Texas Front License Plate Laws

Let me preface this with the fact that I am not a lawyer, nor should anything in this post be taken as legal advice. Use the information provided here at your own risk.

In researching the front license plate law I found a lot of conflicting information on the requirements of how and where the front license plate can be put on a car that is registered in Texas. I spent a few minutes digging around the Internet looking at credible sources of information (such as published Texas laws and statues from the Texas state legislature.

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Subaru Spherical Bushing Retrofit on 2008-2010 STi

From 2008 to 2010, Subaru used a rubber bushing for the front control arm rear on the STi (and probably other models based on the same suspension setup like the WRX and Impreza). The benefit of rubber in the bushing is a soft compliant feel with very low NVH. However, due to the design of the bushing and the extreme angles that the control arm has to articulate – the bushings quickly deteriorate.

This was solved in the 2011 model year STi – Subaru moved to a spherical bushing for the front control arm rear. This part is easily retrofitted to 2008 to 2010 STi models with the following part numbers:

  • 2x 901000377 – BOLT FLG 14
  • 1x 20202FG042 – ARM ASSY F ALUMI RH
  • 1x 20202FG052 – ARM ASSY F ALUMI LH

Everything is a bolt-on affair and the control arms also include a new ball joint.

There is a slight increase in NVH, but the spherical bearing lasts much longer and provides much more precise control than the old style rubber bushings.

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On USB Flash Drives

Bought another USB flash drive the other day, and suddenly it clicked in my head that I purchased a storage device that was $40, reads and write at well over 100mbyte/sec, and holds 128gbytes, in the palm of my hand.

Benchmarked my old and new drive. Technology has come a long way since 1.44mbyte floppy disks.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 32GB
Sequential read, 1 file, 1024MB: 126MB/sec
Sequential write, 1 file, 1024MB: 82MB/sec

PNY Turbo 128GB
Sequential read, 1 file, 1024MB: 183MB/sec
Sequential write, 1 file, 1024MB: 109MB/sec

 

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