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    Oil Filter date decoding thread

    All - The following is the current means of deciphering some of the major oil filter date codes. As we gain more info, the thread will be updated, and as we become aware of changes, we'll make those updates as well. Note: the date code is what we are specifically addressing. Manufacturer...
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    need recommendations for St. Louis area restaurants plz

    ALL - Can I get some info regarding good restaurants in the St. Louis area? I'll be specific ... I'm going to be at a weekend conference in St. Louis soon and I will be staying near the airport. I'd like to get dinner reservations near the airport; don't want to drive much further than...
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    Ford 3.5L at 31k miles / SuperTech 5w-20 at 11.8k miles

    Here's the first UOA on my 2018 Taurus; naturally aspirated 3.5L Cyclone v-6. Mix of city/hwy driving. Was in the crankcase for about a year. Veh Miles 31k OCI miles 11.8k filter TG oil brnd ST oil grade 5w-20 oil base conv Alum 5...
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    I am finding sports more and more difficult to give a hoot about ...

    For personal reasons I'll not discuss, I don't watch pro sports. I used to, but many things in the last several years have me no longer watching any of the major pro sports (football, baseball, basket ball, hockey, racing, etc). 'Nuf said. Now, I'm finding myself pissed off about college...
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    80 years ago to the hour

    Near the conclusion of this hour, approximately 7:55am Hawaii time, it will have been exactly 80 years ago the US suffered our tragic loss at Pearl Harbor. As that generation fades from this earth, it seems we hear less and less about it. Let us not forget those who suffered and those who...
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    Home safety improvements

    Thought I'd share my recent experience with a product I'm very happy with ... www.armorconcepts.com I bought and installed the full door kit on my front door as a trial of their product. I will say it is very comprehensive and well made. It definitly does a great job of reinforcing the...
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    Hotel pet policy

    Wife and I are in Phoenix area for T-day week to visit inlaws. Staying at a major hotel chain location we’ve been at many times before because we’ve been happy with it. Last night the adjoining room had a small dog which barked frequently on/off nearly all night. After two hours I called...
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    What's the diff? Tire rack "categories" ...

    I'm not in the market for summer tires yet, but I thought I'd start my research now, so that I can track several brand choices over the next several months to see what's developing in the market for summer tires for next year. Using the Tire Rack "Learn - Test Results" selector, there are the...
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    MX-5 winshield replacement

    Well, I had the misfortune of having a rock hit my beloved MX-5 the other day and put a nice divit into the windshield, along with a few large spider lines. Time for a replacement. I scheduled a replacement at my local independent glass shop; they've done great work for us in the past. Good...
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    sedan recommendations

    We are considering replacing one of our family fleet with a new (or nearly new) car. Want a sedan; don't need or want an SUV and already have a truck. I'm trying to find choices that are moderate in pricing (below $30K) and have either 4 or 6 cyl engines that are not DI with turbo. Looking...
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    MX-5 tire choices

    Interested in opinions for tires for my 2019 MX-5 ... Here's the criteria I'm using as important in the decision: - the car is a Club model with the Brembo/BBS brake and wheel package - going to be summer only (we park it in winter; snow/ice are a non-issue) - the tires need to have decent wet...
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    the BITOG prayers

    For those of you who've been around long enough to understand the fervent religion that is BITOG, I offer these for your consideration ... Hail Moly, full of grease, The load be lessor upon you, Blessed be you among lubes, and Blessed are the bearings in your care, Holy Moly, mother of all...
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    Mazda MX-5 ND series (gen 4)

    I have a question specific to two simultaneous conditions: 1) late model ND series MX-5 owners 2) persons of significant size I am not particularly tall (5'10"), but have a 50" chest and 38" waist; barrel-chested, as it were. I am interested in buying an ND series, but don't want to get...
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    A word of caution regarding Valvoline Maxlife ATF

    I want to express that I'm not trying to start a war of words, nor am I looking for legal advice. This thread is being started because I believe there is fair value in having the BITOG community aware of a recent conversation I've had with Valvoline product support regarding the Maxlife...
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    2-stroke oil choices

    Regarding two cycle air cooled power equipment ... Some of the better specs I can find for two cycle lubes is the JASO FD and ISO L-EGD. Seems that this is designed for air cooled stuff and to help not only run clean, but actually clean up previous deposits. It's common on some of the...
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    Grease compatibility chart and info

    All - This is being posted as a sticky for reference. Often questions arise about greases which can be easily answered in this article. One of the most important things to realize is that there are a lot of greases which are not compatible with others. Whereas many oils which meet API specs...
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    BITOG Standard of Conduct

    BITOG STANDARDS of CONDUCT The owner and staff at BITOG encourage discussion and sharing in regards to all allowable topics within the context of this site's endeavors. As our membership grows in numbers, we become more diverse; that comes with both blessings and challenges. We want all to...
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    deep fake concerns - a question to you all

    I think we're nearing a tipping point of where our real world is going to become indistinguishable from make believe ... <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/the-weekly/deepfake-joe-rogan.html"...
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    FBC "Better Diesel" and such

    <a href="https://betterdiesel.com/dpf-soot-filters/" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr>betterdiesel.com/<wbr>dpf-soot-filters/<wbr></a> Regarding the FBC ... <a href="https://betterdiesel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/81052-Better-Diesel-FBC-Brochure-with-case-study_revised_2019.pdf"...
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    New GM 3.0L Dmax

    I was reading about the new GM Dmax 3.0L I-6 coming out soon.  https://www.trailerlife.com/towing/tow-vehicles/unique-3-liter-mini-max-debuts-in-light-duty-chevys/ All I know at this point is what I read in the above article. One thing just screamed out at me that will be an issue down the...
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