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Cheesecake

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NBettas83 said:
I was almost sure it was a Pininfarina. I could just make out the logo on the side. Looks great.
Yeah! I just hope it isn't way more expensive then what's projected.

MomeWrath said:
Stage1 tune is the first thing I'm doing to my Countryman
Oh and it got it's name this morning...I'm leaving from my husband's work to head to my office and flicking it around and enjoying my turbo and "Highway to the Danger Zone" comes on the radio...so it is now "Maverick"
Lol. I assume an exhaust will be one of those items?
Are you gonna do any cosmetic upgrades, like wheels/maybe wrap?
Lol well there you go. Vanity plate maybe?
 

MomeWrath

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Cheesecake said:
Yeah! I just hope it isn't way more expensive then what's projected.



Lol. I assume an exhaust will be one of those items?
Are you gonna do any cosmetic upgrades, like wheels/maybe wrap?
Lol well there you go. Vanity plate maybe?
Exhaust will probably be a thing I do. Not as loud as my previous MINI... There are neighbors who still hate me for that. And yes, a MINI must have a vanity plate! Now to figure out how to spell it because being NC (Camp Lejuene, Cherry Point AFB, Fort Bragg...) I'm fairly certain some Mustang driver already has "MAVERICK"
I don't know if I'll change anything cosmetically besides tinting the front windows (rear and sides are factory tinted). I love the way this one looks just like it is
 

Cheesecake

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MomeWrath said:
Exhaust will probably be a thing I do. Not as loud as my previous MINI... There are neighbors who still hate me for that. And yes, a MINI must have a vanity plate! Now to figure out how to spell it because being NC (Camp Lejuene, Cherry Point AFB, Fort Bragg...) I'm fairly certain some Mustang driver already has "MAVERICK"
I don't know if I'll change anything cosmetically besides tinting the front windows (rear and sides are factory tinted). I love the way this one looks just like it is
LOL. People always remember the things they didn't like about your car lol.
Lol for sure he does. MAVRCK?
So do I, I was just curious. In Maryland window tinting is pretty strict, which is unfortunate .
 

MomeWrath

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Cheesecake said:
LOL. People always remember the things they didn't like about your car lol.
Lol for sure he does. MAVRCK?
So do I, I was just curious. In Maryland window tinting is pretty strict, which is unfortunate .
It's not too bad. Because it's classified as a "compact SUV" I could have the sides and rear as dark as I want. And...having a visually impaired person would qualify us for a medical waiver for the fronts if I wanted, too. But, when inspection time comes, you just gotta have a guy.
I'm thinking MAVRYK. If nothing else, we have no front plate here so I can get something made for the front. That's what I did on the old MINI, Lucky.
 

86 ssinit

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Met DarkOne yesterday to pick up some of his sterbai corys. Great looking corys!! And thought this was appropriate.
 

Hanzla Khan

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Hey guys! I ran into somewhat of a weird issue yesterday. So my dad has a 20' Infiniti QX80 that we got a few months ago, but due to the current situation around the world, we haven't driven it that much. Usually, we start it up and take it for a little spin one or two times a week, but recently we hadn't driven it for around 10 days. So yesterday when I go to start it, the car wasn't responding to the key fob, and when I unlock the door with the key and go inside it's completely dead. No response or nothing. This was quite shocking to me as it had only been 10 days since we last started it, and we've left it unstarted for 10 days a few times ago too, but never has the battery died. So any suggestions as to what to do? We tried jumping it but that didn't work either.
 

86 ssinit

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I’d say the battery’s dead. New cars have so much going on. So much feeding off the battery. Didn’t happen before because you were using it regular and the battery was fully charged when you parked it for 10 days. This time with the lack of use before the battery wasn’t fully charged so it was drained.
Why it won’t take a charge I bet is because the computer isn’t letting it. May need a computer setting to recharge. Time to call the dealer.
 

Hanzla Khan

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86 ssinit said:
I’d say the battery’s dead. New cars have so much going on. So much feeding off the battery. Didn’t happen before because you were using it regular and the battery was fully charged when you parked it for 10 days. This time with the lack of use before the battery wasn’t fully charged so it was drained.
Why it won’t take a charge I bet is because the computer isn’t letting it. May need a computer setting to recharge. Time to call the dealer.
Yeah the battery is dead for sure, so I contacted the dealer and I'm waiting on their response.
 

