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Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 100k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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26 minutes ago, Drak3 said:

Don't lump me in with them. I'm an enthusiast of mechanic design, be it engines, weaponry, or productive machinery. Not a guy with a wrench that reads the marketing garbage AFE/insert other "enthusiast" brand that can't legally warranty half of their products.

 

I fail to see a correlation between people screeching variations of "forced induction is more efficient!!! Reclaimed energy!!!" and anything I've said.

If you can't be civil. Please leave

 

Edit. That goes for everyone in the thread

21 hours ago, bcredeur97 said:

the heads on these cars warp really easily as the temp gauge stays in the default position till 227F. (it's uber important as soon as you see that thing move a millimeter from normal to turn the car off asap) so def get it checked and hopefully all it needs is to be decked.

With MLS head gaskets (which our cars come with) it's basically standard practice anyway to resurface the head if a new head gasket is required. MLS is very sensitive to even minor .0015" warpage, where as an organic head gasket would still seal at .003" warpage.

 

But yeah the car shut off by itself from overheating the one time it did. I've seen it come close a couple times sitting in the drive thru line but I always shut the car off if that happens. The one time it did overheat I was so close to my shop that I kept pushing it, when I should've towed it and not have to deal with this now lol.

 

But it's been going for a year now with the head gasket like that so not bad, good thing it'll cost less than $90 to fix lol

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17 hours ago, spwath said:

Still thinking about getting an NA miata... Bad idea to replace my Impreza with a $4000 miata while living in the Northeast?

i am not sure if you should do that ... but i would stay away miatas .... if you get snow .... or any mazda in that case ?

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I drive to Walmart ONCE and my wheels are dirty.

 

 

 

Ok so I was scrubbing the rust off the brakes with the brakes and getting the rotors up around 300F to rebed the pads but still ? RIP clean wheels. I'll keep taking shots of the dirt progression lol.

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Lol not even any hard stops, just casual. LOL but these pads are so worth the dust, they actually dust less with hard use when they're hot. Pad film and science and stuff.

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21 hours ago, Bitter said:

I drive to Walmart ONCE and my wheels are dirty.

 

 

 

Ok so I was scrubbing the rust off the brakes with the brakes and getting the rotors up around 300F to rebed the pads but still ? RIP clean wheels. I'll keep taking shots of the dirt progression lol.

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Considering I had the suspension before I had the car I can finally say I got it installed.  Hoping it will settle another little bit but I'm happy with it.

 

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1 hour ago, PandaCopyRight said:

and black is boring ....

/cry

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Decided to blow some money and try a projector retrofit on my Jeep. Unfortunately I don't have any before pictures but the difference was well worth the money and hours I put into it. I live in the middle of nowhere and deer nearly outnumber the mosquitoes, so the new headlights are a huge help.

 

Had them in about a month and have had 0 people flash me :) 

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Looks like the previous owner may have hit something on the drivers side at one point. As you can see the bumper is pressed in and the bottom of the headlight assembly was cracked. Luckily I got a new(used) assembly off the FB marketplace for free.

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We'll see how the pure white (6500k) bulbs perform once our average of 300"-350" of snow hits this winter. Might step down to a warmer color, or put a warmer color in my fogs.

 

Since then I've also converted my girlfriend's civic as well which has earned me some serious brownie points ;) 

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12 minutes ago, Votivee said:

Decided to blow some money and try a projector retrofit on my Jeep. Unfortunately I don't have any before pictures but the difference was well worth the money and hours I put into it. I live in the middle of nowhere and deer nearly outnumber the mosquitoes, so the new headlights are a huge help.

 

Had them in about a month and have had 0 people flash me :) 

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Looks like the previous owner may have hit something on the drivers side at one point. As you can see the bumper is pressed in and the bottom of the headlight assembly was cracked. Luckily I got a new(used) assembly off the FB marketplace for free.

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High Beams (no fogs)

We'll see how the pure white (6500k) bulbs perform once our average of 300"-350" of snow hits this winter. Might step down to a warmer color, or put a warmer color in my fogs.

 

Since then I've also converted my girlfriend's civic as well which has earned me some serious brownie points ;) 

I've had the fortune of getting laser surgery for my eyes. It's an absolute godsend, but now every car headlights look 10x brighter.  Its fucking (sorry for language) driving at night because I'm almost blinded by them. 

 

Bonus is I don't need to worry about high beams. 

