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Max Orido’s Magical Fuse: is this a snake oil scam or a magical wonder product? – Deepdive

Last week I came across a box of Max Orido’s Magical Fuse in one of the blog items of the AE86 Black Limited in the AE86 Wall of Shame. I had never heard of this product, but the name intrigued me very much. Max Orido is a well-known name in the AE86, 86 and GR86 scenes and he must know what’s good and what’s not. But magical sounds too good to be true! So is Max Orido’s Magical Fuse just a snake oil scam or is it really that wonder product that he claims it is?

Max Orido's Magical Fuse: snake oil or magical wonder?
Max Orido’s Magical Fuse: snake oil or magical wonder?

What is Max Orido’s Magical Fuse?

Let’s begin with what it is. Max Orido didn’t create the Magical Fuse himself. A company called Magicalfuse was the one who developed and created them. Orido just sells them in his shop. The Magical Fusebox is nothing else but a box full of fuses. And this box costs well over 130 dollars. Yes, really! Those fuses are expensive! But why?

Box full of magical fuses
Box full of magical fuses
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Why did the 1985 Nissan March Turbo feature this hybrid cluster? – Deepdive

1985 was the peak of the digital gauge clusters. When digital gauge clusters were introduced with the Aston Martin Lagonda in 1976 they were a luxurious feature. However, by the early 1980s, Toyota already launched their Soarer with a similar digital gauge cluster. Toyota being Toyota, copied their new technology to other upmarket cars like the Chaser, Cresta, Mark II, Celica, Carina and Corona. Soon other brands, like Nissan, followed suit and also featured digital gauge clusters in their top models. By the mid-1980s these digital gauge clusters had trickled down to even the smallest commuter cars like the Honda City and the Nissan March. The gauge cluster of the Nissan March is what we feature today!

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