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snakeeyes1

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    928 S4

    I owned an early one for a couple of years. Repainted Cobalt Blue it looked amazing. It was an automatic, which for some reason never bothered me at all in that car. In fact it seemed suited to the car's nature. Amazingly comfortable, effortlessly fast. Hell, dangerously fast. I would find myself going 20 mph faster than I thought I was, and had to resist the urge to pour on another 20. I would love to drive one out IH10 now that the speed limit's 85. I sold mine when the transaxle started making funny noises and a couple of mechanic friends scared the crap out of me with stories of
  2. That may be the single greatest statement ever made on this forum. There must be a punchline, or at least a t-shirt, in there somewhere.
  3. I received a warning from DPS for no front plate on my Miata about 4 months ago. I rigged up a front bracket using a thin piece of sheet metal, bent into a 90, and 3 zip ties. It mounts to the side of the grille opening and attaches to the tie-down hook and an existing hole in the grille mouth. It doesn't obstruct airflow, involves no holes drilled, and probably weighs 3 ounces + the plate itself.
  4. What's the curb weight of an LS-powered Miata? John, I don't know if you've had yours on a scale. I'm curious as to how it compares to a stock NB or an SM car.
  5. Jeez, where's the multi-millionaire TJs when you need one? Sounds like I may need to put this on the to-do short list before it's another Riverside.
  6. It's very true. I don't know what his speed was at the point of impact but they were lapping at 225 mph in practice. At those velocities when you get airborne it's no longer a car crash; it's a plane crash. All the harnesses and crush zones on the planet aren't going to do much, especially when the car rolls over before touching down like his appeared to. Sad, sad day.
  7. I use Corey Henderson at Henderson Performance in New Braunfels for my dyno tuning, but it may not be practical for you if you're in Houston. At any rate I like Corey a lot and think highly of his tuning methods, which focus on the "area under the curve" and not just a peak HP number. Edit: Sorry, I just read the full title of your post and saw that you're definitely looking for a dyno guy in Houston. Sorry as I'm no help there. I'm wondering, though, how well a dyno is going to be able to accurately display any gains from your airbox, which may not manifest themselves until the c
  8. I don't think their m/b pricing is specific to a certain locale. I believe DT service writers have carte blanche to reduce or even waive the mount/balance fee completely. I took three sets in as many weeks to one of the SA stores for mounting and balancing a couple of years back. The first time the guy quoted me an extortionate rate, which I got him to cut down some by having him look up my name in their system to see how much business I've given them over the years. The second time the counter guys recognized me and charged me $7 per tire. The third time it was a different, but similarly re
  9. My guess is (surprise) based on the state of the economy. I think a lot of "fringe" enthusiasts who might otherwise decide to sign up for a DE simply don't have the spare change right now.
  10. That sounds liike a worsening of the bump that's been there for at least the last couple of years. I wonder if the recent rains in the area have made the ground underneath there go crazy. I was already apexing a couple of feet out from the spot where I felt I should be. Always seems weird to go through there offline, but on the occasions when I didn't do it I was rewarded with the car stepping sideways just before transitioning from hard on the throttle to hard on the brakes, an eye-opening experience
  11. Thanks, Chris. Those are fast times and make for a great car vs. bike comparison.
  12. Hayabusa-powered TR at Spring Mountain: http://www.youtube.com/user/tootallbob
  13. That's actually a totally different body sold on the TRs that leave 600 Racing in road-race configuration. What I need to do is fab some fenders that bridge the gap between sidepods and the nose and tail sections. Probably not that hard if I had any focus whatsoever. Item #342 on the to-do list.
  14. The Birkin has fenders. Vestigal, but fenders. My car's tires are fully exposed. I talked to Eric about it a couple of times and he ixnayed the idea. I'll have to run it by someone out there again.
  15. I've had a Thunder Roadster sitting in my shop for four years now. Bought it on the recommendation of a friend who owns several (including one Hayabusa-powered one) and tracks them at Spring Mountain and Miller. I spent a while changing it over from an oval track to a road course setup. Naturally, Harris Hill has never allowed open-wheelers at a track day, so it sits. I start and run it up to temp a couple of times a month, change the oil occasionally, and have driven it around my neighborhood (no such thing as Stealth Mode!), but mainly it sits gathering dust. Maybe one day I'll find som
  16. <stupid post removed--poster watching videos from last year's races instead of 2011 >
  17. Thanks for the reminder...watched on my phone, which I've never been able to do before. Love me some EVO 4G! Road America in the early fall. Cool air, changing leaves, brats from just down the road in Johnsonville on the trackside grilles, the last of the summer sweet corn, grilled and dipped in melted butter, a cold beer, the smell of racing fuel. Thousands of horsepower shaking the ground. Heaven on earth.
  18. I live ten minutes from a place where people still ride their horses to the bars, and "riding while intoxicated" charges are not unknown, so I guess none of this stuff sounds so weird to me. :)
  19. I imagine they had some of the gnarliest air filters you've ever seen stuffed into every intake on that car. When you think about it, though, with the venturi effect created by all the underbody aero on that thing, the intakes were probably mostly in clean air. Lord help anyone trying to follow it, though. Did you see the rooster tail of dirt on the shots of it going down the straight?
  20. RavynX, I forgot you went to A & M. No wonder all those Longhorn images piss you off. ;D I grew up working cattle in the summers, so maybe that's why the cowboy thing doesn't really bother me. Of course, now I live in that same area and am surrounded by cowboys, real and imagined, and pull on a pair of boots about as often as I wash my tractor. ;D Hey, if they want to put hitching posts outside of the pits stalls and a saloon in the paddock, I'm good with that, as long as we get F1 (and MotoGP, and...) racing here.
  21. That's how the rest of the world sees us, and will undoubtedly play a huge role in the worldwide marketing for the event. Oh, and it was filmed at the ranch of one of the venue's biggest (if not the biggest) investors. For sale, RBR F1 car, never raced, low miles, used only in promotional films... ;)
  22. I know in the past the PCA guys have gotten the Hampton Inn in San Marcos to give them a group discount. I'm not sure what the minimum number of rooms was, but it's probably worth checking.
  23. I'm not sure what your budget is, but there is an Embassy Suites just outside of San Marcos (south of town) that's right in IH35.
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