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QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Jul 6, 2020 - 2:28 PM) *
I'm sorry, but even with the signatures, this is getting confusing....

Lorelei: You should just keep posting with your profile so that you can get out of post-purgatory.

At least then, it won't seem like Casey is talking to herself.

Anyway, I'm done complaining for now.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy fourth.


It takes like 4 days for my posts to show up. 4ish Months of waiting two or three days is blahhhh. Also, half the fun of posting on the same account is portraying insanity.

Here, let me help.

-Lorelei Moira

QUOTE (Box @ Jul 6, 2020 - 9:22 AM) *
Hmm, perhaps an '05-07 G35 coupe 6MT if I want another heavy pig. Would be RWD and torquey though, which I tend to prefer. Should be comfy too.

~Casey


I'm so down for a 6mt with a HR or a early VQ37VHR. Lets make it a true muscle car with an enormous twin screw / roots supercharger and a big bug catcher intake.

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I do talk to myself occasionally.

Indeed, happy MERICA Day.

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Hmm, perhaps an '05-07 G35 coupe 6MT if I want another heavy pig. Would be RWD and torquey though, which I tend to prefer. Should be comfy too.

~Casey

Jul 5, 2020 - 8:37 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105195 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 5, 2020 - 7:15 PM) *
It's too hot here, how bad is it there?


Its hotter than the blue blazes erupting from Satan's ball sack.

On another note...

Been having some messy dreams recently. Keep having dreams about the sun setting me on fire.

-Lorelei

Jul 5, 2020 - 11:57 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105191 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 5, 2020 - 10:20 AM) *
Oh yea, not a big fan of the Corolla past the 8th or 9th gen, 9th gen and up went to a beam rear axle that really cheapens the ride. Comparatively a 7th gen feels like a Lexus on the highway. The newer engines are nice though.

SRA is bad enough on a RWD car, much less a FWD car.

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 5, 2020 - 9:39 AM) *
Eh I wasn't too impressed with the rev hang in the 8th gen Si I drove but it wasn't as bad as some newer cars, generally Honda is pretty good with throttle modulation on their drive by wire systems. Erin used to have an 08 8th gen, it was a competent car that seemingly was assembled by incompetent Canadians. The door to fender gaps were all wrong and the doors rubbed the fenders and then the clear coat started failing. I had to fix the alignment on the rear and put it out of spec to get the car to track correctly over bumps at highway speeds, Honda spec alignment caused the back to want to jump to one side or the other when hitting gaps and bumps on the roadways at higher speeds. Once I set to rear toe out of spec and nearer to zero it tracked straight regardless of bumps and gaps. Overall a good car with some issues that didn't live up to Honda reputation anymore. The few I've worked on in the shop only one was a Si, the rest various regular trims, but all didn't feel like they wore like a Honda should wear inside over time and goodness the modules and electronics in the 8th gen Civic...but I think everything from around then was about as bad even some Toyota cars.

From my understanding the revhang is easily tuned out thankfully. I've heard clear is an issue on them, that and stuff like shifter bushings. For whatever it's worth the 10th gen Corolla my father had was an utterly cheap piece of garbage.

Jul 5, 2020 - 6:00 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105186 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 11:30 PM) *
Makes sense then, Si would be a more comfy car than the GTS, the added weight really helps on the highway and poorer roads. It's only like 300lbs but that's like adding 2 passengers to a GTS. I haven't ridden in a stock Celica suspension in so long I can barely remember but it wasn't what I'd call a plush ride out of the gate.

Have you considered just a cheap sedany-wagony thing like a Vibe or Matrix or CRV? Can be had in stick, roomy, good on gas, cheap to buy and cheap to repair. Even a 1st gen Rav-4, if stick is an E153 gear box and it's a 3S-FE which means a 3S-GE or 3S-GTE is a likely swap later on if you love it enough to keep it. AWD 3S-GTE Rav-4 is like a lifted GT4!

I was thinking the Si might be comfier; as an old friend had a base model 8th gen sedan, and for an entry level car it rode quite nicely(though the Si is 40%? firmer).

I have my limits! laugh.gif Mostly though I just want something that's fine as is from the factory, and not really mess with it; save the shenanigans for whatever project car we end up with down the road.

Jul 5, 2020 - 5:56 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105185 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 11:30 PM) *
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 8:08 PM) *
Hmm, must be regional pricing. Salt probably drives up prices here.


Why the Si? The GTS is a lighter car with good suspension. The Si is nice but it feels like a different kind of car than a GTS, less sports-y and more tour-y?

Probably, it's not unheard of for people to buy vehicles from dry states and resell in salt states.

Easier to find in general, but especially as desired since all 8/9th gen Si are 6-speed with LSD and side airbags. I just want a reliable, safe, somewhat comfy car that's fun to drive in some regard. Not 100% set in stone at this point, but it's time to get something we can get our lives on track with.

