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Im just a guy trying to do all the racing things and help others enjoy the sport as well!

Tom Armstrong3 hours ago

https://youtu.be/-crA5BY4ZjQ I conducted a independent test of my own to see if the WPC treatment process actually reduces friction.....oh boy was I surprised!

Tom Armstrong15 days ago

https://youtu.be/Z4Yk_ek3JrI

Tom Armstrong17 days ago

Well after 6 days (ground shipping) and $180 I now have a set of compression stressed components. These parts are the known weaknesses of the 6-speed per the internet(I’ve never broken a gear). But since I’m trying to sell the car I should make sure all of the t’s are crossed for the next guy. I’ll definitely be doing a write up on this....and a video with comparisons

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[]Yves Vds

Have fun fitting them. A lot of work, I imagine?

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Tom Armstrong23 days ago

Thanks to a side-job I was finally able to send my gears to WPC. Once the received the parts I had to sign their terms and conditions form. After reading it I was pleasantly surprised that they mentioned nothing about “not liable for end result” jargon, it’s all just common sense! I’m very excited to see how this turns out

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[]Hayden Baker

The guys at MotoIQ love stuff like this. I just don't see myself ever building a car that needs this. Maybe some day

[]Tom Armstrong

I first heard about WPC from MotoIQ back when they made those sample videos, it stuck with me in case I needed it one day.

Then when I bought my LSD, Cusco asked if I wanted the gears WPC treated. I declined it on the diff, but after doing a lot of research and hearing 6-speed complaints....I decided to get it done to the know weaknesses only.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah eventually I'd like to get a CD009 with a straight cut 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. More power to the wheels but mostly for the race car whine. It would be so glorious

[]Robert Sixto

Very cool, I've been intrigued by the process for many years now. Going to go for it the next opportunity/need that I have.

[]Tom Armstrong

I’ll share all of the results on here so you guys can see what it’s all about

Tom Armstrong24 days ago

Like we've discussed already, once I get this car back together it will be up for sale. Do any of you have experience selling a car like this? Any pointers? All of the stats on the car are up to date if you wanna look it over....

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[]Robert Sixto

Grassroots Motorsports magazine classifieds was the first thing that came to mind for me. Especially if you have it specced out to a certain class, you're best off trying to get it sold to someone actually racing/competing. There's a few local track focused FB groups I'm in that have similar classifieds, that might be worth a shot too.

[]Hayden Baker

As many have already stated...
Grass Roots Motorsports
Racing Junk
Bring a Trailer
And then Facebook groups for race cars like SCCA or NASA. I'm sure an autocross or track guy would love to take over your build. You can basically ask whatever you want. Just search around for similar builds on those pages (Likely a Civic build or a Miata).

[]Tom Armstrong

Good points, thank you

[]Hayden Baker

Anytime man! Good luck

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I see race cars get posted in places like the back of Grass Roots Motorsports, Winding Road Racing, and sometimes Bring A Trailer. Other than that, it's random places from what I have noticed.

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh those are good places thanks man

[]Craig Crall

Well, there's racingjunk,com. I'd also post it in craigslist.

Sorry to see it go Tom. Are you planning to replace it with something else?

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks for the link Craig!

I will not be replacing it, We’ve had fun with it and learned a lot. But like I’ve mentioned before, I can’t afford to keep playing this game.

My wife and I would rather travel

[]Craig Crall

Yeah, i hear you on that.

Tom Armstrong25 days ago

Well,​ I finally got my LSD bearings and final drive gear installed. Next step is to set the preload! Getting closer guys. #Cusco #LSD #differential #Toyota #Yaris #Celica #Corolla #Matrix #C60 #6speed #forthebuild

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[]Yves Vds

Looking good! But I thought you had ran out of money and weren't investing in the Yaris anymore?

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s all still true, but I gotta put it back together to sell it. I finally scored a side job and was able to continue reassembly.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oh! I didn't hear that you would be selling the Yaris race car, will you be replacing it?

