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  1. Hi Mat If you don't mind, I would take a kit, as well.
  2. Sorry, but I looked into the Mann catalogue, and it doesn't seem to list those numbers...what are the filters for?
  3. Great reading! I like to hear what is going on in the various segments of this great club!
  4. I, too, am following this build with interest. One of my questions would be: Are you still within your budget? Of course you can't put a price on man hours. But in my past I have tackled a few projects, and I have learned that my estimations as to how much something cost to build were always wrong. I am probably not the best mathematician, but at the end I often spent twice as much than what I thought it would be (which was already three times as much as I told everyone else I could do it for ;-) Realistically speaking, while including welding wire, cutting discs and pizza & beer, do you think you are still within your financial projections? It definitely is a cool project, and it makes me wishing back my '76 Celica with the 2.0 TwinCam and four poorly adjusted 45mm Weber on it. To this day I still don't know why I sold it...
  5. Physics can never be defeated Just like Princess Diana, Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger did not have any real injuries to the outside of their bodies, and neither did Joachim Winkelhock. But when going high speeds, any hard impact will result in tremendous g-forces, well beyond of what the human body is designed to withstand. Short of having extensive crumble zones, and wrapping every person into a big ball of bubble wrap, there is always the potential that the organs inside the body will not remain in place and suffer damages just by ripping apart or banging into each other, into bones or against the very occupant restraints that prevent the body as a whole to move forward. Having two very highspeed collisions within seconds of each other, with both impacts into the side (where cars are usually most vulnerable) would make for a very high potential of fatal injuries. Given the circumstances, and given how well F3, F2 and F1 teams and racers know each other, I think both the FIA, as well as all teams and drivers handled this weekend with the utmost respect and dignity. You know that everyone is heavy-hearted when not even the biggest winners of the weekend have a smile in their face.
  6. On Saturday, the famous Circuit des Spa-Franchorchamps claimed another racer. Anthoine Hubert lost control over his BWT Arden F2 car in the fast Raidillon curve, slammed into a wall and was subsequently torpedoed by Juan Manuel Correa. While Correa survived with significant injuries to his legs, Hubert did not. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.statement-anthoine-hubert.3YZvWvyy8XuGZOvmVrCO27.html The open-wheel racing world has lost another promising Youngster. Godspeed
  7. One of our most active club members is Randy Morash. He moves disabled vehicles for a living. That means not only that it won't be for free, but also that he is very good at it, and has the right equipment on hand - many of our club members have used his services. Call him at (204) 482-0808. He is a very reasonable person, and I am sure that, if you let him operate on a schedule that fits best for him, he will reward you with a competitive rate. ( For disclosure: I am not in any way, shape or form related to Randy's Towing, just know him for quite a few years and know that he is good at what he is doing. There are certainly other towing companies and individuals who can help you, who might be cheaper or just as good, but Randy pops into my mind, for good reasons).
  8. I am aware of the differences of GL-4 vs. GL-5 oil. When after the HPDE I decided to change gear oil, I specifically looked up in ProDemand which oil to use. There it was listed as either GL-4 or GL-5, also noting that Mazda actually asks for SAE 80, but due to the limited availability of such in North America, Mazda also allows 75W90. Because they were so detailed, and ProDemand gets their info directly from the vehicle manufacturer, I concluded that GL-5 should be ok and used it since I had it on hand. Many transmissions can and do use GL-5, so I did not spend too much thought on this. Obviously the last few race days have shown that the RX-8 transmission is not happy with the GL-5. So as I am typing this, the oil is draining out of the gear box of the car. and tomorrow it gets infused with the Redline MT90 that I picked up on Saturday as per Darin's suggestion. It may not improve my lap times by much, but it will certainly make me feel a bit more comfortable if I can mitigate at least some of the transmission's current stubbornness....
