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Top Five Women Tennis Players of All Time

Over the years WTA Rankings have earned the ire of the critics and many termed them absurd. According to them these rankings do not justify the efforts of players and bring forth a cryptic picture as many players have become World No. 2. 1 without winning a single Major title. It is because of the contributions of some legendary tennis players that this individual game has earned fundamental following all across the globe. Let's take a look at top five women tennis players of all time.

1. Steffi Graf – 22 Majors, 107 titles: On first position we have the queen of titles, Steffi Graf who welcomed aggression and agility to the game and thoroughly rule the tennis landscape for more than five years – she did all the right things on Court to augment the popularity of tennis. Graf won 25 out of 30 tournaments in 1988 and 1989 – including seven of eight Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal. She was World No. 1 for a record 337 weeks. In total, Graf won 11 Grand Slams.

2. Martina Navratilova – 18 Majors, 167 titles: When it comes to consistency, Martina Navratilova is certainly the greatest of all times. Navratilova finished her career with mind-boggling stats: 1,442 wins, 167 titles with a 74-match win streak. She also played in 23 consecutive singles finals, won 18 singles titles at Grand Slams, 59 total titles at the Slams with nine victories at Wimbledon.

3. Chris Evert – 18 Majors, 157 titles: Chis Evert dominated the era, when tennis was spreading its reach through the globe. She had her tough times on the court, but with sheer resilience and determination, Evert made an impact in a big-hitting era. Evert made into the semifinals of her first 34 Grand Slams. Evert graduated became a household name in all the nations, which were promoting tennis at that point of time.

4. Margaret Court – 24 Majors, 92 titles: Margaret Court played in both the amateur and Open eras. She became the second woman ever to win the Grand Slam. She won 21 tournaments and posted a fabulous 104-6 record.

5. Serena Williams – 13 Majors, 37 titles: Serena Williams became a force to be reckoned with in the modern era of tennis. The younger Williams sister won 13 Slams and she can add a few more – provided she would stay fit at this joke of her career. Williams just need a few good victorious under her belt to get back her destructive form.

Source by Alphonso Samartha

History of Rifle Scopes

Our rifle scopes are most directly related to refracting telescopes of which the first practical versions were seen in about 1608 in the Netherlands. These first refracting telescopes are credited to Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, spectacle-makers and Jacob Metius. We are probably more familiar with the name Galileo Galilei who heard of the invention in 1609 and proceeded make his own version. The first experiments to give shooters a telescopic sight go back to the early 17th century but all the early attempts had practical or performance limitations.

The first documented telescopic rifle sight was invented shortly after 1835 by Morgan James of Utica, NY. John R. Chapman, a civil engineer, worked with James on some of the concepts and design, and they produced the Chapman-James sight. In 1855, William Malcolm of Syracuse, NY began producing his own sight. Malcolm incorporated achromatic lenses like those used in telescopes. He also improved the windage and elevation adjustments. Malcolm’s sights and those made by Mr. L.M. Amidon of Vermont were the standard during the Civil War.

Telescopic sights were used to good effect by both sides during the Civil War. There were a number of noteworthy shots and some rumors of hits from 1000 yards or more. At Spotsylvania the Union General Sedgwick was reportedly killed by a sniper from a distance of 1000 yards. The actual measured distance is about 550 yards which is still very impressive for a black powder rifle in combat conditions, (the shooter fired from a tree).

Variable power rifle scopes were not developed until the late 1940s and it was several years before they were reliable products both in performance and longevity. They frequently did not return to zero after adjusting for elevation or windage and would fog up in wet conditions or just from altitude changes. Waterproof scopes appeared about 1960.

The introduction of variable power rifle scopes also introduced the issue of mounting the reticle at the first or second focal plane. In general a scope with a first focal plane reticle will cost more than a one with a second focal plane reticle. In first focal plane optics the reticle cell is located at the front of the lenses that control the magnification level so as the magnification level changes the reticle will appear to get bigger and smaller from the shooter’s perspective. The reticle is actually maintaining its size in relation to the target which means range estimation, trajectory compensation, and leads can be done at any available magnification level.

The more common arrangement for a variable powered rifle scope is to have the reticle in the second focal plane. This arrangement is cheaper to design and produce compared to a first focal plane reticle. The second focal plane reticle cell is installed at the end of the erector tube so as the magnification level changes the reticle will appear to stay the same size. This means that accurate ranging, hold-overs, and leads can only be done on one magnification setting without some sort of conversion.