DarkOne

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Do you have a multimeter? You can check the charge of your battery. It should be at a minimum of 12.2v.

If the battery is too low, you'll need to connect the jumpers and let the running car run for a few mins (10-20m) to charge the dead battery before it will start. Jumper cables can't pass the amperage needed to start a dead battery but it can boost a weak battery.
 

coralbandit

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I use a Battery Tender on my vehicles as I can not drive them all regularly . They are not chargers that will over charge your battery but instead keep your battery from becoming depleted keeping them perfectly charged ..
 

Mii

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david1978 said:
I have been a diesel mechanic all my life and finally got one to have fun with. Always been into cars but a gas engine to keep it meeting emissions is so limiting so only so much you can. Finally got a diesel truck. 2004 f250 6.0. Rebuilt injectors to 125%. Intake. 4" straight exhaust. Only successful trip down the 1/4 mile it ran 13.3 seconds on borrowed slicks. Running 33 11.5 mud diggers now. Right now I probably have about $5000 in the motor. Black smoke don't mean it's broke. Lol.
If emissions regulations are causing you grief maybe get an electric? Lots of power, INSANE torque, pretty much always in it's optimal power range regardless of rpm, if i ever did a drag car i would totally go electric, electric drag cars are crazy.

I'm really into Japanese tuner cars. At first i thought i was one of only a few people who where into both cars and fish but maybe these two hobbies are linked
 

fish 321

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Mii said:
If emissions regulations are causing you grief maybe get an electric? Lots of power, INSANE torque, pretty much always in it's optimal power range regardless of rpm, if i ever did a drag car i would totally go electric, electric drag cars are crazy.
But electric cars don't go vroom vroom.

Mii said:
I'm really into Japanese tuner cars. At first i thought i was one of only a few people who where into both cars and fish but maybe these two hobbies are linked
Jdm tuners are cool, but then there are the ricers.
 

Mii

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fish 321 said:
But electric cars don't go vroom vroom.
That is true, also electrics don't have stick shift (manual) transmissions, aka the most fun type if transmission. Because electric cars have such a wide power band, that they don't need to shift gears, which is both a blessing and a curse, as it results in a faster 0-60, but also means you can't go rowing through gears, which is a lot of fun.
 

DarkOne

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coralbandit said:
I use a Battery Tender on my vehicles as I can not drive them all regularly . They are not chargers that will over charge your battery but instead keep your battery from becoming depleted keeping them perfectly charged ..
I have the one linked and the smaller .75a tender. I also have a Battery Minder which desulfates batteries and reconditions old batteries. It works better than Battery Tenders but I use all 3 for various motorcycles and car batteries.
https://www.amazon.com/BatteryMINDer-Model-1500-SmarTECHnology-Motorcycles/dp/B00Q3CM2QY/
Mii said:
That is true, also electrics don't have stick shift (manual) transmissions, aka the most fun type if transmission. Because electric cars have such a wide power band, that they don't need to shift gears, which is both a blessing and a curse, as it results in a faster 0-60, but also means you can't go rowing through gears, which is a lot of fun.
Some people don't like change. Shifting gears is fun but it's slow and no one can do it as fast as a modern auto dual clutch transmission or electric CVT.

My '98 M3 could do 0-60 in 5.2 sec. After I got a tune, it dropped to about 4.8 sec because the top speed in 2nd gear went from 58mph to 62mph so the 0.4 sec increase was from not having to shift to 3rd to get over 60mph. This was tested at Willow Springs race track. I had a friend that worked for European Car mag and they brought some testing gear so we played around. The 5.2 sec was the fasted time taken from car mags back then and the 4.8 sec was what my car actually did.

If I were to buy a sports car today, I would definitely get an automagic trasns if it was a true dual clutch system and no torque converter.
 

NBettas83

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I've developed a very large interest in the Fiat 500, IDK why.
 

