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Jon Dagata
@VizardXY

Howdy! I've been into cars my whole life. Been a member of a national car club since I was 11. Prefer and own JDM, but love all vehicles from lifted trucks to lowered sports cars and motorcycles.
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Jon Dagata3 hours ago

My friends and I just started playing the game. It blows my mind how many vehicles are in this game... Anyone else play?

Jon Dagata2 days ago

I bought all my gear! Joe reactor 3.0 jacket Five Evo Replicator Carbon Red Gloves Built Iron Workers Mercury Jeans

[]Hayden Baker

Safety first!

Jon Dagata4 days ago

I'm thinking about plastidiping my Celica. Anyone have experience doing an entire car kit themselves?

Jon Dagata6 days ago

I've only ever driven 6 speed manual cars. What's better? 5 speed transmissions or 6 speeds? Why?

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I will add in that I think as torque and power increase, less gears are less noticeable. However, driving something like an old Integra or RSX, the 6 speed Type S transmission is a huge part of what makes that car so engaging. It revs high and fast but lacks the torque of a larger or turbocharged motor, but with those 6 gears and that screaming I-VTECH engine, you can scoot that car along really well. Meanwhile, I've driven 5 and 6 speed Audi 1.8Ts and other than being sure that one gets better gas mileage, they don't drive that different and I attribute that to the torque curve.

[]Jon Dagata

I love having my 6 speed in my Celica Gts. So Rev happy.

[]Chris Dirkschneider

As both say below, depends on the application! A good example is the WRX (5spd) vs STI (6spd) from a few years ago; the 5spd was quicker to 60 because you didn't have to shift an additional time like you had to with the 6spd, however, the 6spd is extremely strong and pretty much can handle 600+ whp without having anything done to it (except adding a stronger clutch) where the 5spd typically starts to die after 350 whp. Another example is the 3000GT VR4, the early years had the 5spd and the 2-3 gear synchros would die extremely early requiring the transmission to be rebuilt prior to 100K miles, where as the 6spd in the later years were pretty solid units, but once again they were not as fast to 60!

Me personally, I like the 6spd because to many times I've tried to find the pull down gear from 5th on 5spds looking for that next gear!

[]Jon Dagata

The vr4's and stealth was one example I was thinking of. Good thoughts!

[]Christopher McDowell EL

Depends on engine power, trans ratio, and final drive ratio from what I have encountered.

[]Jon Dagata

Fair enough. But what if you had two identical cars otherwise?

[]Christopher McDowell EL

Again, trans gear ratios will have an affect on the rear diff and engine speed

[]Robert Sixto

Having both, I'm going to say 6 is better than 5. My RX-7 only has five and I find myself constantly wishing I had just one more during highway cruising.

[]Yves Vds

Depends on the car indeed. I have driven many 5 and 6 speeds. I have driven shitty 6 speeds, great 5 speeds, and vice-versa.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah there's a lot of variables but more gears usually allows you to stay in the powerband better

Jon Dagata7 days ago

I feel like this came out of left field. Apparently Dyson, the vacuum company, is making electric cars now. lol. What do you all think about this? http://autoweek.com/article/green-cars/dyson-3-electric-cars-coming-first-2021

Jon Dagata8 days ago

This morning, this idiot almost caused an accident. I was almost to work and was about to pull into the parking lot. My coworker was coming from the other direction and she had the right of way, so I put my blinker on and waited to turn left. As she finished pulling into the lot I began making my turn when all of a sudden, some dumbass decides he is going to try to go around me on my

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[]Robert Sixto

It is astounding how quickly some people will resort to such extreme maneuvers for the sake of saving 20 seconds. I really don't understand what goes on in people's heads behind the wheel sometimes.

[]Jon Dagata

What a start to a morning... lol.

Jon Dagata10 days ago

I just picked up these riding gloves to go with my jacket I bought, I thought these looked pretty good. Pretty fairly priced too.

[]Jessica Pomerleau

They look great!

Jon Dagata11 days ago

Short answer, no, but accidents that do happen are more fatal more often. What do you guys think about speed limits? Should we remove them? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ro-NllCmH4

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[]Jake Johnson

I wouldn't say remove speed limits entirely just because there are still things like Prius's on the road that can't handle much above 85 and would be something of a hazard to the vehicles that can, but raising most current speed limits by 10-15 mph I wouldn't complain about at all

[]Jon Dagata

See, that's the thing though. On the Autobahn you have all those same vehicles. Fuel efficient, slow turds, trucks, sports cars, motorcycles, etc. It's a mix. It just so happens that everyone over there actually move over into slow lanes when someone is coming up behind them.