The basics of scope design have remained much the same since the 1960s with some added details such as multi-coated lenses in the 1970s and parallax adjustment (only needed above 8x magnification), and illuminated reticles which can extend morning and evening shooting times. The basic crosshair has been enhanced in a multitude of varieties including adaptations of the military Mil-Dot range finding system. Each manufacturer has also created proprietary range finding reticles.

The most significant and recent change to rifle scope design is the incorporation of laser range finders into the scope itself. In 1997 Swarovski Optik introduced the LRS series telescopic sight, the first rifle scope on the civilian market with an integrated laser rangefinder. The LRS could measure ranges up to 600 meters (660 yard). The LRS sights are out of production, but scopes with similar but superior features are commercially available from Burris and Bushnell. There are scopes available in every price range and with a huge variety of options. Carefully consider your needs and evaluate the available options and you will find a rifle scope that is perfect for you. If you find yourself in need of laser range finding scope or other rangefinder scope please visit

Source by Steven Woodruff

The Pros and Cons of eBay

As effective as eBay is, it has its pro’s and con’s. In today’s world, people find e-commerce extremely helpful. With busy schedules and tons of work to accomplish in less than 24hrs, almost everyone prefers buying online. Hence eBay is extremely popular with the masses. Just the fact that one can buy stuff without moving a muscle is exhilarating. eBay is the most renowned online buying sites.

Like any other site or online buying site, eBay has its own advantages and disadvantages. One has should keep this in mind while ordering online.

Let us begin with the advantages:

It is nothing but a simple process and is extremely easy. Your shopping spree is always only a few clicks away.

eBay offers you a large variety of products to choose from.

eBay is fun and very entertaining. You have the most unusual items to choose from. The graphics are neat and extremely colorful. The weird listings and the quirky listings, you will find are quite entertaining as well. If you are interested in any sort of unusual product you can normally find it here.

eBay educates on the prices of various products in the market at the current time. You can learn the price of any product at any given time online. eBay lets you know what people are willing to pay for a given product in real time.

Surprisingly enough, eBay most often than not refunds their customers, should anything go wrong with the product. Most of the sellers have return policy’s that they follow. Be sure to check out the seller’s feedback to determine if they do what they say they are going to do in their listing.

Now let us look at reasons why eBay is not a very good option:

You cannot be sure of the quality of the product you are buying. Almost all sellers will claim that their product is in excellent condition, on delivery you will find that your product is not exactly in good condition; scratches cannot often be seen in pictures.

When you buy a product online, it is usually mailed to you. You cannot be guaranteed that the product will not get damaged when mailed. Very often, the delivery is extremely expensive and you spend a whole lot of money on it. Especially if you are in a different country from the buyer, you will need to pay international charges that are just all too expensive. Be sure to get the item insured by the seller when ever possible.

Buying online steals you of the time at the mall and the cups of coffee with your friends. Though buying on eBay is not time consuming, it isn’t as much fun as your time at the mall. Somehow at the mall, you bump into friends, get to see and touch the products you want and just enjoy an evening out, whereas you can’t do the same with eBay.

On the net, you can never be too careful of frauds. You almost have no idea what to expect. It calls for you to trust a perfect stranger. Always check the sellers feedback and ask questions to ensure that your sales transaction is fair for both parties.

When selling products for a profit on eBay it can be very difficult to find products that you can profit with unless you use a membership based company to find wholesale products like The North American Wholesale Co-op Association (

You will find that you get hooked onto it. Soon enough, you will be buying almost everything online.

Source by Lee Mark

Exquisite Jewelery of Solihull – The History

Most sources quote the company manufactured jewelery from the sixties to the seventies. However this is untrue. Exquisite jewelery was produced by the company called WAP Watson Ltd. Here is the companies time line:

1909 to 1914 – Walter Archibald Parker Watson had a small factory in Hockley Hill, Birmingham manufacturing chains and then gilt jewelery.

1914 WAP Watson sold his company to Augustus Harry Power and Clarence Oswald Flint. They shut the name and subsequently became WAP Watson LTD

1914 to 1934 Following the First World War, Messrs Power and Flint became formed in producing costume jewelery. The original number of employees was 6 and it was during this time the range of jewelery was named Exquisite.

