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@Lastspark @mbretschneider I never said it couldnt be done that way. I am lucky to be able to extract good NA power from my original engine, and that i have performance parts for it.
Though for the majority of persons, you know exactly how it works. For the poor and the many, being unable to change a block without lots of bureucracy forcing a rebuild is something unfair with the common folk. That was what i was talking about.
Also, rebuilding engine parts is our own way of saving money, we have great machinists that charge fewer than in foreign countries, because here the imports and swaps are expensive in comparsion with other economical sceneries.Swapping engines that are much alike work well. Swapping a 4 banger for a v8 isnt something you can hide that easily.
3 days, 9 hours ago on PROJECT Z: L-SERIES INSPIRATION
I was exactly right about to ask about the imagery and legal proof of madness
3 days, 13 hours ago on CHARACTER VS. REPUTATION: PLAYERS CLASSIC
Thanks for the wonderful post , Taryn
I was having a conversation and we were talking exactly about it. The sacrifices you have to do in order to complete the tasks, how big they are, but then how even bigger is the reward. As i told in other post of yours, engine rebuilding is far common in brazil (because the laws are a pain in the ass if you need to change the block, and they forbide swaps) everybodys hopes lie in rebuilding with better components, if you want road-almost-legal performance.
Either way, be sure that your efforts and restrictions will pay. As i am sure (i am almost finishing a project) that i will be certainly able to forget about the harsh times when i finally start that engine again!
I am certain that every speedhunter here, every single one of us gearheads that join the party on this website, already passed or will pass through everything you described here
3 days, 16 hours ago on PROJECT Z: L-SERIES INSPIRATION
@mk1dr770 @Theratears I second you on this question
I would like to know how to read that information. Unit conversion or measurement conversions aren't any difficult to engineer/design students (i know that it can be a little more complicate in those countries who use the imperial system on a daily basis , because i have difficulty on thinking in imperial measurements) the difficult part is knowing where and how the industry is using this information, because even converting the nm/mm ou kgfm/mm into lb-ft/sqin (or the equivalent, correct me if i am wrong) means nothing if we dont know in wich sense the readings are used: to calculate mass needed to compress or power to expand the spring...
1 week, 2 days ago on ASK THE EXPERT: THE SUSPENSION GURUS AT KW
I love those kind of posts , this is authentic automotive culture! I know its stupid to say , (because its common sense) but those things that make japan the country it is , are the things that make me want to go there!Now, if everyone has just that link to read "King" (the manga about a teacher and the Mid-Rear-subaru-engined CRX) online, i would appreciate much =)
1 week, 5 days ago on THE AUTO OTAKU LIBRARY: USED CAR SOUL!
@StuartBurns Brazil, man
Where no sedan (except the civic Si, lan evo or impreza) is respected as a fast car... It is really shameful.
I get weird looks of all sorts by driving a sedan (626 http://goo.gl/A2JSr) fast. Can you believe that?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on THE GOLF GTI: SEVEN GENERATIONS OF FUN
@CyroMiguel Eu sei. And thats the shit, and this is why the guidos think of the golf as ultimate pussy magnet sportscar and not as a "fun to drive hatchback"
@CyroMiguel So you understand the thing about it being mis-used and overrated around here , right?
And to think that we have people that think that the MKI and the Gol are the same car...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on THE GOLF GTI: SEVEN GENERATIONS OF FUN
In the country i live, unfortunatelly is the car of douchebags, or just a "boombox". Many people think its a " pussy magnet" or "one of the best sportscars around". I respect it and its heritage, but around here, i would feel ashamed of myself if driving one...
Its a looker, vws are famous on that one, perhaps would be good to bring some performance VWs to the features too?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on MESSER IS MORE: THE TURBO FAN AUDI A7
I am finishing a FWD to RWD conversion, in a car that doesn't figure in the current KW portfolio. Is there any "universal" product on the KW line that i could easily adapt to any car, or a product you recommend for such situations where you want a high quality KW product for a car that usually doesn't recieve this kind of upgrade? Wich is the product you have that could fit the most of the applications?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on ASK THE EXPERT: THE SUSPENSION GURUS AT KW
Hey larry, you think you could schedule a full feature on one of the trucks? I think everybody here loved the features on rallycross cars, or onto the formula drift ones, so... why not? =) i think every inner child here will like it
1 month ago on ROBBY GORDON'S STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS
I cant express my opinion over the story the drivers tell, they have the real view from their seats, while all of us just can see through a screen or meters away, but, vaughn was, overall a little agressive that day! If you guys check on the runs of the same day he made lots of close calls, and had a spun against daigo... it seemed he was overdoing it a little
And, Aasbo is a real gentleman, he should have earned extra points for true sportsmanship!