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2 minutes ago, floofer said:

I've had the fortune of getting laser surgery for my eyes. It's an absolute godsend, but now every car headlights look 10x brighter.  Its fucking (sorry for language) driving at night because I'm almost blinded by them. 

 

Bonus is I don't need to worry about high beams. 

As someone who has been fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision, laser eye surgery scares the shit out of me.

 

Have you tried any nighttime driving glasses? I've never tried them myself but from what I've read they either help a ton or don't work at all.

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1 hour ago, Kaloob said:

Boring, but classy imo, though I prefer a brown interior personally.

I agree that the auto is an "ew" though.

yeah, im not a big fan of black cars ... mainly cause that and silver are like the most popular colors for cars in this country ... (Hate nearly all silver cars )

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4 minutes ago, PandaCopyRight said:

yeah, im not a big fan of black cars ... mainly cause that and silver are like the most popular colors for cars in this country ... (Hate nearly all silver cars )

Black cars can look good, but fuck trying to keep one clean

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7 minutes ago, Votivee said:

As someone who has been fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision, laser eye surgery scares the shit out of me.

 

Have you tried any nighttime driving glasses? I've never tried them myself but from what I've read they either help a ton or don't work at all.

I was just short sighted so its easy 20 minutes under a laser and some forceps. Now I have above 20/20 (or so they say at the optician).

 

Might look into the glasses tbh. It does get quite annoying. thanks.

 

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47 minutes ago, Votivee said:

As someone who has been fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision, laser eye surgery scares the shit out of me.

 

Have you tried any nighttime driving glasses? I've never tried them myself but from what I've read they either help a ton or don't work at all.

I have glasses. I am terrified of laser eye surgery as well. An eye is not replaceable if it goes wrong. I like to drive. I like my eyes.

I'll just wear glasses. If it gets to a point where im basically blind anyway, then sure, I'll try it. Till then... I'm good.

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1 hour ago, Kaloob said:

Me neither. I'm a fan of blue myself.

i like bright or loud colors 
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I'm going to guess this has been done here a lot of times, but has anybody ever gone on autozone.com etc, look up Radiators, Reservoirs, Pumps, and Plumbing for a cars cooling system and compared it with a PC.  Yes i know 'Economies of scale' and all but holy poo i feel validated again for thinking Custom loop PC is pricy AF.  I can fix most family sedans engine cooling for the same price i can get a out-of-box custom loop from EKWB

On 8/12/2019 at 9:01 AM, bcredeur97 said:

I agree. Corrosion isn’t a big problem here tho.

 

i liked my corolla more than this civic. It was just better. The civic seems a little nicer in that it has more fancy stuff (like the A/C controls are all electric) but tbh I don’t really care

 

at least I could get the ecu out without taking the dash out though. That’s a nice plus that the corolla didn’t have... not that I needed to ever do it on that car. 

Okay so one big thing for the Civic over the Mazda is it had good old-school steering feedback that somehow the Mazda misses, but ignoring the engine (the Mazda has 150hp yet feels like a "hot cam", very fun), the Civic just had a weird sort of understeer that i couldn't imagine easily correcting, one that never felt very effected by weight transfer, almost like just static level of understeer sort of like you'd usually get out of a much more mundane family sedan. not so much that the spring-rates or swaybars were wrong but that its suspension geometry itself was likely just watered down.  I thought though that the platform was shared with the RSX of same era to some degree, so obviously there is potential there, and its not like i ever really got to upgrade it or anything. 

Still,the Civic of that era really is economical and surprisingly comfy, with some work it probably could become more then just a nice daily, and even if its just that its nice looking and gets the job done well. 

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Of course, my luck. Honda announces that they are giving sport touring hatchbacks manual transmissions for 2020, not even 6 months after I got my 19. If they give it a HP bump with an Si turbo I might actually pursue a trade in. 

 

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Got to Knoxville around 7:30, so much construction! Need to wipe it down in the morning before I go up to drive the Dragon to the meet to drive the Dragon. Yo dawg I heard you like driving the Dragon so I...

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29 minutes ago, Bitter said:

Got to Knoxville around 7:30, so much construction! Need to wipe it down in the morning before I go up to drive the Dragon to the meet to drive the Dragon. Yo dawg I heard you like driving the Dragon so I...

nice. Have Fun!

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Am I the only one who likes... subtle... colors? Like Regal Peacock Green, F8 Green and the like?

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