The Car Thread

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  1. sawtoothscream

    sawtoothscream SS.org Regular

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    Jeep died on me,. Most likely picking up a outback LL bean edition tomorrow morning. Liked the car overall and should work well for my needs.
     
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    Man... so many nice cars. I think I need to start a kickstarter campaign to finance my next car :D haha
     
  3. wannabguitarist

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    First drive with the hardtop on since I got new wheels and lowered the car. Top down driving is fun but the car looks so much better like this :wub:

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    Picked up a new valve cover and painted some rusty components:
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    Also did my first track day a few weeks ago. Ran the 2nd fastest time in the morning and fastest in the afternoon when the organizers switched to counter clockwise. Still debating whether or not I want to get a softer rear bar or stiffer front bar to tame the rear a bit after switching to a square tire setup. Hanging the tail out is fun, but not fast or kind to your tires :lol:. No video or on track shots sadly.
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  4. Beefmuffin

    Beefmuffin New Boot Goofin

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    Dude, I have to agree, that thing looks way better with the hard top and lower profile. Turns it into a completely different looking car. Good job :yesway:
     
  5. TheStig1214

    TheStig1214 Mr. Tophat Jones

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    Sexiest S2K I've seen out there.

    So my Mini's motor was finally pulled yesterday. Needs a new serpentine belt, neutral safety switch and clutch while it's being swapped :wallbash: Plus we're still not 100% sure my 2011 ECU can drive a 2013 high pressure fuel pump (Continental on 2011s vs Bosch on 2013s), so if that doesn't work I have to wait longer while they source a 2011 motor. This whole thing is costing me damn near everything I have. I just want my f*cking car back already.
     
  6. Furtive Glance

    Furtive Glance "Snaaaake!!!"

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    That's a sweet S2000, dude.
     
  7. TheStig1214

    TheStig1214 Mr. Tophat Jones

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    So my mechanic has been struggling with this motor swap. The high pressure fuel pump doesn't engage when it should (1/2 throttle). Turns out, as I warned him from the beginning, my car's ECU can't drive the newer style fuel pump on the new engine. It's a matter of voltage vs PWM, not even a reprogramming. The ECU physically doesn't have the drivers to do it. So they got me a 2013 ECU and wiring harness free of charge. Means being out a car another half a week and I lose my tune but at least I get the newer, better fuel pump I guess. I also asked them to see if they can salvage the head from my old engine and use the old fuel pump and ECU.

    I just want my damn car back.
     
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    What a day. My 1995 Acura Legend is now totaled. The guy that hit me ''dozed off'' and failed to maintain his lane. It was not too bad of an accident. He hit the side and I did a 180 and turned into the grass. It's kind of funny because I was actually planning on posting about the car since the anniversary of when I got the car is coming up. It was so clean, black on black leather, 166xxx miles. I was so proud of that car. I planned on keeping it forever. Well I have started looking for another ride. Maybe you guys can recommend something. I would like to spend less than 6k. Right now I am interested in getting a Honda Prelude.
     
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    I found a 99 Lexus ls400 that has 70k miles on it for 8500. I decided to go test drive it. omg, it is so silent, and smooth. It felt ridiculously comfortable. It was like driving butter. They are extremely reliable, and at 70k , that is like getting a car and pretty much never worry about anything going wrong with it. Just put gas in it and change the oil for the next decade. I am not sure if it fits me though. I don't really dig the brown paint and tan interior. I would also like to get a manual.
     
  10. TheStig1214

    TheStig1214 Mr. Tophat Jones

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    70k is nothing on that car. Matt Farah of The Smoking tire has a LS400 with 12 times that much mileage.

    http://www.thesmokingtire.com/2014/matt-just-bought-a-900000-mile-lexus-ls400/
     
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    Haha, Yeah I was looking at that the other day. The car would be a luxurious tank. It is a great deal and it will be really rare to ever find another ls400 with that low miles and in mint condition. I think I am going to pass on it though. I just had an Acura Legend which was pretty luxurious. I want to try something different.
     
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    Thanks guys. I want a second set of wheels and maybe an authentic Mugen top at some point as I'm not 100% happy with my replica, and feel a little guilty running it even though it was made in the US. There are a ton of quality builds in SoCal so my car is fairly average as far as quality goes :lol:. If you scroll down towards the bottom of the post you'll see some gorgeous S2000 porn.

