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Brandon Marquis
@HairyGerbil

I favor Hondas, as you can see, but I like most cars that are manual, 2 door, and under 3000 lbs.
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Brandon Marquis24 days ago

Who knows if I have a blown head gasket or not. This is what I DO know. It didn't hold me back from taking the RSX to a track day earlier this month. The engine survived without incident. I posted the RSX doing a 3 gear pull a few months ago. In this series, the camera is mounted on the front bumper so you can hear the cold air intake feeding a K24 frank swap

Brandon Marquis78 days ago

2004 K24 frank-built RSX with cold air intake, race header, cat-back exhaust, and tune, among other upgrades. No need to adjust your screen, the camera was a little skewed when mounted. I was able to readjust my mic this time to do a respectable 3 gear pull from 40 MPH and get some good audio. Unfortunately, I've got a few repairs to make in the coming months, including the passenger seat, as you can see.

Brandon Marquis78 days ago

I've compared the RSX to the Cayman a few times before, but I've recently thought of an interesting, new perspective. If one word describes the Cayman, I would say "precision". In contrast, the modified RSX would be "raw". Both being machines, each car takes a different approach. Brand new, the RSX was very quiet, and refined - being the true Acura it was. After some modification and tuning, driving it now feels like operating

Brandon Marquis85 days ago

No this is not a story about some dirty Hobbits, rather a shorter video of my Cayman S driving back down the road. Flat 6 ear candy. https://youtu.be/ccpcd5CubYU

Brandon Marquis85 days ago

Although not as impressive as a Pike's Peak Hill Climb, I thought I would showcase what it's like to ride shotgun in a 2012 Porsche Cayman S with a manual through some mountain roads. Thinking of getting a better-sounding exhaust, so this is a good baseline of what the car sounds like stock during some 'spirited' driving. Sorry for some of the audio distortion during throttle. https://youtu.be/D7rKBz3Ux3M

Brandon Marquis85 days ago

Ok, I was able to get this small excerpt in between all the audio garbage in my cruise last week. https://youtu.be/7EEQmrxUpss

Brandon Marquis85 days ago

Encountered some major audio distortion while making a shakedown drive, so I'm posting this cruising vid of a great road near me instead. The in-cabin drone the exhaust generates off-throttle was too much for the mic. The audio during the Cayman drive (dropping soon) was much more tolerable. https://youtu.be/MB4ACNQlDZA

Brandon Marquis129 days ago

Porsche is 70 years old today! Performance , Precision, Design, History. These are few of the reasons I cherish my Porsche. Porsche owners - Drive your Porsche today!

Brandon Marquis161 days ago

Anybody interested in a used set of Tein Super Street coilovers for a RSX? Recently, I got a new coilover set with pillow-ball mounts, so I don't need these anymore. Stock 02-04 upper mounts included. Free shipping! https://www.ebay.com/itm/163036052528?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

Brandon Marquis169 days ago

I park my car in a garage at my apartment with blind-spots on the left and right of the garage door. When I exit the garage I can't see what's coming until my driver's side window passes the doorway. Nowadays, people are looking at their phone more than they're looking at the road. I don't want to take the risk that the other driver has their head down when I pull out of the garage. I asked

[]Andrew Johnson

That's a handy trick!

Brandon Marquis169 days ago

I value quality and reliability over all else when I buy a car. After doing tons of research last year, I heard and read that Porsche Caymans were a good buy and that Porsche was one of the most reliable manufacturers in Europe. They're great for commute and the track. I know every car has its "Achilles Heel". But a reliable car is one that can get you home despite its flaws. My RSX, for instance,

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[]Robert Sixto

I've come across German engineered cars in the past, and overall they are well engineered, but it's like they don't know when to stop. The result is things like this, how brilliant we were able to fit this shifter cable just so, kind of thing. At least the aftermarket has a solution, just shows that no cars are perfect, no matter how over engineered.

[]Brandon Marquis

LoL. I know what you mean. Honda hides the RSX oil filter right under the sub frame, so when you remove the oil filter, you need to clean the oil off the sub frame. Absolutely ridiculous, but at least that decision doesn't result in possible mechanical failure (just a PITA to clean up).