Mii

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DarkOne said:
I have the one linked and the smaller .75a tender. I also have a Battery Minder which desulfates batteries and reconditions old batteries. It works better than Battery Tenders but I use all 3 for various motorcycles and car batteries.
https://www.amazon.com/BatteryMINDer-Model-1500-SmarTECHnology-Motorcycles/dp/B00Q3CM2QY/

Some people don't like change. Shifting gears is fun but it's slow and no one can do it as fast as a modern auto dual clutch transmission or electric CVT.

My '98 M3 could do 0-60 in 5.2 sec. After I got a tune, it dropped to about 4.8 sec because the top speed in 2nd gear went from 58mph to 62mph so the 0.4 sec increase was from not having to shift to 3rd to get over 60mph. This was tested at Willow Springs race track. I had a friend that worked for European Car mag and they brought some testing gear so we played around. The 5.2 sec was the fasted time taken from car mags back then and the 4.8 sec was what my car actually did.

If I were to buy a sports car today, I would definitely get an automagic trasns if it was a true dual clutch system and no torque converter.
I would rather have a car i enjoy driving than making it less fun just to go a bit faster.
 

DarkOne

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Mii said:
I would rather have a car i enjoy driving than making it less fun just to go a bit faster.
Paddle shifters are a lot of fun. You just crash at higher speeds
 

coralbandit

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DarkOne said:
Paddle shifters are a lot of fun. You just crash at higher speeds
Paddle shifters are pretty handy if you have driven standard long enough to be tired of them [ and fun !] .
I shift when I want and drive auto when I want with the sport mode on the C6 .
 

John58ford

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Only issue I have run into with electronic shifting (paddle or step) is the electronic nanny fighting the shift based on wheel speed. If I pull down to 2nd at 100+, it should be assumed I mean it, and failure to comply will produce significant under-steer, and possibly even excessive traction on entry leading to a stability issue. I wouldn't pull down to 2nd at speed if I didn't fully expect the engine to give the feedback required to scuff the tires in, and provide the right power band to exit the corner on the line I want to hold.

I've had issues with this in BMW, and Chevy made vehicles. I don't want to be stabbing the brake messing with my front tires traction circle and blow my line out because some enginerd says "hey, this rpm does not equal that wheel speed so don't shift when he tell you to".

Note: I won't argue auto cars don't have their place in traffic, eating cheeseburgers and yelling at your children while you check twitter and run over motorcycles. I won't argue that in a straight line with a high end set up you never plan to modify even the tire width on it can out shift a human. But I will say theres a major difference in the dual clutch manual-matics with air/electronic shifters that are actually just manual, and the trash they make so you can feel cool pushing a button leaving cars and coffee in an automatic car that even in "manual mode" decides what gear you are allowed to use. I can't drive one like that for fun, and I can't afford a dual clutch manual-matic with actuators so I guess that puts my track and toys firmly in the manual only camp.
 

Mii

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i don't really care what transmission other people use, i just like manuals
 

MomeWrath

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John58ford said:
Only issue I have run into with electronic shifting (paddle or step) is the electronic nanny fighting the shift based on wheel speed. If I pull down to 2nd at 100+, it should be assumed I mean it, and failure to comply will produce significant under-steer, and possibly even excessive traction on entry leading to a stability issue. I wouldn't pull down to 2nd at speed if I didn't fully expect the engine to give the feedback required to scuff the tires in, and provide the right power band to exit the corner on the line I want to hold.

I've had issues with this in BMW, and Chevy made vehicles. I don't want to be stabbing the brake messing with my front tires traction circle and blow my line out because some enginerd says "hey, this rpm does not equal that wheel speed so don't shift when he tell you to".

