Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stupid Car Driver

This morning, Wednesday, October 26, 2010, I ride my scooter with my beloved wife. I ride earlier because I don't wanna get stuck on the morning traffic jam after last night the road get flooded.

After half way to go, I arrive at the cross intersection. I slowdown my scooter and take the right path, because I want to use the right lane of the street. (Before 10.00 am, the police made a policy that the whole street is one way. So all the vehicle that opposite direction, have to move around.)

After I get to the right lane, suddenly a car that is on the left edge of the lane turn the steering wheel to the right and crossing the road very fast.


He crashed into my scooter and I fell and he stopped.
When I move my scooter, suddenly he went away without leaving a single word.


Is this what they always says that a motorist never obey the traffic rule and they always made the traffic even worse?

I simply dunno know...

Monday, June 07, 2010

Damn You BASTARD !!!

Friday, June 4, 2010, after office hour about 17:05, I want to go home immediately. So I pack all of my stuff and put in the bag. I move to the elevator and press the Ground Floor button. I walk to the parking area and headed to my scooter.

I open the baggage and put my bag in. I didn't notice it first, but then 2 parking men approaching me and tell me about the accident.

I look forward to it.


The parking men said that they notice this after it happen and they don't know who did it. They only know, that there is already one motorcycle that fall on my scooter.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Horn Relay

Monday, May 16, 2010, I want to implement a Relay for my scooter horn, so it can produce sound quality on it maximum performance.

First thing to do is prepare the tools needed to implementing the relay.
  • 1 pcs 4 leg relay
  • 1 pcs relay socket
  • 3 pcs male terminal
  • 6 pcs female terminal
  • 2 pcs rubber seal terminal
  • 1 pcs round terminal
  • 1 pcs 10A fuse
  • 1 pcs fuse socket
  • Cable with 1.5mm diameter cooper width
The fuse that I choose is 10 amp, because the battery in my scooter was 8 amp.

Here is the diagram for the horn relay:
Get to work.
  • Make 3 pcs cable @15cm length
  • Connect each cable on one side with female terminal
  • Connect each of the fuse cable with female terminal and give one of the cable with the rubber seal
  • Plug it the 3 cable and one of the fuse cable into the socket relay
  • Connect the 86 relay cable feet with male terminal
  • Release the socket from the horn colored with light green and then connect it with the 86 relay cable
  • Connect the 87 relay cable feet with female terminal and give a rubber seal and then plug it to the horn
  • Connect the 85 relay cable feet with a male terminal and then connect it to the horn ground
  • Make 1 pcs cable 1.5m length
  • Connect the cable with round terminal and male terminal
  • Connect the male terminal with the fuse cable and the round to the positive battery
  • Plug the relay onto the socket
Done. Lets test the sound.

I push the switch button and I get shocked. Wow, it louder than before...

Damn good indeed!!! No need to buy a louder one.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

LED Turn Signal Bulb

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, I received a packages from a friend of mine. He told me that it is a LED turn signal bulb and the winker relay as I requested. I really want to upgrade my turn signal bulb into LED system to save the electricity cost.

The stock bulb is 10 Watt a piece, so it will consume 20 Watt (1.67 Amp) if I turn on the light (excluding the winker relay).

Here is the calculation on Amber Superflux LED:
- Voltage: 2.2 V @ 20 mA

So the Wattage is = V.I
That is 2.2 V x 20 mA = 0.044 W

1 bulb contain 15 led, so the total is:
15 x 0.044 W = 0.66 Watt

Total 2 bulb is: 2 x 0.66 Watt = 1.32 Watt (0.11 Amp)

Compare to the stock bulb (20W:1.32W). I'm saving about 1.500% of wattage!!!