[]Timothy Markworth

Shifter cables under tension. BRILLIANT! And by brilliant, I mean tragically dumb design. If they're going to go the Rube Goldberg route, it should at least have a cotter pin or shear pin on the transmission side to keep it from detaching under normal stress.

[]Brandon Marquis

Completely agree. I was surprised to see the cable was only held on by tension. Tension that could be exceeded by design or by wearing out the grommet over time. There seems to be some play in the cable and the lever, which is probably by design, but I was surprised to see no locking part to keep the cable connector from slipping off.

[]Tom Armstrong

Wow. We were just talking about this, good writeup

Brandon Marquis177 days ago

Listening to the latest Everyday Driver Car Debate podcast and someone asked an interesting question: "Where is the line between track car and daily car?" For my RSX, I would say there were two upgrades that dramatically changed the dynamics of the car. The first was the race header and sport exhaust. 2-liter, 4 cylinder engines don't put out much sound, but when the catalytic converter is removed, the resulting sound definitely changes the personality

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[]Tom Armstrong

For me it was when I decided to register it non-op. Then I cut the interior out of it, bad decision.

Keep it a street car with tasteful mods, you’ll regret going full race car

[]Brandon Marquis

Because It's unbearable to enjoy on the street? I assumed this would be my last step after suspension. Weight reduction sounds easier than trying to squeeze every ounce out of the engine. Although, I imagine the car can only be enjoyed on the track after that.

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s exactly right

Brandon Marquis190 days ago

Won't go into the details now, but I had a major malfunction at the track this weekend. Shout out to Joseph with Corsa Crew who fixed my car enough to get home. Look these guys up if they are at your local track event. They offer all kinds of track side services. https://m.facebook.com/corsacrewllc/

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[]Joseph Thomas

Hi Brandon, this is Joseph from CorsaCrew. Glad we could get you back on track!

[]Antoni Dabrowski

Hope you get everything up and running soon! Track day mishaps are scary, hope it wasn't too serious and remember it probably could have been a lot worse. That clip of the S2k with the rep wheel coming off mid corner is one of the most ass puckering things I've ever seen.

[]Brandon Marquis

Not serious. Thanks for the concern. Just a leaking clutch line that made the pedal soft - so much that if I didn't refill the reservoir with more fluid, I couldn't shift! The local dealership needs to order a part since there's nothing in available in this town. It should be fixed sometime this week, but It cost me most of my track weekend, so that's a bummer.

Brandon Marquis196 days ago

She probably heard it somewhere, or I missed the bus, but I thought I would share my mom's wisdom with the car community. Alabama had a bad hail storm a few weeks ago which missed me by about 40-50 miles. I wouldn't know what to do if my car was in danger of getting hail damage. My mom suggested finding an empty parking deck and parking there until the storm passes. To those without a

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[]Robert Sixto

You can also park it under an overpass if you are stuck in it when it starts.

[]Jordan Shuster

Gotta admit, never thought of this. :')

[]Michael B. Gonzales

Moms know best!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's a really good idea!

Brandon Marquis206 days ago

Just had to take a pic of the RSX after getting it detailed, paint touchup, and headlight polish before the pollen removes the luster. Got 2 new Michelin Pilot SS tires mounted to the front today. Having D2 Racing coilovers installed tomorrow. All this to prep for track day in April.

[]Ernie Szots

Absolutely love it.

Brandon Marquis214 days ago

Turns out I may not be able to get the Tein coilovers I wanted because they're on backorder. My shop suggested three brands: D2 Racing, KSport, and Skunk2 racing. Anyone had any experience using coilovers from these brands? Any Honda owners use any of these?

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[]Yves Vds

I heard good things about BC Racing and Meister R.

[]Antoni Dabrowski

I'm rocking BC coilovers and from what I can tell generally everything below fortune auto uses mostly the same parts. I'd imagine D2 and Megan coils are close to identical. That being said, the BCs on my car ride relatively decently but are definitely jarring compared to stock. Noisy as hell too.