Note: I won't argue auto cars don't have their place in traffic, eating cheeseburgers and yelling at your children while you check twitter and run over motorcycles. I won't argue that in a straight line with a high end set up you never plan to modify even the tire width on it can out shift a human. But I will say theres a major difference in the dual clutch manual-matics with air/electronic shifters that are actually just manual, and the trash they make so you can feel cool pushing a button leaving cars and coffee in an automatic car that even in "manual mode" decides what gear you are allowed to use. I can't drive one like that for fun, and I can't afford a dual clutch manual-matic with actuators so I guess that puts my track and toys firmly in the manual only camp.
YESS! This! My BMW had a dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters that I never used because I'd shift down, and she'd go thirty feet and shift up again. Nanny-shifting is a perfect way to put it.
Now, Maverick has this lovely feature that revs the engine to match your wheel speed when you downshift, which is nice for not throwing my dear husband against the dash when I downshift to go hard into a corner (although sadly usually it's just the corner onto the freeway ramp). But it also makes traffic less jolting when I'm constantly speeding up and slowing down. I got an automatic BMW because I thought I was tired of shifting gears on my sometimes-long commute, but it turns out I just needed a better reason to shift gears than I could find in a Civic. I'm sure I was doing something wrong before. When I first learned I went through 2 clutches on my '85 Fiero in three years, and I'm pretty certain because my ex rode it like crazy. So I'm leery of "feathering" as my husband puts it, because to me I can't see the difference between feathering and riding. Maybe one of yall can splain it to me.
Oh....and I got stickers. +10 HP...
 

Katie993

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I’ve always been into classic cars. Grew up going to multiple classic car shows every year, helping my dad with pretty much anything that needed fixed from trucks to tractors and implements (my brothers were always too busy), and we all had classic cars for our first vehicles. Mine was an ‘89 Chevy Luv. Then later, I had a ‘79 Grand Prix. Now I have a ‘76 Jeep J10. Love them! I don’t know everything about fixing them or working on them. Just enough to get me into trouble lol

MomeWrath said:
YESS! This! My BMW had a dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters that I never used because I'd shift down, and she'd go thirty feet and shift up again. Nanny-shifting is a perfect way to put it.
Now, Maverick has this lovely feature that revs the engine to match your wheel speed when you downshift, which is nice for not throwing my dear husband against the dash when I downshift to go hard into a corner (although sadly usually it's just the corner onto the freeway ramp). But it also makes traffic less jolting when I'm constantly speeding up and slowing down. I got an automatic BMW because I thought I was tired of shifting gears on my sometimes-long commute, but it turns out I just needed a better reason to shift gears than I could find in a Civic. I'm sure I was doing something wrong before. When I first learned I went through 2 clutches on my '85 Fiero in three years, and I'm pretty certain because my ex rode it like crazy. So I'm leery of "feathering" as my husband puts it, because to me I can't see the difference between feathering and riding. Maybe one of yall can splain it to me.
Oh....and I got stickers. +10 HP...
Stickers definitely add more horsepower lol I think I know what you mean by feathering. If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, it basically is riding a bit but shouldn’t cause you to have to replace the clutch twice in three years. Somebody had to be riding the clutch fairly hard for that! That’s actually one of the last major fights my ex and I had lol him riding the brand new clutch I put in my Wrangler. I taught him how to drive a stick but that’s not how I taught him! Lol the look on my dads face when he found out my ex didn’t already know how to drive a manual was just priceless
 

MomeWrath

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Katie993 said:
Stickers definitely add more horsepower lol I think I know what you mean by feathering. If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, it basically is riding a bit but shouldn’t cause you to have to replace the clutch twice in three years. Somebody had to be riding the clutch fairly hard for that! That’s actually one of the last major fights my ex and I had lol him riding the brand new clutch I put in my Wrangler. I taught him how to drive a stick but that’s not how I taught him! Lol
Ha I have a Wrangler too! Going from the Wrangler to the Mini and back in a day makes for some interesting stops and starts, I can tell you. Plus we have re-geared the Wrangler with 5.56 gears so it's like driving a dump truck. By the time the wheels go around once it's time to shift into 2nd gear.
 

Katie993

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MomeWrath said:
Ha I have a Wrangler too! Going from the Wrangler to the Mini and back in a day makes for some interesting stops and starts, I can tell you. Plus we have re-geared the Wrangler with 5.56 gears so it's like driving a dump truck. By the time the wheels go around once it's time to shift into 2nd gear.
Haha! I bet that is odd!
 

86 ssinit

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Yes it’s funny going from one clutch to another . The Porsche is a 5 speed and the STI a 6. Unfortunately reverse is where 6 should be. I drive the sti regularly so whenever I’m playing around in the porsche the wife says “Still no 6th gear”. And oh yeah it grinds.
 

