28 July 2008

Heaven's Cloud is now 1 Year old =D and it will be away for a while >_>

Yes, finally after the hardship and the noob-days that I’ve been through, Heaven’s Cloud.Net is now can celebrate its 1st Anniversary =D Looking back the earlier post made me thought how noob I was back in those days =p Now Heaven's Cloud.Net is still growing with 3870 unique visitors =) Thanks to all my friends and the frequent visitors that have been keep supporting me to blog and keep my passion alive =D This celebration is dedicated to you all too =)

In conjunction with the 1st anniversary, I would like to announce that Heaven’s will be inactive for a while. No no I’m not going for a honeymoon =p But instead I’m right now on the one-way ticket to hell <_< I’ll be extremely busy until September so do expect less update =( Sorry for the inconvenience. But I’ll blog in case I had free time and of course I’ll visit the blog everyday to check the comments and the chatbox =) Well then, until later everyone.


26 July 2008

Meteorain ICE-ed Up! =D

For further reference, ICE = In Car Entertainment

Yeah, finally I have ICE-ed up my Meteorain =D Somehow I managed to loan the money from my sister (as I don’t have any money at all =p ) to completed my car ICE system =) Below are the list of the equipments that I’ve installed in Meteorain:

Pioneer DEH-2050MPG head unit
- MOSFET 50W x 4
- AUX in
- Remote control
- MP3 and WMA

Pincer component set 350W 4ohm(i'm sure this is a copycat brand as the label is same as Pioneer)
- 2 tweeters half-dome(design like SoundStream tweeter)
- 2 crossovers 3.5KHz 12dB/oct
- 2 6.5" mid bass speakers
- 25mm ASV voice coil
- Neodymium magnet

2-channel Amplifier 800 watts (i think, not sure what brand)

Pioneer TS-A6972E 6x9 3-way speaker (I already bought and installed it earlier)

Overall, I’m very satisfied with the sound produced by this kind of set up =) The bass was very decent and there is no problem at all with playing with all kind of songs. Although my actual target is to get all of the ICE system under Pioneer brand, but due to most car accessories shops here didn’t have any stock for Pioneer components set and amplifier v_v So I had to settle with Pincer brand. An unknown brand but with a same label design as Pioneer, plus their tweeter design was copied from SoundStream. But nevertheless, their performance was really good despite I’m using an unknown components set plus a cheap amplifier. It also improved the sound quality produced, thus leading to an enjoyable ride with my Meteorain =)

There is one thing that I kind of wondering, my engine idling went up like 500RPM from my normal setting. I wonder why as I and those mechanics didn’t touch anything on the engine. All they did was a wiring from the amplifier direct to the car battery that had been fixed to the right node of the battery. In between the wiring, there was a big fused installed which I’ve never seen it before. But oh well, as long as it can runs perfectly fine and it doesn’t drain my car battery like a mad man, I guess I should no need to worry. But I do need to worry visiting the petrol station often if I’m idling the car too much =D

A little advice for those that plan to ICE their car, please don’t place the Tweeters facing towards you. When you have the tweeters installed together with the crossovers, it will produce a high frequency sound directly to your ears. This is bad for the ears and also your concentration. The best position is to make the tweeters facing the windscreen of the car. Happy modifying and ICE-ing your ride =)

As usual, we will let the pictures do the talking =)

My old head unit, Blaupunkt Zurich RCR26P

Making the wiring for the socket for the new head unit

Making the wiring for others

Installing the crossover

Finished cutting the hole for the speaker

Tada~ finished

A closer look at the speaker

Installing the amplifier

The amplifier wiring direct to my battery

A close-up with the fuse in between the amplifier and battery wiring

The head unit without the faceplate

The head unit

Head unit at night

The tweeters. Remember, this setting is bad lolz

The label at the back is no different that the Pioneer label

Overall view of the interior

Oh yeah, finally I had Meteorain undergo its scheduled service (after almost exceed 2000km, thanks to someone else idea of going to Genting Highland and Fraser Hill in one night >_> ). Here are the parts that I chaged during the service:
- spark plugs
- engine oil
- oil filter
- air filter

Process of changing the air filter

Upon suspecting, some of the car parts also need to be changed as soon as possible according to the mechanic due to old age. These things are:
- radiator’s hoses
- engine block gaskets
- camshaft timing belt
- transmission oil

Today, one of my friend Ariff decided to buy a new head unit for his car as his previous head unit was already broken. So he decided to take the Sony model (can’t make out the model number, sorry) and install it in his car.

