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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 06:41 PM
    The network has become increasingly skeptical of 1/4 mile times coming out of the Middle East and specifically the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Recently, a very fast run from a C63 showing an impossible 60 foot time raised eyebrows and Middle Eastern members conceded the timing equipment at Yas Marina was off when this was questioned. This leads to the logical follow up questions of how long has the timing equipment been off for? How many runs are suspect? How is a hot desert environment providing times so much quicker and faster than the rest of the world? BoostAddict contacted Yas Marina and the NHRA regarding this issue. Middle Eastern members state this was just a glitch and the circuit is NHRA accredited. That is not true. Yas Marina has not renewed its NHRA license since 2012. This is the response to BoostAddict's inquiry on the matter from Mark Hughes, the NHRA World Wide Consultant: This response means any run from 2013 on is suspect. We already have evidence the timing equipment is off and the only conclusion one can draw is that without an NHRA license, inspection, and accreditation the playing field is not level and that cheating has been going on. Frankly, it appears the cheating is rampant. As we do not know who cheated, when they cheated, etc., the only course of action is to invalidate all Yas Marina records from 2013 on from when they lost their NHRA license. Until this matter is resolved and Yas Marina again has an NHRA license and has been inspected this network will not recognize any runs or records from the drag strip as valid. When the database goes live on this network, all Yas Marina runs from 2013 on will receive an asterisk next to them indicating them as suspect and invalid. BoostAddict only received a response from the NHRA. Yas Marina has yet to comment on the matter despite being asked the same questions as the NHRA. However, if 'accidental miscalibration' is going on at a strip like Yas Marina with its reputation and resources and it failed to renew its NHRA license we wonder how many other suspect drag strips there are in the Middle East. It is stunning that the Yas Marina Circuit would not value its integrity and reputation higher than this. This issue now calls into question the validity of all Middle Eastern strips and times. It is unfortunate for honest enthusiasts who just want to enjoy their cars to be caught in the middle of this issue. It is simply a result of administrative failure and those who do not have the integrity to compete honestly on the 1/4 mile dragstrip with enthusiasts worldwide.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-27-2015, 08:13 PM
    These are two naturally aspirated Italian heavyweights slugging it out on the highway. A boosted German luxury sedan spoils the fun however. This video goes to show that the Huracan and 599 are very fast but in the boosted era all it takes is a tune on something like a CLS63 AMG equipped with the AMG M157 5.5 liter V8 to upset the exotics. The action obviously focuses on the Huracan and 599 predominantly and the CLS63 AMG only gets a cameo appearance at the end of the video. Regardless, the Huracan has a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated and direct injected V10 engine with 602 horsepower and 412 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels through a dual clutch transmission. The 599 has a naturally aspirated 6.0 liter V12 based on the unit in the Ferrari Enzo with an output of 612 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Huracan power goes to the rear wheels. It does not have a dual clutch transmission but instead a sequential 'F1' manual gearbox. The 599 also carries an extra ~450 pounds. On paper this should be a good race and in practice it is with the Huracan having a slight edge. It is able to maintain the lead it opens up in the lower gears although the 599 appears to inch back in the higher gears. They both get smoked by a tuned M157 though. It sure is tough to beat the modern boosted German V8's once they get a tune.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 07:24 PM
    All right, here we go. A comparison test between three of the hottest European sports cars on the market. All three of these are two seat coupes (yes, the 911 is a 2+2) and all three start at over $100k. Beyond that these are very different vehicles in their execution. Let's start with the Jaguar F-Type R which Car and Driver puts in last place. The Jaguar is the only all wheel drive car in this comparison (The 911 GTS is available with all wheel drive) and it suffers a significant weight penalty due to this. 4088 pounds for a two seat sports car? Ouch. The addition of all wheel drive certainly helps the 0-60 time and 1/4 mile elapsed time as the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 can effectively put the torque down. 0-60 comes in 3.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.7 @ 122 putting the Jaguar in the middle of the two acceleration wise. It also pulls the least amount on the skidpad and is the slowest through the slalom. It's just a boat. Now the AMG GT S is significantly lighter than the Jaguar F-Type R at 3677 pounds. It also offers better weight distribution at 47.5/52.5 front to rear. That is spectacular for a front engine turbo V8 car and the rear transaxle dual clutch transmission setup is partially to thank for this. The F-TYpe R on the other hand is a nose heavy 54.5/45.5 front to rear which is something you would expect to see out of an Audi and not a Jaguar. The AMG GT S with its M178 twin turbo V8 is the quickest and fastest of the bunch. 