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Member Since 22 Feb 2014
Offline Last Active Jan 15 2019 08:33 PM

In Topic: Convertible recommendations for my dad - an M roadster, Boxster, other?

24 November 2018 - 03:05 PM

Not sure if the first gen 350z is done depreciating, but I think they have aged pretty well:



In Topic: Kicking the Hornets Nest

20 November 2018 - 10:11 AM

buy my first gen RX7..   ~200whp, ~1800-1850lbs (without driver. I've forgotten how much ballast I have in it to get to 2190 w/ driver).  solid axle, no ABS, no traction control, no power steering.  A proper driver can do 1.42 at MSRH in it, possibly faster- but you'll be sideways the hole time to make it happen.  Put on your big boy pants and drive a REAL race car.


You had me at "sideways the whole time" and then further sealed the deal with "big boy pants".  This is exactly what I need in my life.

In Topic: Kicking the Hornets Nest

20 November 2018 - 08:48 AM

My car didn't come with traction control but it does have ABS. I don't think that any production car allows you disable ABS without pulling sensors or pulling fuses but I could be wrong. I don't find my ABS system to be intrusive, was yours?


I definitely felt ABS kick in when I had it enabled.  It wasn't necessarily intrusive though.  This probably sounds stupid, but I'm kinda OCD about trying to chase a pure driving experience with little to no computer aids.  The challenge of mastering threshold braking without flat-spotting tires is part of the allure for me.


The ABS hate started when I was really enjoying a rain session at MSRC (with ABS kicking in frequently) and my instructor said, "Good job, but try doing this in the wet without ABS like on my NA Miata."  This was the "hold my beer/challenge accepted" moment when I decided to disable ABS and prove to myself that I didn't have to rely on ABS to save my ass.


Maybe I should just buy an older, carbureted car with no computer aids to chase that experience?  In the meantime, I'm going to try to find ways to take my relatively modern NC Miata back to the stone ages.  However, it seems that my ABS disable solution is not the right approach per Derek's feedback - so I need to do more research there.

In Topic: Kicking the Hornets Nest

19 November 2018 - 09:27 PM

I would not do that. NC's systems don't do well without ABS working. It fucks the bias up. Put the ABS fuse back in. lol


Really? Do you have any more details? Curious to know how it messes with the bias. I would like to keep the ABS off if possible (for a pure driving experience and all that bullshit).


EDIT: Sorry for taking this thread off-topic, but you appear to be correct.  I found this thread over at miata.net:



In Topic: Kicking the Hornets Nest

19 November 2018 - 02:03 PM

My NC Miata has no nannies whatsoever, although certain models have them but they can be disabled with a press of a button. The FRS/BRZ requires that you do a sequence of things on startup to disable the nannies. This is known as the pedal dance.


I'm assuming it has ABS?  Or is ABS not considered a nanny?


On my NC, I just pulled the ABS fuse and that kills both traction and ABS.  No need to do any Sega Genesis cheat sequence at start-up.  After a couple sets of flat-spotted tires, I'm finally getting the hang of threshold braking with no ABS to save my ass.