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    Doncaster UK
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    FR-V Ex I-VTec 1.8 Petrol

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  1. I think that speed enforcement cameras can be distracting. Drivers tend to concentrate more on the speedo than they do on the road ahead as they don't want to get caught speeding. Driving abroad where there aren't so many cameras is far more relaxing - and I still don't go blasting around the place just because there are no cameras. I drive to the road and the conditions I'd be much happier if motorway speed limits were increased though, and less of those not-so-smart motorway camera zones. I've been in the control centres for those, and it's all very interesting, but so frustrating when traffic appears to be very light and the signs show 40mph with cameras active due to congestion!!!!! Cameras in 30mph areas are certainly a very good safety tool - as long as drivers still remember to watch the road
  2. I went on one for allegedly being on the wrong side of a solid line for at least 10 metres on the motorbike. No way. Plod was way behind, and I saw him in my mirrors as I was overtaking a row of cars, so I'm hardly likely to commit an offence with them behind me am I! I know that road like the back of my hand, and being on 2 wheels, I wouldn't cross a solid white unless it was safe to do so and legal e.g. overtaking a very slow moving vehicle - we get lots of old tractors and steam engines around here for the shows. Plod showed me the video recording in the car, which certainly didn't show me crossing any solid white line, but the driver said they both saw me do it even if the video didn't capture it. Yeah right! Nothing was captured because there was no offence. Anyway, a course it was, and I did find it both boring and informative, and I lost half a day pay for the privilege. Yes I learned something, and I also learned that they stay on your record for 3 years, and there are 5 different courses for various offences. You can take all of the 5 courses if you get nicked for an offence in each category, and you could even commit the offences in the same year - you can still attend up to 5 different courses. I do think they help to focus the mind, but very frustrating when an offence didn't get committed in the first place, but I really couldn't be bothered fighting a legal battle when there was double plod determined to make me a statistic by attending a naughty boy course. Done, and I'm clean - until the next time I get caught doing nothing wrong
  3. I really liked my old X reg Honda Prelude. Absolute dream of a car to drive, and did everything I wanted it to do right up until the time the valves dropped I also like my Honda Civic Sport - nippy little thing One of my friends in Bulgaria has a Honda Accord that's been very highly tuned and has so many engine mods it's unbelievable. I took that out for a drive in Sofia one night, and that really did shift. Wow - the power of that beast!!! He uses it for racing, and it sticks to the road as if it's on rails - the power was so smooth too
  4. I'm a contractor, and my contract was cancelled for two months last year during the first lockdown. So no travelling between Donny and Leicestershire to the office 👍 When I got re-engaged last July, all the offices remained closed, and I've been working from home for just under a year now. End result = no driving. I hate driving anyway! As far as music is concerned, I do like listening to music when I'm at home alone or in the garage or the garden, and it shakes the house - all my neighbours probably love me 😳 But as far as the car goes - I very rarely listen to music in the car. My son left a Tulisa CD in my stereo a few years ago, and I turned it up full on the drive back late at night - it kept me awake for the 5 hours or so I was in the car Favourite tunes at the moment are Paul Oakenfold Urban Soundtracks 1999 to 2002
  5. The night before taking the FR-V for the MOT, I decided to check everything over as I haven't had much opportunity lately, and I found that a sidelight was out in the front O/S headlight. I was going to tweak the rear parking brake adjustment as I had new brake pads put in recently and they've bedded in - that's not going to happen now as I haven't got time, so hopefully it's all OK for the MOT - I'll find out in about 11 hours. Anyway, it's only a sidelight, so 5 to 10 minute job??? Not a chance - unless you've got really bendy wrists, very small hands, and long fingers that grip like a vice. Failing that, a bit of tenacity and some patience - and patience is one thing I haven't got - hence the nickname Taz! I didn't want to strip the bumper off, or remove a wheel arch plastic liner at 10:30pm when the MOT is due in 12 hours. I'd rather it failed, and then they could tell me what else is wrong with it, and I make another 70 mile round trip to the MOT station some other time as it's not due for another 3 weeks. Why Honda put this thing right inside the corner hidden by the metalwork which attaches to the wing is beyond me. Fortunately I don't have big hands or sausage fingers, but it still took a while to find remove the clip which holds the wiring harness connector onto the bulb holder. Once I had that off, the next task was to free the bulb holder which looks like this ..... The lugs you can see sticking out at the bottom are for clipping the wiring connector on - and it needs a good firm push when you put it back on so it snaps into the bulb holder firmly, otherwise it's likely to shake off. I managed to twist the bulb holder so it was loose by using a pair of old BMW adjustable pliers - the type that has several notches in the handle so the jaws can move to different positions. I got the holder loose, but one of the lugs was stuck and held the holder in the light unit. Could I buggery get it out. I reckon it was that big lug on the left of the image. I tried all sorts, and eventually it came outwith lots of twisting and pulling and trying to prise it out with a screwdriver blade. Was I getting frustrated or what!!!! But importantly, I got it out. Next task was to find a bulb that worked. I know there's one in the CBR1100XX headlight, but the holders on them are a pig to get off, and the last one I removed had to be replaced as it was broken by the time I had finished with it. As it happens, BMW came to the rescue again - and I really don't like anything BMW, but I've got a BMW Mini in the garage waiting to be sold if I can be bothered to sell it - a gift from my Son who must hate me for some reason. The indicator bulbs on the side of the wing are the same type as the FR-V. I'm not sure if they're a different wattage, but I don't care - it's in the FR-V now, and I've got one bright sidelight and one not so bright 🤠 Getting the bulb holder back in was a lot easier than taking it out. Fingers must have developed muscles earlier, because I could actually twist it back in quite easily, and I was getting used to wrapping myself around the wing area to get into a position where I could apply some sort of pressure to the holder while I twisted it. Overall it took me about an hour to do the whole job, but only about 5 minutes of that was putting the bulb holder back in and clipping the harness on. Admittedly I spent part of that hour looking for a bulb, searching the Internet for a solution to the initial problem, and phoning my Son to ask him how long it took him to remove the front bumper last time he replaced the washer motor, but it all adds up. At least I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn now as I've got lights, and I've done as much as I'm going to do on that car, and if it fails the MOT, someone else can sort it out because I really do hate working on cars 🤢 Time for a bath and some kip. I'll sleep with my fingers crossed.
