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  1. Here are some of the Garmin products that I own: zūmo 660; Purchased from Touratech in Germany; Registered on my.garmin.com. City Navigator Europe NT 2016.20 - Map+P+3D,Sept 15 (maps for life North America and Europe); Purchased from Touratech in Germany; Registered on my.garmin.com Thailand City Navigator (TCN); Purchased from GPS4YOU ((https://gps4you.ecwid.com)) at IT Fortune Mall in Bangkok, Thailand; NOT registered on my.garmin.com. I currently have the Thailand City Navigator on my zūmo 660. On the Map Info tab of the zūmo 660 it describes the map as “CN Thailand NT 2015.10 (Eng)" and it has been subsequently updated to CN Thailand NT 2016.20 and then CN Thailand NT 2016.40. The only way that I could update the map was to actually go to GPS4YOU and have them do it. I could not do it online. Do any of you have a similar experience? I cannot seem to register the Thailand City Navigator map on my.garmin.com as all of my other Garmin products are. I have no idea why. Has anyone been able to register this particular map?Also, when I launch Garmin Express with my Zumo 660 plugged into my iMac, Garmin Express recognizes the Zumo 660 but states that there is an update for Full Coverage of Europe. It doesn't recognize the Thailand map. What do I do so that Garmin Express recognizes this map? When I launch Garmin BaseCamp it does recognize the Thailand City Navigator.I did some research online and I cannot find the aforementioned Thai map on any Garmin website. I have found City Navigator Southeast Asia NT (City Navigator® Southeast Asia NT | Garmin) . Does it have the same level of detail for Thailand as the Thailand City Navigator that I bought at GPS4YOU?Here is are images of the packaging for the Thailand map that I have:
  2. Spray-on Bedliner

    Thanks. Prior to placing my order with Sammitr, I discussed this with them as well as with the staff at Toyota Buriram, where the installation will take place.
  3. Spray-on Bedliner

    One detail I left out that influenced my decision making was that the Sammitr S-Plus V2 canopy/topper will be removable. I wanted that option therefore the canopy/topper will not be permanently sealed or glued to the bedliner (or bed rails as with a spray-on liner) or the pickup cab. If I left the plastic drop-in liner in, holes would be cut into it allowing the attaching mechanisms to pass through. If I pull the canopy off then these holes will allow for rain water to ingress under the liner. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of my bed when the plastic drop-in liner was removed. The bed was marred as were the tops of the bed rails. Even the upper portions of the left and right quarter panels where the drop-in liner touched it were marred and not just the areas under the bedliner edges. I was hoping to just have the Line-X coating applied under the rails but because of the aforementioned marring of the top rails and the area over the rails I had the coating applied over the rails.
  4. Spray-on Bedliner

    The first line that reads "Here are some links describing the advantages and disadvantages of both spray-on or drop-in headliners:" should read "Here are some links describing the advantages and disadvantages of both spray-on or drop-in bedliners": I edited this a number of times while I still could but just missed the incorrect autocorrection.
  5. Spray-on Bedliner

