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Whaaat, the RB26 is poo compared to the 2J. Sacrilege.
Yup, RB's are fragile compared to 1J/2J's.
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I heard a couple guys talking about how they would drive faster if they had this or that done to their car. I couldn't resist, so I asked the organizer if I could drive my 6000lb, 3/4 ton, 4x4 pickup truck. He let me, and I actually beat a few cars. That should never have happened if they knew how to drive. lol! 

Truth, nice work! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
i believe in a car being balanced. And a driver knowing it's limits. Before changing things. Adjusting to overcome shortfalls. Keeping safely within said limits.

Honestly, while i can drive. I'm sure there are plenty of guys who could drive the same car faster. I'm just a wrench. satisfied.gif
Edited by Thrift Vader - 6/19/16 at 8:32pm
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Whaaat, the RB26 is poo compared to the 2J. Sacrilege.

I'm an idiot, it was the 2JZ
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Truth, nice work! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
i believe in a car being balanced. And a driver knowing it's limits. Before changing things. Adjusting to overcome shortfalls. Keeping safely within said limits.

Honestly, while i can drive. I'm sure there are plenty of guys who could drive the same car faster. I'm just a wrench. satisfied.gif


Thanks. I'm also in the same boat as you wrt other drivers being faster than me. Plenty of them. lol! 

I hired a pro driver, an ex-Porsche factory driver, as a driving coach. The first day he was at a new track, he drove my car 6 seconds faster than me on a 2 min lap. 6 seconds! Thinking about it, why should I bother modding the car to gain a bit here or there, when there was such a difference between drivers? Clearly the nut behind the wheel of my car needed a lot of adjustment. lol!

 

Aside from safety stuff, (seats, roll bar, harnesses, removing some rubber from the suspension to reduce unwanted toe changes), I've only upgraded parts when the originals wore out. Well....mostly. Monoballs in the suspension bits do look cool. lol!
 

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Serious question though. If you were looking at Miata's, which gen would you get? Would you go for the super cheap first gen (1.6L) or get the updated one with the 1.8L engine and a few more 'safety' features. I think the power to weight stays about the same, and the second gen is supposed to be pretty true to the design. Doesn't have the pop up lights, but I don't really care all that much about that slash it's probably more aerodynamic without it.

 

I've read that the 2nd gen was eh and the first and third are the most reasonable, but the 3rd gen NC's don't seem to get much love. 

 

If I could make something like this work, I'd really entertain selling off my bike in a year. 


Blue book value for a 92 is about 2500 for a car with 120k miles on it in good condition. Honestly, that probably gives me wiggle room if the car needs anything soon (tires/brakes/etc).

 

Edit: There's no rent a wreck near me. Do you guys know of any rental company that still rents out manuals? My housemate knows how to drive stick and I'm sure I could get him to show me the basics and play with it for a weekend.


Edited by ridethecliche - 6/20/16 at 9:21am
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 Do you guys know of any rental company that still rents out manuals? 

Almost impossible.  I tried finding rental companies that had manuals so I could teach my wife.  No luck.  Every place we called regardless of how large or small the company, said they only have automatics.  Wishing you luck!  

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Take a trip to another country and it will be easy to find.
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Thanks. I'm also in the same boat as you wrt other drivers being faster than me. Plenty of them. lol! 


I hired a pro driver, an ex-Porsche factory driver, as a driving coach. The first day he was at a new track, he drove my car 6 seconds faster than me on a 2 min lap. 6 seconds! Thinking about it, why should I bother modding the car to gain a bit here or there, when there was such a difference between drivers? Clearly the nut behind the wheel of my car needed a lot of adjustment. lol!

Aside from safety stuff, (seats, roll bar, harnesses, removing some rubber from the suspension to reduce unwanted toe changes), I've only upgraded parts when the originals wore out. Well....mostly. Monoballs in the suspension bits do look cool. lol!

 

6 seconds, wow. Makes you appreciate how good those pros are. Side note, Patrick Long of Porsche is IMO the best GT driver in America right now.
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On a hilarious-ish note, I just realized that there are so many turbo kits available for the miata. To the point that it's probably cheaper to buy a used miata and turbo it than to buy a used wrx since those come with all sorts of headaches. Now throw in the fact that the car is like 500 lbs lighter and makes the same power... Sheeet....

 

(Not the purpose of the car, but still!)

 

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Take a trip to another country and it will be easy to find.

 

I was down to do this in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, but for some reason my girlfriend didn't want me to teach myself stick during our vacation... Go figure!

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I was down to do this in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, but for some reason my girlfriend didn't want me to teach myself stick during our vacation... Go figure!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/stick-shift-academy-watertown
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Great find!  I might bring my wife up there to improve her manual shift driving skills.  She has learned the basics, but some additional help would be worth it!  

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6 seconds, wow. Makes you appreciate how good those pros are. Side note, Patrick Long of Porsche is IMO the best GT driver in America right now.



Those pros are amazing! 

That 6 second gap was when I had crappy tires, worn out shocks and he was brand new to the track.

Today I'm lapping 2 seconds faster than the pro did back then, but that's with better tires, new suspension, shorter final drive and much more training. There is probably a 3-4 second gap between us now. Still, think about it this way:

 

roughly 2 min course, with 16 turns. All it takes is the pro driving each turn an average of 0.5 sec faster than a decent track guy and there is 8 seconds per lap. So right now my average is about 0.25 sec difference over all those turns. I'm way out of their league, but I'm doing ok for a street driver. :)

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@ridethecliche: there is so much support for the Miata, both with owners and aftermarket parts, that you can do pretty much anything you want. Figure out your needs, and if your parents will be using it a lot each year - see what they want too, and then go from there. Maybe the Miata works, maybe not. It isn't the best car for snow. lol!

Ultimately, if all you want is to learn a manual, then dump the car for good, there are other options out there. Good luck!
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New Top Gear ep 4 - continues to improve.

Chris Harris is now a feature host, which I love. He was always my choice for original Top Gear.

Eddie Jordan is back, which I hope continues. He's a magnetic personality. And Sabine, still working her way in, is enjoyable.

Other than red head loud host, this show is quite good. Matt Leblanc continues to be understated and funny, and the segment with the Vulcan was impressive, thank the maker they didn't slide it sideways over and over and over and over and over and over and you get it.

I'm just so glad that asshole Clarkson is gone. I really wish James May would mutiny. May, Harris, Leblanc, with Eddie Jordan and Sabine would really be a fantastic show. They just need Adam Carolla now to host. And get rid of that dude that did the Tesla test, ugh, horrible.
Edited by idfnl - 6/20/16 at 4:32pm
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roughly 2 min course, with 16 turns. All it takes is the pro driving each turn an average of 0.5 sec faster than a decent track guy and there is 8 seconds per lap. So right now my average is about 0.25 sec difference over all those turns. I'm way out of their league, but I'm doing ok for a street driver. smile.gif

Or, put another way, if the race is over 15 laps long, you are getting lapped.
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Or, put another way, if the race is over 15 laps long, you are getting lapped.

It's worse than that - the pros are way more consistent than I am. Also, in a race situation, there is this little thing called 'racecraft', that I only know a little about. Like I said, I'm not in their league. smile.gif
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