[]Brandon Marquis

Lol. I have stiff rubber motor mounts and a race header. The coilovers are the least offensive thing on the car. Jokes aside, I have been driving on the D2 for 4 days and I think its good. Along with trying different stiff/rebound settings, I've also disconnected my sway bar too for a future track day. I can't say how they compare to my Teins, because I always used the sway bar with those, but I'll definitely note any problems on my garage page if I encounter any. There is some popping noise which comes with pillow-ball mounts, but I only notice it when pulling out of my parking space in the morning and once more while I was turning a corner. It's really not bad at all.

[]Robert Sixto

If you opt for K Sport, I have a dealer account with them, I can get you a decent price (basically my cost plus shipping)

[]Brandon Marquis

Thanks for the suggestion, I've already gone with D2. Having an installer mount them Saturday. Do you have an account with Wilwood? I was considering upgrading to a BBK later this year.

[]Jared Dainis

been running BC Racing for a couple years. fully adjustable. love em.

[]Brandon Marquis

Thanks! That gives me more confidence in my decision.

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Brandon Marquis218 days ago

Surfing the Internet and found this article by Jalopnik. Why haven't we all thought of doing this? https://jalopnik.com/true-hero-of-our-time-replaced-his-volvos-door-chime-wi-1823629350 What door chime should your car play? Looked up hits in 2004 (year of my RSX)..."Yeah!" by Usher and Little John..."Let's go"...indeed, lol.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think it would be hilarious to have the sound of a beefy V8 with a mean cam lope playing every time I open the door of my Saab.

Brandon Marquis230 days ago

Anyone know of a good parking mirror to buy for my new garage? I need two small (-12") convex mirrors to see traffic left/right of garage when I'm pulling out on the street. Something small/cheap.

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[]Brandon Marquis

I developed a solution. Check out my new post of this coming soon.

[]Kit Lau

I usually just use the tennis ball method :P

[]Brandon Marquis

I'm intrigued, explain?

[]Kit Lau

Ah - I was talking about parking the car into the garage. I had to re-read your post more clearly

[]Brandon Marquis

Lol. I know what you mean about the tennis ball now. I've used a similar complex system comprised of hanging a rope from the ceiling ;-)

Brandon Marquis233 days ago

...and God saw the RSX and blessed it for it is fast and Holy and rested on the 7th day for his work was complete. Amen.

[]Ernie Szots

🙏

Brandon Marquis233 days ago

Porsche in the shop, so they gave me a 2018 Boxster 718 base with PDK. Very impressive and sophisticated. Exhaust sounds kinda cool, but is quiet, too quiet at WOT. Current base model is as fast as a 2012 Cayman S which is pretty remarkable. Effortless acceleration, no doubt due to the increase of torque the turbo provides. No drama in the corners, which is what you want and expect from a mid-engine car.

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[]Robert Sixto

Im a fan of these, I'm not averse to a four cylinder like others may be. I'm kind of hoping the Porsche faithful reject that engine and they depreciate badly so I can get a bargain sportscar in the future! Lol

[]Brandon Marquis

True Dat! Truth be told, I'm still surprised when I go back to my four cylinder. An upgraded four cylinder just feels and sounds better than my Porsche. That can be changed by changing Porsche parts for aftermarket, but that is a little more pricey than a cheap Japanese import.

Brandon Marquis236 days ago

Not a lot of Porsche owners here, but I've got a question for the Porsche community. Looking to buy a new OEM dual mass flywheel from the Internet, but Suncoast doesn't sell them for some reason. I found some random dealer sites that sell it for 20% off like an Annapolis Dealer parts site: https://parts.porscheofannapolis.com/oem-parts/porsche-flywheel-9g211401222 but I'm suspect. Is this site legit? Anyone know of a reputable site to buy one new?