1934 The company with its 125 employees moved to Hampton Street in the Birmingham's Jewelery Quarter. They also had concessions in Mary Street. Now not only producing jewelery but also crested souvenirs.

1937 to 1954 WAP Watson ceased manufacturing jewelery during the Second World War but concentrated on helping the war effort. Following the war, Exquisite jewelery and the souvenirs production continued. But with increased demand and the restricted space available in the Birmingham's Jewelery Quarter, the Powers looked for larger awards. Augustus son's Wallis and Jack had now become the managing directors

1954 to 1977 The company moved in 1954 to Vulcan Road Solihull. Expanded and introduced the Mirella trade name of gold plated picture frames, mirrors, pens and small pill boxes. The name Mirella came from one of their employees. Crystal was introduced into their product manufacturing. At their peak the company produced 20,000 pieces of jewelery under the Exquisite name. Famous for their Birthday and Scottish range – beautifully hand enameled brooches, necklaces and earrings.

1977 The Exquisite Jewelery range was stopped due to the competition of the high import of cheaper jewelery from the East. However the crested souvenir range was expanding as more people were able to take holidays in the UK and abroad. Spoons, bells, letter openings, thimbles were available in all the tourist gift shops across the UK

1977 to 1989 The company had to reduce employees as they struggled to survive the recession and competition. They produced new ranges of Collector 'Keepsakes – thimbles, letter opens and bells. Also leather goods under the name of Manor Leather craft.

1989 to 2000 The Crystal Flame range of silver and gilt animals with a crystal became popular and eventually developed into the Tudor Mint range. The popular Myths and Magic range of medieval figures and characters took off and still is very collectible today

2000 onward The Solihull factory closed in the early 2000's as the company moved to the USA to expand the Tudor Mint range. In 2007 the company sold this to the Xystos group but still retains a holding company of The Watson Group Limited in Shirley Solihull.

WAP Watson left a large amount of collectible and beautiful jewelery. Many ranges are available and matching pieces.

Source by Susan C Weaver

Be the Master of Your Digital Camera

A very popular hobby that many people have enjoyed and many more people are learning to enjoy is photography. Taking photos with your digital camera can prove to be very enjoyable. Some will carry their camera with them wherever they go so they do not miss taking that special photo while others do it as a part time or weekend job to supplement their income. Whatever your reason may be for getting into digital photography, there are some things you need to keep in mind when taking your pictures.

Before anything else, you must realize that you are the director and you will absolutely determine how a picture will turn out. Do not be shy in taking photos of people or climbing a little hill to get that perfect shot of the ocean beyond the trees. Let your creativity shine forth, and you will learn to appreciate your photos even more. Taking pictures with a preconceived notification of how pictures are provided to be taken is the wrong approach to take. With that in mind, though, there are some things that you do need to be aware of so your pictures will turn out right in the first place.

One thing that some beginner photographers have trouble with is working with the flash on the camera. The flash can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You need to learn how your camera uses the flash with each setting or scene mode that it has. The camera will use the flash differently when the scene mode is set at a nighttime setting as opposed to its automatic setting. Use natural lighting whenever possible, but make sure that the sun is lighting the object or person you want to take a picture of the proper way. Taking the picture with the sun directly behind or in front of your subject will cause your photo to become either underexposed or overexposed. When taking pictures at night, do not get too close to your subject unless you want it to turn out very, very bright.

Practice makes perfect, and one way to get that practice is to take many photos of the same object but at different angles, distances, and with or without the flash. If you want, you can keep notes of what the lighting conditions are, whether you use the flash or not, the camera scene mode you used, if any, and your distance from the object. That should give you a better understanding of what you should expect you to encounter a picture-taking moment with the same conditions in the future.

Keep in mind also that you will need to devote some time to get better at your photographic skills. With time, you will develop a sense for taking a picture and having it come out the way that you want it to.

Source by Aydan Corkern

Wholesale Fashion Jewelry – 5 Shortcuts to Retail Success

Something in the human spirit is always itching for independence and this itch translates to a constant flow of new entrepreneurs that so often gravitate towards fashion jewelry. What is so irresistible about this accessory? Beyond the high profit margins that wholesale fashion jewelry can open for retailers lies an intrinsic beauty that creates truly wearable art. Yes, wholesale fashion jewelry offers plenty of profit potential that enables retailers to turn small investments into the longest mark-up in the fashion industry, but the magic of fashion jewelry’s beauty stops consumers in their tracks and this magnetic attraction, more than anything else, brings the entrepreneur into retail sales specializing in jewelry.

