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Saturday, February 13, 2016

4 years of ownership...

Amazing it's been 4 years that we've owned our E55 AMG!  Love this car...





Friday, January 15, 2016

Time to replace burned out bulbs with LEDs

One of my license plate bulbs burned out, so I figured I would upgrade to LED so it never happens again in the lifetime that I own the vehicle...

I contacted one of my favorite vendors AZNOptics - and got new city lights (194) and new festoon LEDs for the license plates.

Here are a few pics of the LEDs - error free, CAN-BUS approved :D 


The festoon bulb on the left is a single CREE LED - amazingly bright for a single LED. Snaps into place into the clips.


Here's the result! amazingly bright!


Same for the city lights - check this new design out!


...and the result!


Highly recommended - very bright (not blinding) and should last years!






Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mercedes E55 AMG Akebono brakes on sale!

I have these brake pads on my E55 - they're not 'track pads' but my car is a daily driver - and the stopping power is just as good as OEM but the brake dust is nearly GONE!  It's so much nicer not having all the brake dust on the wheels any more!! :)  It will save you at least 10 minutes per car wash ;)

http://amzn.to/1NGISHa
Usually the Akebono fronts are $130 - but they've dropped to $114.68
The OEM pads are $291 - you're saving > 60% and having less brake dust!

The rears have been $100 for ages, now they're down to $88 :)
You're saving > 18% off on the rears from OEM prices!

Do the bundle and you're saving 50% off OEM pricing with a fraction of the dust!

http://amzn.to/1LKAt6s


and don't forget to replace your brake pad sensors!

http://amzn.to/1NE7a3P

Happy Braking for cheap! :)


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunny day - hey lets polish headlights!

OMG - so it's been about 4 months since my last post, where I purchased the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit and finally got some free time to try this kit out.  Outside in sunny California today was a balmy 58 degrees, so I got my kit out and my trusty cordless drill.

Here's a pic of the headlights pre-fix - they're quite faded, parts of the top-coat have flaked off and just looks terrible for a car that once cost $92k... it's a shambles!  This needs fixed!


Notice on the headlight, the chipping near the top of the lens and even the city light has some fading and hazing.  When the HIDs are on at night, this lens looks horrible - the passenger side is perfect (because it was replaced last year with a new headlight assembly)!

Here's a closeup of the main lens - ick!

The first step is to wash the area with soap and water, then tape off the edges - believe me - be sure to tape it well.  Sandpaper can strip your clearcoat/paint in seconds!

Ok - now you get the 500 grit sandpaper, don't freak out at this next photo - I did, and read the directions - it says not to freak out because the lens will get very hazy and translucent.  You can even seen the high and low spots on the lens in the pic below.  Looks nasty!


This is both the city light and driver's side lens after a full 500 grit sanding.  You're supposed to sand it down until the high/low spots are no longer noticeable.

Then you use the 800 grit sandpaper discs - this removes the heavier gouges and scratches from the 500 grit paper discs.  Remember, the higher the number, the finer the grit and smoother finish.  Really the only difference you can see at this distance is that the insides of the lenses look a little

'crisper' than the 500 grit photo above.

Next you switch to a 3200 grit pad - this almost feels like rubber.  You spritz water on the pad and on the lenses.  You polish until you see a white hazy slurry form and run off the headlights - this is the 3200 grit removing the 800 grit edges - making an even smoother finish - very nice!


It's not done yet!  Next step is to get the buffing pad, looks a bit like a sponge with ridges/bumps all over it.  You add a dime size dollop of the headlight glaze and polish away.  This ultra fine grit further refines the finish of the 3200 grit paper.

Here's a pic with the tape removed and the finished result!

Simply stunning results for $14

3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System


Now a comparison of the new headlight and my newly polished headlight - can you tell them apart?

and one more last pic of before and after!
 

Definitely a 5-star rating!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

3M Headlight Restoration KIt

It's finally gotten to the point where my driver's side headlight needs a good polish. It's yellowing and looking terrible in comparison to my freshly replaced passenger side light (yay warranty!)

I picked up this 3M Headlight Restoration Kit - I've heard great things about it, and hopefully I can find some time this weekend to do it up :)


http://amzn.to/1tqYMfe

I've been told to follow the directions explicitly to get the best results.  Does anyone have any tips or tricks?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First time to Sacramento Raceway in the E55

Yes - that's me on the left hand side!  Wheel-spin and all - the best I could muster is a 12.4603 @ 116.71.  Had a total blast with my son tonight, so it was well worth the time and money.


Wednesday night @ Sac Raceway is open drag night, anyone can race!  It's only $15 to race, and an additional $10 to rent a helmet (which I needed to rent!).  Hopefully in time, my times will improve - but if you ever want to give it a try - just do it!

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