8/17 Impromptu SoCal Mini-Meet - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

U.S. California California SLK Enthusiasts

 8Likes
  • 6 Post By Durkatlon
  • 2 Post By jbanks15
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 08-17-2013
Premium Member
 
Durkatlon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Vehicle: 2009 SLK55
Posts: 4,886
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 270 Post(s)
Thanks: 390
Thanked 1,322 Times in 790 Posts
Garage
(Thread Starter)
8/17 Impromptu SoCal Mini-Meet

Met up with Phan ("nguyenphananh"), Jung ("razr-01") and Eddy ("etyu") today. I took off from San Diego and took Ortega Highway to get some scenic early morning driving in. My inner-speed-demon was thwarted on Ortega by a pair of plumbers van that would not under any circumstance move out of the way and instead proceeded to drive 20 mph under the speed limit pretty much the entire time. At least it was pretty.

Got to Eddy's place where he was going to install Phan's SmartTOP, and fashion some plugs for the license plate holes in Jung's bumper. Since I got there first, we passed the time by upgrading the Firmware on my SmartTOP.





Turns out Phan jumped the gun and installed his own module last night, but he came out anyways for the company and car chat. After the install-fest completed we went to Peet's for coffee and pastries.





Then we took a longer than expected drive from Irvine to Wildomar, getting absolutely bogged down in a traffic jam where 91 meets 15. The temperature also got up to 111 degrees and we were all driving with the tops down. After the traffic didn't improve once we got on 15, everyone - including the only non-SmartTOPper, Jung - managed to get the tops up so we wouldn't roast.

We took an awesome drive through avocado country between Wildomar and Fallbrook, and the complete lack of other cars on these roads more than made up for my frustrating early morning experience on Ortega. We gave Phan his proper introduction to SoCal SLK meet-n-drives and after chatting for a bit more at the entrance to Fallbrook, we went our separate ways.

Great day, guys. I really enjoyed it tremendously. Hope we can do it again soon!



Phan's red SLK280:





Attached Images
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_083644AA.JPG (106.2 KB, 46 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_083730AA.jpg (44.7 KB, 47 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_100837AA.JPG (173.4 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_100849AA.JPG (142.8 KB, 45 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_134852AA.JPG (188.4 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_134915AA.JPG (174.1 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_134924AA.JPG (165.1 KB, 42 views)
File Type: jpg 2013_0817_135110AA.JPG (198.7 KB, 41 views)
etyu, jbanks15, Ynot and 3 others like this.
Durkatlon is offline  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Durkatlon For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 08-17-2013
Super Moderator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Valrico, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 90,341
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 438 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6432 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,218
Thanked 10,957 Times in 8,322 Posts
Mini-meets are the best!!!
etyu and simplyslk like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is offline  
#3 Old 08-17-2013
Founding Member #2

 
etyu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
Posts: 19,390
Country:
Chats: 11
Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Thanks: 4,571
Thanked 3,141 Times in 2,269 Posts
Garage
Thank you Durk for the taking the time to come from San Diego to OrCo to meet with Jung (razor-01), Phan (NguyenPhanAnh) and myself, and for the photos.

Initially planned as a teaching/supervision for SmartTop install for Phan, and to plug up the 4 hideous holes at Jung's face-lift black SLK55 front bumper, turned out to be:

1. Updating SmartTop firmware for Durk
2. Fabricating and fitting some polystyrene plugs for Jung's ride using plastic sprues
3. Printed paper instructions for Phan on how to enter programming mode for SmartTop by using the steering wheel control buttons
4. Fallbrook Run

I should've ordered the large cafe laté with 2 extra shots of espresso as I was getting tired in the last twisty 7 miles of the Fallbrook run

Eddy



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Pewter(cubanitsilber metallic)/Beige, PIII package, Airscarf, Hands-Free Communication System, Lighting package; Designo Black Leather Cover on e-brake handle(Thank you Bill T), SmartTop v3.x, John's 3BFM, M113 AMG OEM air filters, Modified R170 ant., clear side-markers & front parking lamps w/error-free LEDs, chromed front & rear turn indicator lamps, steel mesh at battery bay cover & cabin air intake, sock-over-seatbelt buckles, belt-loop guide protectors, Lamin-X fog lamp protectors, bilateral rear fog lamps enabled, AMG crest on gear shift knob
etyu is offline  
 