My Pioneer faceplate cover and Ariff Sony faceplate cover

A view from what the monster inside

As I went there, I also bought and installed door visors for my mum’s car as she likes to open the window while driving. So this visor can prevent water from entering while she is driving on the rain.

It looked kinda cool, maybe because my mum's car is also black =p

So right now my car has already turned into a mini disco. Maybe later next time I should buy the bling-bling sphere to put inside my car =p


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Finally the FC has come back to…. Serdang =p Yeah, the legend finally has been revived after a been stuck in the workshop for around 2 months. The cost for repairing it? Haha, go visit the Shuzoku RedSuns Team blog to find out =p Now the chassis has been straighten and the accident area has been coated and treated nicely. But currently we only decided to apply the primer coating as Ryosuke has other plans for the car modification. So the full body spray will have to wait =)

Right after picking up, the same night Ryosuke and Keisuke decided to give the FC a spin. I definitely can’t join during a spin at our home course Bangi, but I decided to join the 180 degree turning practice. We did a few as it was Ryosuke’s first time doing with his own FC haha =p So in the end, we parted ways as I went back home to sleep while they continued touge.

Anyway, as usual we will let the pictures do the talking =)

Back view at the workshop

Side view of the damaged area which already been fixed

Finally the mean machine is alive =D

The damaged area view after completion

The stock unpainted bumper =p

FC with Meteorain =)

Overall according to Ryosuke, somehow the FC became very smooth to drive after the repair. We also not sure why but maybe the chassis was damaged before he bought the car? Only God knows lolz. But now time to enjoy =p


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23 July 2008

Touge Adventure, an Awkward Journey to Kuala Kelawang and Fraser Hill (plus getting lost till Genting Highland)

First of all, for those who wondering what is touge, please visit here: Wikipedia

It was.... a nightmare, which looms in someone’s deep fear who wished it never to be seen or heard. That is what I can sum it up with the recent out-of-the-fly our touge adventure with Ryosuke, Keisuke, and Turbo Jr >_<

Ryosuke finally is back after a month in France, so as his insane attic of sudden plan with improper planning and random outburst >_> So to cut things short, he got back then the next day when I’m peacefully doing my assignments around 6pm, I got an sms from Ryosuke saying:

“Cloud, let’s go to Fraser Hill to check out the touge track there tonight!”

I was shocked and can’t believe what my eyes are reading. So I sent a reply:

“Can you repeat that sms again one… more… time…?”

To my outmost outrage, my eyes weren’t telling lies after all, Ryosuke is going to Fraser Hill touge in 2 hours time. They don’t have a car so they need my Meteorain help. For God sake, it was Sunday and tomorrow I have class >_< Anyway, at 8.30pm, we started the journey. Upon refilling a full-tank of petrol, I asked Ryosuke how to get to Fraser Hill. To my deepest fear, he said he forgot to take a look at the Google Map so he said he had no idea at all >_< The only thing we know that the Fraser Hill is just beside Genting Highland. So off we went using Genting Highland signboard as the guide.

