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Robert Sixto
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Robert Sixto11 hours ago

I did months of research, trying to find out the very best short shifter option for my FC RX-7. The answer was almost unanimously the shifter made by a company called C's. The praise was so high, it was the king of shifters. However, actually finding a then out of production part, that was also relatively scarce to begin with, was challenging to say the least. When they did come up, they were incredibly expensive.

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The product in question is the Top Speed Pro1 exhaust. Having originally purchased the car with a Racing Beat exhaust that was a down pipe, mated to a NA application exhaust, I was looking to open things up a bit with a true 3" set up. At the same time, I was on a very tight budget. Having sold the existing exhaust for about $200, I was trying to get as close to break even as

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[]Hayden Baker

It wouldn't be too expensive to get a 90 degree fitting for your O2 Sensor. It won't be quite as accurate but it will allow you to have AC and the O2. Or you could cut it and weld a new bung somewhere else. It also wouldn't be too hard to add a resonator to it for some drone reduction.

[]Robert Sixto

Both true. In the long term I may actually do something with one or the other, for now though it's all good.

[]Hayden Baker

It took me a while to get the exhaust on my 540i the way I want it. Had to delete the muffler and factory resonator than add a different aftermarket resonator with aftermarket turn down. Now it's perfect. No drone when cruising but sounds like thunder when I want it to.

[]Robert Sixto

I may have to give the resonator thing a try some day, I was assuming I'd need to redo muffler too, but it would be cool if that wasn't the case.

[]Hayden Baker

It made a bugger difference than expected

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Enjoy! https://www.chicagocarlife.com/blogs/event-coverage/zion-nostalgia-days-show-2018

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[]Tom Armstrong

Very nice, Zion sounds like a lovely place to live

[]Robert Sixto

I didn't see too much of it, but it seemed pretty nice.

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I am passionate in my love for cars, but I am equally as passionate for my disdain of SUV's and crossovers. Seeing these photos on the covers of these two publications, makes me really feel like cars and true driver's cars will soon be extinct. What do you guys think?

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[]Hayden Baker

I'm fine with it as long as they keep making sports cars with all that SUV money. That's what porsche did and they're are killing it (minus the whole going turbo thing). I'm not too worried though because there are tons of amazing cars that are already made I want to buy. I'd rather have an E60 M5 pr E90 M3 than any car BMW currently offers.

[]Robert Sixto

That's a good point, I'm probably being a bit dramatic as I feel the same way. Many of the cars I'd want today, are ten years old or more. Lol

[]Hayden Baker

There are very few cars available in a showroom new I'd prefer over a previous version. Exceptions mainly being American. The GT350 or C7 Grand Sport are amazing cars that I'd gladly drive. Other than some super cars and modern pickups, that's about it.

[]Robert Sixto

Yeah, I'm with you on the gt350 and c7.

[]Ernie Szots

Crossovers are like gingers. They have no soul.

[]Robert Sixto

Lol, jeez man.

[]Ernie Szots

🤣

[]Tom Armstrong

I think it’s just a phase, you know how Americans are.

Remember when everyone had a Explorer or Taho, and the stupid Escalade hype?

Then the recession hit and everyone wanted a small econo-box

Next was the age of “new” sports cars

Now here we are with manufacturers making performance cross-overs.

I believe there is a financial cycle that revolves around the stock markets, and we may be coming up on a new phase in the 2020’s

[]Robert Sixto

That's a fair point, but even with the recession it never felt like everyone retreated to regular cars again, just maybe smaller SUV's with four cylinders. We may be headed for another correction for sure, I pray not like the last one, but I'm not convinced even that would kill the thirst for SUV's. And if the last one didn't kill it, how bad would it need to be! 😯

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During it's time, I gather, this was kind of the epitome of a driving "appliance" really just kind of basic no thrills transport. But seeing it pull up to a recent cars and coffee illicited an internal, "ooh look at that" from me, and it seems a few others as well. Is it just a Midwest thing, because so few cars of this age survive in the rust belt, or does anyone else raise an eyebrow seeing "regular"

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[]Steve Clasen

Honda was really something back then; always one or more on the ten best list. Such lively, direct little cars. My wife was looking for something new in 1986 as her '78 Camaro was falling apart. She really wanted a Honda but they all sold at list price and she didn't like that policy at all. Out of desperation, we stopped into a dealer and asked about the Civic. The salesman showed us a new Accord discounted so it was priced close to a Civic. Bought it that night and happily drove it for years. Not sure what year that wagon is but in Illinois, the early ones rusted terribly; especially the front fenders. Honda had a golden reputation in those years. I kind of miss that.