    Here are some links describing the advantages and disadvantages of both spray-on or drop-in headliners: https://www.rosetownmainline.net/spray-bedliner-vs-drop-bedliner-war-rages/ https://www.dualliner.com/blog/spray-drop-bedliner-pros-cons http://www.trucktrend.com/how-to/paint-body/1107dp-drop-in-vs-spray-in-truck-bedliner/ The spay-on coating according to Line-X Thailand is about 3 millimeters (mm) thick. I think it will be very durable and if there is an issue I can take it back to Line-X Thailand for repair. The drop-in plastic bedliner that I had was also rubbing through the clear coat and paint, so long term rust was a concern. It is also not as slippery as my old drop-in plastic liner. I liked that for this truck. Next week I will have Sammitr Thailand install a custom built S-Plus V2 canopy/topper on this truck. I wanted something durable and not slippery for this truck since the left side window of the new canopy will be a flip open (bird wing) window allowing good access into the left side of the bed. The right side window will be a sliding window. I also have a 2016 Toyota Hilux Revo Smart Cab 2.4J. It has a Toyota plastic drop-in bedliner. For the time being I think that liner is better suited for that truck. I only have tonneau cover (not hard plastic but a rubber type of material that I can roll up) on it and I use it more for hauling things. What I do like about the plastic liner is that I think it will prevent dents in the bed better than a spray-on liner. However, it will eventually rub clear coat and paint of the bed to the point where rust may an issue. Since this is a longer bed I actually like the more slippery surface for this truck because it makes sliding things out and in easier. I do have to ensure that loads are secured when I'm under way because of that (NOTE: I will have to do that as well with the other truck, but the more non-skid surface of the Line-X coating will also help prevent objects from sliding around). I think that it depends on what one's requirements are as to what liner will better meet those requirements. I have two different trucks that I use differently and as such am using to different bedliners.
  6. Spray-on Bedliner

    I recently had Line-X Thailand (http://line-x-thailand.com and https://www.facebook.com/line.x.thai/) spray-on a bedliner into the bed of my 2016 Toyota Hilux Revo 4x4 Double Cab 2.8G A/T. I was relatively pleased with the application. The color I selected was black although Line-X states that they have other colors to include silver but at a higher cost. The cost of the spray-on bedlinen was 13,000 baht (16,000 baht minus 3,000 baht for trade-in of the original plastic drop-in liner). The onsite manager of Line-X Thailand is Apiwat Treejareonwiwat (Tel. 025401604-5) speaks English and was very responsive to my emails and questions. Here are some images:
  7. Harley