Hanzla Khan

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DarkOne said:
Do you have a multimeter? You can check the charge of your battery. It should be at a minimum of 12.2v.

If the battery is too low, you'll need to connect the jumpers and let the running car run for a few mins (10-20m) to charge the dead battery before it will start. Jumper cables can't pass the amperage needed to start a dead battery but it can boost a weak battery.
Yea so turns out that the battery was really dead. I connected the jumpers with another car and had to leave them for ~45mins in order for it to start. Been running just fine since, which means that the only reason it died was because it sat for too long.
 

Cheesecake

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NBettas83 said:
I've developed a very large interest in the Fiat 500, IDK why.
My bro's got you covered .
 

DarkOne

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So my car battery has been getting weak since I don't drive much. I bought a 25' jumper cable but it's a pain to use so I came across these little jumper kits. After doing some research, I decided to try one.

https://www.amazon.com/LOFTEK-20800mAh-Starter-Portable-Battery/dp/B0863CG2T7/

I know a lot of people aren't using their cars during this pandemic so there's a lot of dead/dying batteries out there.
 

86 ssinit

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For a drive today before the rain
 

Mii

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I'm not old enough to have a real car, but I play alot of racing games, both simulators like Assetto Corsa and Dirt Rally, as well as "arcade" style racers like the Need For Speed series. anyway here are some pics of my main car in NFS Heat.
 

NBettas83

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Mii said:
I'm not old enough to have a real car, but I play alot of racing games, both simulators like Assetto Corsa and Dirt Rally, as well as "arcade" style racers like the Need For Speed series. anyway here are some pics of my main car in NFS Heat.
Assetto Corsa Competizione looks amazing, I wish I could play it on this toaster computer though.
 

John58ford

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I had one of "those" mornings on my winter beater today. I think I might have to go back to driving the cage. I haven't had the guts to look at the welt it (the broken drive belt) left on my back yet, just glad the car behind me didn't hit me when it wrapped around the wheel... Did stay rubber side down.

They salt the roads in the winter here, this whole bike cost less than a set of snow tires for the Tahoe, 4 years and 50,000 miles mostly in the bad weather since I have more fun stuff to ride/drive in the summer. It's much easier to wash this weekly than clay and rub the black Tahoe to get the paint clean... I have some thinking to do.
 

Betta'sAnonymous

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This is what we looked like when i got to work this morning.
 

John58ford

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It's really one of those months.

Let's play guess that part/indication of failure

One of these things is not like the other:
 

Betta'sAnonymous

Member
John58ford said:
It's really one of those months.

Let's play guess that part/indication of failure

One of these things is not like the other:
Duct tape!
 

UmNick

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I wouldn't really consider myself a car guy, but I recently inherited a 2007 Rx-8. It has introduced me to a few people in the car scene, and i'm really enjoying a small manual car to zip around town in!
 

Ryngwrayth

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I love cars and know nothing about their innards. I just like looking at them and driving them, preferably fast. I don’t like loud or obnoxious though...refined and powerful is my jam.

I drive a VERY green MB GLA250, and my husband drives a beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia.
 

Mii

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Ryngwrayth said:
I love cars and know nothing about their innards. I just like looking at them and driving them, preferably fast. I don’t like loud or obnoxious though...refined and powerful is my jam.

I drive a VERY green MB GLA250, and my husband drives a beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia.
I like loud cars. A lot of people think it's just for attention but I actually just like loud cars because I like how they sound. Also I mean nice sounding loud cars, not a mostly stock Camry with a "fart can" exhaust system.
 

DarkOne

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John58ford said:
It's really one of those months.

Let's play guess that part/indication of failure

One of these things is not like the other:
Polyurethane bushings. Control arms?

Grease them well, they tend to squeak.
 

John58ford

Member
DarkOne said:
Polyurethane bushings. Control arms?

Grease them well, they tend to squeak.
Glad someone played the game lol. The uppers for my Tahoe's tube arms; had a heck of a time getting one arm back in as they have taken a slight twist over the years. This is the third set of bushings in ~140,000 miles (and I do keep them greased). The factory rubber type don't fit my tube arms sadly, I've had the oem rubber go 150,000 on a single set.

