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Let me know if you can find the lumens of the OEM bulbs. Be nice to have an actual comparison to shop by.
to paraphrase one of my favoruite shows, this project has turned out to be ambitious, but rubbish.

I can’t get an accurate reading. I just don’t have the correct setup. So, what’s a guy to do?




I know, an LED tail light shopping spree. That’ll make me feel better.
 

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to paraphrase one of my favoruite shows, this project has turned out to be ambitious, but rubbish.

I can’t get an accurate reading. I just don’t have the correct setup. So, what’s a guy to do?




I know, an LED tail light shopping spree. That’ll make me feel better.

You can't measure, and you can't look it up?
 

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You can't measure, and you can't look it up?
Wow, such a late reply. Sorry.

Lately I've been distracted due to an ongoing medical issue. Apparently, the doctor doesn't think he needs to do something about the ulna sticking out the side of my wrist (and associated complications), since November 10th. Several escalations since then, and this Saturday I submitted a complaint to the two regulatory bodies under which he is employed. Sadly, it has nothing to do with my wrist; I first need my med docs to make a case and those are on the way.

Anyway.....

I could have looked it up, if most of the marking were still visible. The ones that are visible, don't help much.
Regardless, I didn't feel like spending $150 on bulbs so, I bought a $6 two pack of 5w5.

I recently checked out my car kit only to discover how useless my pre-packaged roadside assistance kit really is. I know I didn't buy it. The only useful thing was a manual siphon pump. Oh, and the rape whistle; I don't think I'll be needing that, lol. Perusing the useful stuff I have, I took the opportunity to beef it up by adding a small shovel, hatchet and pickaxe. I think I can now be self-sufficient if out in the woods with no other supplies, but this made my already overflowing cargo organizer that much worse. I thought about making a low set of storage drawers, but decided that it would be too much hassle with the sub box. After going over many options, I settled on a 30" wide organizer with a lid, Befano Car Trunk Organizer. This will fit snug between the sub box and side of the car.
 

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Lately I've been distracted due to an ongoing medical issue. Apparently, the doctor doesn't think he needs to do something about the ulna sticking out the side of my wrist (and associated complications), since November 10th.
Sorry to hear about your wrist/ulna. Hope all goes well.😦
 

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My car kit is probably pretty useless as well.
 

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Sorry to hear about your wrist/ulna. Hope all goes well.😦
Thanks. I shouldn't go into it here, but I felt bad about the late reply.

My car kit is probably pretty useless as well.
What's in your kit?

I still need to add a small set of sockets (10mm for sure) and, a flat and philips driver.
There's a few other things on my toy list, but I need to balance usefulness and function with space availability and cool to have.
 

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Thanks. I shouldn't go into it here, but I felt bad about the late reply.



What's in your kit?

I still need to add a small set of sockets (10mm for sure) and, a flat and philips driver.
There's a few other things on my toy list, but I need to balance usefulness and function with space availability and cool to have.

I'd have to dig it out for a complete list, but jumpers, mini socket and screwdriver kit, some pliers, ratchet straps, a tow strap, glass cleaner, air pump, flashlight and extra batteries, tire gauge, mini first aid kit, emergency blanket, poncho, paper towels, wet wipes, hammer, multitool, swiss army knife, another flashlight. Beyond that I'd have to look.
 

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Yikes, sorry. I need to see an orthopedist about my wrists, as well. Too many years on keyboards...
 

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I'd have to dig it out for a complete list, but jumpers, mini socket and screwdriver kit, some pliers, ratchet straps, a tow strap, glass cleaner, air pump, flashlight and extra batteries, tire gauge, mini first aid kit, emergency blanket, poncho, paper towels, wet wipes, hammer, multitool, swiss army knife, another flashlight. Beyond that I'd have to look.
That's a decent package. I've got a lot of the same, plus some winter gear and few other items, but I see a few things I can add (if the new organizer has room).

@AstroKats - I know your pain, carpal sucks. For a few years, I sometimes use compression gloves, the ones for arthritis. The copper ones seemed to work better, but that might be a mind trick. For me, it's been 25 months since the original trauma and only five days short of none months since it went really bad. I just want my wrist fixed before the elbow and shoulder are too damaged, and from the loose elbow joint, I fear it won't be too long now.
 

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That's a decent package. I've got a lot of the same, plus some winter gear and few other items, but I see a few things I can add (if the new organizer has room).

