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Old 02-09-2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default I've hit a few cones in my day, but....

Driving home last night from hanging out, about midnight, decided to take the long way home and enjoy the car a bit. Nothing stupid, just a few curves at fairly safe but enjoyable speeds feeling out the new suspension a bit (and it feels goOOooOOd!). That's all over (a total of a 5 minute detour maybe) and I'm heading on home. I'm carrying a little more speed that I should be maybe, but it's a straight road, noone around. About 65-70mph. I had about .5 sec to think 'Oh crap what's that' and then SMACK! Looked like a cone laying over. Stopped the car, swung it around, and accessed the damage:



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Punk kids more than likely-- cones were right in the middle of the lane as I came over the crest of a small hill. Got sucked up in the wheel well and popped out some body filler that I didn't know was there .

Oh well... guess the car is broken in for the Solo season-- never had anything like this happen there . Of course it was midnight in Feb when this happened cones were cold and hard as rocks.....
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Sorry to see that. What's worse is when **** like that happens while one is enjoying the car's feel.

BTW, what new suspension were you testing? Care to share?

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I had cone dents on my old, and my current miata from autox. sucks doesnt it
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Koni RACE shocks with 700 front 375 rear springs on GC coilovers.
RB Tubular front sway bar.

I haven't tracked the new setup yet- But I think I'm going to love it. Feels hardly harsher than the worn out stock stuff on the street really, no comfort compromise at all. But when you put it in a corner it just wants to hang in there like nobody's business.... I'm looking forward to getting this car out and stretching it's legs a bit. The track day Monday was canceled due to lack of participation but I'll have to get another going soon.
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Punk kids more than likely-- cones were right in the middle of the lane as I came over the crest of a small hill. Got sucked up in the wheel well and popped out some body filler that I didn't know was there .

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Could have fallen off a truck or where they sanding up straight like someone placed them?

I was following a local power company truck once and it dropped two cones in front of me i plowed them over with my '77 Mercury Monarch about the only thing it did to my car was buff off a little of the rust.

Glad to hear you didn't over react and make it worse.
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dam at leasts you didnt get a alot of damage iv seen a bumper riped in half by hitting a cone.
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After the first drift event this year(jan 20) by the end of the day there were a lot of cones on the course that were broken just like the one you posted.
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Could have fallen off a truck or where they sanding up straight like someone placed them?

Glad to hear you didn't over react and make it worse.
That could be... I assumed it was kids as I used to be a punk kid myself about 15 years ago, and it was right out in front of a subdivision on the main road.

I don't think I hit the smaller one-- someone else must have, but I smacked the crap out of the big one. It was laying over forward.
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After the first drift event this year(jan 20) by the end of the day there were a lot of cones on the course that were broken just like the one you posted.
you would think they would try to avoid them. lol. oh well, drive and learn
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Koni RACE shocks with 700 front 375 rear springs on GC coilovers.
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Very nice Jerry!

Sorry to hear about the damage. Your car was sooo clean.
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Dammit, Jerry. Your car was cherry. :(

Let me know how you like the lower rear spring rate. My car with the 450s in the rear pushed a little on street tires, but with the NT-01s it is just impeccable. You still using a stock rear sway bar?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R2zRi8qniE

Mine eats them and then spits them back out.

(last run, I was having fun - and despite how bad it looks, it's nothing like the s2000 driver ahead of me that couldn't keep his on the damn course...)
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When I read the topic of this thread I was thinking "shouldn't this be in off-topic" then I realised it was about cars. Sorry to hear about the damage Jerry!
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I ran over a cone that tore off my entire lip spoiler. That alone wouldn't have been bad except for the fact the lip spoiler was wet installed (bondo'ed and painted on).
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Now you have to hire a paint shop to paint a bandage over that. That would look sweet.
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Koni RACE shocks with 700 front 375 rear springs on GC coilovers.
RB Tubular front sway bar.
Sweet, someone else running 700 in the front. I am thinking of moving the rears up from 325 to 400. I am running the Koni Sports though, which will be going off to get revalved soon.
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i thought your story was gonna end up like brain's.... that was a sad sad day.... :(
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Dammit, Jerry. Your car was cherry. :(

Let me know how you like the lower rear spring rate. My car with the 450s in the rear pushed a little on street tires, but with the NT-01s it is just impeccable. You still using a stock rear sway bar?
Yep-- still running the stock rear bar. Haven't had a chance to really push things yet so I'll give you an update when I do.
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