[]Jake Johnson

And I think that if people were taught the importance of moving over, it could be done. So driver's ed courses would have to be tweaked a little bit, which I think would be a good idea anyway. If I recall, Germany has a much stricter licensing process for new drivers than the US does, so they're trained not only on the importance of what we consider "driving etiquette", but many of them are properly trained to handle high speeds better than most of us are over here.

[]Jon Dagata

Yeah, this video I posted mentions that. lol. It would definitely require higher quality driving education.

Jon Dagata12 days ago

I just bought a jacket and i'm thinking about getting a specific pair of gloves. What brands or specific items do you guys recommend?

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[]Sean Wally

My go to gloves are Racer High gloves. I've had my current pair for like ten years and they're still going strong. I've worn them in all weather conditions, sometimes with insulating liners when it's below 40˚F.

http://www.racerglovesusa.com/high-racer-glove/

[]Jon Dagata

I'll check them out! Thanks!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I can't recall the brand but I know when I was riding I picked up a pair of leather riding gloves made by a local leather shop. They were pretty comfortable and kept my hands warm in most of the riding conditions I went through. They also had a nice "armor" sort of piece over the knuckles for protection. I think you should just find a pair that fit well.

Do you have a good set of riding boots?

[]Jon Dagata

I have a pair of riding shoes that i've ordered, yes. I was looking at these gloves.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/scorpion-klaw-ii-gloves?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8305317&PublisherName=Boutique+Linus+Inc

Jon Dagata13 days ago

So excited! Now I have to wait for 4 months till it's warm. Haha.

Jon Dagata14 days ago

So i'm going tomorrow and getting my 2017 FZ-09! It sucks that I won't be able to ride it and and do a proper break in until the spring. The excitement is killing me. lol. That being said, this down time gives me time to make a few adjustments to the bike. The first mod I want to do is to get rid of the hideous orange pumpkin turn signals and throw on some black led OEM Yamaha turn

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[]Sac Car Scene

Beautiful bike, do you tour it?

[]Jon Dagata

I just bought it. It has 0 miles on it. lol. 3 months away from warm weather unfortunately.

Jon Dagata15 days ago

That Elon actually launched the new tesla roadster into space. Just blows my mind.

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[]Jessica Pomerleau

I think it's hilarious tbh

[]Sammie Robertson

Seriously so cool. Elon is going to go down in history for sure

[]Jon Dagata

Agreed.

[]Jordan Shuster

I freaking love it. What a creative way to test a rocket.

...But if he really wanted to get rid of his roadster that badly, he should have just sent it to me :')

[]Jon Dagata

If we go to space and get it, can we keep it? lol

[]Jordan Shuster

Let's go find out

[]Jon Dagata

haha!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

The level of nerdiness is overwhelming here. I love it.

[]Jon Dagata

Haha

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Right now the navigation system is going "Make U-turn" over and over and over again. I think it's pretty awesome that he sent his own personal car into space.

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Jon Dagata16 days ago

Watched this video today on my lunch break. Thought it was both informative and funny. Worth the share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq6nRe2Lku0

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I liked how in-depth they went in to it like explaining what the octane ratings and other stuff was. Definitely informative for how short of a video it is. I look forward to seeing more of the Science Garage segment from them. I definitely love what Donut Media has been putting out.

[]Jon Dagata

Right! I have so many non car savvy friends who think putting 93 in their car that doesn't require it is better for it. Like eating vitamins is for your body or something. lol. This gets as close as i've seen to explaining in laymen's terms why that isn't the case

[]Wilson Oberholzer

A lot of people don't understand the octane rating thing. I've only put higher octane in my car's that don't require it to help rule out an issue being something internally wrong. I have gone the opposite way though and used lower octane in cars that were supposed to use premium. I know it doesn't exactly hurt anything (unless the car has super high compression or is heavily modded), just lowers performance.

[]Jon Dagata

Right.

[]Robert Sixto

Haven't seen these guys yet, going to check them out, thanks for sharing!