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, I’ll be replacing it with travel haha

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oooh... That's always a good time! Do you have anywhere in mind?

[]Tom Armstrong

Mexico.....

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Cool! I hope you enjoy your trip!

Tom Armstrong26 days ago

Since I've worked at several dealerships and independent shops as a technician, I figured I can give some honest insight. As much as I dislike the constant warranty pay jobs at the dealer, they do pay fully trained techs more. Dealer techs also get bonuses from the manufacturer if they are diligent and accurate enough to fix most cars on the first visit. So I'm going to bring up a few of the most important factors that should determine

Tom Armstrong27 days ago

https://youtu.be/8np3znu1664 Like always feel free to make suggestions on the information I'm sharing.

Tom Armstrong28 days ago

This was a first for me, this guys center differential exploded. That caused the thrust bearing to melt away and the pinion shaft was then free to chew on the front differential NOM NOM NOM

Tom Armstrong29 days ago

I was searching for a noise on a WRX and removed the pitch-stop mount to inspect. The little mark on the bottom caught my eye, is that really a Bridgestone TM?

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[]Apple Jack

Not surprised at all. Continental makes mounts. Hutchinson makes mounts. ZF makes mounts under the Lemförder brand, and ZF owns Sachs clutch kits. Should I continue?

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh wow hahaha

[]Robert Sixto

That's surprising and not surprising at the same time, they do deal with rubber so it makes sense, but I can't say I've ever seen/noticed that before.

[]Tom Armstrong

Strange how the cars come with Dunlop tires though

[]Robert Sixto

Same parent company though right?

[]Tom Armstrong

That I don’t know

[]Timothy Markworth

Sure, why not? Dunlop makes steel toe rubber boots.

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha

[]Yves Vds

Oh, that's funny, look like it is Bridgestone. I did not know they made bushes.

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Haha no way. How did I never notice this?

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Tom Armstrong30 days ago

When we got the Yaris back in 2006 it was my wife’s car, she got the TRD edition with 18” wheels and other TRD bits. This was back when I didn’t care so much and let the quick lube places service it, oil changes and rotations only. It was the perfect daily, decent amount of room and 35mpg. We also drove this car across the country and quickly accumulated 100k miles. No sweat Then in 2013 I was invited

Tom Armstrong31 days ago

The shop across the street called my manager to complain about my parking again..They are now saying I'm blocking a driveway that they cant even use! They have it blocked by their own used car inventory​. I've been making them regret it by getting them so mad over small annoyances. #Mental_Assasin

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[]Robert Sixto

Here's an idea, buy a Tesla Model 3, and trigger that stupid "holiday show" mode every hour. Yes it's an expensive way to troll, but how all-in are you?

[]Tom Armstrong

If I could afford a Tesla, I probably wouldn’t be working here lol

[]Ernie Szots

I cannot believe you put the troll face in the window. Absolutely brilliant. My only concern would be a key to the paint lol.

[]Tom Armstrong

I already warned them about my dash cam, so they are screwed if they do anything

[]Ernie Szots

Smart.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Do you think a sign with "for a good time call (their phone number)" be a little too much?

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha. Then put the number to a Massage place

[]Sebastian Nounou

Lol

[]Tom Armstrong

Got any other ideas? Lolol

[]Sebastian Nounou

Put one corner on a jack stand and remove the wheel.

That’ll fuck with ‘em.

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Tom Armstrong32 days ago

I’ve become so disgusted with dealership life I started applying to anything that will expand my expertise. Fixing cars under warranty because people can’t drive has taken its toll on my creative side, gotta get outa this shit-hole industry....

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[]Robert Sixto

I feel you man, had to get out myself, still looking for the next thing.

