concrete bridge on a gravel road took out three tyres and his trans sump. Ending his holiday on the tour right there and then.
3715

CudaMan
May 12th, 2021, 09:48 AM
Those OEM Corvette wheels look amazing. But if they're that fragile, the Forgelines look like an awesome solution.

Cam
May 13th, 2021, 02:04 PM
Uh, I guess I am the only one that is not a fan of those Forgeline wheels. Hey, if it floats your boat! :cool::up: Especially if they are both stronger and lighter. :hard:

Kchrpm
May 17th, 2021, 04:50 AM
On Friday I took it back over to McCluskey HQ for the final prep: new wheel install, wash, and paying for everything (all those credit card points!). This picture is just before all that was done.

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The drive up to Mid-Ohio was great, with very little traffic and beautiful weather. I used the car's nav instead of Google Maps, and it took me a longer but simpler route than the usual way (and it also didn't have the right exit layout for a section still under construction in Columbus, but I just stayed on the highway it indicated regardless of what lane it expected it to be). It only took me about 2 and a half hours, and I arrived just in time to hear the first Miata race starting. I stopped at Will Call to pick up my passes, then used the PDR to record myself entering and parking at the track (video is still in the car, I'll have to grab the SD card and get that uploaded.

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It was an interesting day, with Corvette Racing not there since no other GTLM cars would be there, and the parade laps I was so excited for slightly marred by the SUVs and such in the same line as us. I also have a video of that, but it's not very exciting and involves me complaining to myself like a spoiled brat, so I may not post that. I didn't walk around as much as I usually do, since the paddocks and pits were closed, so I mostly stayed around the main spectator mound. Just before leaving, as I was sitting in the car, I heard a couple of kids talking and asking each other questions about it. I got out and offered to answer any questions, then asked if they wanted to sit in it. They both got in, and their dad came up and took pictures. It felt like passing the torch on, just like whoever let me get my picture taken in their red Corvette at Mid-Ohio 30+ years ago. I got a chuckle at them thinking it looked so nice and new for a 2017: that was half of their lifetimes ago, so it made sense that it seems like a long time to them!

My hotel in Mansfield was more of a motel that was having an identity crisis. I felt like my car stuck out like a sore thumb in the parking lot, and then a 427 Cobra replica pulled in and I didn't feel so bad. I went walking to get dinner and saw Kevin Magnusson on the patio of a restaurant having dinner.

The next day I was up and out relatively early, since I woke up around 4 am and couldn't really fall back to sleep. Couldn't get hot water in the shower, so just washed up at the sink, whose neck was too short to fill up my water bottles later. Hot chocolate, blueberry pancakes, and bacon at Paul Revere Family Restaurant, then back to the track. I was the first car in the corral, because the minivan that was there A) isn't exactly a car, and B) I'm not actually sure was part of the corral because neither were the teenage security people watching it.

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I was questioning my decision to go with just my shorts, but I stuck it through and was rewarded when the sun came out.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3f0Tumfu2rupD61bto_zqZTiEIV4-0Hyk4_C6BNGt_3KwC2D788OxnCN3417Qg7nDzgIwucIlw7WPh0 gVq6-0Jxmse1VIgASMEC3BBWEgXpv8uY5F1LqBR19fD_qFRoe_L5F8q DOuH012a7nfbjZ4x-iQ=w733-h977-no?authuser=0

Missing from these photos: pictures of me on the track, taken by a friend with my camera, during Sunday's parade laps. Because those laps were cancelled as we were waiting on the false grid. It took too long to clean-up the track after that day's Miata race, our window closed up as we got too close to the prep/festivities for the main race. I did have someone stop next to me and say a loud, barking "HI" before running off, though.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fYTMwplxxKIHTXMKNwjpqSok8IoGjZ7i6eiZ4h0-f5TVRwtmEt6w7MDplC1yCN4jdANhFa6m9CoU8QZIwd_Fzht2mD LGCIxV-KqEixVsLxnnZRD9XcM9T-7l5Rz2tqKodeaoSWGBS5NB2Ro4JvIV2fGw=w1303-h977-no?authuser=0