Let's prepare:
- 4 pcs LED turn signal
- 1 pcs winker relay
- Socket converter

There are couple of reason why I need a socket converter, and that is:
- The stock socket has 3 pin, and this one is only 2 pin
- The stock pin is straight aligned, and this one not
- The stock pin size is very small about 1/3 of this one

Lets work.
- Remove the front license plate and the bracket
- Remove the front shield
- Remove the rectifier
- Remove the stock winker relay from the bracket
- Remove the socket that attach to the rectifier
- Attach the socket converter onto the stock socket
- Attach the socket converter to the led winker relay
- Remove all of the lens winker
- Replace the stock bulb with the LED bulb

Done, lets test the winker. Ups... it doesn't work... If this happen to you too, then you should switch the cable on the switch converter.

Ok, this should be working correctly right now, if not, then the winker relay is damage or the bulb is dead.

I got nervous about this... Because LED winker replacement kit is not a cheap parts you know, and there are no guarantee for this parts.

OK, I build my courage to turn on the switch...

HORAY.... IT WORK.....!!!

But something is missing. Yeah, it is the sound "tic tac" from the stock relay. This one is silent because it only has 3 pin. The one is missing is the Ground Cable. Ground Cable is needed for the buzzer to produce sound on the stock relay.

Put everything assemble as before and job done.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Testing Poorboy's World Products

Thursday, April 8th, 2010, I received a package. I know what it is inside the package. Yes, it finally arrived. It is some of Poorboy's World product.

There are 3 product:
  • Super Slick & Suds Car Wash

  • Super Swirl Removers 2.5

  • Wheel Sealant

Here is the detail of each products:
  • Super Slick & Suds Car Wash

  • Based on the instruction, they recommend 1 oz of the product with 2 gallon of water. If I convert it to Liter; 1 oz for 2 gallon = 29.57 mL for 7.57 Liter.

    In my case I only need about 4 Liter of water to wash 1 car, and the right mixture is 15.62 ml of shampoo mix with 4 Liter of water.

    Compared with Meguiar's Gold Class™ Car Wash, this product absolutely out stand. Because Gold Class need about 4 cap (about 40 ml shampoo) for 4 Liter of water.

    Hoho, I can save money a lot with this product. And also this shampoo is very sudsy compared with the Gold Class. About double it thickness. This is what I call car wash shampoo.

  • Super Swirl Removers 2.5

  • This one also a good product. Poorboy's design this product for detailer that do not satisfied with the medium cutting, but do not want the heavy cutting that we call compound. So, this one is on the middle between medium and heavy.

    Based on my experience, if you higher your cutting level, it will produce hologram with your rotary machine. But this one, is very minimum on the hologram.

    But, when I get used to it, I can make zero hologram with this product. Amazing!

    Less time I need to removed a defect in paint surface such as swirl mark and also less product needed to remove the defect. Again, I am saving my money with this product.

  • Wheel Sealant

  • This one is a must have product if your wheel is using aluminum alloy. Because it level is Sealant. So you can count on it endurance to protect your wheel from brake dust, road grime and tar. Next time you clean your wheel, it will be much easier.

    The smell of this product is like a gum. It smell everywhere, even my wife inside the house tell me that she like it smell.

    And also this product can give slick and gloss look on your wheel. All you need to do is apply it with the applicator pad onto your wheel after if get cleaned. And after waiting for some time, buff it with the microfiber towel.

Here is a picture of the result:

My conclusion is, these 3 Poorboy's World product is an excellent product.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Polishing Machine: DA & Rotary

Saturday, February 6, 2010, I decided to buy another new Polishing Machine that is Rotary. This machine is not intended to replace my Dual Action (DA) Porter Cable 7424XP machine, but it will compliment and perfecting the polishing result. Err, may be not. The correct sentence should be: The DA machine will perfecting the end result of the Rotary cutting.

I choose DeWalt 849.

This machine called the Yellow Bull, because of it bullet proof and indestructible machine. It can correct paint surface faster than any other machine; and of cource it can damage the paint surface on inexperienced guy.

Now I had Porter Cable 7424XP and DeWalt 849. This two machine is the best machine on it category.