11.2 @ 127 is very quick but to be expected as this is a magazine time. Independent 1/4 mile testing shows 11.4 @ 126 so it is certainly at least realistic. The AMG GT S is easily the quickest and fastest car of the trio. So why is the Porsche 911 GTS chosen as the winner? Well, it does a few things better than the other two. For one, it's very light in comparison at 3276 pounds. It also pulls the most on the skidpad, shows the best braking performance, and is the quickest through the slalom. It's easier to toss around. These are sports cars, right? Now the Porsche 911 GTS is the least powerful car here with the smallest motor at 3.8 liters and it is naturally aspirated. It still puts up incredible (and head scratching) numbers of 11.9 @ 118 in the 1/4 mile. We have never seen a GTS test that fast and we are skeptical the 430 horse and 325 lb-ft of torque car can do this anywhere other than a magazine. The Jaguar is said to lack polish. It's fast and offers great torque but is just lacking in refinement. It is exciting though. The AMG GT S is said to 'mimic' the 911 but we do not buy that. It's its own car with its own execution. It isn't trying to be a 911. Car and Driver states it is simply a bit too big to be truly agile. It's handling numbers say otherwise and 36XX pounds is not exactly hefty in today's car climate. The 911 gets the nod because it is the most refined driving machine. It certainly is the lightest, most tossable, and best braking. It's a true sports car. The only downside is that it is outmuscled by the others but isn't that where the GT3 steps in? Or for someone who really wants more muscle in a straight line, the 911 Turbo. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2016 Jaguar F-type R Coupe 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS BASE PRICE $104,595 $130,825 $115,195 PRICE AS TESTED $110,845 $151,075 $138,750 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 176.0 inches 179.0 inches 177.5 inches WIDTH 75.7 inches 76.3 inches 72.9 inches HEIGHT 51.6 inches 50.7 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 103.2 inches 103.5 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 62.4 inches 66.1 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 64.1 inches 65.0 inches 61.4 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 55 cubic feet* F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet* CARGO 11 cubic feet 12 cubic feet 14 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 305 cu in (5000 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 243 cu in (3982 cc) DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 550 @ 6500 503 @ 6500 430 @ 7500 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 502 @ 3500 479 @ 1750 325 @ 5750 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6600/6600 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7600/7900 rpm LB PER HP 7.4 7.3 7.6 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS all rear rear GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 4.71/6.6/44 2. 3.14/10.0/66 3. 2.11/14.6/96 4. 1.67/18.3/120 5. 1.29/23.7/156 6. 1.00/30.0/186 7. 0.83/36.0/186 8. 0.67/46.0/186 1. 3.40/6.3/44 2. 2.19/9.9/70 3. 1.63/13.2/93 4. 1.29/16.7/117 5. 1.03/20.5/144 6. 0.84/26.3/184 7. 0.63/34.2/193 1. 3.91/5.9/47 2. 2.29/10.1/80 3. 1.65/13.9/110 4. 1.30/17.7/140 5. 1.08/21.5/170 6. 0.88/26.0/189 7. 0.62/37.3/175 AXLE RATIO:1 2.56 3.67 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.0-inch vented disc R: 14.8-inch vented disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc R: 14.2-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc F: 13.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 13.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, competition mode fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control TIRES Pirelli P Zero F: 255/35ZR-20 (97Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Michelin Pilot Super Sport F: 265/35ZR-19 (98Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 0–30 MPH 1.3 sec 1.3 sec 1.4 sec 0–60 MPH 3.4 sec 3.0 sec 3.6 sec 0–100 MPH 8.0 sec 6.9 sec 8.5 sec 0–130 MPH 13.7 sec 11.7 sec 14.6 sec ¼-MILE @ MPH 11.7 sec @ 122 11.2 sec @ 127 11.9 sec @ 118 ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.7 sec 4.2 sec TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 2.2 sec 2.1 sec 2.7 sec TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 2.8 sec 2.4 sec 2.8 sec TOP SPEED 186 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 193 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 189 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 70–0 MPH 137 feet 141 feet 136 feet ROADHOLDING, 200-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.00 g 1.05 g 1.06 g 610-FT SLALOM 43.4 mph 45.2 mph 46.2 mph WEIGHT CURB 4088 pounds 3677 pounds 3276 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 54.5/45.5 47.5/52.5 37.7/62.3 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 17.2 gallons 16.9 gallons RATING 91 octane 91 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/23 mpg 16/24 mpg* 19/26 mpg C/D 275-MILE TRIP 11 mpg 11 mpg 13 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 47 dBA 54 dBA 54 dBA FULL THROTTLE 83 dBA 90 dBA 89 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 72 dBA 74 dBA 75 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, by ERIC TINGWALL
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    This is certainly one that is fun to see. Now, the Porsche 911 GT3 really belongs on the road course. It is not about starightline speed although it is certainly no slouch in that area with its 475 horsepower 3.8 liter direct injected flat-6 engine that revs to an incredible 9000 rpm. The problem is that it is going up against the twin turbocharged and direct injected 4.0 liter M178 V8 under the hood of the AMG GT S which offers both more power and more torque. The GT3 carries roughly 400 less pounds and also has a dual clutch transmission like the AMG GT S. It just simply lacks the muscle of the turbo AMG GT S and it is surprising just how big the gap is in the real world. See for yourself.