[]Jon Dagata

You are welcome! I was just recommended them as well. Haven't seen them before either.

[]Sammie Robertson

Donut has gotten really good over the last year. I really enjoy their stuff!

Jon Dagata17 days ago

This weekend I am buying my first brand new vehicle. A 2017 Yamaha FZ-09. I'm super excited. When I went to my current insurance company (Geico) and ran a quote for insurance on the motorcycle, I almost took a crap right there at my desk at work. Geico wanted $400 a month for full coverage. That's over half the entire cost of the motorcycle in the first year. This took me by surprise because my frs which is highly modified

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[]Bra .

Congrats on the purchase! I know money is always a 'touchy' subject in the car community but I am jealous. In my state/province I'm paying almost 200$ a month for my crappy jeep. Only coverage is for glass. 10+yrs safe driving record.

[]Jon Dagata

Sounds like you should do some shopping around every once and a while based on what Greg said on this post.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Insurance quotes very regionally based on pool sizes. So when there's no enough people in the pool, which could be at any insurer, cost per person goes up. Meanwhile if the pool is near full, the insurance company can be more discerning and the cost is spread around more. Conversely, you can luck into pools that are cheap because the insurance companies are trying to fill it up. You know this happens when no one can compete with your quote for years, because by law, insurance companies are restricted as to how quickly they can raise rates in the absence of an event. Then there's the algorithms for type of car, age, driving record, etc... Anyways, because of this scenario, what insurance company is the best value tends to vary both in time and geographic location. That's part of why it pays to check out the competition periodically and also, it can really pay to use an independent insurance agency that that is their job. That's what I do.

How's that for an answer to a question no one asked?

[]Jon Dagata

That's an amazing response. I didn't consider that timing factor. So you pay a company to review insurances prices for you? Or did I read that last part wrong?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thanks! What I have is an insurance agent, it's actually just the old school way of doing things, but their job is to shop the various insurance companies for me, and to pool what policies that they can together in a way that saves me the most money. My brother is an insurance agent and he explained why the rates are so all over the place to me after I ranted at him about how nonsensical it was. I had just had an experience like the one you described.

[]Jon Dagata

Very cool. Does your insurance agent also recommend other insurance policies? Car, home, etc? What do they usually charge?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Currently, I only need car because I live in a friend's house, but yes they do cover all of those things. The agent gets a percentage of the premium you are quoted, and sometimes is compensated by insurance companies directly in more complex ways. There is no appointment fee, or specific broker fee that i am assessed.

[]Jon Dagata

Gotcha. That makes sense.

[]Sammie Robertson

That seems pretty strange! I've always thought motorcycle insurance was pretty inexpensive

[]Jon Dagata

Yeah, I was completely blown away. I can't imagine any person in their right mind insuring a motorcycle with full coverage at those costs.

Jon Dagata19 days ago

Did anyone have a favorite car commercial? Jeep was out in full force. And I thought Kia did pretty good with the Stinger commercial. http://www.motortrend.com/news/the-car-commercials-of-super-bowl-lii/

[]Sammie Robertson

Ah i missed most of them :(

Jon Dagata20 days ago

Next week she's mine. 😁😁😁😁😁

Jon Dagata22 days ago

I'm getting so close!! All I need left to complete my big brake kit is: 1. The CTS-V caliper swap mounting braket kit. 2. The Stainless steel brake lines 3. A slotted rotor for the passenger side It's so close!!

[]Robert Sixto

Nice, big brakes are so satisfying!

Jon Dagata23 days ago

Engineering Explained put out a video that explains in detail how Infinity accomplished this and how the new technology works. I found it really intriguing. So cool.

Jon Dagata24 days ago

Has anyone ever used these? I picked up a set for a good price that had damaged packaging on Amazon. I've been reading some good things about them. * Formerly known as Street Performance Pads * High MOT to Eliminate Fade * Excellent Actuation, Modulation and Release * Positive Molded for Uniform Friction Material * Scorched to Raise Initial Cold Effectiveness * Para-Aramid Composites for Linear Response * Dyno Proven Performance and Service Life * Lab-Developed Formulas with Strong Initial Bite * Ideal for Autocross and

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[]Hayden Baker

They appear to be mostly street focused which will make for a quiet and low dust pad. Stoptech wouldn't put out a bad brake pad. It may just not be up for tons of hard track use. People use their stock pads on the track all the time so these should work well. I would use those on the street and track until you get deeper into track work then maybe invest in a track only set like from Carbotech

[]Jon Dagata

That's a good idea. Thank you!

