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  1. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    What make of bulbs did you put in? I went ahead and bought some that had good reviews specifically from F-150 owners--- owners of other vehicles did not like them as much. That's probably the dynamics of that headlight housing at play. I hope they last a while...
  2. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    I'm going to just replace the low-beam bulbs on both sides with new LED's. When I do that-- I will know what that single surviving bulb is. I read that people may have issues with ice on headlights because the LED's don't produce enough heat to keep the lights clear... never even...
  3. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    So-- I had a spare H11 bulb, and I plugged it into the empty socket. I guess I have a comparison... I drove around a bit and made a decision.... LED Wins. I get what that article above says-- it may not be "PERFECT" with every single aspect of the engineering of lighting-- but my...
  4. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    Yeah--- and a lot of time and money to change it out. This article has me re-thinking my consideration of LED's... https://jalopnik.com/why-most-led-headlight-upgrades-dont-really-work-an-ex-1843070472 I may just put in some good halogens and be done with it (and likely save myself a LOT...
  5. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    So--- does anyone in here know about LED Headlights? This truck came with halogens, and the owner put in those bright white LED's aftermarket. The top light on the drivers side is an LED-- bottom (the "Brights" bulb) is a halogen. The passenger side has the LED bulb missing. There are...
  6. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    I got the hard-wire kit, and will run cables out of sight-- should be a nice clean install... :) I should change my forum name to CHEAPASS.... LOL :cool: :winktongue: :rofl:
  7. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    I am up to about $2,100 in PARTS for this thing... I will have some minor dents not fixed immediately on the passenger doors, so that will be carried over for another day. I am learning that EBAY IS YOUR FRIEND!!! My first purchase was a mirror-- simple right--- just a mirror! Check out...
  8. sdkid

    Review - Dahua SD49225XA-HNR 2MP 25x Starlight + IR PTZ AI Camera with Deep IVS & SMD Plus

    This camera has been a lot of fun----finally mounted it last weekend and tinkered with the auto-tracking last night. WOW--- there are SO MANY POSSIBILITIES and ways to make this work....
  9. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    Oh---- that TOTALLY makes sense now!!! Then the name below that was the owner. EDIT: and Yes with the salvage title - insurance thing--- I had to start a policy with Jake, from State Farm. My current insurance won't cover salvage--- time to go insurance shopping.
  10. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    yeah-- even with the suspension parts that were replaced, it's hard to understand how they totaled it. All I can think is that they had expensive insurance that would do new-vehicle replacement. The original California registration was still in the truck -- owned by a Cab business??? ---...
  11. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    You'll have to check where you live for salvage dealers. There are some everywhere-- ask any bodyshop and they will tell you which ones to watch (and which ones are crooked or lack transparency with damages). They all get supplied with vehicles through salvage auctions-- and most vehicles...
  12. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    There was damage to suspension and steering components that the salvage yard fixed. I had to put a tire (~$250) on, and an tire pressure sensor, and I got the alignment done. I have a report for before and after alignment-- and everything adjusted out easily and true, and they didn't see any...
  13. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    Here is my highway mpg's driving it home from the dealer up in North Dakota... I couldn't believe it--- that is the typical mileage I get out of my old Nissan Frontier with a 4 cylinder... LOL I really hope my repairs come in as cheap as possible!
  14. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    I am working out a deal with a friend who has a repair shop and a used car dealership. He needs parts/database stations in his repair area that will be client machines to his primary computer where the database software is located and will act as a server for the others. The software is his...
  15. sdkid

    Shifting gears....

    I bought a new truck... well... new to me. a 2019 Ford F-150 with 4,738 miles on it, that left the factory on October 12, 2019. :) It had a MSRP sticker price of 55,940.00.... I bought mine for $24,200.00 Here's why: I am hoping repairs will be about $4,000... possibly less, but there...
  16. sdkid

    How to setup Dahua IVS with BlueIris?

    Yeah--- I only record when triggered. In addition, I save a jpg every 10 minutes-- it does Not use the good stream to grab that jpg with the substream entered. Others who save stills on a schedule had the same issue. Here is the setting. I am on version 5.3.03 now. I may test this to see...
  17. sdkid

    How to setup Dahua IVS with BlueIris?

    Definite Plus on Direct-to-Disc recording. I stopped using the substreams because I get a pic every 10 minutes from my cameras-- and that pic was at the crappy D1 resolution. I could probably switch back on 2 of the 4 I moved off of substreams though.... And to clarify--- an EXTERNAL trigger...
  18. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    And.... Google is either complicit or blissfully unaware of manipulation on their own platform. MY screenshot-- not copied from elsewhere-- feel free to search "demon"
  19. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    For the mindless among us....
  20. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    We are all past the Mueller report. We DO want to know all about the politicized abuse of the FISA court process though-- don't you? btw--- in your post here, it really sounds like you're attacking the source...
  21. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    Sorry you didn't understand that there are two different working definitions for "liberal" these days. I am a wealth of knowledge sir. Let me know if you have any questions.
  22. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    Well.... someone is lying there. The Yankees are probably too Woke to have a sitting President come throw a ball... you know... because Orange Man Bad.....
  23. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    Of course, you fully understand that I am talking about the common-language usage, as opposed to Classical Liberalism, which espouses true liberty. Liberal-Leftists today are the antonym of Classical Liberalism, and the two concepts are effectively mutually exclusive. Why? Because the current...
  24. sdkid

    Pandemic threat? Anyone else concerned?

    I wouldn't trust union data. I was hoping for something from research or specific CDC tracking..... hmmmmm. Here in South Dakota, the pork plant in Sioux Falls had a huge outbreak-- they were working shoulder to shoulder and without masks... no wonder. I am curious about Walmart...
  25. sdkid

    Pandemic threat? Anyone else concerned?

    Question: Does anyone have reliable data on the infection rates for non-healthcare essential workers? Grocery store workers, etc.... Are they getting infected at higher rates, as a group, than the general population??
  26. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    I don't have ANY news sources that I automatically assume to be factual or unbiased. That should have been your answer, btw. ;) For most news events, I look for LOCAL reporting if possible. Nationally, I look at NBC, CBS, and ABC, but I do so with a highly critical eye-- you know-- looking...
  27. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    OK-- I just have to ask-- just where do you get your news? MSNBC? Is Rachel Maddow your hero? CNN... Don Lemon?? LOL Maybe your hard-hitting news source is The View, or the Talk, or Comedy Central. Seriously. NPR perhaps?? "All Things (LEFT) Considered" with Ari Shapiro? Maybe you're...
  28. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    Another great vid from Andy Gno....
  29. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    Don't go nekkid..... and
  30. sdkid

    US Presidential Election 2020 (& Politics) :)

    That is true of all kinds of animals. I seem to remember a story of some guy that went to live with the bears in Alaska....... he became a snack and a scat pile.
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