    Did you ever figure out if the tune may have caused your issue in the first place? I'm shocked they swapped out the ECU instead of tracking down a 2011 fuel pump. Hopefully everything else works out and you can get back out on the road soon.
     
  13. TheStig1214

    TheStig1214 Mr. Tophat Jones

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    Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. I actually found out the piston connecting rods are a known weak point, especially if you make more than stock power. Also apparently this canned tune, although its rare motors blow up with it, does dumb down the knock sensors a bit. I really don't care. There are not other options for tuning my car and my motor had a hole in it now anyway.

    The real issue is that the fuel pumps are driven differently and have different output "shafts". And the heads, intake cams, exhaust cams, fuel rails and fuel injectors are different between 2011 and 2013 because of it, which he didn't know at the start. So he put a 2013 motor in, put a 2013 fuel pump on it like he should, but the 2011 ECU drives the 2011 fuel pump with voltage, and a 2013 fuel pump is driven by the 2013 ECU via PWM. So my 2011 ECU physically did not have the right computer board hardware to drive a 2013 fuel pump. I kinda knew this from the beginning but my mechanic assured me it would work, not knowing what he was getting into at the time.

    Now with the new motor in it's easier to replace the ECU and whole wiring harness than to pull the motor and either put my old 2011 head and fuel pump on or locate a new 2011 motor altogether.
     
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    I would recommend a late 90s lexus gs300/400, you should beable to find a pretty clean one in your price range. Those cars are really nice. The last gen Preludes are also nice. My friend has a silver 2001 type sh. Has leather interior and a sunroof aswell. Not much space at all in the back seats, but its super fun to drive. Hugs corners like crazy.
     
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    Someone hit my parked car 2 weeks ago.
    The guy rang my ball so it's all an insurance case.

    Hurts nonetheless :(
    Did damage to my front bumper on the left, hood, sideview mirror and the fender.

    I'm gonna get it fixed since it really bothers me.

    On the bright side: If enough overhead money from the insurance stays with me it might mean a used set of rims
     
  16. Empryrean

    Empryrean Plucks strings

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    Gah! That sucks, but at least you guys are doing the right thing, you're lucky. I actually had the same thing recently but my neighbor came and told me they drove off right after. That was $500 I'll never get to see because of someone else.. coulda been a new guitar :(
     
  17. Forrest_H

    Forrest_H How can she slap?

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    Forgot to post back in here with the update:

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    Many, MANY hours of bleeding and swearing later, it lives. Had to do some finicky sh-t to the frame to get the radiator support to go back on, but new Rad is on happily, with the added benefit of a new DeWitts radiator shroud (seems to be keeping coolant temps at about 190-200F in traffic, as opposed to 210F before the crash). This was also an opportunity to do some stuff that was much easier with a brand new bumper off of the car and the car not being driven every day, so full list of stuff I did:

    - New paint-matched, front bumper
    - Clear DRL housings (Old ones were destroyed)
    - Black Foglight grilles (bought the wrong shrouds, so got grilles to cover them up)
    - Better, updated switchback DRL's/Blinkers
    - Airaid CAI (No air-bridge yet, still need to retune and get a new MAF)
    - New stereo head unit (will post about later)
    - Fixed A/C vacuum leak (found a line that was barely attached)
    - "creative" radiator support mount that definitely lowered the value of the car

    When this thing started right up after mounting the front bumper, many a manly tear was shed. This car is one of the last things I have left of my late friend that helped me work on the damned thing, so I refused to let it die.
     
  18. wannabguitarist

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    ^Fvck yeah. Congrats on getting her back together :yesway:

    Anyone playing Horizon 3? Haven't been able to do much driving recently but I just picked this up and a new TV-it kinda curbs the urge to speed on the way home from work :lol:
     
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    My 98 Honda Prelude type-SH (137,000miles) Has used 5 quarts of 5-30 full synthetic oil in less than 1000. I recently got this car a month ago. It is extremely clean. There is no apparent oil leak, and there is no smoke coming out of the exhaust. It looks like I need to do something about it asap. I don't know if I should rebuild the engine or swap it out. 5 quarts of oil in less than 1000 miles is way too much to keep driving it.
     
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    I hope you got a good price on it. If you do a complete rebuild, you basically have a new engine. If you swap it out, you'll have an engine with 80k miles or so. It really depends on price and how much time the car can be torn down.
     

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