[]Hayden Baker

No problem man

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I looked at them but didn't like the heat coefficient for track use... I decided on some other brand that I wrote on some piece of paper that I placed somewhere to be ordered prior to my next track day... I should figure that out.

[]Jon Dagata

haha. Since I plan on using these pads mostly on streets, but want to be able to do autocross and a couple track days tops a year, this pad seemed like a good option.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I think it was my second choice, but the other pads just operated over a wider range of temperatures without sacrificing at the high end. It sounds like you got a killer deal to me.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've seen a lot of them in use on project cars but I've never heard any feedback on them. I'd love to know what you think of them once you've had a chance to use them. Like Sac Car Scene I had been looking at them as an upgrade over my stock pads.

[]Sac Car Scene

I was considering these as an upgrade over my stock pads. Please let us know how they perform.

Jon Dagata25 days ago

Thought this was pretty interesting. This will be quite the feat if Mazda can achieve this level of thermal efficiency. http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a15912314/mazda-skyactiv-3-gas-clean-as-ev/

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[]Tom Armstrong

Oh so its similar to how a diesel engine operates.....interesting. Also its a good point bringing up that the way you "charge" you EV plays a role in its total efficiency...ie: charging from solar is different than charging from the grid.

[]Jon Dagata

Yeah, a bunch of articles point out that this fact isn't accurate for European countries that use up to 90% renewable forms of energy. But it holds true for the US.

The Skyactive X engines are the ones that are spark assisted compression engines. This engine will actually come after that engine.

[]Sac Car Scene

Great to hear. Mazda has always been a great innovative company.

[]Jeff Bowman

That would be incredible. I too think Mazda doesn’t get enough credit for all the really cool tech they’ve come up with

[]Robert Sixto

56% effeciency is an incredible achievement. Mazda said years ago they had no plans to go electric hybrid, and would instead focus on making the gas engine as efficient as possible. It looks like those efforts have been fruitful. It's one reason I love this little car company that could, they do so much innovating relative to their size.

[]Chris Dirkschneider

Very cool that Mazda has put for the effort to maintain what they started with the Miata, and continue to pursue the best way to retain that formula by improving the gasoline efficiency instead of completely changing the characteristics of the car!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Mazda really does not get enough credit for their efforts here. They are killing it. I am not sure how many years in a row now but they do make the most fuel efficient engine out there. I'm not saying that they make the most fuel efficient car, just internal combustion engines, and, they're not even soulless.

Efficiency is great, it lets you lap the track for longer, and it's even better when you get a little go with those extra miles.

[]Marshall Owens

The newest Camry has a 2.5L four cylinder that claims 40% thermal efficiency. I thought that was impressive. But 56% is shooting for the stars.

Jon Dagata26 days ago

Oh man. I am home! What a trip. So much driving but it was a blast! We stayed in a KOA just outside of Saint Louis. So fun! We saw the Saint Louis arch, the monument in indy, and all sorts of cool things along the way. Fun fact, Panerai bread was founded in Saint Louis and is still called the Saint Louis bread company there. Lol.

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[]Yves Vds

That's a long drive!! It that Route 66?

[]Jon Dagata

Yeah, I believe it was.

[]Sammie Robertson

Did not know that about panera! lol

Also thumbs up for photos of doggies

[]Jon Dagata

Haha, right? I was so confused trying to find the Panera on Google. :P

[]Mister Modtomic

If I'da known you was makin' your way through the STL I woulda made some suggestions for you to check out!

[]Jon Dagata

Dang! haha.

Jon Dagata27 days ago

Phew. What a day. The dogs we are traveling with struggled in the hotel room and barked at any sound they heard. At ended up getting like 4 hours of sleep. It was rough. We started today in Amarillo Texas and ended just outside of Saint Louis Missouri. We grabbed a tiny cabin for the night. Just right! I didn't take a whole lot of photos, but here's what I have. A huge wind farm in Texas that lasted over

Jon Dagata28 days ago

Phew. What a day. My buddy and I had to stay overnight in Phoenix since his car had to be fixed at the BMW dealership. So that added an extra few hours of drive time to get back to flagstaff this morning. But after an all day drive, we crossed New Mexico and made it to Amarillo Texas. It's 3am and we start our day tomorrow at 8am, so this will be short. But damn was this a beautiful drive.

