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Well I'm a bit naughty as I've made quite a few posts before posting an introduction here, but my guilt has gotten the better of me.. lol.

Well my first introduction radar detectors was in about 2009 when I bought a Beltronics STi XR (a NZ/Aus version of an STi I think) for my rather modified 300zx (420 hp at 10 psi of boost at the rear wheels lol), it was great for passing the odd truck ;) but it did get up to maximum warp very easily, which was a bit of a worry, hence purchasing a RD... I also had an old blinder two head set up at the front, I'm not sure how well they worked even then, as I never had a laser hit, but it better than nothing I guess.. Anyway I was quite impressed by the Beltronic's detection range, it was just interesting to work out where the police were without seeing them - using the signal ramp up and ramp down etc. That's large reason why I got another RD now, just general curiosity -the 300zx is long gone, and I am rather careful with my driving these days. However, I now have a small passenger service vehicle (SPSV) licence (basically a taxi endorsement), as I do some tour driving etc. as a side gig while I finish my masters degree... A bad speeding citation could cause me to loose that licence, which would suck. Despite doing my best to drive carefully and responsibly, I do feel annoyed that I can't overtake slow vehicles with a reasonable delta V - I'm firmly of the opinion that passing a slow vehicle on a long straight section of flat road at 20 kmph is not at all dangerous, and in fact shows courtesy to those behind you who may also wish to use to opportunity to pass. The same with stressing about coasting down a long straight hill, I don't want ride my brakes just to not stray a few kmph above the speed tolerance (generally 10 kmph above the PSL in NZ). So, after some excellent advice from RDF members (see Hi from a new member, and considering some RD options... ), I bought a Uniden R3 (thanks @chakeubeam !). It's now mounted and hardwired (A new take on rear view mirror mounting - flipping the paradigm (plus a little fabrication)....), and I'm super happy with it :) I just need to actually do some driving! (writing my thesis has kept me a bit of a homebody at the moment).

Other interests include geology (the subject of my thesis), mostly epithermal mineralisation and geothermal stuff. So I'll be doing a bunch of geology adventures - exploring old underground gold mines and nerding out in strange geothermal fields off the beaten path once I'm done with the thesis (can't freakin wait!). This will entail a lot of road tripping and chances to give my new RD a workout too! Woot!

Anyway, hi to all the RDF members! I'm really impressed with the forum, such a friendly community of knowledgeable people - it's nice to see that the internet still has places like this :) Claire.
 

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Official welcome to RDF :)
 

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Welcome! That is a fun car and easy to get you into trouble....

And although you've posted before your introduction (we won't tell @dudeinnz so he doesn't ban you for that crime ;) ), you have some really awesome posts and contributions already. Glad to have you as part of RDF and excited to see what more you bring to the table and teach us about!
 

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Great introduction! Welcome to the RDF Family!
 

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Welcome to the Forum from Canada, and what a great intro!

You noted one of your interests as geology, I love that also. Something about learning of family trees, relatives you didn't know about, etc. Wonderful!

Now about that 300ZX with rear wheel drive, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
("rather modified 300zx (420 hp at 10 psi of boost at the rear wheels lol"), j/king! :angel:
 

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Welcome to the forum, 300zx was one of my favorites back in the days.
I miss mine too, but I think I'm over those crazy day lol... I do think about getting another quick car sometimes, but I'm more into adventures these days. Just a bit more fun per $ invested I think too lol! That's not to say I'm now ok with being stuck behind slow drivers for ages due to being too scared to pass.. hence the interest in radar detectors lol...

Official welcome to RDF :)
Thanks @dudeinnz ! I'm stoked and surprised to see so many Kiwis on the forum! Thanks for so positively representing the K-crew :)
Thanks!
Welcome! That is a fun car and easy to get you into trouble....

And although you've posted before your introduction (we won't tell @dudeinnz so he doesn't ban you for that crime ;) ), you have some really awesome posts and contributions already. Glad to have you as part of RDF and excited to see what more you bring to the table and teach us about!
Thanks lol.. I appreciate your help in keeping my prior forum activities on the DL lol. I think I may have blown my cover already possibly... I'm not sure, hopefully you get to read this message before the ban-hammer comes down ;)

Wow, that's nice of you to say, thanks! Seriously though, the information flow has very much been in my direction - which I've been very grateful for. If I can contribute a little here and therem, then that's the least I can do to repay the awesome help ad advice I've received from the members of RDF. Thank you :)

Welcome from invercargill :)
Thanks :) I can see why you would be interested in RD's down your way! So many awesome roads, but I seem to remember a surprisingly large number of road police down that way when I was living in the south (2011-2014) while at Otago Uni. I went on quite few geology adventures in the region, and I'm really looking forward to visiting again soon! :)

Great introduction! Welcome to the RDF Family!
Thanks, its my pleasure :)


Welcome to the RDF, aaahhh Australia.... All those RHD vehicles and people crazy about tuning (So am I))))
Lol, just checking to see if you're pulling my leg re: Australia lol... Some New Zealanders are bit sensitive about being mixed up with Australians lol.., just like you Americans from Canadia ;)

I must admit that both countries are home to quite a few bogans (and others) who like to build some quick cars. So many weird and wonderful (and comparatively cheap) RHD second hand JDM imports here lol.. A lot of of RWD JDM nissans were (and still are) imported in bulk in the late 90's and 2000's, eg. Laurels, Cefiros, Silvias, 180sx's, 200sx's, 300zx's, Leopards, Cedrics, Cimas, Stageas etc. all of which come in Turbo and manual versions (I'm not sure about Cimas though). So there is plenty of meat to keep the fast and furious happy here lol...
 
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