Many of these new fashion jewelry businesses begin on the simplest level with retailers buying wholesale fashion jewelry and presenting it to friends and co-workers. Easy sales and new found profits ignite a fire to grow the business, but what step comes next? As a twenty-five year veteran of the wholesale fashion jewelry industry, I have seen business after business start in this way and often grow to become the major supplier of fashion accessories in a community. The learning curve never ends as fashion jewelry evolves as well as retail tactics, but some things never change and these key techniques will have positive impact on your fashion jewelry business.

But first, how are you going to sell your treasure of wholesale fashion jewelry? Outgoing personalities love the active sale. Visit businesses, do parties, set up in flea markets or craft shows, and bubble over with enthusiasm as you introduce stunning fashion jewelry to consumers. All they need is a crowd and permission to set up. Bingos, festivals, school picnics, car shows, sporting events-the list is endless. Overhead is low and actually stops when not engaged in sales activities. But so does sales, so many prefer brick and mortar businesses with a higher overhead, but continuing business even when you’re not there.

The quieter, methodical personality may not be up to this bubbling enthusiasm and choose a passive sales mode. Successful businesses often build without the entrepreneur ever engaged in active sales to the consumer. They connect with beauty shops and other locations to provide fashion jewelry on consignment with the owner profiting as well as the entrepreneur. Methodical personalities think out the details like how to handle shrinkage of missing items with no sales recorded. Increasing price and lowering consignment fees compensates for losses when fashion jewelry has open exposure that can result in more shrinkage. The flip side is reduced sales in secure environments like showcases or behind the counter, which reduce shrinkage, but unfortunately, also sales.

Okay, both personalities have a selling method they are comfortable with and both can expand their business with online marketing by working on websites while their sales support them as the websites grow, climbing higher in the results of major search engines. But what about the 5 shortcuts to retail success? They boil down to pricing, selection, presentation, knowledge, and benefits.

-First comes pricing the wholesale fashion jewelry. New entrepreneurs often feel shock waves as they see the wholesale cost compared to retail prices they paid as consumers. The first temptation is undercut all the competition. Stop there!-because fashion jewelry is cyclical and low prices generate low profits that don’t carry retailers through the tough times. Do you want to spend all your earnings on restocking wholesale fashion jewelry and covering overhead? Of course not, you want to grow your business and make a profit and pricing is important.

Retail uses a term called keystone-a nice word for doubling the wholesale price. Make keystone the minimum for mark-up in fashion jewelry and look for the items that give you room for far longer mark-ups. The upside has no rules. Let your intuition guide you because prices can always come down, but it is difficult to go up.

-Next comes selection and this is a factor that major retailers like fine department stores are always struggling to get right. Stroll through one and you will see they have reduced staff on the floor so selection often has to sell itself. The fine department stores need “no miss” choices and have resources, forecasts, statistics, and trained buyers to make these decisions. Small retailers don’t need to be discouraged because this isn’t rocket science and you are closer to the clientele in your location than any major retailer.

Making the perfect selection rests on the age and demographics of your main customer base. Add this to the fashion trends of the season and you are close to perfect. How do you keep up with all those rapid changing fashion trends? Well rapid change is a myth. Trends change very slowly-often over a decade. Yes, colors and subtle adjustments occur every season, but today we are in the midst of classic trends that started in the early 21st century and have a promising future. More on this when we cover knowledge.

-Now for presentation-making the fashion jewelry look special. Ever notice how necklaces clumped together on a tee bar on top of a showcase seem to scream “I’m on sale” while the stuff in the showcase whispers “I’m special”. That’s presentation and how it has changed even for fine department stores.

Teri Agins in The End of Fashion details how department stores that were once “the first visual contact with fashion” and “introduced merchandise concepts to customers” changed in the late 20th century to a collection of brands. Agins quotes one upscale shopper who “was appalled when she discovered $19.99 Nine West shoes displayed right next to $350 Chanels” in her favorite department store that was compromising its image of elite fashion. Make an item look special and it takes on the perception of higher value.