  6. Now that is quite interesting. I'll take mine out of the drawer under the front middle seat where it's been sat for about a year now 🙂 Cheers Craig 😳
  7. Hi all I'm Taz from the Doncaster area in the UK. I've owned various Honda cars and motorbikes over the years starting with my first motorbike in the 70's. My first Honda car was a 1976 Civic - that was when they were renowned for being rust buckets. I had it for quite a few years, and sold it to a work mate with 90,000 miles on the clock. He kept it several years, but eventually scrapped it due to the rust. He drove it into the scrap yard as the engine was still going strong. I've also had the Triumph Acclaim, which was a combined effort between Triumph and Honda - the Honda engine really made that car sing. That was followed by a Honda Civic S - wow - very nice car, but I had to sell it due to redundancy 😞 Back into work, and I bought a very nice 1981/2(X) Honda Prelude. A bit tight in the back, but we had two very small kids at the time, so it was fine, but what a lovely car to drive. Probably my favourite car of all time - I can still remember the registration number 🙂 I currently own a Honda FR-V Ex I-Vtec 1.8 petrol Automatic. Actually, it's my wife's car, I just bought it and seem to pay all the repair bills, tax, and maintenance costs. But I get to drive it a bit too. It's a very nice car to drive, and the 6 seats come in very useful. This time of year it's an added bonus to be able to drop the rear seats so I can fit all the cardboard and other rubbish in to get to the recycling centre in one trip 🙂 Earlier this year I invested in some FR-V specific Thule roof bars, and got a pair of free Thule bike racks off my eldest son so we don't have to faf around taking bike wheels off to get them both in the back when we want to drive out somewhere different for a bike ride 🙂 I can't believe how useful they are, and they're almost silent when driving too. The FR-V is getting a bit long in the tooth, and it's had a few issues since it got over 100k miles, but as the Mrs likes to drive it, it can stay, and I'll just keep repairing it until it becomes uneconomical. So far I've had to replace the head since the cam chain/belt snapped - not sure if it's a chain or belt, but it dropped all the valves anyway. Just replaced a rear brake caliper as the wheel got very hot when my wife drove home the other day. They're a bit pricey at £260.00 from Mr Honda, but we live out in the sticks and need a car. I'm toying with the idea of a newer car for myself (my wife wrote my last one off), but can't really justify it at the moment as I'm working from home due to COVID. It's 99% certain it will be a Honda, and I fancy a type R, but they're a bit pricey. We'll see how things go, but I'm not in a hurry at the moment. I also have a pair of Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird motorbikes, one of which I bought new in 2001, the other I bought earlier this year as a donor for parts. I'm more of a biker than a car driver, but I often have to drive for work purposes as I rarely work anywhere near home, but if I have to have a car, I want something decent. Anyway, that's me - or maybe a bit of me.
  8. Anything with the same PCD, bore, and Offset should fit. As an example, I have a set of S2000 17 inch alloys with summer tyres (225/45/17), and the standard 16 inch FR-V alloys with winter tyres for the cold part of the year - everything other than August then 🙂 The spec for both vehicles matches, so a straight fit without any adjustments - other than lower profile tyres. There's a very good article which describes PCD, Bore, and Offset at Alloy Guide although you'll probably find other similar descriptions too. Bear in mind that the Bore is the bit in the middle which bears the weight of the car, so even if you can't find a good set with the correct bore, you can always pad it out with spigot rings (as is often the case with generic aftermarket wheels). Personally I prefer genuine Honda as long as they look good, and work properly. FYI the spec for the FR-V is: PCD = 5 x 114.3 Offset = 45 to 50 Bore = 64.1mm You'll also find tyre size calculators useful if you go up or down a rim size. Try Wheel Size- it might look a bit techie at first, but once you get the gist of things it's not too bad If you need wheel spacers, have a look at Superforma - there's also an explanation of PCD, Offset, Bore under the Guides section
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