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AkumaNoZeta last won the day on August 8 2018

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  1. I like how that looks Litman. Almost makes me want to do twin tail pipes.
  2. Here's a photo I found of the torque arm on a Miata. I can't attest to the effectiveness of it. The way I see it, no matter what the diff's behavior is going directly into the chassis itself so I can't see it doing much, not like with a live axle where the diff is a part of the suspension instead of the chassis. I would just use a RT mount to keep the nose of the diff stable. My car has been modified to use a Ford 8.8 and it's still a few years away from being able to test drive or anything, so I have nothing to back up my claims, just keep that in mind. haha.
  3. Don't the older Miatas do something like that? I want to say I've seen it when we had one on the hoist one time, but it may be a false memory. Here's my thinking on it though, when you have a torque arm on a live axle, the force goes directly to the tires. While on a IRS, the tires aren't ultimately bolted to the differential so it won't have same effect. Also, a shorter torque arm is supposed to give more anti-squat since it's closer to the neutral line so if that the case, and it did happen to work for IRS too, than a short nose diff would be more effective then adding a arm. I'm not really a drag racing fan myself, so I don't really know what you need to make IRS launch harder since you can really take advantage of the pinion climbing the ring gear. The only thing I can think of is keeping it stiff enough to limit squatting, and finding the proper camber angle to make sure the tires are flat to the ground when you apply power. Wheels and tires are a big part of it, everyone these days are running giant wheels with rubber bands. A smaller wheel with more sidewall gives a better contact patch and also a smoother ride. I used to have 17X9s with 275 cheap performance tires and I got sick of them so I traded for 16X8s with 245 mid-grade all season tires and the car performed better, spun the tires less, rode better, and didn't rub anymore. Like I said, I'm not a drag racer so somebody with more experience will hopefully chime in.
  4. I haven't done it myself or anything, but given that the car was produced in the days of larger margins of error, as well as gone through around 40 years of abuse, I wouldn't have expected it to be exactly "symmetrical". I would suggest just drawing it out on the panel, step back a few feet and see how it looks. Just keep re-drawing til it looks how you want. I feel when it comes to aesthetics, what your eyes see is more important than what the tape measure sees.
  5. Thanks to 74_5.0L_Z's measurements I was able to get the pieces cut out. I took a couple photos of what I have so far. I'm going to do up the base piece with reference marks and use some white and black paint to get more contrast for photos. This was very fun to make and it's a joy to be able to move things by hand.
  6. I'm in the process of making a 1/2 scale model of the front suspension of a stock S30. I got most of the measurements I need from the chassis diagrams that are still floating around the internet, luckily, but there's still quite a few I need. I have a crude drawing, I don't have a scanner so I used my computer's camera and flashlight to get the sharpest image I could. You can see what I have and don't have (I hope), based on a 175/70/14 tire. My car was so far gone in the beginning that I couldn't take measurements if I needed too, now there's nothing left of the factory set-up...so I hoping you all can help. I can still get the length of the lower control arm so don't worry about that one, I still have my arms lying around. So if you have a bone stock 240Z, with the 175/70/14 tires, unaltered ride height, and the time, will, and means to get me a couple numbers, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to design my own later on, but I want to have a factory model to compare it to and see how it behaves in bump, rebound, and roll. Of course when it's done I will post photos and everything here so everybody can learn from it.
  7. For my 5.0 Mustang I went to Oreilly's and got one of these https://oreillyauto.com/detail/dorman-help--4422/cooling---heating-16773/coolant-recovery-tank---universal-17482/coolant-recovery-kit/54002/4528645/1976/ford/mustang-ii It worked great with a triple pass radiator which I highly don't recommend. When I was driving my Z I simply used a Sobe bottle, back when they were glass. I put two holes in the cap, one with a rubber hose going almost to the bottom, and the other I left open as a vent. Never had a problem with it either.
  8. Well, driver's side is almost done. Ran out of MIG wire so had to stop, coincidently I also ran out of cut-off wheels, needed some bigger drill bits, and also got me a pack of new tips for the welder.
  9. Thank you for sharing. I don't get on Youtube anymore and this is very entertaining and informative.
  10. All of the vibration issues I've encountered were fixed with either u-joints or tires. Anything is possible. Shouldn't be hard to pop the back cover off and give it a visual. Just put a jack under it, take the mustache bar, and cover off. It's been a LONG time since I've seen an unmodified set-up so I can't remember if there's anything else in the way.
  11. Clean car, but the title threw me off. I was expecting some 32' hot rods or someone found a picture of a Z on 32" rims. Haha
  12. Like RonA, I'd be afraid that the oil pan will be scraping the ground while the valve cover is flush with the roof. The Z has a long nose and I don't think length would be as big of an issue. I remember someone was putting a GM Vortec 6 cylinder (forget what it's called now) into a S30 and if I remember right it stuck way above the hood and the oil pan was below the crossmember.
  13. I'm a big Toyota fan so I'm voting for the 4Runner. I don't have first hand experience like JHM, but when I worked for a shop we would never see any Toyotas or Nissans come in except for oil changes, brakes, and belt replacements. Had to do wheel bearings once, and it had 300,000 miles on it. That's why I broke down and bought myself a 15' Tacoma. I was driving a 1990 Mustang/1986 Capri hybrid before hand, and I just worked on so many Fords that I couldn't bare looking at them anymore. As for the low torque, there oughta be supercharger options out there, they make those kits for everything these days. On a side note, I love Toyota enough to throw a 7M-GE in my Z.
  14. I'm a big fan of electric fans, mainly because I don't like how mechanical fans make the car sound like a giant vacuum cleaner. I've never met anyone brave enough to use an electric fan on anything that racks up a lot of street miles, except for I believe GM used them on some LT1s from the factory. My biggest concern is parts availability. I like the peace of mind that if the car is broken down a few hundred miles from home, I can get parts at any parts store, though I may have to spend a night there (been there, done that.) I also prefer 2-row, cross-flow radiators with the extra wide core tubing. And like Seattlejester said, electrical loads play a load. It's been a while since I've used a stock alternator, it's only like 40 Amps isn't it?
  15. True, but if your S30 is like mine, it has stainless steel drip rails that just clip onto the end of the mild steel roof. And on my car, that was pretty much the only spots not rusted out, haha. I think it would be fine if it the area is painted, and I would use some RTV between the surfaces to seal them from moisture better.
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