-Next comes knowledge that is worth more than price. Don’t believe it? Think of items you bought because the sales person impressed you with a deep understanding of the product. That was worth more than price. I personally experienced this lesson when I did a trade show with a colleague. I told my customers the fashion jewelry was a real value at the price. His sales person painted a word picture of the wholesale fashion jewelry with the season’s apparel and wrote more orders without the customers even knowing the price.

Knowledge is knowing the trends and knowing the item. Consumers trust a well-informed source and when you know what is today’s style and why it looks right on the customer, you remove the burden of choice from the buyer.

Knowledge today goes deeper because classic trends in fashion jewelry bring gemstone components, shell, Murano style glass, Millefiore, and more to jewelry designs. A story is worth volumes in explaining glass jewelry and knowledge of gemstones that removes the doubt about whether it is real. Don’t be overwhelmed about understanding the trends and knowledge of today’s components because everything is detailed in a report, Wholesale Fashion Jewelry-The Magic of Trends (find a link to the report at the foot of this article).

-Finally there are benefits. Think of benefits as vision-what the customer envisions. Anyone that buys fashion jewelry wants to make a positive statement. They want a look that is flattering and appropriate. So like the car commercial running on the radio, features describe the details like length, color, texture, and shape while benefits say “matches apparel while complementing your complexion”, “draws attention to your slender neck”, or “creates a youthful look that is so you”. The old adage of sell the sizzle, not the steak, gets to the point. Pick the right item for the customer, be sincere, and sell the sizzle.

Will all this work in a slowing economy? Absolutely! In worrisome times women appreciate an escape valve of some small new purchase. What fulfills this better than fashion jewelry? Apply the five shortcuts and lift your customers’ spirits with a feel-good experience.

Source by Michael Gietl

Getting Rid of Menacing Garden Slugs

Garden slugs can cause a lot of damage in your backyard garden. They chew their way way through your plant leaves, bulbs, stems and the fruit. Gardeners have been concerned with removing slugs from the garden since there has been gardening. There are some things that you can do to remove these pesky slimy creatures from your garden.

The first thing that you can do is basically pull the slugs off of your plants. Removing the slugs by hand will ensure that you get all the adults off of your plants before they have a chance to reproduce and you are left with an infestation. This is a chore that must be checked and done frequently to keep the slugs out of your garden.

Some gardeners use traps for garden slugs. Simple traps can be made with orange rinds and cage leaves if you place them in your garden in an inverted position. Just collect the traps every day and throw away the slugs along with the trap.

There are also some commercial sprays that you can use to get rid of garden slugs. These products are usually made of ammonia and water. The slugs will actually be dissolved with this mixture. You can make your own or pick it up in any gardening store.

Copper will also work as a deterrent for garden slugs. Using strips as a decorative touch in your garden will serve to create a lovely look and keep the slugs out.

These are a few of the tricks that you can use to keep garden slugs out of your garden. Keeping an eye on the pests that can ruin your plants is one of your biggest priorities as a gardener. The plants will blossom if you make sure to keep away pests and anything that will damage and stunt their growth.

Source by Shane Dayton

Toning Up – An Introduction To Getting Toned

We’ve heard it all before. And we’ve probably said it ourselves especially when beach season is just around the corner.

“I want to get more toned.”

When you ask them what they mean by wanting to get “toned”, chances are you’ll hear adjectives such as “tight”, “firm” and “trim”.

So what is toning?

“Tone” refers to the condition of your muscles. It should be tight and firm but you must also reduce your level of body fat so it will not obscure visibility or definition.

At rest, your muscles are in a state of partial contraction. When required, muscles fibres contract priming your body to action. Muscle contraction is more evident in a lean but built physique. This is why over the years the word “tone” has been associated with a trim, tight and firm body.

There are 3 components to getting a toned body…

The first component is resistance training. When you apply resistance to muscle it responds by recruiting fibres to handle the amount of forces directed to it. Staying frequently active helps with toning your muscles and helps burn off excess body fat by increasing your metabolism.

There are many ways to apply resistance to muscle but the best way is by lifting weights. With a weight training program, you can adjust the amount of resistance by tweaking the amount of weight or increasing the number of reps.

The second component is cardio. The most effective form of cardio is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Not only does your body use stored carbohydrates as the primary fuel in HIIT but your metabolism stays elevated 48 hours after exercise. Your body becomes a fat-burning machine!