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s toxic for sure

[]Robert Sixto

It also felt like things were changing for the worse as well, I know other guys that felt that way too. Ultimately I just kind of grew bored of it, and tired of the long hours.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep that still happening. I need to do a follow up video about how becoming a master tech may not be worth the effort anymore

[]Robert Sixto

I wouldn't do that, maybe not with that exact angle/approach. Instead maybe just highlight the challenges and considerations when making that career choice. Otherwise it might just come off as sour grapes, or put someone off of a career path that might work for them. I guess what I'm saying is, don't bring any emotion into it.

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s not me telling lies, it’s the truth of the industry. The amount of studying and testing it requires to become a master is far more detailed than people know. Revolving recertification tests from ASE plus whatever manufacturers certifications, and not to mention I went a step further and got the L1 cert...plus diagnostic tools and equipment, plus training and quality checks of your team members.....all for $28/hr

Management doesn’t really care if you stay or go, it’s all numbers to them. If they can pay a 20yr old $16/hr to do half-assed work they don’t care

[]Robert Sixto

Oh I know it man, I'm not saying you wouldn't be telling the truth, I'm just saying lay the facts out and let the reader/viewer decide for themselves if the training/effort is worth it. If you flavor it with too much anger and personal frustration, it can taint your message. People might read it as, "that was a him problem" instead of just being the facts of life in the industry.

[]Tom Armstrong

Good point

[]Randy Gross

Good luck on the job search! Something new and interesting may came your way!

[]Sammie Robertson

Can't let your hobby become mundane, good luck on the new job search!

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Tom Armstrong33 days ago

Well now the summer is in full swing, we’ve started getting our “weak a/c” complaints. About 50% of the cars that come in don’t even have an issue, but like I’ve mentioned on here several times....lack of system knowledge doesn’t mean it’s broken. Step 1) Check the setting. If it is 70 degrees in the morning and you are a little cold, you may turn the temp up to 75. If you have automatic climate control the doors and fan

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[]Robert Sixto

Good guide, just went through related with my 6. I'd also add, have this done at the dealer, unless you know for CERTAIN the mechanic you go with is truly proficient in this thing.

[]Tom Armstrong

Dude, dealership techs are retards too

Tom Armstrong34 days ago

This customer says hit hit something on the freeway, this looks strange to me. What can you hit that would split the tire sidewall but only leave a small mark on the wheel?

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[]Apple Jack

In college, I ran over something that perfectly sliced the inside wall of a BFGoodrich Trail T/A, at slow speed. Never saw anything on the road. No damage to the rim. I think it was an alien with a cold fusion blaster. It must have been using a cloaking device to stay invisible to the human eye, like in Predator.

[]Tom Armstrong

Holy shit that’s scary

[]Apple Jack

You're telling me! I had a broken pelvis at the time too. I was proud that I changed the spare in crutches in no time flat... take that NASCAR pit crews!

[]Tom Armstrong

Wow that’s impressive!

[]Jon Dagata

Very strange. I've never seen anything like that.

[]Craig Moody

Its a dunlop ,, that thars your problem XD

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[]Yves Vds

That is unusual. How old was this tire?

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[]Randy Gross

That doesn't look so much like an impact mark, looks more like something twisted into it. Only time I have seen a tire crack like that, is a set of old rain tires I had for a motorcycle and they just dried out over the years of non-use. Maybe something got jammed in there and the customer tried to wiggle it free and it somehow caused the crack to form because the tire is old? You should get prints, call up ballistics to generate a model and I need to stop watching CSI Miami reruns.

[]Sebastian Nounou

I agree. I see rub marks in front of the crack. I wonder if it rubbed against an immovable object and came across a protruding part that snagged the tire. Very odd failure still.

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[]Robert Sixto

That is a weird one, I've never seen a sidewalk crack like that. It reminds me of a lightning strike, is that possible? Lol

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Tom Armstrong36 days ago

This was last year when I took the car to ToyotaFest, cleaned the car more than I ever had. The car has changed a lot since then, and I’m itching to clean up the engine bay. I want to get a cold air intake and finally finish my Mil-spec harness. Any other suggestions?

