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Old 08-25-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Give me one good reason to not switch-back to NA on my track car.

I was about to put my track car back together when I found a cracked exhaust manifold. Give me a good reason why I should not pull all the turbo **** out, pull the low-compression engine, and swap-in the 11.5:1, 170whp engine and track this car NA.
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this forum isn't miatana.net
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Because I just bought an NB and need your hotsidde parts even if they are cracked?
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Because I just bought an NB and need your hotsidde parts even if they are cracked?
I will keep the turbo parts and put them in a daily driver if I change over.
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Wouldnt it be a lot slower than anything else on the track?
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Wouldnt it be a lot slower than anything else on the track?
Negative. The fun and good competition is back in C/D/E.
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If you will have fun in C/D/E, go for it Hustler!
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I wonder if I'll have enough fun on the track to make-up for the loss in power and lugging that tire trailer with 100lb/ft less torque. I could get the car down to ~2075lb and I really think I'd run the same times.
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I wonder if I'll have enough fun on the track to make-up for the loss in power and lugging that tire trailer with 100lb/ft less torque. I could get the car down to ~2075lb and I really think I'd run the same times.
If you'll have fun at the track Hustler, do it.

The only thing I've heard from you lately is about how terrible tracking is, and how unfun it is.
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Go for it. I went the same route with my red car and finally had fun. No studs to worry about, no major heat issues, no problems with brakes.
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So your ABSURD mani cracked?

That's it, now I'm convinced that all tube mani's crack over time, no matter what.
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So your ABSURD mani cracked?

That's it, now I'm convinced that all tube mani's crack over time, no matter what.
All manifolds crack, even cast. I drove the everliving **** out of that manifold for fouryears, over 200-hours, I'm not complaining.
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I'm not complaining.
Yes, you are.
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Do it bitch!!!
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Track the DD once it has the new motor in, then make your decision.
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So your ABSURD mani cracked?

That's it, now I'm convinced that all tube mani's crack over time, no matter what.
Ha, we were just talking about this eh.

Sorry to hear about this hustler, I will fix it.
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Ha, we were just talking about this eh.

Sorry to hear about this hustler, I will fix it.
I know you'll take care of me, it's just another pinch in terms of timing and some other, personal things wearing on me.

Do you think you will have to cut-off the flange to do it? I want to fix it, but I'm still leaning toward going NA for a while if not forever on this car. Then, I'll have a street car to daily with the AF stuff. It's been a fun, reliable four years so far, I'm just in a place now where I don't really want to deal with everything that comes with tracking such a powerful car. If I had a truck, trailer, and a house I might have a different opinion.
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Track the DD once it has the new motor in, then make your decision.
I tracked it on Thursday with 600 treadwear tires:
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Every effort should be used to make sure none of the flanges are moved. or else I'd have to build a jig for your mainfold before hand, I don't have that time, material, money, etc.

From the tiny cellphone pics you sent me, looks pretty simple to fix.
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I tracked it on Thursday with 600 treadwear tires:
And? How was it? Seems like a simple question to answer. If you liked it, go NA. If not, keep the turbo. You'd probably have what, 30 extra HP over the dd?
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