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  • ninjacoupe's Avatar
    05-24-2015, 12:01 PM
    Used for about 10k miles. Has very few nicks or scratches but does have some wear in one spot along the bottom on onw side, as shown in the second pic These are 179 new asking 125 shipped to 48 states
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    Mercedes killed off the Maybach name only to revive it with the latest generation W222 S-Class. The problem Maybach had is that it was essentially an S-Class with a premium price tag. Sure, they changed some things on the exterior as well as the interior and added Maybach badging. That is basically what this new 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is. Except it is not pretending to be anything other than an S-Class. A $200k S-Class. That money buys you a beautiful and spacious interior. Also a 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque twin turbocharged M279 6.0 liter V12. The engine for whatever reason is detuned from the S65 AMG 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 may be aimed at its premium British rivals but the Bentley is more than twice the price. The Maybach premium does not bring it close in prestige, position, and price. When playing at this level those things matter. It is also why Maybach failed in the first place. The Bentley does not look like a fancy version of something cheaper. It is premium to begin with. It simply is what it is which is a heavy, powerful, and opulent British boat. It needs those 811 lb-ft of torque from the twin turbo L-Series V8 to move its ample sized 6041 pound body around. At 5308 pounds the Mercedes-Maybach is the lightweight here. MotorTrend in their comparison comments on how it feels sportier and that it handles better. Does anyone in this class really care about the handling prowess or sportiness? If so, why not just opt for the S65 AMG to begin with as it handles better and is faster than either of these cars? The Bentley may be heavier, it may be slower, and it may handle worse. But it is far better at being a Bentley or even a Maybach than the Mercedes is. The Mercedes-Maybach comes off as an S-Class doing its best impression of a Rolls or Bentley. That just isn't good enough in this segment. You want the real thing. 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads Twin-turbo 60-deg V-12, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl SOHC, 3 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 411.9 cu in/6,750cc 364.9 cu in/5,980cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.9:1 9.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 530 hp @ 4,200 rpm 523 hp @ 4,900 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 811 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm 612 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm REDLINE 4,500 rpm 6,200 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 11.4 lb/hp 10.1 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 2.92:1/1.95:1 2.42:1/1.77:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Multilink, hydraulic and coil springs, adj shocks; multilink, hydraulic and coil springs, adj shocks STEERING RATIO 16.5:1 (est) 15.5:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 3.4 2.2 BRAKES, F;R 15.7-in vented disc; 14.6-in vented disc, ABS 15.4-in vented, drilled disc; 14.2-in vented, drilled disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 21-in, forged aluminum 8.5 x 20-in; 9.5 x 20-in, cast aluminum TIRES, F;R 265/40R21 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 245/40R20 99Y; 275/35R20 102Y Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 128.6 in 132.5 in TRACK, F/R 63.6/65.0 in 63.9/64.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 219.5 x 75.8 x 59.9 in 214.5 x 74.8 x 58.8 in TURNING CIRCLE 41.3 ft 42.3 ft CURB WEIGHT 6,041 lb 5,308 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 49/51% 51/49% SEATING CAPACITY 4 4 HEADROOM, F/R 40.1/38.1 in 42.3/37.9 in LEGROOM, F/R 41.9/42.9 in 41.4/40.0 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 52.7/52.7 in (est) 59.7/58.7 in CARGO VOLUME 15.6 cu ft 12.3 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.9 sec 2.0 sec 0-40 2.9 2.8 0-50 3.9 3.8 0-60 5.0 4.8 0-70 6.5 6.1 0-80 8.3 7.5 0-90 10.3 9.0 0-100 12.7 10.8 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.4 2.1 QUARTER MILE 13.6 sec @ 103.3 mph 13.2 sec @ 110.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft 114 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.71 g (avg) 25.8 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,400 rpm 1,300 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $341,325 $191,975 PRICE AS TESTED $411,123 $204,585 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side/head Dual front, f/r side, f/r head BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 25.0 gal 23.2 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 11/18/13 mpg 13/21/15 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 306/187 kW-hrs/100 miles 259/160 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.46 lb/mile 1.24 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Source
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    I'm fortunate to live just south of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. There are tons of benefits of having the AFA that close, but one of my favorites is graduation day and the Air Force flyovers leading up to it (and during it). Here are some pics I've taken over the last couple days from my back deck - lots of the Thuderbirds and a few of the B1s as well. Not car related, but I thought some folks might enjoy it. -Rich Here are a few from other sources as well that show different perspectives:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 AM
    This is not a race you see every day. We all know diesels can put out a ton of torque. That is why semi-trailer trucks use turbo diesel motors to tow. This particular Kenworth W900 has some upgrades to its motor and also a driver who clearly knows how to shift the big heavy truck. The E60 M5 is not a torque monster with its 5.0 liter S85 V10 but it certainly has a lot of power and is light compared to a giant truck. It gets the lead here but once the turbo diesel spools and you see the black smoke pouring out it catches up and just barely passes at the finish line. The M5 owner probably would like a rolling highway rematch:
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  • Omni's Avatar
    05-24-2015, 04:22 AM E39 M5 with a S52 swap, Precision 6266 CEA, 100 octane + water/meth, 31 psi.
