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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Oct 06, 2019. 7 comments

God dammit.

God dammit.

Haven’t even made the second payment yet. Right in the middle of the hood, all the way down to the aluminum.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Oct 05, 2019. 19 comments

Shopping for snow tires/wheels

Shopping for snow tires/wheels

The Corolla is in need of some snow boots for the VT winters (and also because I’m not allowed to run Ice Time Trials on all seasons, never mind that all seasons would be horrible on the ice) so it’s shopping time! This is actually the first time I get to buy wheels, my Outback and Mini came both came with an extra set of wheels for snow tires and my 2006 Corolla got super cheapo snow tires...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 28, 2019. 2 comments

Earworm of the Day: BABYMETAL - Shanti Shanti Shanti

Earworm of the Day: BABYMETAL - Shanti Shanti Shanti

They played this song live when I saw them a couple weeks ago and it has been stuck in my head ever since. Now I can get it stuck in your head too.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 26, 2019. 14 comments

And I was thinking of leasing

And I was thinking of leasing

Crossed 3000 miles before making the first payment. And I thought I could do a 12k per year lease when I started this whole process, good thing I decided to buy instead.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 17, 2019. 5 comments

Surprise! New Ghost EP!

Surprise! New Ghost EP!

Pretty good if you ask me. I’m now even more excited to see them again in October, never seen them as headliners before.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 16, 2019. 8 comments

STORM SEEKER - The Longing

STORM SEEKER - The Longing

The YouTube algorithm struck gold this afternoon.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 12, 2019. 2 comments

Tonight's view:

Tonight's view:

Avatar opening for BabyMetal at Boston House of Blues.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 11, 2019. 5 comments

She's a pain to keep clean but it's so worth it

She's a pain to keep clean but it's so worth it

She was plastered in bugs after driving from VT to MA last night so I gave her a good wash. This paint shows everything but damn does it look good clean.

In other news my dad fixed the rust on the Mini’s hood which makes me really happy. It’s just a 20ft fix but it looks miles better than it did before.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 08, 2019. 1 comments

All these boring colored cars + my dad and I

All these boring colored cars + my dad and I

First time the Corolla and the BRZ have been in the same place.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 04, 2019. 21 comments

This may be the best idea ever.

This may be the best idea ever.

Introducing the new drift missile. You read that right. My dad and I paid $800 for this 633 with the express purpose of drifting the shit out of it.

So about the car. Despite the badging its a 633, not an M6. 5 speed,

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 04, 2019. 10 comments

Are self bleeding brake systems a thing?

Are self bleeding brake systems a thing?

So I trackcrossed the Corolla on Sunday and the torque vectoring system did a nice job of heating up one corner at a time to fluid boiling temps. When I left the pedal was mushier than it was before the event, not bad, but not as firm as it was. Fast forward to today and its back to almost exactly how it was when I bought the car 1000 miles ago. The sponginess is completely gone and the pedal...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Sep 02, 2019. 5 comments

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Trackcross Review

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Trackcross Review

Took the Corolla to it’s first autocross event today. Had lots of fun, it boiled it’s own brake fluid.

SCCV had the second day of their two day event at Canaan Motor Club today. This car is so much quicker than the Mini, has a crazy amount of turn in, and generally handles great. The stock tires are garbage which makes for some fun 4 wheel drifty moments but generally aren’t fast.

Now to the...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 31, 2019. 14 comments

Oppo PSA:

Oppo PSA:

Almost all of Top Gear is now available on MotorTrend On Demand. I say almost all because MotorTrend only lists 172 available while Wikipedia says there are 202. Still enough for some serious binging. The Clarkson, Hammond, and May era is available along with the new version featuring Chris Harris and co. Not sure which 10 episodes are missing but seasons 2-25 are listed. All in the original...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 31, 2019. 8 comments

Absolutely worthless...

Absolutely worthless...

Crossed 1000 miles on the way home from work. I’ve put almost 700 miles on it in the 2 weeks I have owned it (picked it up with 322 miles on it after it was transferred from a dealer in CT to the one in White River, and then up to Burlington where I picked it up). I thought I was going to gain the 4th digit on the way to the autocross this weekend but my department decided to go out to lunch...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 30, 2019. 1 comments

Two weeks old, time for her first bath

Two weeks old, time for her first bath

Gave the Corolla it’s first bath since I bought it. The back was getting pretty dusty from the dirt road I live on and the front had amassed quite the collection of dead bugs. Dropped by my Grandmother’s house after work to borrow her hose (no hose available at my apartment, no way in hell am I taking this car to a car wash) and gave it a good scrubbing. The blue shows all the dead bugs and...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 26, 2019. 6 comments

I just want to make some tasty pork chops.

I just want to make some tasty pork chops.

I was just about to stick some pork chops in the oven when suddenly something down the street went boom and now I’m hungry, have no power, and no way to cook my pork chops.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 24, 2019. 22 comments

Update: I'll give it a couple days but this thing is going back to Progressive.

Update: I'll give it a couple days but this thing is going back to Progressive.

This thing scares me. It actively discourages you from using the brakes. If you try to decelerate without planning 15 seconds ahead it will go off. Stop for that light that just turned yellow? It goes off. Lift in 2nd on level ground? It goes off. It genuinely scares the shit out of me that we are sharing the road with people playing this thing’s game. $20 a month is not worth the AWFUL...

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 23, 2019. 18 comments

New record!

New record!

Broke 40mpg on the way to work this morning according to the trip computer. 50mph roads most of the way. Previous best was getting 36mpg out of the Mini with 99% highways.

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 20, 2019. 16 comments

This is pretty cool

This is pretty cool

The Corolla has fancy pants app connectivity. I can lock and unlock the doors, see if I left a window open, see current fuel level, and more from the app. I think I may even be able to remote start it if I ever forget to leave it in gear. Look! Actual tire pressure numbers from the comfort of my desk!

Also, the app whines about me hooning it:

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TheTurbochargedSquirrel TheTurbochargedSquirrel Aug 20, 2019. 16 comments

Toyota fans of Oppo:

Toyota fans of Oppo:

Where does one go to look for performance parts for Toyotas? The Corolla is going to need a short shifter at some point but I don’t know where to be looking for those to become available.

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