I don't feel like the poly is worth it in my application unless I'm towing heavy and need the extra feel up front. I wouldn't trade the tube arms and drop for the factory stuff though, the stability is insane and it matches frame height with my big trailer.
 

Ryngwrayth

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Mii said:
I like loud cars. A lot of people think it's just for attention but I actually just like loud cars because I like how they sound. Also I mean nice sounding loud cars, not a mostly stock Camry with a "fart can" exhaust system.
My other must have in a car is a GREAT sound system...so honestly it is one or the other. I don’t want a car’s engine competing with my bass and sound field, lol.
 

Mii

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Ryngwrayth said:
My other must have in a car is a GREAT sound system...so honestly it is one or the other. I don’t want a car’s engine competing with my bass and sound field, lol.
I don't really need a good sound system. Honestly when I get my first car I'm probably gonna take out the sound system as well as any other unnecessary weight in the interior as it can make my car go faster for free and I'll probably just be building it into a track car. If I get a second car I'll leave the sound in and use it as a daily driver, although my plan for when I'm old enough to move out is to live in an RV and travel the world so I probably will only have one car as it's hard to tow two behind an RV, so I'll probably just have one build as a street legal track car, and I can just use headphones when I want to blast eurobeat.
 

New Fish in Town

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Anyone else ready for racing to start again? The first major motorsports event in the USA (Rolex 24) is at the end of the month. Former/current NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Juan Pablo Montoya, and AJ Allmendinger are all competing this year. I always look forward to the Rolex 24 since it is the first major race of the year in the USA.
 

Dunk2

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I had a 1979 Trans Am when I was around 20 or 21. I reached the point where I needed something more practical (sucks to be an adult!) and I couldn't afford to have both. I sold it and I'm kicking myself to this day!

 

Betta'sAnonymous

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Dunk2 said:
I had a 1979 Trans Am when I was around 20 or 21. I reached the point where I needed something more practical (sucks to be an adult!) and I couldn't afford to have both. I sold it and I'm kicking myself to this day!

That is a sweet ride right there!

New Fish in Town said:
Anyone else ready for racing to start again? The first major motorsports event in the USA (Rolex 24) is at the end of the month. Former/current NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Juan Pablo Montoya, and AJ Allmendinger are all competing this year. I always look forward to the Rolex 24 since it is the first major race of the year in the USA.
I just can't get much into auto racing. Occasionally i can deal with watchint sprints or modifieds on a dirt track. I guess that is the one redneck gene that skipped me lol
 

New Fish in Town

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Betta'sAnonymous said:
That is a sweet ride right there!


I just can't get much into auto racing. Occasionally i can deal with watchint sprints or modifieds on a dirt track. I guess that is the one redneck gene that skipped me lol
Go see a sportscar race. I went to the IMSA race at VIR in 2018. They let you walk through the pits before the race and get an up close look at the super cars. NHRA drag races are great too. The ground shakes when the nitro cars take off. You have to wear ear protection to prevent the noise from breaking your ear drums and causing you to go deaf.
 

Betta'sAnonymous

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New Fish in Town said:
Go see a sportscar race. I went to the IMSA race at VIR in 2018. They let you walk through the pits before the race and get an up close look at the super cars. NHRA drag races are great too. The ground shakes when the nitro cars take off. You have to wear ear protection to prevent the noise from breaking your ear drums and causing you to go deaf.
I can't hear you. What did you say? Lol

Yeah the NHRA drags i can get into watching. Jist not a fan of the laps.
 

jake37

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I miss Boston. Then the only cars I had to worry 'bout were leg1 and leg2.
 

New Fish in Town

Member
Betta'sAnonymous said:
I can't hear you. What did you say? Lol

Yeah the NHRA drags i can get into watching. Jist not a fan of the laps.
I've been to the 4 wides in Charlotte twice. Way cool!
 

New Fish in Town

Member
I'm sure this crowd will think this is cool even though these are 2 things that have no connection to each other. I had no other place to hang my VIR linear edge map, so I hung it next to my tank.
 

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