Finally, the third component is diet and proper nutrition. You need the right sources of calories to fuel your workouts and to jump-start recovery after a productive training session in the gym. A well-planned diet made up of healthy and nutritious meals will help unveil your toned physique!

Getting all these components to work and complement each other will be the key to a successful body toning program.

Before you embark on a muscle toning program, visit several exercise websites for specific exercises for toning up as well as specific diet tips.

You can exercise all day long but having the correct diet will be the key to making that muscle tone visible to the world and ensure all your hard work pays off!

Source by Dmitri Simons

The 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT8 – Everything That A Wagon Should Be

The 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT8 is one sinister looking wagon and it's not just about the color. Wagons may not be the first choice by most when it comes to a cool conveyance but if utility is high on the priority list then there are always SUVs, vans and wagons.

Wagons provide as much cargo room without sacrificing a car's typically better ride, handling, braking, and acceleration. The Dodge Magnum SRT8 is like a Charger with a really big trunk which makes this wagon a match to SUVs and vans when it comes to loading cargoes.

These LX cars have proven quite a success for Chrysler and it's because of some very good reasons. It's based on the E-Class Mercedes platform, offer rear-drive, full-size comfort in a more refined package than what most American car buyers are used to. The price is also remarkable since it's very affordable.

The Hemi versions in particular offer a lot of features plus extras for the buck. But with the additional of the SRT badge, expect to get things a little more devilish.

The Drivetrain
When it comes to vehicles it's always about the engine. Instead of the 5.7 liter Hemi, the SRT will have a smokin '6.1 liter version with an additional 80 hp. The Street and Racing technology engineers worked with their black magic and created the classic Hemi orange block and black valve cover paint to remind customers of the powerful heritage of the SRT.

The hemispherical combustion chambers were viewed as the source of dominant power in the past. And that is also one of the reasons why the Hemi 'Cuda convertibles can cost over $ 2 million at auction today. The "Street hemi" of the 60s and 70s produced 425 horsepower from its 426 cubic inches of displacement. The present Hemi gets a similar output from less than 90 percent of that displacement.

The SRT team starts with a run-of-the-mill 5.7 then bores the cylinders by 3.5 mm, increments the compression ratio from 9.6: 1 to 10.3: 1, redesigns the cylinder heads, exhaust and intake systems for increased flow and hit the Redline from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm. There was nothing more left with the standard 5.7 once the SRT team gets through with it – valves, cams, rods, manifolds, rods, crank, oil pan, pistons … you name it they've changed it all … .Every single part. The block is also given more reinforcement and the result is a seemingly endless grunt whenever you have a need for it.

The output is also rated at 425 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 420 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm. This power is routed through the A580 five-speed AutoStick that may prove to be a little related to downshift on its own. Upshifts are smooth and may prove to be unremarkable but once under full throttle they seem a bit abrupt. The transmission may not be the smoothest in the world but it enough for most accomplished drivers.

A tap to the right or left once in drive mode will enable drivers to hold a gear which will be displayed on the dash. And the best thing about automatic is that it makes burnouts as simple as pressing both pedals for a second or two before letting the brakes out. Never forget to disengage the ESP Traction control unless you want to change tires already.

The Suspension
Since the Dodge Magnum SRT8 is a large vehicle weighing 4,260 lbs it is best to start with the brakes. The SRT description its size is capable of decelerating from 70 to 0 mph in approximately 170 feet. It can also do the quarter-mile in the mid 13s and can also do 0 to 100 to 0 mph in the mid 16-second range. That's one serious stopping power courtesy of the 14.2 inch front and 13.8 inch rear vented Brembos.

These Brembos are strong and easily modulated even when it means reducing a triple-digit velocity by half in one emergency maneuver. It just did what it asked to do without any problem. The brakes that within the large, 20-inch polished 5 spokes, wrapped in 245/45 Goodyear F1 summer tires provide excellent gripping performance.

The SRT's special shocks, modified spring rates, different bushings, plus the big anti-sway bars create a huge change to the handling. The vehicles height is also lowered by just one-half inch but it feels like it's lowered by a lot more. The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) has also been reprogrammed to provide a slightly more antisocial behavior before cutting in. The riding comfort that one gets from the SRT8 will make you wonder why all suspensions are not tuned in a similar manner.

