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The Car Enthusiasts Club

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-09-18 07:54:06


At 9/17/18 03:18 AM, JosephStarr wrote: What are your thoughts on "Blacked out" or "Murdered Out" cars?
Living in what some people would call "the hood", I see them pretty frequently and I'm starting to like them.

If done properly, your car should look like a black hole rolling down the road.

I liked em about 15 years ago. Now, not so much. It's like, when it comes to a lot of cars, either people get a black one and "murder it out" or they dgaf and drove around a white kitchen appliance.

I more like grey vehicles.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-09-18 08:12:25 (edited 2018-09-18 08:16:45)


Mostly stock, will wait on the warranty to crap out. Which, at the rate I've been driving, will not be all that long.

"Mods"
-deleted sound symposer
-mountune intake
-stiffer exhaust hangers.

I have a mountune motor mount I'm going to put on soon, also some other bits that I'm going to wait on. Likely will be changing out my pads way early, the Ford ones spit out way way too much dust.

I like the power delivery, how it's almost all at the bottom and there's little delay. I have a few gripes, but it is an excellent car(so far).

Course, I woulda driven my Yaris till the wheels fell off, but deer...

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-09-20 23:41:05 (edited 2018-09-20 23:44:10)


At 5/25/17 08:03 PM, Tremulos wrote: Wanted to make a car club thread but looks like we've already got one, even though it's been dead for 5 years. Really just wanted a place to whore out my Fiesta because I <3 it.

Anyone else in this year of our Lord 2017 who mod their cars? What have you done? What are your future plans? How much power are you making and what do you use it for?

I have a couple vehicles, including my $600 beater truck - an 08 Nissan Titan, my project car - a 1993 Thunderbird LX (5.0) and my baby - a 2015 Mustang GT (With Performance package, shown below.)

One of these days I'd like to actually do some mods to the Mustang, but right now she's bone stock save for some better tires, and tinted headlights that the previous owner installed.

The truck has a 3 inch suspension lift and sits on 35" tires. Unfortunately it's 2wd. The only thing that's been done to it since I bought it is a new rear end (Original differential exploded while owned by previous owner) and put on new tires since it had been sitting for 2 years. One day I hope to do the lift kit justice by converting it to 4x4.

The Thunderbird is my first car which I should really just get rid of, but I'm too invested in it to give up on trying to fix it up and make it run the way it should. It's beaten and worn, but she's taken me farther than any of my other vehicles.

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-10-21 12:14:28


Installed a mountune RMM and mountune charge pipe.

RMM was well worth it, neither took too much time to install.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-10-21 18:45:13


Really really like that motor mount.

It ended all wheel hop, shifter is more locked into place, the car feels more responsive and like it has more power.

NVH is minimal.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-11-15 07:35:47


I think I'll have to bring my car to Ford, to end a buzzy noise coming from the rear of the car. I pulled some stuff apart, seems to be wires for the brake light assembly, but inside part of the steel body.

Didn't notice before because of nicer weather, window open.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-11-27 17:51:59 (edited 2018-11-27 17:55:12)


For anybody who still checks this topic, what are your thoughts on the newer Aston Martins?
As far as my opinion goes, I'm not a big fan. They just don't have the same elegance anymore.

The most recent Aston Martin I like is the original Rapide, but then they went and ruined it with that giant front grill in 2014.

They almost look Japanese now if I'm being honest.
The new Vantage looks like an Rx7 somehow reproduced with a Jaguar F Type, then that car baby grew up and reproduced with a Vanquish.

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-12-01 08:01:13


At 11/27/18 05:51 PM, JosephStarr wrote: For anybody who still checks this topic, what are your thoughts on the newer Aston Martins?
As far as my opinion goes, I'm not a big fan. They just don't have the same elegance anymore.

I agree, they've moved away from being regal to trying to compete with true super/hyper cars, usually missing the bar there.

Too many "fiddly bits"

I mean, I'd still drive one and be a gloating jaggass, but there are better buys for a touring car and better buys for performance.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-12-01 08:09:10


I've noticed a lot of car reviews about my vehicle are less than fair, usually comparing it to vehicles that are more expensive or outside it's vehicle type. Still, when honestly compared to the Civic SI or VW gti, the consensus is that mine has more spirit and is more fun.