1 month ago on THE HAMMER VS THE MUSCLE
@apex_DNA You are totally right in everything you speak of, but since i am not a native english speaker sometimes i make myself hard to understand. Re-reading what i wrote made me realise that i didnt put out my point properly. Thing is that, i do believe you can have a great ammount of driving pleasure out of a cheaper sports car (and older car people often value the caterham, elise, spitfire, elan... and in moderns ways, the BAC Mono or the morgan three wheeler). The way i was raised, the place i live in, in every sense, its so out of my reality that i often miss the point of such types of ultra-cars... or that it is sophisticated enough that in the realm of ideas i can understand wich type of person would buy and have this kind of car, but it is something i never can see myself doing. I think even if i had the money i would go for something else (aston, bentley , the quattroporte or something alike).I talk about having two cars or a fun car vs daily driver in Brazil on a thread on DW, if you would like to read about our local reality (or, part of it) , i invite you to check it [just the 1st page/post, dont mind the rest if you dont want to check on a build]: http://goo.gl/0g8YH
1 month ago on FIGHTER JET FOR THE GROUND: THE LAMBORGHINI EGOISTA
@Mike Garrett (and i am really not wanting to promote myself or anything here, its a sincere share of automotive reality from other side of the world, my project is on driftworks and those who would want to see it can google it easily, it is not the point).
When you turn your daily 626 FS-ZE into a RWD car because there are barely no JDM affordable drift cars to be a daily skidder, and you have to do it all ninja style (mods over 10% gain in performance are illegal...) to retain your license plate because having a track-only car is expensive, you know things are rough for the enthusiast.
We never recieved via dealerships the RXs, the Supra/Celica/Soarer/Chaser... basically, aside of a few individual imports, none of the RWD JDM awesomeness is present here at a reasonable price.
We have a big VW/AUDI/Chevrolet scene here, but its all turned to drag racing. Drift (what i like most) is an embryo that runs basicaly in the biggest state (Sao Paulo) with a few wealthy people importing drift cars from japan as track-only cars or tuning up BMWs with hard earned money (BMW is expensive as hell here).I really wish i had the words and time to properly describe our automotive scene, i am sure it would sound rather exotic to people out there.
Also, the old VW beetle is here. In boatloads, buckets or other big measurements! As cheap as 500USD and can go as expensive as 25000 USD (due to restoration/tuning), every average brazilian loves it, and we had them fabricated until the 90s, i think only Mexico took them further...
Anyway, i dont want to be a bore , just sharing
1 month ago on PROJECT CARS: THE GARAGE EXPANDS BY TWO
Idea here: how expensive are the BMW engines out there in the US? wouldnt it be cool to go with an L6 from an M series? transplanting it with all the eletronics and exhaust system it would surely be smog legal and would have reliable 300ish BHP in stock form... just a thought.(certainly BMW would be cheaper in europe, but, im just throwing my 2 cents, im all in for crazy swaps! )
Just to clarify this: "cheap anywhere in the world" thing, in brazil a NA miata goes for 20-25.000 (yes, you heard it) dollars and there are but a scarce source of replacement parts and manitenance bits.
1UZ-FE with ITBs on that 240, its asking for it!
I am a person (PERSONAL OPINION HERE) that was never into supercars... i preffer the likes of the mazda RXs, the GTR, the Supra/Soarer... the thing is: for a big part of my life driving involved other people. Commuting with friends, travelling with my relatives and loved ones... sharing that cool song on the radio... driving was something egoistic to begin with, since only one could handle the steering wheel anyway.
Its cool, but, in the world that i live in, a caterham or BAC Mono would be prohibitive costing... even the miata here is rare and expensive as hell, so for me, this car is just something i will see on topgear once and that will look half as fun as the other cars, because the big thing about having fun is sharing it.
Perhaps for a lonely person, driving alone in a single lane road with no traffic in a desolated place... it would seem appropriate
Since its a turbo engine, i think you should take a look on the youtube show Mighty Car Mods. They fiddle with golfs an polos, the updates are usually daily drier friendly. One of the guys fiddle with his GF's golf too, and the season 4 finale has a golf too... You should check it. Simple and effective upgrades that will not eat eceryday driveability explained in a DIY way.
Also, i believe that any cosmetic mods (a popular thing to the vw scene, at least seeing from here) are harmless to a daily driver... Vynil wraps, overfenders and the stuff like that are easy to do and can improve the looks.
(As bizarre as it may sound, where i live the golf is a manly sportscar favoured by guidos, stance and "all sound no motor" and other people that usually dont see the whole thing about cars. Though respecting its heritage i wouldn't myself want to be seen driving one around here.)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on PROJECT GTI: HUNTING DAILY HAPPINESS
Great project! Its nice to have a project car and i know how you feel wanting it to run properly again! (i myself have a project getting near the time to run again)
Now for the curious bit: in Brazil, since we dont have access to parts and engine swaps are illegal, everything you showed here is repairable/refubrishable. We go to such an extent we have great quality machinery and professionals that specialize in repairing more extreme damage. For sure, around here, almost no exotics are beyond repair!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on PROJECT Z: FROM THE BEGINNING