    This is a partial cut and paste including edits from one of my postings on this forum. I completed the permanent importation of my motorcycle (2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure) into Thailand in 2016. I also obtained the green registration book and Thai license plate. The process was long and required a lot of paperwork. Here are some recommended questions to answer prior to starting an attempt to import a motorcycle into Thailand: Are you trying to permanently import your motorcycle? What kind of visa will you be coming to Thailand on? How well documented is your motorcycle? All original sales documentation? All registration documents? Motorcycle driver's licenses to include expired and international drivers licenses? Is there a lien against the motorcycle? Do you have a yellow tambien baan (house registration)? (NOTE: This was the first key Thai document that I needed to proceed onto dealing with the Department of Foreign Trade and Thai Customs. This was incredibly bureaucratic for me.) There are two Thai government agencies that one needs to interact with in order to permanently import a motorcycle into Thailand: 1. Department of Foreign Trade within the Ministry of Commerce (NOTE: An import license must be obtained as well as an import permit for the motorcycle. I did NOT obtain these critical documents from the Department of Transportation.) 2. Customs Department (http://en.customs.go.th/content.php?ini_content=individuals_151007_01&lang=en&left_menu=menu_individuals_151007_01). (NOTE: This is the new link as it appears that Thai Customs has updated its website.) 3. (NOTE: I did contact the Thai Industrial Standards Institute and they informed me that because I was importing a used/second hand motorcycle they did not play a role in the importation process.) I did have to pay import duties and the motorcycle was depreciated in accordance with the formula that can be found in the Thai Customs link above. The cost wasn't zero baht but it was considerably less than a new or used equivalent BMW here in Thailand. Once I completed the importation, I then took that paperwork to my local Department of Transport. I filled out more paperwork and paid a small processing fee. Weeks later I received my green registration book and license plate. AlI personnel that I interacted with at all of the aforementioned Thai government agencies were professional and ethical. I will point out that many of the personnel in these offices are not completely familiar with permanently importing a motorcycle because they just don't see it happen that often. Patience, thoroughness, and professional determination are required. I found that researching the process online, asking a lot of questions, and communicating with each office in person or online to be effective. I started the process over a year prior to shipping my motorcycle.
  8. As stated in another post, https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1001928-suspicious-black-water-jomtien-beach/?tab=comments#comment-12265998, towards the end of this past July I just spent about five days at Jomtien Beach. Everyday in the morning I could see the following dark water from my balcony. I couldn't see this water when I was at street or beach level. Some days the flow would go the other direction depending on currents. It doesn't look good.
  9. I too would like to find a responsible motorcycle group. With that stated, I am very cautious given some of what I have witnessed. On 11 March 2017, I was taking a friend from Nang Rong to Buriram to get an MRI done. We were in my pickup on highway 218 headed toward Buriram when we were passed by a large group of sport motorcycles (sport bikes), mostly 1 liter class. The riders were weaving in and out of traffic with absolutely no regard to anyone. There was a quite a bit of traffic on highway 218 that day because it was Saturday and the first race day of the 2017 World Superbike Motul Thai round run at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram. That group of 15 or so riders continued on their way. About 10-15 minutes further north I came across a number of sport bikes, again mostly 1 liter class, parked on the west side (north bound) of highway 218. This was a different group of riders that had previously passed me. The traffic slowed to a crawl and I noticed two wrecked Kawasaki motorcycles. They appeared to be Ninja ZX-10Rs. One was in three pieces (Headstock and front suspension; engine; and rear suspension and swingarm.) There were plenty of people surrounding the area providing some sort of assistance so I continued on to the appointment. (NOTE: No emergency personnel had arrived at the time.) Later at the Buriram Government hospital while waiting for my friend to complete the MRI, I walked out toward the emergency room area. (NOTE: The Buriram Government hospital is the only hospital in the city and region with MRI capability.) I noticed an entire group of riders in the waiting room with their motorcycles parked just outside. It was the same group of motorcycles parked on highway 218 near the two wrecked Kawasaki motorcycles. I went out to look at the motorcycles. There were about twenty of them, all 1 liter class. There were BMW S100RRs, Honda CBR 1000s, etc. 16 of the 20 motorcycles had no mirrors. 4 of the 20 motorcycles had the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) mirrors removed and had bar-end mirrors installed. (NOTE: There are some motorcycles in the links below that do have OEM mirrors but none of the motorcycles that I saw that were outside the emergency room had them.) I later learned that one rider succumbed at the hospital. I was told that this group of riders was from southern Thailand. I was also told that the accident occurred when one of the motorcycles struck another car, and that car happened to be part of this same motorcycle group traveling to see the race. It has been a while but here are some links, albeit in Thai, that provide some information on the incident: http://news.sanook.com/2182034/ http://www.manager.co.th/QOL/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9600000025126 I believe this is some video footage of the site: Compared to riding in Europe, riding or driving in Thailand is nerve racking at the best and deadly at the worst.