After that, I got back over to the Lexus booth where I had lucked into making the finals a Gran Turismo: Sport competition (3 people, including me, set times on the wrong track, which was significantly shorter, without our knowledge; because of the format they went with for the "tournament", when one of the other 3 didn't show up, I was immediately guaranteed a podium). While I waited for it to start, I was talking with one of the product specialists that had been there yesterday when we noticed the track problem. She had been having wireless mic issues but was taking it in stride, and I was laughing so she told me to come over to her so she wasn't just talking to herself. I played along, showing how VERY interested I was in the special Lexus F-whatever and just cracking up as the mic came off and on during her speech. I explained that I host trivia and had the exact same thing happen to me while hosting shows, so I knew what she was going through. She asked where, I said Cincinnati, and she commented that during promo work for the Reds and the local car show she had been in Cincinnati and had the best pasta she's ever tried. The restaurant? Sotto, which is across the street from where I host trivia! She added me on Instagram and said she would message me the next time they were in town.

I almost actually did a respectable/competitive time on my finals run, but the AI driver I just passed for the lead punted me on the last turn. I was more than happy with third place, and got to do a podium interview, which I did not take seriously at all and which will likely never get posted anywhere by Lexus. My friends recorded some of it, though, I might just keep it stored somewhere for posterity. And I have a little mini helmet prize and new Instagram friend so I can never forget!

We watched some more racing from the spectator mound, but also did a loop of the main infield section to see all of the other major viewpoints.

On the drive home, I used Google Maps and got to use some of its weird side roads and shortcuts, but traffic was light so it went smoothly. I71 South is not as smooth as I71 North in that area, so the drive back was not quite as relaxed as the drive up, as I felt the minor road issues and looked out for the major ones. I thought I was going to need to stop somewhere before I made it back to Cincinnati, but as the average mileage calcs shook off the parade laps and idling, my estimated range climbed. I could make it home with a nice cushion. I filled up at the same UDF as I had on Friday night.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3eA1cQG3kgWecd_22Qs-EPaKH3QAyoC1gGWYeom8mTS7mCaSlvWWnQ02NLBu_Jpef_aY5M U7dq_c_Hyf3ygNLJVaTYodI6LNzvOPN6699nZVqu3S4rQhmaeF 5xXDbRZIg9899yPuexQwr_LYMSXqnZKCQ=w1303-h977-no?authuser=0

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The average on the highway driving is more accurately reflected on the 50-mile rolling average, screen. The 30.3 max was set on the drive up, I didn't quite get back to 30 at any point on the drive back.

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I stopped to get dinner to take home afterwards, and the car plus the sunset was too beautiful to not capture. Nice little end-cap to the trip.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3dxMKefN-z4Oor2WvqkyiwNOyjSEKwerZmZHxuwYHPBAgHNyleE7PGJLrf7 a_Tpd_8kBl6UO2heHL55qqGV6nPR1jehgFDY4SwznPAxtnukfh S4MMP-uNEQuuEU2I-kKpOxnUssA_rT39aCuH1HOYeV7w=w1303-h977-no?authuser=0

Living the dream :)

JoshInKC
May 17th, 2021, 06:26 AM
That's great, dude. I'm sure part of it is just the past year-or-so of life getting to me, but I'm really overjoyed that you finally got your vette and it seems like you're living you're living life to its fullest.
Congrats on sticking to your dream for long and achieving it.

Rare White Ape
May 17th, 2021, 06:30 AM
So good Keith. I love those sorts of weekends. You really get to enjoy your ride at events like that.

You car looks way better than the newer mid-engined Vette sitting next to it. About the only thing hotter was that LMP just casually idling by.

Crazed_Insanity
May 17th, 2021, 08:05 AM
I have to disagree. Clearly the couple in that red Porsche convertible were checking out Kchrpm's Vette.

