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  1. Thought I had posted this already ... not sure why it disappeared. BFG Rival tires (225/50R16) on AP1 Honda S2000 wheels, painted black. There's still a little tread left, but these are probably best used up on the track. $300 for the set, obo. Take 'em off my hands before winter please! More info in Kijiji ad: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-tires-rims/winnipeg/honda-s2000-wheels-and-bfg-rival-tires/1385842670
  2. I was in your shoes about 2 years ago. Same basic wants and budget, but I was more focussed on a Daily/AX car but still wanted to go to the track. I ultimately ended up with an AP1 (2000-2003) S2000. This one had high km so I got a pretty good deal. Still, they are out there, as long as you don't mind a > 150k vehicle. Other than a Miata it was probably the most reliable choice even with higher mileage. I do not regret my decision whatsoever. The only knock is that it's not really a great beginner's car to learn on, as it can bite you pretty quickly. A Miata or FRS might be better if you're just starting out. Also on my watchlist at the time, which may or may not suit you: Miata - tons of options in an NA (90-97) or NB (99-05) model, fewer options in an NC (06-15). I'd go with an older NC if I had to choose. BMW E36 (90-2000) - various styles, possibly a modified M3 or Z3 for a bit more $ and with a bit of history ... tempting BMW E46 (2000-06) - regular 3-series as there's no way you'd find an M3 or Z4 for under $15k, unfortunately RX8 - be wary about spinning triangles that like to go boom. Still, a great platform for the money, and I hear LS swaps are a thing. 99-04ish Boxster - some say be wary of the infamous IMS bearing, but it's most likely an overblown concern C5 base or possibly C5Z - the base doesn't really do it for me but the Z is awesome and if you can snag one for around 15k do it! I saw some slightly modded or set up for autocross in the US for around 12-15k USD a couple years ago - not showroom quality but who cares if you're taking it to the track anyway? Might as well let the last guy eat the "it's been on a track" depreciation rather than you. Still a bit of a stretch on the budget, but other than that it's a great choice for the track. At the time, I had just sold an NA Miata and I wanted something with more power. For autocross it was fine, but for the track you might get a little frustrated with the lack of power. Then again if you want to eventually mod it you can always add power later. Personally I wouldn't bother with NA/NB if my intention was to track the car, but that's just one opinion. I'm sure most guys will tell you it's the best all around choice due to reliability, aftermarket support, cheap consumables, etc. And those guys are not wrong. Nopistons mentioned BRZ/FRS twins. Either of those would be a great all around choice, too. They weren't available for $15k when I was searching, but may be now. If so, I'd strongly consider that. Actually I may have even chosen that over my S2k I could find one. Great driver's car, lots of aftermarket support, fairly reliable, good looks, more power and more practical (in terms of street driving) than any convertible, and a lot newer than most of the cars on the above list.
  3. Congrats on all those who raced well and placed well. And even if you didn't I'm sure it was a blast. I remember Spring Nats being a lot of fun, this seems like it's just cranked up to 11. The sheer volume of awesome cars must be quite a sight.
  4. Much better! I can't stand watching racing videos with terrible wind noise (mine included). Glad you were able to figure out a solution. Thumbs up!
  5. Beau

    Christmas in September

    You wanna have a really good time? See if Chris B will take you for a ride along in that Batmobile of his. It's very exciting and can be downright scary (especially if he's driving) ;P
  6. Beau

    Autocross event #11

    I had a blast yesterday, too. Great course - just techincal enough to be a good challenge, but mostly I liked the wide open parts where you could really fly. Good turnout and the event was well organized and operated. Great job all around. Timing issues - I saved some screenshots into a folder on the desktop with the date (2018-08-25). I'll post about that in another thread.
  7. IIRC you can use any gas that's legal for highway use in autocross, legally. That includes E85 in the USA. I don't know anywhere you can buy E85 around here, but in some states it's more common and I'm pretty sure SCCA allows it. In stock class it doesn't really help you, ST maybe you'll see some gains with increased ignition timing, but in Street Prepared and above it really helps anyone with forced induction as there is usually a lot of gains to be had by turning up the boost, with the major limiting factor being knock. So more octane = higher boost and more power in SP+. Below that, it's not going to be much help, but it can't hurt either. I guess if you were to see any timing pull due to knock even on a stock car, a higher octane would help a tiny bit. But it's not like you're going to see +10 hp. Only stickers can give you that much!
  8. I looked specifically for something like that, couldn't find anything that would work. Only thing they had that could be screwed down was a full battery terminal or a fuse block as part of a wiring kit (which I already have). Nothing for splices or butt connectors. Surprisingly, not even ring terminals in 4 AWG. So I bought all the connectors I need online and now I'm looking for a way to crimp them, properly. As a last resort I will use BFH or pliers to make temporary crimps and then add solder. Not wanting to go that route if I can avoid it.
  9. Does anyone here have a crimper for crimping large gauge battery wires? Specifically I need to crimp terminals onto 4 AWG wire. My car came with a big 4 AWG wire from the battery to the trunk and, long story short, I need to do some repairs including a butt splice in one location and some new ring terminals. I know I could solder them, but I prefer to crimp them if I can find the right tool. From what I can tell there are 3 main types (shown below in the order of this list). I would probably be able to use any of these: hydraulic long, manual lever type an anvil (usually requires hammering but could be adapted with some kind of clamp).
  10. Yeah, my understanding is that the new rule is for traction batteries only, or as Jim (Krank) put it, batteries that provide "motive" power. Nothing is preventing anyone from using a lithium battery as a substitute for your regular 12V car starter battery. AFAIK they are also not planning to outlaw lithium batteries in your phone, laptop, camera, key fob, remote control, hearing aid, etc. etc. At least that is my understanding. Hopefully the ASN clarification will use clear wording.
  11. Mike - location doesn't matter to me. I'd prefer somewhere in the city, but if it's a good price I'd drive out of town. Thanks Jim. I'll have a chat with you later. I wasn't sure if you still had room in your compound after the changes. Regarding private property - commercial property is still private. What MPI means by "private property" is that you can't just park your car on the street. It's on their FAQ here: https://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/Reg-and-Ins/Insurance/Optional-Autopac/pages/lay_up.aspx Thanks for the offer as well, Sledontar.
  12. Hi all, Anyone out there with a recommenation for summer car storage? I have a summer car and a winter beater, like a lot of guys here. Obviously I pay to have the nice car parked in storage all winter. What does everyone do with their winter car when they bring their summer car out? I've never really heard anyone talk about parking/storing their winter car... I'm guessing most people keep driving it all year as a daily or as a backup. That's what I did last year. Now I'm wanting to park the winter beater for 6 months and reduce my insurance to layup coverage (must be on private property to do so) in order to save money and free up some space on my driveway. Looking for something near the city (a short drive is fine), preferrably not just in an empty field where rodents will make homes, and for a reasonable cost. Hopefully less than I'm paying in winter.
  13. Beau

    Permanent numbers

    I see no reason why a door number would be any different than a bumper sticker (as far as the law goes). It's not like they are obstructing your view. Similar to a work truck with a decal, IMO. On the other hand it might attract some unwanted attention. I imagine if you were pulled over for even a minor infraction, those numbers are not going to help you plead your innocence. Suggestion - if you're going to leave them on all year including street driving, maybe add your class (req'd for nats anyway) and maybe our club logo and/or website? That way it looks more like a promo than just a door number. And you never know, you might inspire some kid who loves corvettes to look up wscc.mb.ca and come try the sport. Double check the rulebook regarding what's allowed right above/below/near the numbers and class.
  14. Beau Maryniuk - 5970 Renewing number 26
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