The Exterior
The exterior appeal of the Magnum SRT8 is charming and compelling. No other wagon has been as successful as the Magnum SRT8 has been able to stir the soul so thoroughly. The Dodge Ram crosshair grille, tapering roofline, and raised beltline exudes power and muscle. The Dodge Magnum SRT8 is available in Brilliant Black, Bright Silver or Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat.

Chrysler's Eagle
The Dodge Magnum SRT8 is not the first powerful vehicle that Chrysler has developed. The Eagle Talon which was one of the three model names given to a passenger car manufactured and sold by the then Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors of Japan in a joint venture known as the Diamond Star Motor, between 1990 and 1998.

The Talon was then sold under the Eagle brand developed by Chrysler to compete with Japanese imports in the late 1980s. The other siblings of the Talon were the Eclipse which was sold by Mitsubishi and the Laser which was sold by Plymouth another Chrysler brand. Both Plymouth and Eagle has been discontinued but this fact the production of Eagle parts like the Eagle exhaust lasts. The Eagle exhaust is renamed for performance and power.

The Eagle Talon together with the Eclipse and the Laser were built on the same platform at the DSM manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. The three vehicles were mechanically identical including engine, transmission, and drivetrain. In terms of exterior features the three cars only different in wheels, tail lights, availability of colors, front and rear bumpers, and spoilers.

And speaking of colors the Eagle Talon has a two-tone body color, which is called the 'greenhouse'. Starting from its roof, pillows, door-mounted mirrors the color was always black regardless of the body color.

The other basic characteristics of the Eagle Talon include:

O Two doors

O Hatchback

O 2 + 2 seating (2 front seats and 2 marginal, fold down rear seats)

O 4 option levels (starting from lowest to highest): DL, ES, TSI, and TSi AWD

O Front-wheel drive (FWD) for all option levels except for the top option level which had all-wheel drive (AWD)

O 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions

O Two-tone color combination

O Hood bulge on the left-hand side of the car that provides it with adequate clearance for the camshaft sprockets / timing belt cover on the 4G63engine

One outstanding thing about the Talon is its success compared to the Eagle nameplate which was a huge flop for Chrysler. While the Eagle failed to gain any market share from Pontiac which was its main rival, the Talon on the other hand was a stellar success and the only Eagle model that was profitable. The Talon has received lots of rewards and sold over 100,000 units in its lifetime and created a cult of followers.

Source by Jerick Brooks

What To Look For In The Interior Fit Out Company To Hire

When you step into an office, what is the first thing that catches your eye? More often than not, it would probably be the interior design.

The interior design of any office can say a great deal about how a company perceives itself. For a company who wants to look professional and presentable, it is important that its office interior fit out design conveys this message so that it can impress new and retain its current clients or customers.

Since having an impressive office is tantamount to having good business, it is crucial to get help from a seasoned interior fit out company to have the look you want for your work place. Although it may be tempting to cut costs when it comes to office interiors and simply embark on a DIY office improvement project, the truth is that by investing well in the workmanship, materials and design aspects of office interiors, you are effectively reducing the risk of having to repair or refurbish any area or element of the workplace before you planned to. But to make sure that you will be getting your money’s worth out of an investment in enhancing your office interior, it is important to choose the right interior fit out company to hire. Below are some of the important things you have to look for in the interior fit out company you should work with:

Ample experience. Make sure you know how much experience in interior fit outs the contractor you are thinking of hiring has. Obviously, the more projects they’ve completed, the better. Pick a company that has done projects of varying scales across a wide range of industries. In general, the broader the scope of their experience and knowledge, the more they will bring to the table. To get an idea of the work the company does, look at their portfolio of completed projects.

Technical expertise. As a probable client, your knowledge regarding the technical aspects of interior fit outs may vary, but the contractor should be able to demonstrate their technical proficiency to you. To gauge their level of technical expertise, ask them about technical issues they’ve encountered on previous jobs. Inquire about how they found a solution and the steps they took to overcome these obstacles. The best fit out contractor will talk to you at length about their answers to your questions and will also discuss the technical details and considerations of a project.

Recommendations. After viewing the contractor’s portfolio and meeting with them, ask for the contact information of some of their past or current clients. Call up these clients and ask them questions about the project. Find out if they were satisfied with the job and if the contractor met their needs. Ask about their experience of working with the contractor as well. Their answers should then give you a fair idea of what you can expect if you hire this company.

Source by Johnny Carlino