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The Lounge / Re: Came back to the LS/LT Engine
« on: September 16, 2020, 04:53:39 PM »
I also came back to an LS in a form of a LS7 Z06, but even it feels bigger and heavier than the FD and S2000-sized cars (which of course it is).  Coming from an Elise into a 3800 lbs car must be a serious adjustment.
I've forgotten how to park. Somehow, now I'm always over the line on one side...

Awesome car!  You did well on it and that is a ton of fun for the money!  I remember salivating at a 500hp (crank!) viper as a kid thinking that power is insane, now your rolling 700's like its no big deal LOL.  Are the DSSV dampers stiff?  I always wondered how they were on the street.  They are supposed to be track oriented nonadjustable and stiffer then even the track setting on the non-le MRC suspension. 

Seriously race car stiff. They're on a different level and any factory adjustable mumbo-jumbo.
But like good race dampers they may beat you up over completely busted pavement, but will suck up the big single bump that you see last minute and pucker for.

I haven't had a "bang" yet, so they have some decent travel too.

They're basically the quality aftermarket coilovers you'd put on the car anyway, they just did it from the factory.
Same with the brakes, they squeak like an aggressive compound, and the tires are pretty loud.

I mean I'm a little lost as to what to do to it. They kinda maxed this thing out from the factory. Again going back to what impressed me about it was my first impressions was "They really let average people buy this car??"

Awesome car!  Did you look for the 4 cyl 1LE at all?  I heard that it is super capable, and I bet there is room to improve the HP number

The Lounge / Re: My new Daily Driver that can also pull my FD on a trailer
« on: September 16, 2020, 04:51:35 PM »
Nice truck!  Looks like it will do the job perfectly!

The Lounge / Re: Good youTube camera kit?
« on: September 16, 2020, 04:49:19 PM »
I use my phone, and have made over 50 videos.  I need to get a mic and stabilizer setup for it at some point but it works great for what I do.  I downloaded a 3rd party camera app for more control over exposure and focus is my channel if you want to see how it looks.

The Lounge / Re: Smallest SUV you would tow with
« on: August 25, 2020, 06:57:26 AM »
yeah those long ramps would be nice!  I just took my original FD I built back in 07 (that my buddy now owns) to get tuned.  I had a hard time getting it onto the trailer with the 5' ramps.  I jacked the front up as high as i could and found some boards to put on the ramps.   I need to get some race ramps or make some nicer wood pieces.   This car had a low exhaust flange what would catch on the transition from angle to flat on the trailer.   I had a huge issue with this with my FD because of the crappy trans mount the previous owner made.  I have replaced it but haven't had that car on the trailer yet.   I will likely try to make some ramp extensions since I can do that for $20 instead of buying $300 race ramps.   Even though I would love to have the race ramps.

The Yukon Denali I was hoping to get sold asap.  It was priced low so I am not surprised.  I am still looking.  I think I have raised my budget to $15,000 though in efforts to get something as nice as I can get.

My buddy uses some 2 x 10s about 8' long as ramp extensions and they work well.  U haul trailers are open center but way overbuilt and super heavy.  Switching to my new trailer is a huge difference from the uhaul trailers I used to use.  I love my Avalanche but it is as big as a full size truck.  What about a newer chevy colorado?  Not sure if they are 15k used yet or not

The Lounge / Re: Smallest SUV you would tow with
« on: August 20, 2020, 03:54:46 PM »
getting a lighter trailer helps too, my trailer weighs only 1300 lbs or so, it is an open center 16', with really long dovetail and ramps, works great to load my super low car.

I tow with a 5.3 Avalanche, I would recommend any chevy 1500 with a 5.3 or larger motor.  Also the Dodge Durango is really well equipped and can tow 7200lbs with the V8 and 6500 with the V6

Build Threads / Re: 403 LS2 FD - LS7 Build for 2020!
« on: August 15, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
Iíve wondered why drift setups are dual caliper and not just tapping into the existing rear caliper. Couldnít a one way valve and a T handle the logic?

An in hat setup would be great but the FD isnít built around one. The rear hub and upright assembly is all wrong for it.

It probably would work, but just one more thing to fail on a competition car, so I am sure that is why they run 2 seperate circuits.  I have an inline set up and it works great unless you really want to left foot brake at the same time you are pulling the handbrake.

In the offroad trucks I have worked on, they run an inline setup and with a pedal box the front and rear circuits are already seperate

Full spool and 9" housing ends, IMO.

I think that would be the cheapest best option.  I did find a pretty cheap full floater 9 in setup I may buy.

You can find floater housings dirt cheap, but be prepared to do some work.  Most will be too long, and the tubes will be skewed to hell for roundy round stuff.  You're looking at about $600+ for the alignment bar and cups just to straighten and shorten, plus whatever it will cost you for new or shortened axles.  And they weigh an f'ing ton unless you want to pony up for an aluminum center section.  Then you're usually stuck dealing with adapters since most of the non-drag stuff uses 5x5 bolt patterns, etc.

After some further digging and research, I am just doing 9 in ends and axles with a full spool.

Full spool and 9" housing ends, IMO.

I think that would be the cheapest best option.  I did find a pretty cheap full floater 9 in setup I may buy.

Build Threads / Re: AZkids FC3S with a 1.6 miata engine
« on: July 31, 2020, 08:46:55 AM »
Nice build!  You pretty active with the Phoenix drift scene?

I mean, for your uses, a floater setup is definitely the best option, IMHO.

I agree, but it is just a question if I want to spend the money on one

Drivetrain / Re: Well crap, dropped a cylinder today.
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:59:07 AM »
glad you got it figured out, I think coils can just go bad from time to time, had a friend lose 2 coils on his dragster, brand new holley units

wow, this is over due for an update!  I have been driving the car some, but starting in February had a bunch of set backs.

-Broke a wheel spacer and wheel studs in February
-Blew a welded diff in July

I did do a pretty complete overhaul of the car, and the new bearings in the engine are working out.

With this rear end issue though I have few options and need opinions.  What would you do?
1) Get new open diff and weld it better, hope it does not come apart
2) Put 9 in ends on my axle and run a spool and buy new axles
3) Put circle track floater ends on my axle, buy new axles and hubs, would need new rear wheels or adapters back to 5x114
4) Build 9 in rear end, hard to justify the extra cost of a 3rd member
5) build 9 in floater rear end, again hard to justify the extra cost of a 3rd member
6) Run an 8.8 LSD, and rebuild/reshim as needed

I would love to just run a spool because they are so light, but all the c clip eliminator kits don't do well with drifting

I think regardless, I am going to sell my current rear housing, what is a fair price for a bolt in 8.8 with custom 4 link?

Interior/Exterior / Re: DIY Paint Job Advice
« on: July 14, 2020, 08:28:58 AM »
Looking good!  if you want to do something different for bare metal primer you could always use some preval sprayers, a bit better than just a standard rattle can

Interior/Exterior / Re: DIY Paint Job Advice
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:47:42 AM »
I would do anything you can to not sand in the booth, I think that it may seem like a shortcut but you will end up hating it in the end

The Lounge / Re: Need some 8.8 spider gears
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:04:22 PM »
Did you find a set of spider gears yet??  I have a set i'm not using, located in canada

Yes I actually found mine, they were stashed in the garage, thank you though!

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