We took the MRR2 road until Batu Caves. From there, we moved on the normal trunk road to Ulu Yam mountain road. Finally we found the signboard to Genting Highland but the Fraser Hill is nowhere to be seen. Oh well, we moved on taking the road to Genting Highland hoping to see a road that might lead us to Fraser Hill <_< As we went on, we realized that the road doesn’t exist and Genting Highland is getting near. Seriously I need to kill Ryosuke for his lack of direction sense :-@ Looking at Meteorain’s temperature meter, somehow the temperature rose up a bit from normal level. I suspected that the radiator water is not enough. I just kept my cool and acted like nothing had happen >_> For the record, it was my first time being there at Genting Highland, so I drove slowly as I want to enjoy the scenery =D We arrived at the top then decided to stop a while to take pictures (my excuse but the real reason is to cool down the car and refill the radiator tank =p ) We took several pictures, cooled the car down and head back to Fraser Hill next =D (we assume that we need to go down further and take the road to Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baru). Meteorain’s brake suffered overheating thus it didn’t gave me the braking power, so I had to pump the brake all the time -_- Oh ya, actually meteorain was already due for service (even exceeded 1000km already =p ).

A review of the Genting Highland touge, it was quite ok, given for the uphill. But according to the steep of the road, I think only cars that come with lots of horsepower or turbocharged cars can enjoy the uphill ride. The downhill can be very exciting but… the road bumpers are damn high and it can kill any cars that have done suspension lowering >_> The hairpin corners are damn nice but the bumpers are not. So for those who want to enjoy the uphill but can’t make it the downhill, make sure you have a tow truck ready at the top of Genting Highland =p But the most bad thing about touge at Genting Highland, too many traffics at any time >_>

The route using Google Earth

Keisuke dreaming of visiting the casino =p

Next, by the time the clock ticked around 12am+, we were already downhill and heading towards Kuala Kubu Baru. As usual, the utter useless Ryosuke went to bed first leaving Keisuke and me suffering to find the exact road to Fraser Hill. At last we managed to found it by running along with a big dam there. After crossing the dam, the touge road starts =D Seriously, it was really damn long to reach the Fraser Hill junction. The road was empty, no one was there, the road was wet, there are falling trees that almost blocked the road, right side is the hill while left side is the mountain steep where you can get a free ticket to hell if you decided to drive there >_> Upon arriving the Fraser Hill junction, it was a one-way road where during daylight, there will be gate controls and time restriction for those who are going up or down. Obviously at midnight no one is controlling the road, so off we go the uphill struggle. I think it took us almost 1 hour from the dam until the Fraser Hill. After reaching the other end of gate control, we decided to go back as we already reached our destination. But according to the map, there is a road at there that will take you around the Fraser Hill but since I’m worried about the petrol for home. The journey downhill was quite fast. We headed home and reached there around 3am. Both Ryosuke and I were very hungry that we were feasting leftovers at his house >_>

Regarding the Fraser Hill touge, it is a long touge with a risky environment. First half of the road is wide but there are possibilities of having trees blocking the road. Honestly, the road curve there is pretty much repetitive so you might get bored while driving there, seriously. Upon entering the main road to Fraser Hill, the road is so small that there is no room for errors or mistake. The road also sometimes widens a bit but sometimes shortens just a car size. I can say this is a very high level touge road as you can’t rely on drift or tail slide to save your butt when you understeer or oversteer. This touge is purely rely on your concentration and tyres grip.

The Fraser Hill touge taken from Google Earth

The time table of the gate keeper

Ok, then 2 days later Ryosuke came up with another random planning, going to visit the Team Kansei home course at Kuala Kelawang. He called me that night (around 10pm or something) inviting me while he was already in front of my house >_< I can’t prepare anything at all. So I hopped in their Perodua Kancil 660 that dubbed as err…. what was it again? Suicide Banshee? Coffin Banshee? Junk Banshee? I had forgotten about it =p But before going there, we had to ran 2 errands as Keisuke needed to pass something to his girlfriend at Kerinchi and they need to pass their sister wallet and SPM certificate at Cheras. So finally we picked up Turbo Jr at his house and decided to go.

