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I've got a BS in Physics from the University of Rochester, and I'm over half-way through my masters in optical engineering. I work at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, where I develop and maintain technology for the Omega EP laser.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboratory_for_Laser_Energetics


Dec
24
comment Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine
References should be unnecessary, and likely won't exist, when you're talking about something so elementary. It's like asking for a reference to show that 2+2=4. Taken with the important caveat about load shedding relays, this simply is the way things are. If you want to know more, get a chemistry textbook and learn enough electrochemistry so that you can see how elementary this is.
Jul
30
accepted In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?
Jul
16
comment Clanging in back of Mazda 3
This isn't an answer, because I'm not at all sure of it; but I believe that the rear sway bar links might need to be mounted differently. I think I've heard that the passenger side one goes to the inboard side of the sway bar, not the outboard side as you've got it. This is odd because you'd expect the mounting to be symmetrical left to right, and the drivers side link goes on the outboard side. When my repair manual comes in the mail I'll take a look for you.
Jul
11
comment Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?
Unless automatic transmissions have changed recently, and being in D definitely changes the amount of motion when you take your foot off the brake while the car is at rest. I'm a little interested to know how you've experienced anything else!
May
31
comment Is engine braking harmful?
Also, if your speed is the same in either case, pumping the brakes doesn't keep them cooler. In fact, it will raise them to a higher peak temp, while the average temp will be the same in both cases. Pumping also forces repeated thermal cycling, which is much worse than heat alone. In short: cut it out. :)
Apr
24
comment In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?
Also, I don't really have any desire to get back in to the stock class. Regardless of autocross, I prefer to have summer tires on my car, and if I spend ~$150 on tires, I'm not going to put them on the stock wheels which are only 6.5" wide. I put my winter tires on the stock wheels. I do autocross for fun, so I don't care if I'm not wining my class. As it is, right now I only compete against other novices, where I do very well.
Apr
24
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Apr
24
comment In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?
This is all good advice, in general. However, as I tried to make clear in my question, it's nothing I didn't already know. Yes, tires are the first thing to upgrade. I said that myself. Yes, it's too soon for me to make a lot of changes, and I need more practice. I know that, but it wasn't what I asked.
Apr
23
asked In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?
Apr
23
awarded  Supporter
Apr
23
awarded  Student
Apr
23
awarded  Scholar
Apr
23
accepted Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?
Apr
23
asked Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?