  10. Another good point. This added night capability apparently has been tested with automobiles, pickups, and commercial vehicles throughout Thailand. Once found, the testing results require further review for validation.
  11. Good point. Accuracy is important and achieving that accuracy is often made possible by knowledgeable and qualified individuals providing constructive criticism. It is a real honor to participate in this particular thread and its dedication to engineering excellence.
  12. Another technique that may be more cost effective than some of the aforementioned modifications is to pursue performance perception enhancements. It appears that locals achieve one of these enhancements by increasing the consumption of วิสกี้ข้าว prior to or while operating scooters. (NOTE: The Thai word, วิสกี้ข้าว, is apparently referred to as Lao Khao. It is frequently packaged in small brown bottles formerly containing Thai energy beverages. For ease of understanding, วิสกี้ข้าว will be referred to as Lao Khao.) The perception of performance is directly proportional to the amount of Lao Khao consumed. Actual acceleration and speed improvements may not be realized but the rider will have the perception that those two characteristics have improved, thus increasing riding enjoyment. Handling improvements were not previously addressed in this thread, but it has been observed that Lao Khao dramatically enhances the perception of improved handling as well. Additionally, it has been reported that Lao Khao also improves one’s intelligence and self-confidence, as well as improving the appearance of others. One negative side effect, although temporary, is diminished hearing capability.
  13. VocalNeal, Thanks and noted. I believe that the use of stripes, decals, and stickers has already been discussed. Changing the weights in the scooter variator has also been discussed. The following are some of my observations, while here in Thailand, that can also affect acceleration and speed. In Thailand acceleration and speed can be affected by making changes to the following: The Scooter Riding technique Riding tactics 1. The scooter. Most performance enhancements are realized when reducing mass as well as the drag coefficient (Cd). Acceleration (a) is a function of force (F) divided by mass (m). One form of this formula is a = F/m. By decreasing mass (m), acceleration (a) will increase. The drag coefficient (Cd) is typically lowered by decreasing surface area. By decreasing the drag coefficient improved acceleration and speed can be realized. Here is a list of typical modifications. Remove both mirrors. The scooter manufacturers, for the Thai market, have installed mirrors for the purpose of personal grooming. For those interested in improved performance, they are removed. This lowers the mass of the scooter as well as decreasing the surface area, thereby improving the drag coefficient. Another benefit of removing the mirrors is that it improves the rider’s concentration. The rider is no longer distracted by objects appearing in his mirrors. Replace the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wheels and tires. This modification is achieved by replacing the OEM wheel/tire combination with very narrow aftermarket wheels and tires. Typically this lowers mass because the aftermarket wheels are lighter and the tires are a thin walled high performance bias ply. This narrow combination also decreases the surface area, lowering the drag coefficient. Another benefit of the narrow wheel/tire combination is lowered rolling resistance. Disconnect the lights. Apparently, scooter electrics in Thailand operate differently than in other regions of the world. The headlight, taillight, and turn indicator lights rob the engine of power. If one is uncomfortable working on vehicle electronics that is understandable. Just wait for a bulb failure to realize a performance increase. Do not replace the failed bulb in order to maintain the improved performance. Get a louder exhaust system. Apparently through years of automotive engineering research and testing, Thai engineers have discovered that testing is unnecessary. It has been determined that improved engine performance is proportional to the increased decibel level of an aftermarket exhaust system. There is no longer a need to test the vehicle on a rolling road dynamometer. The louder the exhaust system, the greater the improvement in acceleration and speed. There will be no impact on fuel economy. 2. Riding technique. Here are some proven Thai riding techniques as well as some changes to rider gear that may result in improved scooter performance. Keep your elbows locked to your sides and your arms/hands in a praying mantis position on the handle bars. This is one of the simplest ways of decreasing the coefficient of drag. Keep your head down, fixed to the front, and your chin on your chest. This also lowers the coefficient of drag. It also aids the rider in not becoming distracted with any object in his peripheral vision. Do not wear any protective gear. Getting rid of the helmet, armored jacket and pants, gloves, proper footwear drastically lowers the mass. 3. Riding tactics. These Thai riding tactics show greater benefits to speed rather than to acceleration. Do not slow or lift on the throttle when coming to intersections or changing lights. The traffic here in Thailand is severe and this tactic will enable the rider to more quickly arrive at his destination. Ride in between vehicles or vehicles and the curb without lifting off of the throttle. Apparently it has been determined that the flow of air in between vehicles or between a vehicle and a curb is more laminar. This laminar, non turbulent, flow of air is better for maintaining one’s speed. Both of the aforementioned tactics allow for almost event free travel. Summary. These practices require further study as they do not appear to following automotive engineering practices of Europe, the USA, Japan, or South Korea. Finally, I defer to other members who have been in Thailand longer for additional observations and conclusions.
  14. Likit Racing might be of some assistance. https://www.likitracingshop.com/15663524/ชามซิ่ง-grand-filano https://www.facebook.com/likitracing/
  15. Suspicious Black Water Jomtien Beach

    Amazing. I just don't understand. Why isn't there any concern as well as will to do anything about this? Why can't waste disposal be done correctly the first time? Is there any clean sea water coastline here in Thailand?