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Old 03-28-2014, 04:25 AM   #941
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Can't wait to see this thing on Top Gear... I'd like to see Jeremy's face like in the Atom...

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:43 AM   #942
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I think I can see a bug in his teeth.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #943
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Default How to reset your odometer to zero

Yep, I said it. After this post I will be showing people how to build their own crack pipe.

Seriously, the gauge panel on my "new" Catfish read 161k miles, even though the engine had about 60k, and the rest of the car was new or refurbished. Since I needed to check the DMV box "mileage on odometer is not correct" anyway, I might as well roll that sucker back!

Note: If you roll your odometer back and don't note it with the DMV, not only is it illegal but Karma WILL find you and smack you upside the mouth.

The main reason for the roll-back was not the mileage, but that I'm putting on a new set of Revlimiter.net gauges. These are a modified version of the "Warbird" style, with red/white color, Catfish logo and the old VDO style red line sweep in red instead of green/white. Edit--I am very extremely happy with the gauges as well as with Adam's service. Worth the $$.

To the instructions:

In case the pictures aren't clear, the odometer tumbler needs to be removed from the assembly by bending the tabs that hold the "stopper bar" and the axle of the odometer. Hold the cage on the outside of the odo with your left hand, leaving the mile digit and cage free to rotate. Turn the odo with by the gear. When mile digit hits zero:

a) release the next cage over to the left (ten digit)
b) reverse the gear a half rotation (turn it the other way)
c) hold the cages again and watch the 10 mile barrel reset

repeat for each individual barrel.


PIC 1 what needs to be removed
PIC 2 odometer barrel
PIC 3 bend these pins--you'll know when you see them
PIC 4 this is the "stopper bar".
PIC 5 COOL!

After I reassembled everything and located the "cage fingers" into a line, I held everything together with some painter's tape. I then reinstalled the barrell and located the cage fingers so they were captured again by the stopper bar.

I'm hoping Adam at Revlimiter.net will make a proper post of this procedure, complete with excellent photography and his signature mini-helper.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:21 PM   #944
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:59 PM   #945
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You can force it. The teeth that move the things are very small so you can turn them easily.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:29 PM   #946
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You can force it. The teeth that move the things are very small so you can turn them easily.
I've never done it before and Adam at Revlimiter said he's tried the "force it" method, with not so good results. Of course if you bend the tabs that hold the axle or stopper bar too far, you get the same bad result.
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So has anyone built one of these with an LS / V8 yet? LS, 8.8 rear end, full cage, Xida, add a splitter and a wing. Sounds like a lot of fun.
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So has anyone built one of these with an LS / V8 yet? LS, 8.8 rear end, full cage, Xida, add a splitter and a wing. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Yea there's about a dozen of them driving around.
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Sounds like a recipe for a quick death to me.
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So has anyone built one of these with an LS / V8 yet? LS, 8.8 rear end, full cage, Xida, add a splitter and a wing. Sounds like a lot of fun.
The two under construction right now will have FM turbo kits, and the little 1.6 on the original car will get a churbo on this spring.
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So has anyone built one of these with an LS / V8 yet? LS, 8.8 rear end, full cage, Xida, add a splitter and a wing. Sounds like a lot of fun.
sounds like someone hasn't ever even been near a car like this let alone drive one with proposed parts/setup
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sounds like someone hasn't ever even been near a car like this let alone drive one with proposed parts/setup
This is me
LPI Racing: About Us, Livermore Performance, Monty, Stephen, Bill, Tammy - LPI Racing

I've run SCCA, and was the 2010 SFR ITE champion in an LS powered RX7 that weighed 2480. (LS7, dog box, 8.8, etc...)
The car turns under 1:50 at Thunderhill and about a 1:30 at LS.

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Would you like to make any more wrong assumptions?

That being said, I really do like the new Catfish. It's a perfect design for a track car. Easy to work on, very light. I'm house hunting in So Cal right now, and when that's done I thinking this will be my next project.



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hahaha well played. so build one and show us its not a death trap spin machine
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Don't worry about 18psi. Sometimes he gets a bad vladitude.
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God I get such a chubby for well built RX-7s. Well done blackey.
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LPI Racing: About Us, Livermore Performance, Monty, Stephen, Bill, Tammy - LPI Racing

I've run SCCA, and was the 2010 SFR ITE champion in an LS powered RX7 that weighed 2480. (LS7, dog box, 8.8, etc...)
The car turns under 1:50 at Thunderhill and about a 1:30 at LS.

Here is a picture


Would you like to make any more wrong assumptions?

That being said, I really do like the new Catfish. It's a perfect design for a track car. Easy to work on, very light. I'm house hunting in So Cal right now, and when that's done I thinking this will be my next project.



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BaZINGA!!!

Love those CCW rims as well. That car is beautifully set up, and has what the Catfish needs for top times at T-Hill; splitter, wing, horsepower. We've got a flat bottom on the car that does create real downforce, and those low track times do need it.

When the test mule Catfish was up there--even with crap suspension and 135hp--it was hilarious to watch people think because "it's a Miata" that they could match braking points. More than one car following it ended up in the weeds.
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Any chance 15x10 with the 275's would fit?

Website shows up to 10" wide, but 245 width.
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We just finished the drawing for a safety cage for NASA use, and can't wait to get a fully prepped car into the NASA ST class.

If you look closely you can see a custom K-member for a V-8 on this rendering...

There should be at least 2-3 Turbo Catfish at the September Miata's at MRLS in September, and rides will be given. You'll get to see if mere turbo power is sufficient to scoot you around a race track.
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Any chance 15x10 with the 275's would fit?

Website shows up to 10" wide, but 245 width.
I'm thinking the best slicks would be the Hoosiers for the Radical 265/605R-16. You might be able to run the GT2 23.5x110.0R-16 on the back. That would give 10.6 tread in the back and 9.7 in the front.

I'm running 20lbs in my tires at the track because the car is so light. Any tire choice should wear like iron. Also, sidewall stiffness and height is important when running these low pressures, as you don't want to introduce too much slip angle.
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