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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:37 am 
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Thought this might be interesting to some of my fellow Cento'ers. I got the Demon Tweeks catalogue through the post and they've got some cool stuff you may be interested in. For instance:

LED light vision glasses for less than £13, which are safety glasses with an LED light on both sides.Very handy for working in low light. I already use a head torch.

You can also do your own tracking as many times as you like for less than £70 which i think is a great idea. Trackace Laser Wheel Alignment Gauge. I looked on amazon and only 3 reviews so far but all 5 star and if you look on the Trackace website it tells you how incorrect alignment affects not only tyre wear but also increases fuel consumption by upto 10% and braking distances.Can take it along to club meets or just for yourself so you always know you're set up to get the best from your tyres! Probably going to get one for myself.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:09 pm 
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I use a head torch as well, a 'daft buy' from the pound shop but really handy - especially when you're underneath.

The tracking kit sounds tempting...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:57 pm 
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i dont work in the dark , so dont use a head torch :P

i have a nice Hand held light i used when i was working at the garage so had to get one

about the tracking thiong , We have one all i can say is (thumbs up) its a little hard to get used to at first , I keep meaning to check mine and if it says 0 take it to a Propper garage and see if it says it right ,

so if you need any thing about it let me know

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Cool. Just had mine done for £15. Their gauge went up to 2 he told me and my tracking was out by 1 whatever that means. Once i've got the car through the MOT i'll get one but lots of other things to sort first.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:23 pm 
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Their gauge went up to 2 he told me and my tracking was out by 1 whatever that means. .
tracking is measured in minutes

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:20 pm 
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craigdmjv wrote:
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Their gauge went up to 2 he told me and my tracking was out by 1 whatever that means. .
tracking is measured in minutes


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:46 pm 
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He's right. Degrees and minutes - minutes are fractions of degrees.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:03 pm 
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craigdmjv wrote:
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Their gauge went up to 2 he told me and my tracking was out by 1 whatever that means. .
tracking is measured in minutes

Err, it used to be. They're now measured in mm unless the tool is working in old money.

Minutes is a sub division of a degree so just like on a clock you have hours, minutes and seconds, the same fragments are used. So you have 360 degress in a rotation but each degree is divided into 60 minutes and each minute into 60 seconds, hence, a measurement of angle and in terms of wheel alignment, the difference of one compared to the other!

Since at least the 80's wheel alignment has been measured in mm. The equipment is calibrated to measure the difference between the front edge and rear edge of the rim. For instance, if the wheels are 1000mm apart but measure at the front and rear edge they measure 999mm and 1001mm respectively, then you have a toe in of 2mm. The difference yes no? It's a one size fits all so wheel size doesn't affect the reading as the equipment is calibrated.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:15 pm 
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college must be teaching us the old way then lol :o

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Some say the old ways are the best ways! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:34 pm 
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I still drink pints and am measured in stones, feet and inches :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:53 pm 
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I was a staunch feet and inches man myself until i measured my daughters heights on the front room door frame and one of them was 5'2"and 15 16ths so it was easier to write 159.9

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:45 am 
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Q Bond.
Been reading reviews about it having seen the results of what it can do in a local motor spares shop. Not much room for error as it sets in about 10 seconds. Going to buy some and try it out.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:54 am 
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I've found through many of my syudents that the current UK standard for measurements of length are millimeters, inches, feet, meters and miles! Bar stuwardized I think it's called!

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I've found through many of my syudents that the current UK standard for measurements of length are millimeters, inches, feet, meters and miles! Bar stuwardized I think it's called!
Crazy isn't it! I find I can work in any of them, as long as it stays in that measurement. I had steam coming out of my ears the other week trying to keep up with my Dad who was switching between feet and inches, then just inches, then centimeters.

On the tools front, I'm waiting for Aldi or Lidl to have their bargain LED inspection lamps in again. Not just your normal torch-size things.....these are a big array of white LEDs, about the size of your average laptop. I got one for my Dad a few years ago and they're brilliant.

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