c789563

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  1. R8 and Snowboarding

    Just letting everyone know that I've bought the HandiRack inflatable roof rack solution suggested here and it seems to fit the job perfectly! Thanks
  2. Manual gear shift weirdness

    Hi, I got my slightly used (only several thousand miles) fully loaded V10, previously owned by Audi and under warranty. The beast is absolutely awesome. I love it and couldn't be happier. One matter worries me a bit, and it manifests itself as follows: Driving in third gear at around 3000rpm, the hand just resting very softly on the gear shift knob, just holding it with no pressure with three fingers. Giving a bit of gas nudges the gear noticeably knob forward, laying off the gas nudges it backwards. Now that I'm aware of it, I can even see it happening if I just watch it as I give and reduce gas. I notice it mostly during city driving when I like to rest my hand next to the gear shifter as I often need to shift. Nothing similar happens other manual cars, so this is something definitely new to me. I hope other manual gearshift car owners can comment on this. Thanks!
  3. R8 and Snowboarding

    Usually no more than two layers. I wouldn't count on magnets for this purpose at all. Not just drag but lift has to be taken into account, and then there's sliding, even if the magnets hold to the surface very well, they can still slide on the surface and when they reach the edge of the roof, they are gone. Vacuum pumps to keep a hold of suction pads doesn't sound realistic nor practical. Straps it is...
  4. R8 and Snowboarding

    Fair enough, although from a practical point of view you don't want to be driving with a convertible where it's very cold and potentially very snowy I think since the board probably fits on the passenger seat, it'd be a good start. Thanks to everyone for the feedback so far
  5. R8 and Snowboarding

    I'm pretty sure the paint is well adhered to the roof, however, it's still kind of scary to put a few big suction pads on the roof, with the snowboard and air pulling it up and away. Anyone knows how strong of a grip car paint has to its surface? Of serious concern, probably more so than paint adherence, is the over time suction capabilities with temperature as you mention. The suction pads I had in mind are those that are used to grab and lift large pieces of glass for install in windows, etc. Those large double-pads with a handle. Two or three of those will probably provide a very secure grip on the roof, but, the mention about temperature changes scares me. My 1.6m long board (~63inches) fits diagonally (bottom where the feet are, top on the head rest) on the passenger seat of the M3, so I guess it would fit the same way in the R8, it'd be the ideal solution when driving up alone. However I'd like to have an option for a friend to come along, in that case we'd need a roof solution. Sorry, convertibles, in my humble opinion (as are bling SUVs), best left for female drivers. Of course each to his own. I don't like convertibles nor SUVs.
  6. R8 and Snowboarding

    I've considered other cars and honestly I don't want any other car. Subaru WRX STi, had it, awesome car, don't want it Carrera 4S, lost the competition to the R8, don't want it, the turbo is no longer AWD, won't work in the winter where I live Nissan GTR, *ridiculously* expensive in Europe, costs almost like the R8 V8, not paying 100K Euros for a Japanese car no matter how good it is, don't want it What other cool AWD cars can one get? None of the Audi RS cars "do it" for me, not interested in non-M BMWs, I also don't like SUVs/jeeps of any make or model My trusty M3, awesome car, not exactly the perfect snow driver even though it does just fine with one wheel clad in a chain on steep uphills...will stay in the garage for most of the winter Its not like I'll be going snowboarding every single day, I just need a solution for those 2-3 times a week, the rest of the days the R8 is going to be my supermarket driver There are people who will not drive their R8s in the winter, and there are people who will. You are one of those people who won't drive it with a snowboard strapped to the roof, I am
  7. R8 and Snowboarding

    Thank you. This one seems like a great solution, I'm buying it before I get the car <g>
  8. R8 and Snowboarding

    Yeah. All I want is two secure, low profile bars that I can just strap a snowboard or two to, that's it. If by the time I get the car I don't find anything like that, I'll just make it myself. I found links on another forum to Audi supposedly having a roof mountable ski rack, but I just couldn't find it, not even on Audi's German site...
  9. R8 and Snowboarding

    Thanks for your response. This one appears to be a "generic" box that simply fits over roof bars, my suspicion however is that they just stuck any car model to the box as an SEO (search engine optimization) trick, it's not specifically designed for an R8 and I'm unsure if it would even fit well on its roof. That said, two roof bars designed for the R8 would suit my needs perfectly, as I can then just strap a snowboard or two on there. If anyone knows of any roof bars that fit the R8 I'd appreciate it. A popular company in this sphere, Thule (thule.com) doesn't appear to have any solutions for the R8. Thanks, Mike
  10. R8 and Snowboarding

    Thanks for your response. This one appears to be a "generic" box that simply fits over roof bars, my suspicion however is that they just stuck any car model to the box as an SEO (search engine optimization) trick, it's not specifically designed for an R8 and I'm unsure if it would even fit well on its roof. That said, two roof bars designed for the R8 would suit my needs perfectly, as I can then just strap a snowboard or two on there. If anyone knows of any roof bars that fit the R8 I'd appreciate it. A popular company in this sphere, Thule (thule.com) doesn't appear to have any solutions for the R8. Thanks, Mike
  11. R8 and Snowboarding

    Hi! My trusty old M3 can be a hassle in the long winter months. I always end up needing my snow chains (one wheel suffices) with the *last few* meters of a steep uphill, it can be frustrating. I decided to upgrade to an R8 which I plan to use throughout the year. Its important for me to somehow find a way to fit a 160cm (63") long snowboard either in the car, or on the roof with a home made vacuum mount either going on the roof and or rear windshield (and driving slowly). I've looked at the official car measurements, and the only way I can imagine the board fitting in is on the passenger side, where I place it as deep as I can in the passenger side foot resting area and the other end as high and close as possible over the passenger side head rest. Can someone with a car next to them please try to measure this distance for me? Much appreciated, Mike