UFO sightings/earlier scar-list post

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Fri Apr 5 17:19:42 EST 2002

Today's UFO news:

Apparently Audi has dropped prices on UFOs...most distributors and
certainly most retail/MO parts places don't know it yet.  Maybe
they've started up production, maybe they have more than they know
what to do with, or maybe the BIRA bracket and Paul Fernandez have
'em running scared, take your pick :-)

Oh, and my new UFO rotors arrived today...I've forgotten just how big
they are and how heavy they are...yikes.  Sort of one of those "looks
bigger in person" deals.  They just don't look as imposing on the car.

Anyway, stamped between the lug bolt holes:

I was slightly surprised; these guys are a few months shy of a year
and a half old; I would have guessed I would have received much older
ones that had been gathering dust in a warehouse somewhere.  Next
time you happen to have your front wheels off, see if you've got a
datestamp and shoot me an email, I'm just curious to see if they've
been doing runs occasionally, continuously, or have only started up
production again for the 2nd or 3rd time.

I never studied my current rotors close enough, and the back end of
the car is up on jackstands so I can't take the fronts off to compare
until later this weekend or monday...but this one seems different.  I
remember someone saying they used to be made of stamped steel; these
look very obviously cast, almost in two halves, and then joined after
the inner ring was welded to the support.  I'll take a real close
look when the old ones come off, and I sort of doubt they would
change the design after so many years, but you can't help but wonder,
can you?

I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but I've got this can of black high
temp enamel engine paint, and I'm so tempted to shoot a little paint
the non-contact surfaces, like the outer lip of the rotor and the
inner vanes...do I need to find something better to do with my time,
and/or would this be one of those innocent but really stupid ideas?

BTW, my previous message about Scar-list vs this list isn't an
attempt to control what lists people belong to do, nor reign over a
little kingdom or "sandbox" as one person emailed me, nor start a
rivalry or put down the S-car list...I don't care how big we are,
I've enjoyed the list since day 1 when we were 20 goofballs...now
we're just 220 goofballs :-)  All I'm saying is, it's a
PITA/confusing when the threads get all mixed up(it's like a
conference call where every minute half the group gets broken off
from the other half and then a minute later they all get thrown back
together again) and you keep getting bounces when replying to an
email.  I was also trying to point out that there are a lot of
eyeballs on the 200q20v list, to allay any fears that questions don't
get enough "exposure" here.

I'd suggest a possible happy compromise is the following?  Send
separate but identical emails if you really want to get a ton of
"peer review", and mention in both that the "other" list has also
been solicited so to speak...and Darin and I can make an effort to
make sure either crowd can easily reach the archives of the other
from a page they know well(for example, I can add a blurb to the
200q20v homepage that says something like "Due to many similarities
between the early 200q20v and the 20vt based S-series cars, you may
wish to also check out the archives of the S-car list, they are
_here_"(with a link in there to the s-car list archives) and Darin
can do the same.  Both crowds don't miss out on the others' finer
points, your message gets a lot of exposure if you need it, and
nobody has to deal with those annoying bounces from Yahoo.

As for the "general" car posts...I'm just as guilty here as anyone,
and it's not a big deal...just reminding people that there's this
other HUGE list where such general questions -will- benefit from the
larger audience, and it helps keep traffic here low(which a lot of
people seem to like.)  I'm trying to make an effort to post my
general questions to the main list, _I_ think it makes more sense
that way, but I'm not going to make a fuss about it.

Statements such as these are merely musings and suggestions.  They
are never commandments, and this isn't some police state list
policy-wise, with the exception of attachments and commercial

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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