  9. Have not experienced the 5-4 grind, probably because I only do this shift on the highway, when I have plenty of time to shift down. But yes, at the track my transmission and I have some serious discussions as to whether I get to shift down into second gear for turn 3 and 8. I always win, but not without major protest from the transmission. The transmission's revenge usually comes when I want to shift from 2nd into 3rd at the beginning of the straight, when it just doesn't want to slip into gear. Many a decent lap times have been ruined this year by rolling without drive across the timing line while fiddling with the gear shifter....
  10. Most manufacturers expect you to change transmission oil between 60000 and 80000km. Again, on my DD I put my own spin on it and I change it roughly every 50000km. I usually hold a fluid-drain fest, and replace all liquids in my vehicle at the same time....it is just easier like that to keep track of things. On the RX-8 I changed both transmission and differential fluid at the beginning of the season, yet I think I will drop it again before the first race in spring. Not only am I a lot harder on my transmission in the Mazda than in my Jeep, but I think I might want to try a different oil. Right now I have synthetic GL-5 in it, and the transmission does not shift nice. And the car constantly has that smell of gear oil inside, even though both transmission and differential are bone-dry...
  11. Wow, those are some serious tires! I wish we were allowed something like that when we used to race Ski-Joring in the olden days - although that probably would left a few skiers look like an aerated lawn when things went wrong...
  12. Not really interested in your car as such, but you got my attention with your listing....what are black rockets? Care to enlighten a newbie to anything ice-racing? Thanks....
  13. I personally have not done a complete flush on any of my vehicles after changing over to the Fuchs, only at the time of the change. On my everyday driver I did this at around 50000km, on my motorcycles I always do it as soon as I take possession of them. After that I intend to flush every two to three years. One way of keeping your brake fluid relatively fresh is to open the bleeder when you are pushing your pistons back during a brake pad change. This way any dirt and a fair quantity of fluid will be purged from your system, and it happens to be the fluid that was closest to the heat source. Once you have closed the bleeder, make sure that you top up your brake fluid reservoir before you pump up your brakes again so that you don't introduce air into your system. This works especially well on competition vehicles, as they go through brake pads at an accelerated pace. When doing this, you basically partially flush your system at every brake pad change. It is not the real deal, but it allows for the fluid quality to stay at a higher level than not doing anything at all.
  14. Not completely on topic, but nevertheless... Many people are very focused on car supply shops, or race shops. But when you look for generic things such as brake fluid, it makes sense to expand your horizon. The company Matt ordered from - FortNine- has been around for many, many years. It was called Canadian Motorcycle Superstore before they changed names. In the motorcycle world, they have an impeccable name for quality and great prices, and they are a Canadian company. Yes, they sell mostly motorcycle parts. But brake fluid does not care in which vehicle it is; as long as the specs are right, you can use it in whatever vehicle you want. Likewise, some people are hung up on brand names. If it is not North-American, it can't be good. In our world of international trade and companies buying out other companies, names don't really mean that much anymore. Just go on the internet and google...you will get the info that you need. Matt's Total brake fluid is a very common commodity in Europe, yet I have heard people saying that it is probably not good, because it is not made to US standards (???). I personally (being from Europe) know that vehicles in Europe are stressed much more than here, so anything European gets my approval before I look at North-American products. I personally run Fuchs Oil DOT 5.1 brake fluid without any complaints at all. Yes, people look at me funny, especially if they pronounce the name in English (let's not go there). But the fact is that it comes from a large (albeit in Canada almost unknown) company and it has excellent properties. The only disadvantage is that it is somewhat expensive - I believe it was about $30 per litre. But then I have to say that I am worth it ;-) , and I don't keep flushing it out. So maybe I run cheaper with expensive brake fluid than others do with cheap fluid. Just my 2 cents...
  15. @Matter, did you put the supplied plates onto your EBC pads? People often confuse them with shims designed to keep your brakes from squealing and do not install them.; however, they are a thermal barrier, designed to reduce the amount of heat that gets transferred from the pads through the caliper piston into the brake fluid...
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