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[]Yves Vds

Great pics. Obviously a BMW has to break down at one point :)

[]Jon Dagata

Thanks! haha.

[]Mister Modtomic

Did you check out Cadillac Ranch or The Big Texan steak house while in Amarillo TX? The steak house has that 72oz steak challenge. Eat it all in an hour and it's free!

[]Jon Dagata

Oh man! No! That would have been great!

[]Mister Modtomic

Been to both twice. The 1st time by accident. Missed an exit and got lost in Texas. Got back on track just east of Amarillo (heading west), needed a place to eat and sleep. Ate @ the Big Texan and found a motel room. Next morning drove past the Cadillac Ranch and smoked the tires turing around to check it out!

[]Jon Dagata

haha, Nice!

[]Robert Sixto

Much as I love my city, the country out west is just incredibly beautiful. The canyons, the mountains, it's one thing I really do miss after a while.

[]Jon Dagata

I love living in Ohio. It affords me the ability to appreciate those beautiful places. I wouldn't want to live in an extreme place.

[]Robert Sixto

I do sometimes wonder if having it closer would make it "normal" and less special, but I don't know, not sure it would ever get old to me.

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Jon Dagata29 days ago

This weekend i'm going to do something a little different. Today i'm flying out to Arizona to meet up with my good friend and his wife. They are moving back to Ohio! So I volunteered to help them drive everything they own across the country in 3 days. So Friday, Saturday, and Sunday i'll be posting a daily update here on Wheelwell each day with some photos and anything cool that I come across on my journey. Kinda

[]Sammie Robertson

Sounds like a lot of fun! safe travels

Jon Dagata30 days ago

This is just plain incredible technology. A motor that can adjust it's compression on the fly, providing anywhere from 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency) compression ratios. Freaking sweet. Infinity is killing it. What do you guys think? https://www.infinitiusa.com/now/technology/vc-turbo-engine

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[]Sammie Robertson

Woah... Now this is cool.

[]Jon Dagata

Right!? I thought this was the coolest idea. Compression is one of the biggest limitations with a boosted engine, running into knock issues based on fuel rating and all that.

How cool would it be to be able to tune a car so that it could detect fuel type (87, 93, race gas etc) and not only update fuel tables, but could also change compression ratios to utilize the higher octane levels on the fly and automatically.

Like.... My mind is racing with the possibilities.

Like.... I wonder if you could make a car that could run on ethanol, diesel, or gas, just by allowing the computer to detect the fuel type and adjusting the compression ratio and air/fuel ratios!

How crazy would that be?

[]Sammie Robertson

it would be like having flex fuel on crack! LOL

[]Jon Dagata

Haha. I know!

Jon Dagata31 days ago

Last week, some of you peeps gave me some of your opinions to help me make a decision between DBA and StopTech rotors for my BBK i'm putting together. Clearly the universe has plans for my car. That same day, I checked the website and noticed that there was a "used" option for one of the StopTech rotors being sold through the Amazon Warehouse Deals. The description was a little troubling. It made it sound as though the

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[]Jake Johnson

Sometimes the gamble pays off. Excellent jump on a deal!

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[]Yves Vds

Sweet! I believe I recommended you to go with the Stop Techs. And looks like you got a great deal. The package was probably opened and they couldn't sell it as new anymore!!

[]Jon Dagata

Right! So happy! haha

[]Chris Dirkschneider

OMG... look at those slots in the surface!!! SEND IT BACK!!! LOL

[]Jon Dagata

hahahaha. Right?!?! What idiot cut those in there! :P

[]Kit Lau

That's an amazing find!! NICE!

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[]Hayden Baker

Excellent find! Hope you love them and they work out well. I did the same thing for my underdrive light weight crank pulley. Got a $300 part for $110 and it's been great for three years and 36,0000 miles. Sometimes you get lucky like that. Can't wait for finished pics

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Is the major cosmetic damage just the box? lol. That's pretty awesome though. It definitely looks like you got a great deal on them.

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[]Jordan Shuster

Huh, I wonder what made them feel like it was "major" cosmetic damage? Looks pretty solid to me.

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