The Rotary should cut better and faster because of it heavy weight and it produce more heat that help cutting process faster. And then at the final result, the DA should do the rest at the Glaze level.

The difference between DA & Rotary is:
- PC-7424XP jiggle and move inconstantly, because this machine designated is to avoid heat that can damage the paint surface on inexperienced guy.
- PC-7424XP is lighter than DW-849 about 1kg.
- PC-7424XP is shorter than DW-849.

Porter Cable 7424XP:

DeWalt 849:

You may notice that there is a small pin on the top of DW-849 machine:

This pin is for locking the spindle thread, so you don't need a wrench to change the Backing Plate.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Halogen vs HID

Friday, January 29. 2010, I decided to try HID head lamp on my scooter. I search the best 35W HID product with the best value of course. I contact the vendor, and we setup the meeting point. After me met, he demonstrate the HID and test the HID that I want to buy. Done with that, I brought the HID back to home. He said don't worry about this HID, it's universal HID, it has a few adapter for a few type of bulb. Which I need is H4, it has it. And he mention that the cable is long enough, so I wouldn't worry about the installation.

Saturday, January 30, 2010, I dissemble my scooter parts; the front top cover, front lower cover, right floor side cover, and of course the handle cover.

Second, I dissemble the H4 35W/35 bulb from the headlight socket. And then continue plugin the HID bulb into the headlight socket and seal it with the rubber seal socket.

After it done, I change the hi/lo trigger cable from only terminal type into socket type. Done with that, I plug all the wiring cable as it shown on the manual. and place all the device (ballast, etc) to the safest place. And I set the cable to a more orderly position.

One problem found when I set the cable, that is the cable is not long enough to reach the battery!!! Whoa, I have to add some cable so it can connect to the battery, about 40cm long.

After it set properly, I turn on the engine and then turn on the light. HID need some time about 4-5 second until it reach maximum light output.

And here it is the result of 35W HID:

Compare to the halogen H4 35W/35:

As you can see, HID shine brighter than halogen bulb.

Another difference is not only the light output, but the battery consume too. On the idle RPM about 1800 RPM, the battery produce about 13.8V; and when the light turn on:
- HID: battery voltage drop until 12.2V
- Halogen: battery voltage drop until 13V

So, I should be carefully using this bulb!

Note: Both of the bulb type is 4300K.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Beginning

2009 had passed, it is time to look forward. I know it's kinda late to write this. But it is better late than never, right?

Let see, what have I done on the past...
- Demon Eye
- H4 Headlight
- Migrate to full DC System

Very little indeed. But I'm pretty satisfied with that project, 'cause I can complete that project with lack of time.

Almost forgot; last year I has 2 accident that broke some of my scooter parts. Some can not be fix or replace, and some can. That is because I had trouble to get the parts here, the factory has been stop and shutdown for sure.

So, what next?

Hmmm, don't know for sure... Let me think for a while...

Got it!!!

  • First, I want to fix my scooter engine.

    The oil is always running out and unpleasant smell from the exhaust.
    I already check the piston, nothing problem with that. I found the problem on the oil valve seal; and I already replace it with the new one. But it didn't solve the problem. Maybe the oil valve seal isn't in a good shape when I buy it, or maybe something else. Don't know.

  • Second, I want to open Detailing Workshop

    This is always my dream, I had to fulfill this dream no matter what. One by one, I buy the polishing product and also the polishing machine.
    And I carefully select the product on each level, so I can get the best product on each level. Hope this will keep my customer satisfaction later on when it open.

  • Third, I want to buy a car

    This is the hardest. Because buying a car is not as simple as it look for someone like me. You know why? This is the bad side of me; if I want to buy something, then I will make thorough research and carefully select the product. I don't care about the brand image, as long as it give the best overall value to me, then I will pick it.

It's quite challenging for me. This will take up a lot of my energy and also spent a lot of the budget that I ever imagined.