@AstroKats - I know your pain, carpal sucks. For a few years, I sometimes use compression gloves, the ones for arthritis. The copper ones seemed to work better, but that might be a mind trick. For me, it's been 25 months since the original trauma and only five days short of none months since it went really bad. I just want my wrist fixed before the elbow and shoulder are too damaged, and from the loose elbow joint, I fear it won't be too long now.
Get it fixed! I had carpal tunnel on both wrists, right one was the worst. But didn't know what was wrong at first. Kept waking up at night with numb fingers/hand, and then often during the day, mtn biking, working with tools, driving, etc, and yes, sometimes on the keyboard. I would shake it out, but it kept getting worse. This went on for a couple years. Finally doctor sent me to a specialist, orthopaedist first, then neurologist. The latter hooked up a bunch of sensors to his computer machine, and diagnosed carpal tunnel.

Re the compression wrist splint/gloves. I did that at first, and it did help a bit for sleeping at night. But it is just a temporary fix for the symptoms, and does not fix the root cause problem.

Had my first op last Jan on right wrist, and 2nd one on my left in Mar. Takes about 3 months to fully heal, but mostly functional after a couple weeks. Takes a while for all the nerves to grow back. Last piece to heal is the middle finger. My right hand was really bad for that. When I was on the computer, and if I paused on the keyboard, I often noticed a bunch of Ks repeating on the screen. Because I couldn't properly sense when that middle finger was still touching the keyboard.

Anyway, all good now, and feels wonderful to sleep well, without being interrupted by a numb/hurting hand/arm/fingers.
 

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Get it fixed...
I can't speak for AK, but oh, yeah; I'm defiantly trying to get it fixed. I've been trying since the swelling went down enough to see the giant bump (@ the Subaru logo, below). The picture was taken shortly after leaving the hospital on 13 Nov, with a priority 2 (30-45 days) referral to physiotherapy and a carpal tunnel brace, that I can't wear.. due to the bone sticking out of my arm. I don't know what physio was going to do, strengthen and stretch it back into place?



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To try and bring this back to Stamford, I am so happy that I already installed my Fumoto. This weekend I picked up a jug-o-oil and plan to do it soon; maybe next week? My last change was mid-October, but with COVID, I've only rolled about 8.5k km. I also noticed that I haven't lost any oil and that while it looks dirty, it still smells ok. I feel like it's too early, but I also feel like its probably better to just do it. I hope I don't feel the need to change plugs soon, that'll hurt.
 

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Yeah, I kinda have something like that starting to develop. For me, it's the pinky to middle fingers, so it sounds like the ulna issue as well, instead of carpel tunnel (that one involves numbness of the thumb and index fingers). I end up having fingers falling asleep while I'm trying to sleep.
 

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That's a decent package. I've got a lot of the same, plus some winter gear and few other items, but I see a few things I can add (if the new organizer has room).

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So what I did was find an old suitcase which was just the right size to tuck under the cargo cover bar. This minimized the space I was using for my "trunk" of stuff to permanently carry. The carpet scrap could be considered a part of the 'kit' as well, as you can use it for ground cover if you need to be on the ground in bad weather.

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I forgot about the T-bar at the fix-a-flat can. Which is probably too old to use at this point. A few extra fuses and fuse puller.

I don't have any clothes as part of my kit. But if I'm headed north, I'll have some bad weather clothes. And if I'm around here, there's a lot of stuff that I carry for work that's normally in the car, and that includes heavy rain gear. I dunno if I've mentioned it on this forum, but I work for the Post Office, and Post Office rain gear and bad weather gear is pretty serious stuff to start with.
 

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I picked up some of these bad habits because my father was with the city fire department. And even decades after he retired, he would never travel north without a fireman's overcoat and boots. Even years after they were little better than rags, and the boots had holes in them.
 

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I wouldn’t say it’s a bad habit.

My new organizer came in on Friday. I got it packed up Sunday and still have room for some additions.
I’m not happy with the bungee cord shovel holder So, I’m going to get set of clamps I can install through the cover. I’ll probably use a bit of the recycled 5/8“ wood stepping, from last years temporary greenhouse project, as a backer. I’ll try mount the hatchet and pickaxe handles in the same way; I just feel like it’ll look cooler, lol.


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You need a trenching tool why?
 

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