The Civic has lost a lot of what made it fun, high revving NA. That's kinda ok, cuz I think those damn things often sound pretty annoying.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-12-01 08:17:14


I had a laugh at this, he saw me taking pictures and shifted around his car a bit. Wanted to line up with it at a light but it just didn't work out.

Aside from how duuuuuuumb that exhaust looks, it's a fantastic way to rust out your exhaust.

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-12-02 18:24:43


Saw a pulsar gti-r today, that was pretty cool.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2018-12-09 10:20:07 (edited 2018-12-09 10:22:19)


I've got an idea that I think would be a good business move for Jeep, they should develop a stripped out basic Wrangler for the 2020s that can be bought for less than $18,000.

(People buy inexpensive fun vehicles like there's no tomorrow, look at the Ford Fiesta.)

Jeeps are insanely expensive these days and are crammed full of tech, and it goes against the image in my opinion.

They should design a model like the picture below. Throw some seats in it, a roll-bar, some basic removable doors, heater, and an optional cloth top roof then send it out to the dealership.

(Unfortunately I feel that the strict safety regulations would kill this idea fairly quickly.)

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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-01-31 20:47:49


At 12/9/18 10:20 AM, JosephStarr wrote:

I don't see Jeeps ever being truly affordable ever again. They're more expensive than many of their counterparts and people gobble them up. Price adds to prestige, people aren't really interested in cheap.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-01-31 21:08:34


Put on a silicone induction hose. Was easy, could not have been more simple. Performance gain? Meh, dunno. On a stock tune, I haven't noticed anything really. Maybe it spools a little quicker, maybe it has a smidge more induction noise.


I swapped the charge pipe a bit ago, there was a slight noticable gain. Quicker spool and low end power, tiny bit. Problem is that car uses torque targeting and won't really make more power without a tune. There was a benefit in sound. Ford fitted the stock piece with a silencer of sorts. With the swap I gained a bit of turbo noise, and a semi weird partial throttle sound that's kind of like blowing on a bottle.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-02-15 10:18:28


Sent back the induction hose, made my car throw a code. Without doing proper research, got one from "Mishimoto". I'll get another at some point, from Mountune.


Didn't think it mattered much. Upon further reading, I won't be buying any Mishimoto products.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-04-29 22:28:19


I currently have a ford fusion hybrid as a rental, ST is in for some warranty work.iu_22319_4845136.jpg

I think, given time and a bit more practice, could dominate this thing's mpg. But man is it boooooooring.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-05-01 08:58:19


Car was in to have a motor mount replaced. If you turn TC off, the car will wheel hop and can skitter itself through 2nd. When I changed the RMM, this changed. Still, the other mounts are bare minimum crap and seems they break.


They want you to leave the TC on and not drive the car hard. Stock RMM is so soft that the engine smacks the firewall on launch or between 1-2 shift. And if you leave TC on, you end up with very dirty wheels cuz TC is through brake usage.


Another benefit, less tire wear. Since the car puts down power better, I'm not eating up my tires if enthusiastic or careless with throttle in 1&2.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-06-03 04:02:56


I found a club with my main interest.

nice!


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-07-28 10:40:29


Whelp, that aftermarket(from an authorized tuning company) failed. It has urethane bushings either side, they both have massive cracks in them going all the way to center.


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Response to The Car Enthusiasts Club 2019-09-02 20:54:43


Did the most involved work on my van since I got rid of my project car, and it was a nice feeling getting something done on an engine.


I swapped out the sparkplugs in my 2014 Grand Caravan, since they were overdue and haven't been done for the time I've owned the van.


The gap was rough, 0.043 is what it should have been but they were closer to 0.07.


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It turns out Dodge makes stupid engines and you have to take half the damn thing apart in order to get to the coil packs. I ended up doing it in my friends drive while he and his other friend worked on their much nicer VWs (golf wagon and rabbit).


I think I need a Torx set if I want to keep doing engine work on the whale, since I ended up borrowing both that and a Torx socket to get everything off and on again.


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The job took 2 hours since I had to figure out how to take the manifold apart. Whee.


I'll be in the market for a proper new project car (daily) next spring. I ended up retiring my 2004 Mazda 3 to the crusher for rust which couldn't pass safety.


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