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Old 05-31-04, 01:51 PM   #1
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I just put a bicycle computer on my car

The speedo in my car is not to accurate and the odo does not work, so I installed a Topeak Panoram. gives mph, total mileage, total run time, trip time, current run time, max average, and has two service reminders.
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Old 05-31-04, 01:52 PM   #2
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It is tripped off of the right axle.
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Old 05-31-04, 02:24 PM   #3
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The speedo in my car is not to accurate and the odo does not work, so I installed a Topeak Panoram. gives mph, total mileage, total run time, trip time, current run time, max average, and has two service reminders.
Two fire extinguishers? Expecting something catastrophic?
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Two fire extinguishers? Expecting something catastrophic?
I thought the same thing at first as well. It is 2 pictures side by side.

What kind of car is that?
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One big fire extenguisher, this a twenty two year old car with mechanical fuel injection and a reputation for electrical "issues"

It is an '81 Scirocco, pictures are here:
http://www.grmotorsports.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=2925
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http://www.grmotorsports.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=4114
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Old 05-31-04, 03:26 PM   #6
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Yeah, Volkswagens from the mid 70's thru the late 80's did have all sorts of electrical "issues". It made me think that the Germans were taking lessons from an English company; Lucas, Prince of Darkness.
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Old 05-31-04, 11:04 PM   #7
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Ooo- MkI Scirocco. I had an Alpine White 87 'Rocco 16v for quite a while. Had to sell her a couple years ago. Faster four cylinder I ever owned, but the Rabbit GTi's handled better, IMHO, which made them more fun. Never owned a MkI Scirocco, though.

Remember how the soldiers in WWI called the Germans the 'Bosch'? Look at the electricals in your VW, Bosch took revenge
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One big fire extenguisher, this a twenty two year old car with mechanical fuel injection and a reputation for electrical "issues"
I drive a fairly modern vehicle (1998 Jeep ZJ) and I carry a fire extinguisher onboard too. 'Course that sort of thing is highly recommended for offroad driving.
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I love the styling of the old scirocco. Classic, still looks great.

I remember an old bumper sticker I saw
"Why do the British drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas refridgerators!"
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It is tripped off of the right axle.
Is it accurate?

I've owned two Corrados, successor to the Scirocco. Engine caught fine in one of them.
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I think cateye actually says that their 186mph bike computers are designed so they can also be used on a motorcycle. I doubt any normal street car can even reach 155+ mph. Actually not a bad idea.

If only your bike computer had cadance, you'd have a tach too.
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I think cateye actually says that their 186mph bike computers are designed so they can also be used on a motorcycle. I doubt any normal street car can even reach 155+ mph. Actually not a bad idea.

If only your bike computer had cadance, you'd have a tach too.
I was on the solar car team during college. We used an old CatEye computer for a speedo and it worked well all the way up to our car's top speed of 70MPH.
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I was on the solar car team during college. We used an old CatEye computer for a speedo and it worked well all the way up to our car's top speed of 70MPH.
While a truly solar car's probably a pipe dream, would a car still be solar if you line your house with solar panels that separate water to fuel the car? That'd be a bit more fesible. I suggested that in college and they laughed at me.

I still say the rev attach a cadance sensor to the crank for all out geekiness. Hehe.
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I still say the rev attach a cadance sensor to the crank for all out geekiness. Hehe.
N'ah. Total geekiness would be to use a computer with a power meter. While an SRM, PowerTap or Polar system might be hard to mount because their sensors are particularly bicycle component-specific, there are some computers such as the Ciclosport HAC4 that derive wattage. The HAC4 also displays HRM and temp, inclination and altimeter information.
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I vote he also rigs his brake and transmission to a STI shifter. Nice.
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okay,, i'm not understading... if i line my house with solar panels and seperate my water i get a solar car?
Well solar energy gets converted to electricity which separates water into H and 2 O's. These just get stored till you need em. Then when you drive, H and 2O combust back into water vapor to power the car. Technically the energy comes from the sun.
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I vote he also rigs his brake and transmission to a STI shifter. Nice.
And clipless pedals to his brake, accelerator and clutch pedals... err... on second thought...
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I understand the fire extinguisher - My '83 golf had a small fire in the engine compartment, I put it out with a bottle of sparkling scottish spring water. The wiring loom was burned through but since it is a base model with no electronic crap it was a couple of hours' work, and it's still going.
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Now you need a heart-rate monitor... Hey, I hear driving really sends up your heart rate and blood pressure.
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I understand the fire extinguisher - My '83 golf had a small fire in the engine compartment, I put it out with a bottle of sparkling scottish spring water. The wiring loom was burned through but since it is a base model with no electronic crap it was a couple of hours' work, and it's still going.
Two of my friends had their old Rabbits catch fire in a similar manner.
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"Is it accurate?"

-Yes near as I can tell. I used the radius with the car on the ground, centerline found with a piece of welding wire and a level. I had a problem with doubling, the magnet tripping the pickup twice as I had mounted it sideways to compensate for suspension movement. There was also a problem with it not reading at all in a hard left. I have since welded up a new bracket and I think this will cure the problem.

"I think cateye actually says that their 186mph bike computers are designed so they can also be used on a motorcycle. I doubt any normal street car can even reach 155+ mph. Actually not a bad idea"

-This model, the Panoram, is also marketed as a motorcyle computer. There also used to be a trials motorcycle (Fantic?, Gas Gas?) with an Avocet computer mounted in the tank. It is geared pretty low as a (potential) autocross car, it winds out around 120.

"N'ah. Total geekiness would be to use a computer with a power meter. While an SRM, PowerTap or Polar system might be hard to mount because their sensors are particularly bicycle component-specific, there are some computers such as the Ciclosport HAC4 that derive wattage. The HAC4 also displays HRM and temp, inclination and altimeter information."

-I can't afford a Power Tap and I have already doubled the value of the car by installing the bike computer
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Old 06-01-04, 09:48 PM   #22
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is your idea possible? it sounds good. i could make my own fuel!
If you have enough money, yes.
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Sciroccos are cooler, but Corrados are cooler.
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Exactly.

And all KINDS of 'normal street cars' can hit 155mph.
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I thought most new cars sold and manufactured were electrically limited to 155.
I mean the volkswagen beetle 'can' hit 200mph too but it won't last long.
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