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  1. FYI....check your HF jack stands https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a32619739/harbor-freight-auto-jack-stands-collapse-recall/?source=nl&utm_source=nl_cdb&utm_medium=email&date=052320&utm_campaign=nl20172927 https://images.harborfreight.com/hftweb/recalls/Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196_61197.pdf
  2. Damn, wish I'd been monitoring TJ before buying a used BP VVT from a junkyard (Eaststreet, so fingers crossed). Too late now....
  3. Thx Tobey - I just bought my engine, so not sure when it's arriving (yet). If I had to guess, my time frame overlaps with yours (3-4 weeks). It's a project car so not urgent - I'll update when I know more.
  4. Anyone in the Houston area open to loaning out an engine/shop crane and/or engine stand? My son & I have a 90 Miata project car and will be putting in a replacement engine soon....
  5. Continue restoring a 1990 NA with my son. It's just 1000 small jobs, one after the other.... Thank goodness for RockAuto + home delivery!
  6. As usual, you TJs don't disappoint! Great feedback - I hadn't considered some of the cars suggested. As for budget, I'm thinking up to 3x cost of a well sorted Miata. That probably puts me in BRZ/E36 territory.....
  7. I've been tracking a Miata for about 6 years and am considering a change. Wife is onboard but no budget agreed yet. Would need to be driven to/from the track, so must pass ODB II inspection (:-() and AC is a must since I'm in Texas. I've been browsing streetable race cars on rackingjunk - Corvette, BMW, Cayman. Obviously running costs will be much higher than the Miata. What HPDE car would you suggest?
  8. That was my conclusion - it'll get a weird heat pattern & then fail. Amazon have agreed to send a replacement even though it's outside the return window.
  9. My son & I were replacing pads and rotors on my Trackspeed BBK. My son noticed this - looks like a casting defect?
  10. I need new tires - current RC1's worked well till I locked up and corded them. Wondering if anyone has a coupon for the Maxxis online store?
  11. I'm in Houston, considering buying from eCarOne in Dallas (https://www.ecarone.com/). I'm doing all the research I can and would have an independent PPI done prior to any purchase. Has anyone dealt with them at all? Thanks
  12. You'll probably get some answers here: https://www.focusst.org/forum/ You'll almost certainly need an aftermarket inter cooler. As Matt pointed out, worth checking if the nannies can be turned off. There is a Fiesta ST running with the Red group in TDE - seems to lap about the same as my Miata (so slow!). Not sure what mods on it though.
  13. Since you mentioned hot hatches....my first track car was a 2007 Mazdaspeed 3. Took me from Green through to Yellow, never overheated even in June @ TWS (on stock cooling + Stage 1 tune), Great sleeper car, massive fun, huge versatility. Instead of the RS, have you considered an ST? Much, much, cheaper (I've just traded in the MS3 for a ST).
  14. I'm considering a project car for my son & I to wrench on as a joint effort. Question is what car? Neither my son nor I are into American classics, so we're leaning towards the import side. So far we've considered: Miata. Easy to work on, cheap, lots available. But I already have one - not a deal breaker, but would be nice to work on something new. RX-7 FD. Way too pricey. Datsun Z. A quick search shows either rust buckets (too much work) or restored (too little work). Nissan 240SX. Low availability. Porsche 944. Pricey parts & high prices. Not sure on budget yet, just started kicking this idea around. Definitely prefer cars that don't need major bodywork, so no rust holes or accident damage. Not looking to make a profit, just enjoy some father & son time. What's your suggestion?
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