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[]Hayden Baker

I would check Google maps to check the street view and call the dealer to make sure. It's probably legit though assuming the part numbers match. Also check out with PayPal if you can. Side note, do you have any interest in a single mass steal flywheel? Could wake the car up some more

[]Brandon Marquis

Made a post on Planet-9 under my user name DC5Brandon. They told me this was probably a legit site, and to call Suncoast with the part number, they may be able to get the part, but I don't think it will be as cheap. Buying this stuff off the Internet seems to be the cheapest way to go.

[]Joost Van Dien

A bit off topic, but aren't there any options to go to a regular flywheel for your Porsche? Saves you the hassle of ever changing it again. They can go bad quickly.

[]Brandon Marquis

This is the stock part, like two flywheels in one. Some go to an aftermarket light flywheel, but in some cases there is some clutch "chatter" and only is recommended for track use. A light flywheel is half the weight! So, you get a great performance increase due to less un-sprung weight on the trans., but this is still under warranty. I think I'll try the light flywheel in a few years or so.

[]Joost Van Dien

If it is under warranty it's more than logical that you use a normal flywheel. I know about the unsprung mass. All but 1 off my cars use lighter flywheels. Love the reviness.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I didn't do an exhaustive search or anything for you but back when I was in the market for Porsches, this was the go to source I came across for parts on the older cars. I find it for $763 here: https://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/PEL_search_2016.cgi?command=DWsearch&description=9G2-114-012-22 They are a reputable source, but I don't if Luk is the OEM manufacturer or not.

[]Brandon Marquis

Yes, I found that too, but I think this is OEM replacement - not exactly the same part no. as the stock part. It's under warranty still, so I want to use OEM only for now.

[]Christopher McDowell EL

It still is the source for the air cooled stuff mainly. Im sure they have branched to the other newer models now a days

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I can't say for sure on Porsches but I know LUK is the OEM supplier for a lot of european brands. Both my Saab and BMW 525i use LUK clutches for the original. eEuroparts.com has the OEM Porsche clutch for less than $700 (https://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/184552/Clutch-Kit-98711691334/) but I'd be willing to bet that the $600 kit made by Sachs (https://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/184537/Clutch-Kit-3000970024/) is the OEM clutch without the Porsche branding on it.

Brandon Marquis241 days ago

Now that we are in the week of sharing the love, what made you become a car enthusiast? I remember seeing a C2/C3 Corvette for the first time when I was a little kid. It looked unlike anything else on the road and one of my first fav toys was a Hot Wheels Corvette. I loved cars for their looks only until I watched Top Gear on Netflix around 2008. It looked so fun

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[]Jordan Shuster

I'd say what really sparked my "descent into madness" was my 2012 Mustang. The endless modification possibilities enticed me, and I wound up knowing far more about that car than I ever thought possible. After that, I somehow got into watching BBC's Top Gear (not sure what got me to start watching it in the first place), and things continued from there. Now I'm an active part of a great community and several car clubs that keep me addicted to the enthusiast life even today. I also work in a car dealership, with easy access to our shop and tools, which has enabled me to work by hand on my cars.

[]Brandon Marquis

Cool. That's one of those cars that may have too many options when it comes to modding. I'm lucky enough to have my dad's tools and some of my own, but it must be crazy to have access to a lift.

[]Jordan Shuster

It's been a life-saver, since I live in an apartment complex. It made installing my new exhaust a breeze.

Brandon Marquis281 days ago

I'm looking for a good, dependable Honda performance shop in the Atlanta area, or east GA would be good too. I need to install a new coilover kit. +++ if they have worked on many RSXs. I guess they don't need to specialize in Honda, but I'd like some peace of mind.

Brandon Marquis366 days ago

Where are all the fireworks?  Hopefully we'll be on the track again next year.  Still kicking and running strong!

Brandon Marquis366 days ago

I was looking around on Etsy for some automotive art, but some of it looks sketchy.  Does anyone know of a good site I can get some good prints?  I'd like something large (like 40 x 16 in), but I'd be interested in some small prints too.  It can be drawn or professionally photographed.  Bonus points if its Porsche.

Brandon Marquis380 days ago

This quote from one of my favorite movies popped in my head last week after running the Cayman in the hills last week.  If you have the means...

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