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  • isved's Avatar
    05-25-2015, 01:54 PM
    Hello everyone, I decided that I am going to sell my beloved 190e. A lot of you know this car. I bought it from Mark (5dbl-o) on this forum in January of 2012. I flew out to Virginia, picked it up, drove it home, and have enjoyed it greatly ever since. Below is a portion of his original FS thread that I feel I should post since he is the one who performed the major mechanical changes on the vehicle. 1/10/2012: "What a beast. I have close to 10k invested. many pics (mb tech for over 20 years , I personally put this car together but now time for a boat) anybody seriously interested call me work # 434-386-9035 Bought on ebay from dealer in Toms River NJ for 2600.00 It has 80,000 miles on the car. Converted to 3.2 liter 5 speed manual. Also bought a 1995 e320 sedan for the donor car. I removed the engine and replaced the head gasket and performed a nice 3 ange valve job. Replaced the timing chain , water pump and other items I cant remember. Custom made the wiring harness everything soldered and heat shrink. Bought a getrag 5 speed from a scrapyard for 600.00 (it had been on the shelf there for 10 years. Yes I got very lucky. The fluid was so clear it was like brand new) it is flawless. Genuine new MB flywheel My buddy machinist (34 years expert) took 9 lbs off the flywheel and balanced it for me. Installed all new genuine MB clutch and linkages, and everything that goes with it. Shifter and pedals from ebay uk. new bushings in shifter and new genuine MB shift knob/boot. Gathered all 16v body parts painted them and installed the body kit. (320.00 worth of fasteners) This car runs very strong and seems to never stop pulling. I installed a 329 limited slip from a e320 4matic wagon/ cut, shortened and sleeved axles properly. Dont want to scare anybody off but I do have nitrous installed and have run 1 bottle through it. Wow, Nice. Since this car was automatic it has the kickdown switch under the acc. pedal. That is the activation button and I tucked the child lockout switch under the console so it is always on and the child lockout switch that you see in the console just arms the system. factory look I moved the battery to the trunk because the new control units take up the old battery space up front. I run a passport radar detector and use an optical isolater so when the detector goes off it mutes the stereo . Interior and body in great ,great shape Beilstin sport shocks, front suspension and front brakes from the 95 e320. I have been an auto tech for 34 years and strictly mercedes for 22 years now You dont have a clue how strong and reliable a car like this is unless you have driven one with this conversion. Want to know more call me 434-238-8378 or 434-386-9035 Sorry, The rear diff was from a 91 300te 4matic. It is 329 limited slip with the hydraulic 100 % lock option." The car now has 90,000 miles. Other than much preventative and regular maintenance. The only changes I performed were OEM euro headlights/turn signals/tail lights and AMG Hammer wheels. The car never skipped a beat, has always been an absolute joy to drive and look at. After having numerous 190's including another M104 swapped car, I am convinced that this is one of the most properly built 190's out there. Shortly after buying the car, I took it to a local dyno day at PSI Proformance, where the car put down a healthy 222whp/226wtq on a Dynojet (no nitrous). I've only used the nitrous on one evening shortly purchasing the car. It's definitely a very nice boost, but I never felt the need for it enough to refill the bottle. The car starts, runs, and drives with no issues. I purchased a SPEC Stage 2+ clutch shortly after buying the car, simply because. I felt that the clutch will eventually need to be replaced, but it doesn't. I will include the new clutch kit with the car. Sadly, I am currently very busy, and do not drive the car often. It is by far the favorite car I've ever owned, but it deserves more attention than I am able to give it. It needs to be driven and shown around. I do not need to sell the car, and will not sell it to someone who will not care for it properly. If your 16 year old son is looking for a first car, I will likely not let that car be my 190. As far as an asking price, I am asking $14,000. This is a car for someone who is willing to pay to have a properly built, no expense spared, and ultra reliable car.
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  • BoostAddict's Avatar
    05-27-2015, 05:35 PM
    A piece of wood hit my headlight on the highway and cracked the lens :angry-banghead: So I need a: Passenger side e90 Pre-LCI Xenon with adaptive headlight
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    05-22-2015, 12:57 PM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum kenny.
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