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  1. That's about how my client meeting went today....
  2. My RX7 had issues popping bearing caps off as well. It also oozed bearing grease out the axle stub seals and flung it onto the back side of the brake rotor, or blew the seal off completely. As you've mentioned, the trick was to drill a tiny hole in the center of the dust cap to vent the pressure. I also used RTV to glue the stub shaft seal and the cap in place, and the problems have almost completely gone away. no more grease leakage or loss of cap on track, but I still occasionally have to shove the seal back on the back of the hub assembly. I'm going to chalk that up to 1970s spindle
  3. Welcome! Miata is the cheap and easy way, but I have a feeling you will be disappointed with the lack of power they have. Might consider a used C5. BUT, the running costs will obviously be higher on a car with that much power. uses lots more fuel and brakes. Boxters are also fun cars, but with the German badge comes German parts pricing. M3 is a bit less so due to the sheer numbers of them, but they're still pricey. All of them make competent track toys so you really can't go "wrong" with any of them- main issue is your personal preference and what you want to get out of it.
  4. wheee. looks slightly different, but still works! I'm still getting cloudflare challenges, but I gotta blame my work proxy + VPN on that. every time I log in in the mornings, it has my computer coming from a different place in the world. every site thinks I'm a freaking bot.
  5. OMG that page stands, and I got put in jail for a week because I said "men are pigs" to a lady friend of mine? LOLOL
  6. Nah... needs to be gold/ champagne to blend in with the rest of the 'doctor's wife' cars out there.
  7. Keep feeding the trolls. We like to eat.
  8. When I first looked at that sticker, I swore it said "I love your Mom" So ummm, how much lube did it take to get in and out of that window opening? that looks like a tight fit even for a small person?
  9. Ya, those newer seats are beefy. they've come a LONG way in updating their safety since the days of Dale. Thin alu seats, open face helmets w/ goggles.. We look back at that just a few years ago and *wow*.
  10. Technically, you're safer to hit it head-on or tail-on than any sideways direction, simply due to the design of the seat and safety harness. That said, you do want to scrub as much speed as possible before you hit anything- or avoid hitting a wall altogether, so turning should still be the first option.
  11. Well the good news is that you can use all of that in your next club race car.... (after you give me the TA2 car and build another one for you. ? )
  12. It took me a number of watches to figure out why this was a big deal. so the box fell over, NBD... oh but wait! ouch. heh.
  13. Matt93SE

    New Spec NC

    ... Hmmm, I gotta revise my above comment. Looks like three entered the last race at ECR as SMX5. They ran with my run group, but I thought Daniel said he entered as STL or something... https://sowdivscca.com/raceresults/2021/20210508/Grp 4-Sat Official Race Results.pdf More entries in SMX5 than in STU, so I can't talk too much smack! LOL
  14. Matt93SE

    New Spec NC

    I was talking to someone at an SCCA race a couple weeks ago, and he said you can buy a race-ready SMX5 for $30-40k. for those looking for good spec racing, that might be the ticket. (I don't know how much it would cost to build one to same spec since I don't know what all is in it) I am seeing more of them entered in local club races, but not specifically in SMX5 classes. they'll run in one of the Touring or Super Touring classes since they're legal for a number of different ones in the club. reliable, cheap wear parts, good performance and handling... what's not to like? (excep
  15. Every sport (hell, even getting out of bed in the morning) has its risks, and we choose to take them each time we participate. ATGATT is a great way to start and forms the attitude the whole time you're out there. It amazes me how many people will drive a "full blown race car" on a HPDE day wearing shorts and t-shirt simply because they're not racing W2W. what's the difference in risk between that day and any other time you're on track? If the car gonna blow or a part is going to fatigue and fail, it doesn't care whether you're mid race in the heat of battle, or just making pace laps and
  16. This is why I like a cage over me head. you crazy man!
  17. Since I'm no longer racing the RX7, I need to get rid of these tires to make room in the shop and before they rot away. New slicks 245/580/15 S100, qty 4 245/580/15, S80, qty 2 Used slicks 245/580/15, S100, qty 4 245/580/15, S80, qty 6 23x9.5x15, R45B, qty 4 Used DOT tires: 225/45/15, Toyo R888R, qty 4 245/40/17, R7, qty 8 (2016 date codes- not worth racing) Unless noted, the tires are all from 2019 season and have been stored in my shop. (Indoors, but no A/C). They're certainly not race quality, but they would make for 'regional racing', practice, test fit, s
  18. Do you have any sort of check valve in that vent tube? The check valve will do better than the tall vent. My RX7 vent tube runs straight out the top of the cell and off to the side, but it has a check valve at the tank and another check valve thingy in the end of the vent tube. I've filled the cell to overflowing to use fuel for ballast weight some times, and nobody has ever mentioned anything to me about fuel leakage.
  19. Just a note. whatever tires that are on the car when you paint it will be trash when you get it back. All of the chemicals in the air will collect on the rubber and make them hard as rocks. Maybe today's water based paints are better, but I've ruined a bunch of tires and shoes in the garage while painting. Put junk tires on it before you do any work with solvents.
  20. If that's the only failure you had, then great first start!! Last time I was at MSRC was maybe 10 years ago with a Z Club event. several Porsches were there as well, and the old 911s really love to do that. Wish I had video at the time, but I remember rolling thru rattlesnake and wagon wheel behind one car, and there was a front wheel several inches off the ground the whole time except for the L-R transitions in the middle of rattlesnake. I had a friend riding shotgun and he was dumbfounded. mostly that I was keeping up with him in my lowly 240sx street car. LOL
  21. SCCA, CVAR, PCA usually use the same corner workers, with some carryover to NASA. Drivers coming out to work is certainly appreciated and well-received by the corner workers. (they tend to call you in for less minor infractions if they consider you one of them... ) "Control, turn 6... no, those two cars were not bump drafting. Matt would never do such a thing" ?
  22. No need for throttle position sensor on your data. it's all right there in the audio! GRRRRR car sounds mean!
  23. I've BTDT. I typically wait till last second to move so I can figure out where the car is going to impact. if you run out from behind that barrier and a tire suddenly hooks and the car goes to the side, you're squish like grape. best place to be in those cases is to bail behind the back of the stand so two walls, or to duck down a couple feet behind the first wall so you don't get hit by flying shrapnel. (note the tire that struck the back door of the van! that van really shouldn't have been parked there due to egress of the stand.... hopefully that corner worker learned his lesson.)
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