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Suspension / steering
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:32:30 AM »
To tighten up the steering on an AE86 we would replace the power steering knuckles with non power steering knuckles. The steereing is quicker. Lock to lock is reduced. Make the car more like a go cart. Power steering....... The MR2 is pretty light in the front end, and steering is pretty easy as it is. But in the interest of reducing driver fatigue I have a thought of installing power steering. I can take the rack out of my black AE82, along with the pump and brackets. The lines would have to be fabbed, but that won't be too difficult. Just a thought.

Roll Cage & Safety / Brakes
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:17:11 AM »
Since 'safety' items are not included in the cost limit, let's get a trip to the wrecking yard set up. We need the calipers from an early 1990's Celica GT. The caliper piston is supposed to be 46mm as opposed to the stock 38mm(?).  They bolt right up to the stock mounts. The size differential will provide more baking force from less pedal pressure reducing driver fatigue. Might look into brake rotor diameter comparison as well. Would be nice to find a vented rotor compatable with the rear hub.

Chit Chat / GT Academy 2012
« on: June 19, 2012, 08:13:50 PM »
Anybody doin' this? What's your E.T. and placemaent?

Let's do it!! / Roll call
« on: April 15, 2012, 08:30:09 PM »
Who's in? I know we lost Bevin. Not sure Bryan is even allowed. Kevin seems to not be interested any more. We need to have at least 4 peeps to even qualify. Let's do it.

Projects and Build-Ups / Project P.O.S.
« on: March 10, 2012, 08:49:22 PM »
1987 Corolla FX16. Gettin' it back on th' road. Little car has been sitting for about four years, let's see how it goes. First thing was to make sure the engine would still run. Check fluids, drop in a battery and turn the key. After a few seconds of cranking, the engine came to life. SWEET! It  runs! Now to fix the reason for parking it in the first place. Motor mounts were all broken and the shocks are dead.
The motor mounts are the first chore. Ordered, received and installed. Installed, but not without a few problems. First, the mount for the front of the engine was wrong. Not too bad to fix, as I simply had to change the bracket bolted to ther block. Had one the was right for the mount, done deal. Tranny hanger, no problems. Dropped the crossmember, bolted the new mounts to the brackets on the tranny, bolted the crossmember in place. Now I see why the mounts all broke together. The brackets on the trans were installed wrong! The front to the rear and so on. The entire powertrain is pushed forward about an inch! Reinstalled the mounts in the proper places and everything fit pefectly. Started the car to move it back to it's place in the driveway. What a difference! Right from the start I could hear a huge difference in the noise transferred to the chassis. I'd drivin this car for a few years this way, it was so noisy!.

Track / Bryan's boasts
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:09:10 PM »
C'mon Bry, How was it? Kiss and tell time!

Electronics / AEM EMS-4
« on: August 27, 2011, 09:14:55 AM »
Mikey! Check out this little universal gem. The AEM EMS-4. I think it would be a better choice than the Microsquirt. The cost might be a little more, but the thing doesn't need anything extra to do the job, like an extra driver amplifier for a COP ignition. Probabaly has better tech support to boot. The Microsquirt would be about $700- $800 to get going, the EMS-4, between $1000 and $1200.

Team Meetings / Next meeting place
« on: August 07, 2011, 04:10:38 PM »
I gotta check out this place. Possible meeting place. I'm sure the food is cheesey, but the possibility of a good video race is intriguing. I do have the flyers they hand out, as well as the prices. I'll see about getting it scanned and posted.

Chit Chat / Pets
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:29:41 PM »
My new lawnmower

Chit Chat / Epic Fail
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:59:54 AM »
I have no words for this


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Chit Chat / Styling ques
« on: March 21, 2011, 08:43:22 PM »
Is it just me, or does the new Lexus CTS hybrid look like the Mazda 3? And the new Ferrari looks a lot like the Autobachs Garaiya? I'd really like the designers at Ferrari to hear this one!

Chit Chat / Japan's quake
« on: March 18, 2011, 05:23:56 PM »
Holy crap! What a tragedy. One thing after the next. But with one disaster after the other, and the power released from the tectonic plates moving, I want to know if Mt. Fuji is remaining stable. I'd hate to see that on top of all the rest of this. Does any body have the savy to find info on this subject? Yeah, I need help finding a site that has this info. I would like to know more 'cause noone is saying anything on that 'dormant' volcano. I did find that Fuji erupted 7 times in the last millenia. The last eruption was about 300 years ago, 100 years before that. Could this quake have awakened Fuji?

Chit Chat / The stig's true identity
« on: February 11, 2011, 04:49:38 PM »
The stig's true name is Ben Collins.

Engine Theory / BOOST
« on: February 01, 2011, 08:13:15 AM »
We all know about forced in duction, I hope anyway. The low end power of the roots supercharger. The rediculous high end potential of tubocharging. Best of both worlds? Twincharge! But here's one more to consider, Mike's going to have fun with this one! It's not new, been used to boost performance for some time now, but not talked about much from the street perormance crowd. Compound boost! Supercharge the engine? Yes! Add a turbocharger? Yes! At the same time? Yes! Supercharge the engine, turbocharge the supercharger! That;s right! Increase the supercharger's inlet pressure! Tune the low end power to get off the line with the roots charger, where it does the best increase in power! As the roots type charger tends to drop off at the upper RPM's where a turbo shines. Hmmm. Boost the inlet side of the superchargeer? Makes for some interesting tuning challenges. Say you are getting 10 pounds boost from your supercharger. Boost the inlet to 7 pounds, 1/2 atmospheric pressure. Now you have 15 pounds of boost, theoretcally of course. But the real advantage is the expanded powerband! 10 pounds off the line, but when the turbo comes on, you get the 15 pounds! And that would carry through to beyond where the supercharger drops off! Also, since you don't have to overdrive the supercharger as much the engine RPM can be raised! Imagine the possibilities! Only problem I can think of with the Toyota superchargers is the flourine coating an the impellers. Spinneing the SC12 and SC14 over 11,500 RPM is said to melt the coating. How would boosting the inlet affect this? Is the melting of the flourine due to the heat produced by the increase in pressure or just an effect from increased RPM?

General Automotive Talk / GM rotary?!
« on: January 29, 2011, 08:59:21 AM »
In 1970, General Motors paid $50,000, 000 (?) for a license to produce a rotory powered car! The little engine was built as a 3.38 liter, 2 rotor. It was tested in the Vega, and not used due to efficiency deficitts. After a few years of T&T, the engine was getting about 20 MPG, but had longevity problems and  was abandoned.  At least they got the displacement calculations right! Still, could you imagine if GM actually ran with the whole rotary thing? What an abortion that would be! :puke:

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