But… as usual the clueless Ryosuke didn’t know where exactly Kuala Kelawang is >_< (yea I should stab him to death :-@ ) Turbo Jr managed to do some homework and found out where the location. As he mentioned Semenyih, then I’ll knew where to head as I once studied at a MARA college nearby there as I swear I saw the Kuala Klawang signboard. So off we went to Semenyih, taking the road to Kuala Klawang. The road there was damn dark and empty, a place where you can have a nice death without people noticing >_> Ryosuke took the first run and Turbo Jr sat beside him. Turbo Jr was a bad navigator, always messed up with left and right <_< It was suppose to be a road scouting but Ryosuke went ahead taking it seriously. I in the other hand was suffering from dizziness starting from my home, can’t do anything but just observe the road and sit back quietly, unless if I want to puke inside the car >_> At one point, I SWEAR I saw a shadow of human size on the right side of the road that seems like trying to avoid the light of the car @_@ I just kept quiet and acted that I saw nothing and let them have fun with the touge session. The first session end up at a junction leading to somewhere we don’t know as we also just left with a half-tank of petrol, thanks to Ryosuke pushing the car, or else we can explore further >_> We took several pictures there and then the next round it was Keisuke’s turn. This guy even take it more faster than Ryosuke >_< Turbo Jr whose already been in a trauma state, was shouting “Hard Left!” and “Hard Right!” at all the turn although some corners weren’t hard at all hahaha. It took about 10 – 15 minutes maybe to finish the touge and heading back home. On the way, we stopped by a 24-hour KFC for supper. So in the end, most of us reached home around 4am x_x

Overview of Team Kansei’s home course, it was indeed a good place to touge. Plenty of exciting corners that can made you ejaculate in happiness =p The touge was fairly long but the track could provide some dangers as well. There is a possibilities that you might run over into dogs that owned by the native settlers there. Some corners might seem easy but they tend to bent a little tight later which you might catch off guard. Another threat is the road has both sides a deep monsoon drain/gutter that can instantly kill your car if you accidentally went into it. Don’t even try copying Initial D’s Takumi gutter run as it won’t work here >_>

The touge route of Kuala Kelawang taken from Google Earth

The signboard located where we stopped our first run

Nothing like a good Colonel secret recipes after a heart-pounding adventure =D

Oh, on the side note, the FC finally came out from the workshop. I will update later during the next post.


20 July 2008

Car Review: Porsche Carrera S

I had my once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride a Porsche 911 Carrera S. This car is a 3.8L monster that comes with the legendary boxster engine. It produces power at 6600RPM with torque at 4600RPM. The tires equipped with the car are a generous 235/35 at the front and 295/30 at the back. That is something that you can’t afford with a normal salary.

The car itself is very easy to drive plus the automatic and the Porsche’s Tiptronic manual transmission for those who wanted more power. The standard 911 Carrera S comes with a soft suspension set up that can be quite comfortable for a normal cruise. But there is a button for suspension set up at the dashboard area, but I’m not too sure though. It comes with a traction control to give you the confidence while driving. Thanks to the soft suspension, the body roll was quite bad plus as I was sitting at the back, the head room was so small that I had to tint my head a bit. Basically at the back seats only suitable for kids. Anyway, lets the pictures do the talking shall we =D

The rear that will make you drool =p

The side view

The front view plus the car cleaner boy =p

Another snap for the front view

The rims

Size does matter =p

The 3.8L boxster monster

Another close up with the engine bay

The interior

Driving view

A close up with the steering

The meter panel. The water temperature meter was left out on the left.

The overview of the head unit plus another goodies

A close up with the center panel. So many buttons, i can't figure out everthing x_x

The gear stick

I didn't manage to take the glove box area, but it comes with 2 cup holders. The bad side of the glove box is it can't open fully due to passenger legs. But overall it is a nice car to drive =) It offers the comfort and also the style that a person need =p I recommend this car for those that can afford it, but if it is me, i better buy the Nissan GTR =p Lastly, this 911 Carrera S also offers a sunroof where:

Shameless people can pop-out their head along the road =p

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