To answer those of you who asked about Max and Dr. Mrs. Dr. F. Jr. (DMDF II), I will illustrate in pictures the profound changes that the new baby has had on our dog. First, a photo that represents his life before the baby.
Next, a photograph that accurately represents his life after the baby.
Max sniffed DMDF II once when we brought her home and then went back to his couch. Since then the world has brought food, walks and park adventures at about the same rate as always. Things will bo doubt change when she gets a bit more mobile, but for now the family dog is pretty nonplussed.
New topic; people whose eyes glaze over at the mention of car maintenance should stop reading now. You see, I have a ’08 Honda Fit, otherwise known as The World’s Most Sensible Car (TM), and I love it to death, but it does drive a bit like a very small delivery van. A while ago I set about to fix that. A KN high-flow air filter is pretty much a homeopathic remedy for the hamster wheel under the hood, but on the plus side you never have to change your air filter again. Or so I justified it to beloved DMDF. On the other hand putting a sway bar on the back axle cleaned up its understeer problem rather nicely. Where each tight corner brought a queasy uncertainty about tangential vectors and strangers’s yards, our Fit now holds the line and gives a satisfyingly balanced chirp from tires both front and rear when you take corners just a little faster than the yellow sign says you should. Which of course is irresponsible and something that you should not ever do.
Anyhow, one of the sway bar’s three redundant bolts on the right only tightened down to 99% of what it should, so now it rattles at low speeds. Though this rates as annoying rather than dangerous, DMDF would prefer that pedestrians stop casting concerned looks as we rattle by. Unfortunately the head of this particular bolt sits under the spring, with clearance that just tight enough to keep normal L-shaped hex wrenches from sitting tight enough to let me get the nut all the way tightened down. I tried using a 7/32 hex bit for a cordless drill along with a long-nosed vice grip wrench, but that also needed a little more clearance than I had. I could take the bolt off with angle grinder, remove the sway bar and start over, but at that point I can live with the rattle.
So: does anyone know of any L-shaped hex wrenches with a really short short end? It would be ideal if it also had the hex-ball indented design on the end to give it a more flexible angle of attack. A 7/32 cordless hex bit with the ball end would also work, at least it might work, but I cannot find those either. Any help appreciated.
ETA: No, I do not plan on drifting with a baby in the car. In fact I plan to avoid drifting at all. At normal speeds balanced handling is in fact safer and helps to ensure that everyone gets home intact.