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Old 08-09-2008, 05:18 PM   #21
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I'll have to throw something in there about apex seals and roller rockers too.
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I'm going to tell them I've had Hustler coat everything under the hood in his AIDS riddled semen.
its a performance coating.
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I used to get questions in my subaru like: "wow, is that a turbodiesel?"

With the miata, for whatever reason people ask me "what kind of car is that" to which I reply: " I think its a mazda, not sure"
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:39 PM   #24
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its a performance coating.
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I think a roll bar scares people off in my area more than anything else.

The roll bar scares them off?!? I've actually had people laugh at me for having a roll bar on a Miata. Idiot kid's in the fart-can-ricer-mobiles roll up, look over and laugh to each other about it.

Unfortunately hasn't happened since I went FI.

It is fun showing off the car to all the drag guys in the trucks and muscle cars. The couple of times I've gone now it's been the same routine. Cold shoulder when I pull in. After a couple runs everyones walking up to me, "whatcha got in that thing?!?"
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The roll bar scares them off?!? I've actually had people laugh at me for having a roll bar on a Miata. Idiot kid's in the fart-can-ricer-mobiles roll up, look over and laugh to each other about it.

Unfortunately hasn't happened since I went FI.
I guess around here it does. People messed with me alot when I just had a cat back, put the bar in and it significantly dropped, went FI and that went away completely. I think the only car that has ever really fucked with me since going turbo was some guy in a Viper, but we were outside Chicago on the interstate in decent traffic. He would have smoked me then anyways.
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yeah... but he'd still **** his pants that you only lost to him by a fender hahahaha
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No issue with theft in PCB, so I've never had a problem. Most of the car guys I hang out with were at my house during the install anyways (we like to make them a combo install/party day).

I've always gone with intake/exhaust though if anyone in public asks, although my G/F and her family have me hooked on saying "bolt ons" instead. Her dad has a fully gutted, swapped, built/turboed drag EG hatch that he insist is only bolt ons. He insist that just about everything he put in bolted in one way or another.
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:07 AM   #29
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lol...well technically he's right...except for the welded in cage if he has that.
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:12 AM   #30
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I couldn't count the number of people that have asked questions about the car. Parking lots, red lights, gas station, etc. Usually people ask what it is the most. At the gas station one time this dude in a STI asked if it was really turbo and if he could look under the car....lol. I told him go ahead bro. He then told me to hit it when I left so he could hear it. Always cool when you know someones watching and it backfires and shoots flames!

Depending on my mood I will answer questions and play along. I don't like peoples hands on my car, leaning on it, smoking near it, etc. So if anyone gets too close or too aggravating I turn into ******** mode. I feel like its better to be nice to those that are interested and like the car. I usually walk away thinking to myself that's another x amount of people that wont **** with the car if they see it parked somewhere.

I would say my miata is pretty well known around my area. I have been without the car and had it come up in conversation and people are like "ohh **** that blue miata with the turbo.....that ***** ******* sick man" Most of the time the attention is nice, but sometimes its too much, especially when its random kids that are looking for trouble. I have let myself get violent while being in the miata a couple times....so I know there's a few people out there that know not to even ******* think about it. But that's only 3-4 times it was negative attention in all the years I've had the car.

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lol...well technically he's right...except for the welded in cage if he has that.
The cage bolts in too...kinda.
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I wanted to know how you guys handle talking with people about your car if you are somewhere. Are you receptive to their questions or are you like me cautious of someone who wants to know everything about your setup, how much hp you have etc...I don't advertise my turbo, but people can see the I/C and the gauge pod so they want to talk and start asking questions. I don't want to seem like an a$$hole but I don't trust many people. And although they may have good intentions I keep thinking they're looking for an opportunity to rip me off.
The only people i dont wanna talk to about my car are cops and insurance companys everyone else is fair game. So long as they dont tie back to the first 2.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:34 PM   #33
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ooooh JUST YESTERDAY me and the wife pull in to walmart and this older guy (55-60) comes up as Im puttin the top down and asks: "Wow thats a neat little sports car, what kind is it?".......Im like "its a mazda" and then I remembered this thread and started laughing. Guys like "Wow neato"
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ooooh JUST YESTERDAY me and the wife pull in to walmart and this older guy (55-60) comes up as Im puttin the top down and asks: "Wow thats a neat little sports car, what kind is it?".......Im like "its a mazda" and then I remembered this thread and started laughing. Guys like "Wow neato"
I seem to get that alot with my car, especially with the hardtop on it. I don't mind people like that. It's the honda driver with the tin can exhaust that has their seat tilted all the way back that I look out for.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:08 AM   #35
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when I had the corrado, I got all kinds of morons who didn't know what it was. "Is that a lotus?" "Well, it has a big vw on the grill."
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I always tell people it's a Mazda Miata, but the look of cluelessness on their faces doesn't always go away.

I've never had anything done to my car, so there hasn't been much for me to tell. I probably won't advertise that it's turboed but if somebody asks I have no reason not to tell them I guess. Except cops and insurance, for obvious reasons.
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We have the typical "what's this and what's that" around here as well.....
I really love it when they ask, "Do you actually race that thing?" I usually ask them what their first clue was....the full roll cage, fire extinguisher, the harnesses, or wait....it's gotta be the SCCA stickers."
I'm usually not that open to complete strangers asking to look, but at an event or a meet, it is only customary; and I do not mind the attention.
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nobody looks at or asks about my car unless the hood is open. i never get people revving their engine near me or trying to play. cops dont look.
Same here. I have never gotten reved at in the 8 years I've had my car. The only car I've raced was a Z34? Cavalier the night I installed the base GReddy kit. Barely won and there were 4 fat people in the cavalier.

No one has asked to see under the hood but I don't think I'd have a problem showing them. I leave my car with the top down all the time, even at six flags. I don't have any insurance over basic stuff on that car. Yeah kinda dumb, it would be easy for someone to reach in, pop the hood, and remove everything. But WTF are they going to do with 2 tiny turbos.

It'd be a reason to start over with something different.
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We have the typical "what's this and what's that" around here as well.....
I really love it when they ask, "Do you actually race that thing?" I usually ask them what their first clue was....the full roll cage, fire extinguisher, the harnesses, or wait....it's gotta be the SCCA stickers."
I'm usually not that open to complete strangers asking to look, but at an event or a meet, it is only customary; and I do not mind the attention.
I am continually getting " What is that? I like that car". I respond "A earliy 90's miata. You can pick one up cheap. It just has different rims" And they look at it like. that can't be a miata.

I especially get that on the yellow lowered one with rims and exaust.

I don't like poping the hood either. If I am at a meet I'll pop it if asked. But not for punk theiving kids.
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It makes me sad to realize that I have to paint my pretty intercooler black.


A few months ago a kid at the gas station goes, "whoa! Cool!!! is that a race car?"

of course I replied, "yes, its a racecar." The battery was dead so I also asked him to help me push-start it. lol
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