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The PIT
6th May 2002, 10:44
Thick fog here earlier and realised there is one accessory my car is missing, infa red vision. Every other car has got on and the owners presume that every other driver has got it so I'm feeling left out. Can anyone help me and point me towards a british dealer that sells this wonderful accessory?

Wombat
6th May 2002, 10:52
It's only on Cadillacs that I'm aware of.

The PIT
6th May 2002, 10:58
Can't be. Every other sod had one today and theres me struggling to see the car in front without it's lights on.

ayoub_ibrahim
6th May 2002, 11:02
perhaps you need to be a terminator like Arnie! :D

The PIT
6th May 2002, 11:04
I was watching that the other day and thinking just that.

Greebe
6th May 2002, 11:05
The US is trailing others countries (Europe in general) whom have already implemented this tech.

GM is pairing this technology from Indigo Systems for use in furture cars, but alas only the most expensive of vehicles will have it as an extremely expensive addonaccessory

http://www.indigosystems.com/pr_031201.html

The PIT
6th May 2002, 11:07
Pity most drivers don't realise that lights have two functions. One too see, two to be seen!!!

impact
6th May 2002, 11:40
Actually, MB is working on it, too. But Cadillac is the only one already selling it, that is, if we leave the army out of this.

Greebe
6th May 2002, 11:46
Milton Bradley? :D

Fat Tone
6th May 2002, 11:50
Originally posted by The PIT
Can't be. Every other sod had one today and theres me struggling to see the car in front without it's lights on.
Are you being sarcastic about those people who seem to like driving so close behind they can read your number plate using braille? There's a lot of idiots out there.

impact
7th May 2002, 00:52
Hehe no! It's Mercedes Benz.

RichL
7th May 2002, 01:09
Originally posted by Tony Andrews

Are you being sarcastic about those people who seem to like driving so close behind they can read your number plate using braille? There's a lot of idiots out there.


I have two deterrents for people like this :

First, adjust one of your windscreen washer jets to shoot over your car and land about ten feet behind you. This increases to around thirty feet at 70mph.
When someone is tailgating you, use your washers several times and eventually, when the idiot behind you has to keep wiping soapy water off his screen, he realises he might be just a little too close. :)

Second, fit high level brakelights and adjust your brakelight switch so that it puts on the lights before the brakes.
A gentle touch of the brake pedal flashes a whole lot of red lights but doesnt slow you down. It usually takes a second or two for the idiot behind you to realise this, by which time you've opened out a gap.

A third option involves you driving a Citroen BX and deliberately inducing an airlock in the rear suspension hydraulics, which has the effect of making the back of the car rise a few inches when the brakes are applied even slightly. (I didnt do this deliberately, it was an accidental side effect of changing the rear spheres and not bleeding the system.)
This makes people tailgating you believe you've just slammed on the anchors for an emergency stop.

I used this once on some prize tit in a Mondeo who was tailgating me at 80mph and yakking away on his (hand held) mobile phone.
He was actually so close I couldnt see his headlights in my rear view mirror.
One swift dab of the brakes later and he was off to see :
- His tyre dealer.
- A mobile phone repairer.
- A laundry service.
:suprised:

Edit : Damn, where did the Evil/Satan smiley go? First time I've ever wanted to use it too!

KvHagedorn
7th May 2002, 01:17
Heh, that's sweet.. :D

Almost gives one a practical excuse to buy hydros.

RichL
7th May 2002, 02:29
I know ;)
Fact is most hydro Citroens (especially the sporty ones) have unfeasibly good brakes, mainly because you dont operate the brakes as such as operate a valve to supply pressure from the hydraulic pump, which ticks over at something like 2700-3500psi.

My ABS failed once as I was breaking for a bend. I locked up both front's (205/50x15 Michelin Sports) on a good dry road at 90mph.
The skidmarks were impressive, especially the ones on the road! ;)

Drive a good hydro Citroen, you'll never want to drive anything else.
Drive a bad one, you'll curse them to everyone you know for all eternity.

The PIT
7th May 2002, 03:36
Originally posted by RichL

First, adjust one of your windscreen washer jets to shoot over your car and land about ten feet behind you. This increases to around thirty feet at 70mph.
When someone is tailgating you, use your washers several times and eventually, when the idiot behind you has to keep wiping soapy water off his screen, he realises he might be just a little too close. :)


I had a car that did this never bothered adjusting the washer jets. :D
Also didn't some fords show the reversing lights when you shifted the gear lever over to the reverse gear position so in effect you were free wheeling but the person behind thought at 90 mph you suddenly gone into reverse.
No I wasn't be sarcastic I was just making the point when the visabilty is poor it make sense to put lights on so you can be seen. The best thing about it half these idiots put there fog lights on when the sun is out but never when it's foggy.
Another daft thing I saw was a couple who'd lost there way so they stopped the car in the middle of the junction got out and got the map out. What plonkers.

Paulr
7th May 2002, 06:07
I drove my uncles Citroen once.
After approaching the first junction of the journey and around 10 seconds later wiping my face off of the front windscreen I decided that the pedal didn't require as much pressure as the VW I was driving at that time.

ALBPM
7th May 2002, 06:31
About half a bottle of Tequilla and I can see through anything:confused: :bandit:

Paul

RichL
7th May 2002, 06:46
Originally posted by Paulr
I drove my uncles Citroen once.
After approaching the first junction of the journey and around 10 seconds later wiping my face off of the front windscreen I decided that the pedal didn't require as much pressure as the VW I was driving at that time.

Lol!
A common problem with old Citroens. The brakes tend to go rather 'digital' :D

Fat Tone
7th May 2002, 06:48
I think Marmite got their advertising idea from Citroen owners :D

RichL
7th May 2002, 06:55
Now theres an idea we can sell to Citroen!
Sponsorship from Marmite! :D

Greebe
7th May 2002, 10:39
snickers... an old roomate of mine in the USAF was coming to an intersection (stop sign for him) one night during shift change. This main throughfare was bumper to bumper and the side road he was on was hard packed snow... well he freaked when the brakes failed todo anything and knew that unless disperate action was taken he'd carrine into many.

Now you must understand that this was an old Jeep Honcho 4x4 with big snow tires... he tossed it into reverse and stompted on the gas, the wheels lit up and snow went a flying, barking to an immediate stop, whew he thought. Then BANG! rearended... the policeman right behind him couldn't stop.

When he got home he was grinin ear to ear shouting, I GOT ONE, I GOT ONE!!! :D

Jammrock
7th May 2002, 10:42
ROFL!!!