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[]Brandon Marquis

I've seen YouTube vids that say cold air intakes are worthless, but adding that to my 4 cyl NA motor was the first thing I did years ago and gave me 7 WHP on a Mustang dyno before the tune. Getting cold/dense air outside the engine bay is always good for more power. Maybe this doesn't make sense on larger engines like the Camaro in the vid, but should be good for displacement like ours, and especially race cars.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks

[]Craig Moody

I dunno if they make CARB legal intakes but you could always pawn off my old one. :D aFe makes a good product... and the whoosy noises!

[]Tom Armstrong

No carb legal stuff, but who cares when it’s a race only car

[]Craig Moody

want my intake then? hue hue i dont even know if itll work per see with the 2zr

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Tom Armstrong37 days ago

This was a great documentary. It follows the battle between Jorge Lorenzo, Mark Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, and Marco Simoncelli. It shows their beginnings on the mini bikes, then how they advanced up to the 125cc bikes and Moto-3 and finally MotoGP. I can relate to the early part of their lives because I too had a mini bike. I believe it was a 50cc and I had it for maybe 2 years before it stopped running for whatever

Tom Armstrong39 days ago

Every morning when I leave for work I run the Forester in manual mode to warm up the oil faster. I run it at 3000rpm down my street and when I get to the freeway ramp I’m around 110-130. I accelerate normally up the ramp until I get to the freeway and then is nearly full throttle from 50-80mph. By this time I’m at maybe 150 oil temp, so my question is: Do you think that causes any extra wear?

Tom Armstrong39 days ago

Part 5 is done, here I show the part numbers for the common bearings and seals you should replace. https://youtu.be/BRpJZk4onBU

Tom Armstrong40 days ago

Here at the dealer we get a lot of complaints about manual transmissions and clutches. Most of the time it’s a noisy release bearing, but we also see a lot of reverse issues. I’ll share everything I can remember here. Change the damn fluid You can see here that there are a ton of small passages in the transmission case, and the worst your fluid gets the more debris gets stuck where parts need to slide. Not only does it

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[]Skylar Siegel

Change the damn fluid!! lol nice

[]Tom Armstrong

Haha yeah, so simple yet people are cheap and would rather buy a sticker pack than take care of their car properly

[]Skylar Siegel

But stickers though

[]Tom Armstrong

#racecar

[]Robert Sixto

No way! Reverse sounds different because you are driving away from the sound instead of towards it, everyone knows that! 😋

[]Tom Armstrong

LOL!

Nice

[]Ernie Szots

Would a noisy release bearing make a squeaking sound when you push the clutch in and out? Mine has done that for a while.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, you should get that looked at before it fails completely.

Or bring it to me

[]Ernie Szots

Annoying that it's been at Claremont Toyota several times since starting to make that noise and they've never called it out.

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[]Yves Vds

I knew that the reverse gear is usually straight cut, hence the whine. All the other things I did not know... My gearbox seems to be in a good shape. No strange noises, popping gears, etc. Touch wood.

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Tom Armstrong41 days ago

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people. Had a guy today bring his car in for 5 different "warranty" concerns. Then once I find out the car has been tampered with(missing parts) the manager tells him hes gonna have to pay....So the guy declines everything and we charge him the diagnostic fee....and he gets mad.

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[]Yves Vds

Time for a career change. Haha. Don't get too worked up about it.

[]Tom Armstrong

True. I have been considering jumping ship....but what should I do....IT has been my only guess for scalability

[]Robert Sixto

I mean, this is like standard daily occurrence in dealership life isn't? 😁

[]Tom Armstrong

Yeah pretty much. But why?

[]Robert Sixto

Ignorance of cars and how they work, and a total ignorance of how the service industry works. A healthy serving of industry mistrust on top, and this is what you get.

