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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

You bought a Bimmer???!!! happy.gif

The sign? Or you want the lift?

The only thing going in my tank other than gasoline is fuel system cleaner.

The sign. Now. Lift later. Lol.

No no bimmer. Just a nice specimen of the best M5 to share.
post #25592 of 26360

The only thing I've been digging for on the miata forums is dynos showing mid range hp/tq differences between the USDM and EUDM/JDM intake manifold after a tune and Megasquirt 3 ECU and whether the stock USDM ECU can handle the increased airflow from the EUDM/JDM manifold. They usually go for like 700 bucks here, but I found a few shipped for 300 in the UK.

 

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If your grandparents weren't born here, you're not a native.

 

My grandparents were born in India. So were my parents. So was I.

 

The vast majority of people living in Boston weren't born there. Neither were their parents. Now if you go towards Medford, Somerville, Charlestown, Roxbury, Dorchester, etc...

 

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Going to higher and higher octanes really only helps prevent detonation/knocking - and you'd have to have a NA with a high compression ratio or a force inducted car. Further, you would need an ECU that could figure all that out.

I can't speak for all modern cars on this; as an example, all modern BMW M cars switch the spark plugs to what is essentially a high impedance multimeter after they've created the arc for combustion to get a read on the combustion. It basically makes for a super simple, but incredibly capable knock sensor that works across all fuels However, even at their factory, they don't recommend anything past 98 octane (US) on an un modded M car - even if you're tracking it.

The real exotics like Ferraris or Koenigseggs or whatever would benefit from that level (100+) of fuel though. Us mortals, really not so much.

Edit: Realized Thrift and I agreed on a justified take on fuel. #brohug

 

Aftermarket ecu's can be tuned for it and stock ones can often be flashed for it. The advantage of the fuel is you don't have to pull timing to avoid detonation which kinda defeats the purpose if you're building the car. I'm not doing that, so it doesn't really affect me. But the miata build I'm considering would gain 10hp or so on E85 if tuned for it all else equal. Running a race map is pretty easy if you have a megasquirt. You can switch maps without much fussing.

post #25593 of 26360

growing up in southern cali for a few years there in the late 90s we had (iirc) 104 octane pumps. they came and went and i wish i could remember the name of the station. something XTREEM i'm sure. 

post #25594 of 26360

Few unrelated things:

1) Cam swap should be a straight swap

2) Miata's due for valve clearances and shims if necessary. 

3) I need to figure out what to use as a shim tool so I don't have to fork over a stupid amount for one.

4) Plan is to swap the camshaft and run it after measuring clearances, then ordering the shims and swapping when doing the TB/WP in a bit. Going to paint the valve cover as well.

 

And completely unrelated...

5) I am probably studying and working harder than I ever have in my life. I can legitimately say that being a STEM double major was a joke compared to med school. Holy moly.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

My grandparents were born in India. So were my parents. So was I.

The vast majority of people living in Boston weren't born there. Neither were their parents. Now if you go towards Medford, Somerville, Charlestown, Roxbury, Dorchester, etc...


Aftermarket ecu's can be tuned for it and stock ones can often be flashed for it. The advantage of the fuel is you don't have to pull timing to avoid detonation which kinda defeats the purpose if you're building the car. I'm not doing that, so it doesn't really affect me. But the miata build I'm considering would gain 10hp or so on E85 if tuned for it all else equal. Running a race map is pretty easy if you have a megasquirt. You can switch maps without much fussing.

Sorry, I should've clarified. I was simply trying to say - in a verbose way - that you need an ECU capable of it while also talking about octane, which was more the point of that post. shog[1].gif

Also, I'm Indian as well. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Jeeps are still going to be far superior on tighter, muddier trails. That said, I have a Jeep in the garage as my play car, and I'm 90% certain that when I replace my DD within the next year or so it'll be a Subaru Outback. It's about the perfect car for where I am in life, and there aren't too many places I want to go that the Outback couldn't handle.

Rolled around NH and VT with a rental Outback 2 weekends ago. Quite a nice ride really. Little bigger than I'd want in current SUV form though (while not actually feeling like it had a ton of interior storage space). Took a ride in a friend's XV Crosstrek last weekend and while I didn't drive it, it was pretty nice...would probably prefer it to the Outback.

Rented a Ford Fiesta last weekend. While it definitely is a cheap car, it at least owns its cheapness (even though it was the luxury/titanium/whatever trim package, all of the little things were still cheap as hell). Way better car than that shitbox Chevy Cruze...Intentionally picked the Fiesta from several car options just so I could compare.
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I prefer the Outback to the Crosstrek.  Coming from a GTI, I feel like the small crossovers are just lifted hatchbacks.

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I prefer the Outback to the Crosstrek.  Coming from a GTI, I feel like the small crossovers are just lifted hatchbacks.

 

The crosstrek is a lifted impreza.

I like subies, but the NA offerings are pretty underpowered for anyone that likes a fun car to drive. They're good cars, but I think the lack of the WRX wagons is a big sad. Also the lack of leggie gt's is a sad, but I guess the WRX comes with better trim levels these days.

post #25599 of 26360
It is interesting that two categories I thought made for extremely practical cars - the station wagon (I know there are a few out there) and the compact pickup really don't exist - especially here in the US. Both seemed to make a lot of sense.
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Yeah, the crosstrek is just an impreza that is 6 inches taller IIRC.

I believe that is 3 inches of interior height and 3 inches of ride height, but it makes for a pretty functional car.

The Outback just seemed like it had a laughably small trunk for how big of a car it is. Is there a full size spare in there? I guess I am more used to SUVs that put the spare on the back, but the combination of high ground clearance and whatever they have tucked in to the back of the Outback makes it feel like it didn't gain any storage space over the wagon when it grew up into a full SUV.
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It is interesting that two categories I thought made for extremely practical cars - the station wagon (I know there are a few out there) and the compact pickup really don't exist - especially here in the US. Both seemed to make a lot of sense.

 

The wrx wagon and the baja turbo are probably two of my favorite 'attainable' subarus. I think a turbo baja would be an awesome car to own. There are so few of them around now though...

post #25602 of 26360
Valvetrain and management.

1. yes, a used cam will "fit". However used cams and parts that haven't worn in together from seperate engines is bad practice.

2. Good that you are going to do the valves. They usually smoke before the pistons.

3. I explained in depth how much of a pain megasquirts are. And that i discussed your car with someone who knows ecu's better than either of us, or anyone else will. If not me, his advice is solid.

4. It's your car. Your dream, your ambition. This car is your entry into the car guy brotherhood. Have your own wins, make your own mistakes. Installing a cam, exhaust and your first custom mod, painting the rocker cover. Is a great start. Welcome to the club. cheers.gif
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Right now I just want to pass my neuroanatomy final :/

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Heh, i am in a room with a salesman, a uni student, 9 mehanics, and an auto electrician.
Learning pipe welding/bending101. The salesman was funny with the oxy torch. lol8[1].gif
Re: fuel lines/brake lines.

-not medecine. But still a doctor of sorts. . .
Edited by Thrift Vader - 10/5/16 at 8:36pm
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This has to be the dumbest fucking thing I've seen all year.

https://www.karmaautomotive.com/create
Edited by Find Finn - 10/6/16 at 5:37am
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