• We will see how that works out in the end.

    To remove the load from the alternator (also probably making it smaller to reduce the amount of work the engine needs to do – which is where the 5% improvement comes as the alternator is belt driven by the main shaft), its going to use a capacitor to store the converted brake energy into electricity.…[Read more]

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  • If any one is interested, I have 3 sheets of 19.5×15″ (approx 6 sq ft) of sound proofing Butyl. So before I throw them out, just checking to see if anyone wants it. Its enough to do the doors and possibly the […]

  • Andrew commented on the post, Mobile Tire Install 7 months ago

    Originally I was going to use the Firestone dealer (a Tire Rack recommended installer) in Pembroke Pines who had the Hunter Road Force balancer. However, when they tried to convince me to buy the tires from them (would match Tire Rack prices), that put me off and decided to try the mobile installer given the excellent ratings (Firestone did not…[Read more]

  • As an option for those who rather not take their car to a dealership or tire shop and wait, today I used a mobile tire installer associate with Tire Rack.

    Given that the front suspension on our Miatas is quite […]

    • I’ve had great experience with TireRack. Having done a TrackNightInAmerica i get $70 for that. My last set of tires I received 3-$70 rebates (SCCA Member, Factory Rebate, TNIA Rebate).
      Between the 2 Miatas with track use, I’m ordering 2-3 sets of tires a year.

      When ordering some autox tires (245/40-17) I had tire track call and say “That is listed as ExtremeTrack Fitment” and ask if I was sure.

      I also had an issue with a TireKingdom install. They were listed as HunterRoad Force but did a terrible job balancing and they charged more than the RateCard listed at TireRack. TireRack called TireKingdom, got me a refund, they then called another shop, Firestone Complete in Coconut Creek, verified Hunter Road Force Availability, and setup an appointment for a re-balance.

      For the 17×7 standard wheel and Street/Track use I really like the Continental ECS (Extreme Contact Sport) , They come in 205/45-17 and 215/45-17 are priced well and currently have a $70 rebate through end of month.

      I had Mixed feelings about MobileTireExperts, I used them once, After tire delivery, it took 4 days to get an install appointment. They day of the appointment he was running a couple hours late (he texted and so not that bad of deal), but he was late because ‘a bunch of people had their tires arrive yesterday and wanted them installed today’. What about me and my appointment?

      He’s a little more expensive but convenient. I’m at a point where I have multiple sets of wheels for the Miatas and now just throw wheels in the back of the truck, take it to firestone, and come back later.

    • Originally I was going to use the Firestone dealer (a Tire Rack recommended installer) in Pembroke Pines who had the Hunter Road Force balancer. However, when they tried to convince me to buy the tires from them (would match Tire Rack prices), that put me off and decided to try the mobile installer given the excellent ratings (Firestone did not have any ratings, but I had dealings with them years ago). Plus I was concerned that unless I watched them do the install they would damage either or both the painted wheels cap I have and the McGard lugnuts which could be damage with an impact driver.

      My experience with the mobile installer was with the weather to which I canceled the initial appointment due to heavy rain and lightening. He was gracious to come the following day on Saturday morning. According to the owner, he puts in 10-12 hours daily and works 6 days weekly. I believe him as his phone kept ringing during the install. He normally works with his son during the weekdays and alone on Saturdays. He had expanded and franchised to various locations in Florida and plans on selling his business and retiring off the royalties. All of this started one day at the Homestead race track (he competed) when a bunch of drivers were lined up with a guy and his beat up truck to swap out tire; no balancer. He thought he could do it better.

      Like everything else in life, your mileage will vary. I plan on having a second set of tires/wheels primarily to deal with colder weather, have as a backup and facilitate installation.

  • Its looks beautiful, excellent and a great to know for when I need work.

  • Hi Frank,

    Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t…[Read more]

  • The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

    Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

    Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near…[Read more]

  • UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: […]

    • Sounds great!

    • The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

      Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

      Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

    • Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

      Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

    • Hi Frank,

      Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

      That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

      As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

      As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

      I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

    • Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

  • Hi Folks,

    For those with a ND (Club or GT), MX5 ThIngs sells a front camera that works with the display.

    I did this install today in about 2 hours. After already installing the rear OEM camera and Airplay, […]

  • Andrew commented on the post, Scuffed Rims 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

    Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb…[Read more]

  • I had a great time today at the event. Lots to learn and practice. Plan on going again on June 1st; its sure is worth the time and trouble to get there. For about $40 in fees, food and drink (all provided at the place) plus one tankful of gas, I was able to spend quality time with an instructor and gained valuable experience, one of which is I…[Read more]

  • If anyone is interested and care to join, I am heading out the following Saturday, May 4th to begin autocross/performance driving training. The GCAC offers a monthly novice class training at a very reasonable […]

    • Sounds great. Some of our members have done it in the past and loved it. Take some photos and post a review on your return

      • DJ replied 9 months ago

        One of the best things you can do with your car. So much fun! Bring water and sunscreen. I am planning on going. I have been to almost every one this year. I use to go every month years ago, prior to doing track days.

    • I should be there also, probably in the white 2016. Its a great experience.

    • I had a great time today at the event. Lots to learn and practice. Plan on going again on June 1st; its sure is worth the time and trouble to get there. For about $40 in fees, food and drink (all provided at the place) plus one tankful of gas, I was able to spend quality time with an instructor and gained valuable experience, one of which is I need to practice and practice. Not easy trying to understand “cone” language.

      I especially want to thank Steve for taking time to show me around and taking a couple of test runs with him in his car.

  • It’s too bad I could not attend these events. What beautiful cars! Maybe next year.

    On Amazon Prime, there are classic car videos, one of which I saw last night was about Jaguars and Aston Martins. There are […]

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