[]Tom Armstrong

Add to all that....that dealerships do hire some pretty dumb people to save money

[]Robert Sixto

That's definitely a factor too

Tom Armstrong42 days ago

I found this in our special tool room at work....OMG this is gold! New terminals on short sections of wire, all different types! I’m drooling

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[]Craig Moody

Gotta put up a NSFW spoiler bud...

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha

[]Randy Gross

What if you could just order something like this for any car? Why doesn't some aftermarket company do this?!! *cries inside because the PO of my Miata hacked the wiring to bits*

[]Tom Armstrong

This is why I have a couple spare harnesses from the junkyard

[]Randy Gross

Yeah, I am going to have to make a trip and pull a couple. Maybe I can score a Torsen LSD while Im at it.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, now you’re thinking

[]Robert Sixto

Seriously, I wish someone really did. It becomes even more needed as your car surpasses 25 years old, and even the junkyard harnesses you get as spares are too rough to use.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Daaayuumm. That’s that good good.

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[]Yves Vds

Awesome find. Would love to find such a kit!

[]Robert Sixto

That's like finding the holy grail man, I wish I could come across something similar for my FC.

Tom Armstrong43 days ago

You guys may remember that I did the Swift spring upgrade on my BC coilovers about a year ago. The rates that came with the coilovers were pretty soft and probably tailored to someone that only street drives their car. So after maxing out my rear dampers, I finally ordered the Swift springs. The first thing you notice when unboxing these springs is the weight (or lack of). I didn’t compare the BC and Swift springs on a

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[]Craig Moody

I enjoyed my swift springs alot when I had em, looking to go back someday soon here, once I get to figured which rates to run. And can you say oversprung rears?

[]Tom Armstrong

A lot of people run higher rates in the rear, I’m still on a square setup

[]Craig Moody

yeah im running softer rears cause its better ride quality. i was looking at that post deng posted for his cuscos... they are a bit more track than my street advance Z's

[]Tom Armstrong

Suspension tuning goes deep man, so many adjustments

[]350Z 247

Yeah I plan to run them on a set of fortune auto 510s eventually. They seem to have the best of both worlds: better control and less weight. Only drawback is the price but you'll only buy them once hopefully.

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[]Sebastian Nounou

I’ve sung their praises for years. Glad you’re enjoying them.

[]Tom Armstrong

I was a bit skeptical before, ya know since BCsprings are $50. I couldn’t fathom how one spring is better than the other....but after holding one in my hands I knew right away it was superior (that’s what she said)

[]Sebastian Nounou

Did you buy em after I recommended them?

[]Tom Armstrong

Can’t remember. The first set I bought while tuning the coilovers, the second set was when I got it corner balanced

[]Sebastian Nounou

Right on. As soon as I figure out what the Civic needs I’ll be upgrading the springs.

Tom Armstrong44 days ago

Back in 2013 when I first started racing, I didn’t care too much about having proper tire pressures. I would just go to learn the layout and have fun. Then after about 5-6 events I wanted to start finding those tenths. Since my care was still my daily, I wasn’t ready to start changing to many alignment settings. I started with tire pressure. You would be surprised how much you can do with tire tuning, and this was

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Very nice.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks my dude

[]Sebastian Nounou

I need to pay more attention to it honestly.

I show up, set em to 32 all around and move air accordingly. Tbh I have no real clue wtf I’m doing. Like you I just took air out where I wanted more grip, stopped when I felt the sidewalk lose integrity, etc.

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s really all you can do. Raise or lower to get results. I have a temp gun to check temps too but that really only verifys your alignment

[]Sebastian Nounou

That’s smart. I’ve considered a heat gun but for things like overheating brakes.

[]Tom Armstrong

AP racing actually has decals for your calipers

[]Sebastian Nounou

I’ve seen those!!! Dope.

[]Tom Armstrong

I want to get some.....but I always forget and spend money elsewhere lol

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