Makes sense then, Si would be a more comfy car than the GTS, the added weight really helps on the highway and poorer roads. It's only like 300lbs but that's like adding 2 passengers to a GTS. I haven't ridden in a stock Celica suspension in so long I can barely remember but it wasn't what I'd call a plush ride out of the gate.

Have you considered just a cheap sedany-wagony thing like a Vibe or Matrix or CRV? Can be had in stick, roomy, good on gas, cheap to buy and cheap to repair. Even a 1st gen Rav-4, if stick is an E153 gear box and it's a 3S-FE which means a 3S-GE or 3S-GTE is a likely swap later on if you love it enough to keep it. AWD 3S-GTE Rav-4 is like a lifted GT4!


I think I'd like to stay away from an C/SUV simply because riding that high is a bit unnerving to me, and anything with a floaty suspension is physically nausiating to me. I used to get really car sick in my mom's brand new 2000ish malibu (So much so that we had it for a grand total of 5 days, despite buying it new) and I absolutely hated the RX350 I had to drive once in a while.

I have owned both an 8th and 9th gen Si. The 9th is much more fun to drive, but only because of that 40ish additional fl-lb of torque. IMO at the absolute limits the K24Z7 is the best NA honda 4cyl motor to date, capable of holding 400ish WHP without ****ting itself. The transmission was always the weaker point on any Civic Si.

-Lorelei

Jul 4, 2020 - 10:24 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105182 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 8:08 PM) *
Hmm, must be regional pricing. Salt probably drives up prices here.


Why the Si? The GTS is a lighter car with good suspension. The Si is nice but it feels like a different kind of car than a GTS, less sports-y and more tour-y?

Probably, it's not unheard of for people to buy vehicles from dry states and resell in salt states.

Easier to find in general, but especially as desired since all 8/9th gen Si are 6-speed with LSD and side airbags. I just want a reliable, safe, somewhat comfy car that's fun to drive in some regard. Not 100% set in stone at this point, but it's time to get something we can get our lives on track with.

Jul 4, 2020 - 6:58 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105179 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 6:15 PM) *
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130,000 aint **** on a 7th gen GTS. Grandpa Celica had almost 250,000 when he sold his and 180,000 when he drove down to DDPR in Texas and got his intake manifold and tune for 190whp on 91 octane.

Yes, but it's too much for the mileage is what I was saying. I've seen too many with similar mileage for $4-5K.

For one that clean it's really not a high price, especially one owner no salt well taken care of. The ones I see in the $4-5K range are much much much rougher ridden hard and put away wet kind of cars. And it comes with all the OEM parts they took off? Sweet deal! The $4-5K ones are 3rd and 4th owner, you're lucky if it's still got a spare tire by that time in the cars life and 100% the fuel door has fallen off 2 owners ago.

I suppose it's regional then; there was a nice and stock black on black 6-speed with 120K for $5K, that was a 2 owner car, not that long ago locally.

That's ok, someone talked me into a Si over it anyway.

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 12:09 PM) *
130,000 aint **** on a 7th gen GTS. Grandpa Celica had almost 250,000 when he sold his and 180,000 when he drove down to DDPR in Texas and got his intake manifold and tune for 190whp on 91 octane.

Yes, but it's too much for the mileage is what I was saying. I've seen too many with similar mileage for $4-5K.

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 9:48 AM) *
There's a nice looking Super White Celica GTS for sale kind of near me up here, 130,000 miles asking $7500 looks pretty clean and sounds like it's in good shape. I'm whoring it around because it needs a good home, I don't actually know the people who are selling it. I just browse what Celica's are selling to see what mine ought to be worth in the real world vs what KBB says it's worth on paper. Good news, it's gone UP since I bought it 11 years ago!

Maybe if it had half the miles or was half the price.

That's ok, if going FWD I'd lean towards a Civic Si.

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 4, 2020 - 8:52 AM) *
It seems like you're trying to make this a lot more difficult and expensive than it needs to be. Why not go big and put a Toyota GZ in it?

Sounds about right.

I just say Miata or RX for project, but eh.

~Casey

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It's some ways into the future, so plenty of time to figure it out; though I suppose the C4 aesthetic goes better with bastardization, and I don't think I could deprive a C3 of having a V8.

Anyhow the current priority is figuring out a safe, reliable, practical, and remotely fun daily driver for us to get to work etc...

~Casey

Jul 3, 2020 - 9:46 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1105168 · Replies: 7297 · Views: 1,263,038
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QUOTE (richee3 @ Jul 3, 2020 - 7:20 PM) *
It is with great elation that I can say I sold the Miata today.


Sounds like you sold it and got a good price for it.

QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 3, 2020 - 7:47 PM) *
Get the C4, stock for stock it's suspension is WAY better. The C3's suspension basically carried over from the C2 and is based on mid 1950's technology and engineering. You can put a lot of money into C3 suspension and have something better than the C4, but if you put that same work into a C4 the rewards are much greater since you're starting somewhere better. Also I feel like the C4 engine bay is a little roomier to work in the than the C3. Once you take the wheels off a C4 you're basically standing 2 inches from the engine if you're skinny enough to fit in the wheel well. It honestly makes working on them kind of nice compared to leaning on fenders. Interior wise, the C4 is yes 80's boxy playskool cheese but they're solid cars. The C3's I've worked on....the interior was...not aging well but looked nice. Comfort wise they're pretty equal but the C4 has more shoulder room and a lot more head room, but getting your legs over and into the 'bath tub' that is the C4 can be tiring over and over.


I'm trying to build a drag car, but the benefit of using a corvette is that the possibility of making it handle if I want it to.

I wonder what other cars can fit a SVX EG33 H6 in them.
-Lorelei.

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 3, 2020 - 4:16 PM) *
Having worked on C4 and C3 vettes my best advice is NO. Every suspension bushing will be rotted to **** and cause all kinds of wonky handling and honestly they're not the most pleasant to drive cars to start with, the C4 being A LOT better than a C3 though. I'd highly suggest moving up a gen to the C4, it's got WAY more parts support and parts are generally easier to get and cheaper than a C3 plus the stock sawblades are wide enough to mount tires big enough to handle whatever you're doing with it and the brakes (when working correctly) aren't terrible. They're a little more straight forward to work on than the C3 in my opinion, or at least they feel like they're built more like a modern vehicle where as the C3 feels like a hack job between old and new.


The only reason I'd pick the C3 over the C4 is because of looks. Box would look at a C4 to mess arouind with, but I can't say that it would make as many people mad as doing a bastardization swap with a C3. However, Early C4 vettes made absolute dick for power, so I can see where starting there would be an upgrade.

I'll have to get her to see if she can see out of it.

-Lorelei.

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So in the near future Box and I are gonna get a 1980-82 C3 corvette.

I want to do a swap that will make people mad. Originally I thought rotary was the way to go, but now I'm thinking honda K20A2/K24A7/F20C or a subaru EZ30 H6 mated to a RWD 6MT of sorts and boosted to the moon. I think an RX8/S2000 trans or a FRS/BRZ trans would be best for transferring power to the rear wheels, but a TR6060/T56 Swap might be a better choice for holding power. I'd like to do a Turbo setup if we go Honda, but the H6 Def gets a big twin screw.

-Lorelei

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I think you all should come down to Alabama and we can have ourselves a hootenanny in a state where brains (and masks, unfortunately) are optional.

-Lorelei, from behind Box's back. Literally.

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Hopefully it's of some help. smile.gif

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 21, 2020 - 12:42 PM) *
I'm pretty sure I gave myself a migraine trying to figure out what parts I needed to do the two piston front caliper brake upgrade on the Celica. At one point there was a post somewhere that listed out the parts that fit a 7th gen but I can't find it anymore, I swore I book marked it but it's not there. I think the calipers were from a ES300/V6 Camry, it used the stock Celica rotors, and 6th gen Celica pads. What I'm most unsure about are the rotors since the 6th gen pads are .4mm thinner, I thought I had figured out some slightly thicker brake rotors to make up the difference and once I mathed everything out it was about 30% more pad area, 20% more piston area, and about 10% more rotor mass for a combined roughly 25% better stopping over the stock front brakes. Since I want to replace the front calipers I figured I'd try to get that all sorted out and order up parts for it, it would be nice to have some more front brake since I often find I'm locking rears up and getting them very hot due to the aggressive pads, lack of brake dive, and solid rear rotors. I figure a little more front brakes would maybe take some braking load off the rears and alleviate this.


But for ****s sake trying to find all the caliper, bracket, rotor, and pad dimensions in one ****ing place is impossible so I'm crossing parts across about 25 different tabs trying to match dimensions between parts and cross compatibility between parts so that if part x fits cars x/y/z and part c fits cars c/d/z then part x must also fit car c and car d as well since they would have to share the same mounting hole spacing but car c has the wrong lug spacing while car d has the right lug spacing but a thinner rotor which would make the thinner pads even worse, etc and so on and holy hell my head is spinning so hard I made myself nauseas!


Hmm... https://www.newcelica.org/threads/conversio...o-story.343568/

Also apparently there were kits from T-Sport, TRD, and StopTech. ST is still available:
https://www.lmperformance.com/926789/83-855...tors-front.html

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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 20, 2020 - 3:06 PM) *

Heh. laugh.gif

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QUOTE (Lorelei6gc @ Jun 16, 2020 - 5:32 PM) *
Anyway, Its true. I'm alive. I'm here to cause trouble for box and my adoptive family. God. Never thought I'd be so happy to have a family.

Well, either way, I took something from Box today. I mean, I had to. I spilled lotion on it.

I never thought I'd be so happy being with someone, so it balances out. smile.gif

Oh my...

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Doggo rocket. woot.gif

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Ah yes, doggo escape velocity. laugh.gif

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