It's obvious who has the hotter car!



https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fYTMwplxxKIHTXMKNwjpqSok8IoGjZ7i6eiZ4h0-f5TVRwtmEt6w7MDplC1yCN4jdANhFa6m9CoU8QZIwd_Fzht2mD LGCIxV-KqEixVsLxnnZRD9XcM9T-7l5Rz2tqKodeaoSWGBS5NB2Ro4JvIV2fGw=w1303-h977-no?authuser=0


Anyway, thanks for sharing such an awesome weekend with us. It's almost as if I was there too! ;)

I'm still amazed at the Vette's MPG number. Those dumb GM engineers can't design wheels, but dang they engineered an amazing car!

dodint
May 17th, 2021, 06:42 PM
Awesome Keith, glad you had a great time. Particularly making those kids day. They'll remember you when they crawl intontheir dark matter powered C12s.

Dicknose
May 17th, 2021, 07:24 PM
Wow - sounds like a great event.
Enjoy the car and hope that smile never leaves your face.

Kchrpm
May 19th, 2021, 08:53 AM
After my third or fourth try, I now have a pretty comfortable method of washing the car in the self-serve bays at the local car wash chain. It involves using almost all of the modes they have, but the foam brush only on the wheels and the black lower trim parts, a red sponge glove for any tough stuff, and a bunch of small towels to dry it off.

I should still get my garage faucet fixed so I can just do it at home, though.

Kchrpm
May 19th, 2021, 02:41 PM
Here are pictures of a random red C7GS they have in their customer gallery: https://forgeline.com/customer-gallery/forgeline-customer-118

This car just left the bar where I'm hosting trivia tonight. In person, on the car, I still much prefer the stock wheels. Just gotta keep being careful!

Kchrpm
June 11th, 2021, 08:10 PM
Best 50 mile average is now 33.6 mpg. Might try for 400 miles on a tank.

Crazed_Insanity
June 11th, 2021, 11:05 PM
Thatís just wrong man!

I remember my 1990 1.5l 70HP Civic Hatchback was doing that kind of mpg #sÖ

Kchrpm
June 15th, 2021, 02:07 PM
Drove from Cincinnati to North Carolina to visit some friends on a long weekend trip.

Before:

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On The Way:

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On The Way Back:

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Kchrpm
July 17th, 2021, 03:12 PM
As I see an increasing number of small paint chips and wheels that refuse to be fully cleaned, I understand why people end up paying so much to have professionals clean, re-finish, and protect these kinds of cars. I don't know what I'm going to do about it.

Leon
July 17th, 2021, 03:33 PM
I don't know what I'm going to do about it.

have professionals clean, re-finish, and protect this car

Kchrpm
July 17th, 2021, 03:47 PM
have professionals clean, re-finish, and protect this car

I'm not sure I can actually afford to while continuing to pay for the car.

Rare White Ape
July 17th, 2021, 04:18 PM
A good idea is to get some clear contact adhesive for the lower panels to prevent paint chips. Some companies out there might sell it in pre-cut sections specific for your car and should be easy to remove in a few years without leaving residue.

And I presume you have bought some fancy cleaning chemicals to do the job. But if you havenít, I can recommend Motul Moto Wash. Itís $15-20 a bottle here and intended for use on all parts of a motorcycle, but for you it would be great on your wheels and brakes. Dirty red wheels on my Tuono would instantly turn into pristine bright red wheels just by spraying on and using a nice soft wet sponge to help move the brake dust and dirt.

https://www.motul.com/ro/en/products/e2-moto-wash

It does help if your wheels are glossy, but it appears yours might have a satin or textured finish, but that Moto Wash would still do a good job. Black wheels are harder to keep clean because dust makes them look shitty surprisingly quickly.

Kchrpm
July 17th, 2021, 04:22 PM
The wheels are meant to be glossy.

Leon
July 17th, 2021, 06:20 PM
I'm a complete car cleaning addict, so I have a ridiculously large collection of car cleaning products, and have just bought a new buffer. I offloaded a bunch of my old wax based products, and a couple of crappy buffers to make some space.

Dragons Breath is excellent on wheels.

With the wafer thin paint on the Evo, I'd probably have to look for clear protective 3M material, just to stop the stone chipping. However since I don't really drive it, I don't plan to get that carried away.

Do you have a house with a garage? If so, maybe invest in some products, and see how much you can do for yourself.