#4 Old 08-18-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Socal
Vehicle: 2006 slk280
Posts: 576
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 116 Post(s)
Thanks: 4
Thanked 31 Times in 30 Posts
It great to meet you guys. You guys really "opened up" my eyes and "properly" broke me in.... I couldn't believe how aggressive Durk and Jung drove... they were back to back at more than 70mph around 30mph turns.... I have lots to learn from you guys. And the worst part: now I have to do more "mods" to keep up....
nguyenphananh is offline  
#5 Old 08-18-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Socal
Vehicle: 2006 slk280
Posts: 576
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 116 Post(s)
Thanks: 4
Thanked 31 Times in 30 Posts
one more thing: your cars are gorgeous.... Eddy's and Durk's car ... somehow you made it looks better, newer than the day it left dealers. Also, many of the mods look wayyyyy better in the real life than in the pictures... especially the fender...
nguyenphananh is offline  
#6 Old 08-18-2013
Registered Users
 
razr-01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SoCal
Vehicle: 09 SLK55 ///AMG
Other Toys: IS300, BMW 760 Li
Posts: 343
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 65
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by nguyenphananh View Post
one more thing: your cars are gorgeous.... Eddy's and Durk's car ... somehow you made it looks better, newer than the day it left dealers. Also, many of the mods look wayyyyy better in the real life than in the pictures... especially the fender...
what about my car
razr-01 is offline  
#7 Old 08-18-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Socal
Vehicle: 2006 slk280
Posts: 576
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 116 Post(s)
Thanks: 4
Thanked 31 Times in 30 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by razr-01 View Post
what about my car
You need the smarttop then it will look "over the top", too. Actually, your car is the newest (model year) in the group ... what can I say??!
nguyenphananh is offline  
#8 Old 08-19-2013
Founding Member #2

 
etyu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
Posts: 19,390
Country:
Chats: 11
Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Thanks: 4,571
Thanked 3,141 Times in 2,269 Posts
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by razr-01 View Post
what about my car
Your car looks great! Black is hard to keep clean and maintain. I think what Phan meant was that our cars are older but we try to keep it looking clean. Yours is the facelift R171 SLK55 AMG, it's newer and is looking great already.

Post some photos of the front bumper before and after fitting the plugs.
Let us know when you get the SmartTop.
Link to thread on retrofitting the brakes, as an FYI: https://www.slkworld.com/ask-dansslk/...tml#post196004

Eddy



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Pewter(cubanitsilber metallic)/Beige, PIII package, Airscarf, Hands-Free Communication System, Lighting package; Designo Black Leather Cover on e-brake handle(Thank you Bill T), SmartTop v3.x, John's 3BFM, M113 AMG OEM air filters, Modified R170 ant., clear side-markers & front parking lamps w/error-free LEDs, chromed front & rear turn indicator lamps, steel mesh at battery bay cover & cabin air intake, sock-over-seatbelt buckles, belt-loop guide protectors, Lamin-X fog lamp protectors, bilateral rear fog lamps enabled, AMG crest on gear shift knob
etyu is offline  
#9 Old 08-19-2013
Registered Users
 
razr-01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SoCal
Vehicle: 09 SLK55 ///AMG
Other Toys: IS300, BMW 760 Li
Posts: 343
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 65
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
haha i know, though black is really hard to maintain clean you know, i got home at 12:30AM and i went straight to church afterward

I'm gonna work on the plug tomorrow and will post the picture

thanks!
razr-01 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > Club and Regional Discussion Forum > U.S. California

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SoCal meet with DaytonaJae this weekend Durkatlon U.S. California 64 12-30-2010 01:32 AM
SoCal Malibu meet and drive 12/05/2009 etyu U.S. California 24 12-18-2009 02:56 AM
SoCal meet & drive? Bleen U.S. California 61 12-06-2009 02:13 AM
Feb 21, 2009 SoCal Meet, piccies etyu MB Events 47 03-16-2009 11:28 PM
Sat. APRIL 28th –– BIG SoCal Meet at HRE Wheels Factory in San Diego heezyo2o MB Events 24 05-04-2007 08:52 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.