[]Robert Sixto

I'm in Chicago, so that's kind of the thing, anything from that era spending much of it's life on the street here, just didn't survive.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I didn't think so until I helped someone locate one of them recently and they were super excited to see nice examples in existence. They had been considering buying a rusted basket case example. I guess they all rusted to pieces in many places, so they can be hard to find locally, but I don't know what the fascination is beyond that.

[]Robert Sixto

I think that's really it for most people, just that it survived this long.

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I saw this rental Ferrari that Extreme Experience brought to Rise and Drive the other day, and it got me thinking about the possibility. I was just thinking, anyone else ever do one of these rent a super car at the track things? I see them all the time, but have never tried it. I always feel like for the money, I'd rather just take my own car to a track day, is that weird?

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[]Hayden Baker

I'd certainly consider it. I'd definitely rather try a 458 on am open track that my 350Z. Love my Z but a 458 or 650S would be another beast entirely. The noise alone would be worth it. I'd kill to try the new 911 RSR GTLM car.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I did one of these once with a Groupon and it was kind of disappointing. I got to drive a Ferrari F430, and the instructor was great, and the car well kept, but the autocross course was super short. I got a killer deal with Groupon, but otherwise, I wouldn't bother again.

[]Robert Sixto

Oh man, one of those on an autocross just doesn't sound appealing. Full track is going to be much different.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I would imagine so, and I would probably consider giving that a shot. Don't get me wrong though, it is totally worth doing as a one time things with a Groupon, I had a blast, but I wouldn't be terribly inclined to do so on my own again because I am sure it's one of those things that's less fun the second time around.

[]Robert Sixto

Btw, I'd love a go in an f430, one of my favorites from Ferrari.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I prefer the 458 but before that it was the F430 for sure. I don't like the 488. It sounded awesome! People were funny, I made sure that I got it loose while others were trying to stay in the middle of the cones. I didn't pay money to baby a Ferrari!

[]Robert Sixto

Yeah, that's not exactly learning experience time lol

[]Robert Sixto

Yeah, maybe one day I'll give it a go.

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Robert Sixto8 days ago

If you haven't heard of BNR, it's the creation of a man named Bryan Nickell who took it upon himself to take what the manufacturer put in it's turbocharged engines, and make it better. Offered on his website bnrsupercars.com, his improvements vary, depending on your flavor of choice, with a menu of stages from 1-5. Your stage 1 is essentially a refresh of the factory unit, in most cases with a tweak or two with an eye

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

This is kind of the strategy I will be taking with the turbo on my 850R, although my inline 5 doesn't flow air like a rotary engine so I won't be seeing 320 HP, more like 280-300 HP with no change in drivability and maybe even some improvement in efficiency. It's amazing what a more modern design turbo, or even just impeller can do for a car.

[]Robert Sixto

I had similar goals all along, the results exceeded expectations quite a bit. You're right though, the rotary excels at spooling turbos. BNR has been around for a while now, and with tons of applications. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend for someone after that OE+ kind of build, it's perfect.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I'll look into them but I also have a shop nearby that manufacturers these parts for distribution and it might pay-off to establish a relationship with them in the long run anyways. They are the place to go for my software changes if I ever manual swap the car or put in a later RN engine with the fancy forged internals and variable valve timing.

[]Robert Sixto

Sounds like a good option, especially with the added support they could provide.

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Big gallery of photos from Rise and Drive, but this week the article's not really about cars. https://www.chicagocarlife.com/blogs/event-coverage/rise-and-drive-chicago-june-2018

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Robert Sixto11 days ago

Tire rotations. Should take ten minutes, becomes half hour ordeal with one floor jack and a couple jack stands. What a pain, but I also wanted to check brakes and replace some missing pad springs. Everything looks in top shape thankfully! 😁 #rant #chicagocarlife

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Solution: use 2 jacks, lol. I've never had access to a lift so I can only imagine how nice it is to have. I have gotten to the point where I can swap wheels/tires on my car in about 20 minutes with just 1 jack.

[]Robert Sixto

That's pretty good. My second jack is out of commission sadly, but it would definitely help!

[]Hayden Baker

I usually put the car on four jack stands then change them all at once. I can't get one whole side up if I jack from the front point

[]Robert Sixto

I'm down to only two good jack stands at the moment sadly.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah that sucks

[]Bryan Holmberg

I have to admit if I didn’t have a lift I would be into car like I am but I admire people that don’t have and build some really nice cars

[]Robert Sixto

When I started out, I didn't even have my own garage! I guess when you are really passionate about something, you find a way.

[]Bryan Holmberg

Yeah man I lucked out my grandpa owned his own shop for 40 plus year now and we got our lift back in 98 and had it ever since

[]Robert Sixto

It makes so many jobs much, much easier!

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