Kchrpm
July 17th, 2021, 07:54 PM
I do have a garage. I do not have a working faucet in that garage or near the driveway, nor do I trust my ability to do anything without screwing things up, based on previous experience.

Leon
July 18th, 2021, 01:10 AM
ah valid. If you have a friend with a terrible car, practice on that car.

I tried the buffer and various chemicals on my crappy 93 Corolla Tercel thing, before I did the same stuff on the Evo 10, for that exact reason.

CudaMan
July 18th, 2021, 07:04 AM
If stone chips are going to bother you, I think the best solution is PPF (paint protection film) professionally installed. There's probably a place near you that does most of the exotics in the area, they'd likely be a good place to go to. A full front end treatment isn't cheap up front but can sure help with resale value. Recommend doing it before there are very many chips. And after having the chips filled and the paint corrected (by a pro, or a nut like Leon or me). The more economical PPF coverage area is like the leather bra covers of the 80s, and in the right light or up close you can see the line where it stops because the film is like 1.5mm thick or something. If I ever do it to a car I want to do the entire front end (hood, fenders, bumper) so there are no lines.

For paint in general, proper wash/dry technique is critical for keeping swirl marks at bay. Maybe time to get a spigot put in outside your garage! :)

dodint
July 18th, 2021, 08:12 AM
Tbe PPF on the Z4 turned yellow and took the paint off when it was removed, and that was while using a heat gun.

Cam
July 18th, 2021, 10:57 AM
As with most of us here, we have known each other through this online community for 20 years. It is great to finally meet someone from this community in person for the first time. Not only that, but I spent hundreds of hours gaming with some of you via Xbox Live. Back in the day, I would be online gaming with our little group every day for years, often playing late into the night on week-ends, in Halo, PGR2, Forza, etc. If there was a stat for "most hours played with" this guy would be at the top of the list. :)

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Thanks again for coming to the show, Keith. It was great meeting you in person, finally. I'm only sorry that I did not get a chance to go for a ride in that awesome car of yours. We'll set something up soon. :cool:

Kchrpm
July 18th, 2021, 11:22 AM
I showed up when Bryan's dreams came true in Ohio, had to do the same for you ;)

If anyone else has any dreams that they're realizing near me, let me know!

Rare White Ape
July 18th, 2021, 02:28 PM
Great picture :D

CudaMan
July 19th, 2021, 09:31 AM
Tbe PPF on the Z4 turned yellow and took the paint off when it was removed, and that was while using a heat gun.
Do you know when it was first installed? PPF has gotten better in recent years. T's M3 had yellowing PPF and it was replaced a couple years ago with new stuff. No paint peeled off. The newer film was slightly thinner as well.


I showed up when Bryan's dreams came true in Ohio, had to do the same for you ;)

If anyone else has any dreams that they're realizing near me, let me know!
Best comment I've read in a while. :)

Love seeing that you and Cam finally met after these years of online friendship!

dodint
July 19th, 2021, 10:27 AM
No idea on the Z4. It was a 2008 model that I got from Scottsdale, AZ. I bought it in 2019 or so. Maybe the extra harsh weather in AZ took it's toll.

Crazed_Insanity
July 19th, 2021, 01:17 PM
Awesome pics! I cannot see any chips or any thing wrong with the wheels at all! :p

Just enjoy the car and take care of it the best you can. Don't worry about resale value... and don't worry about keeping it in show room conditions... just enjoy it and don't let it end up 'owning' you!

George
July 19th, 2021, 01:20 PM
Very cool. :up:

Kchrpm
July 24th, 2021, 08:47 AM
Upon Cuda's recommendation, I got a Dr Color Chip kit to fill in the rock chips, and 2-3 layers later it looks pretty good! I was nervous until I re-read the last step and it said to rub gently and then "buff" with the microfiber cloth, which I took to mean it was hard/fast rubbing and I was right, and all of the discolored excessive paint came off.

Crazed_Insanity
July 25th, 2021, 11:48 AM
:up:

Yeah, cuda is the kinda man who rarely steers, but whenever he steers, he probably wonít steer you wrong!