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Unread 2012-05-22, 11:14 AM   #1
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I'm condensing down the history of this car as much as I can because there is just way too much to really type out. I bought the car back in October 2006 from Texas. It had sat prior to that for 5-6 years. When I bought it, the paint was trashed, interior was trashed (and smelled like mold and rodents), there was nothing in the engine bay, and the windshield was cracked. In fact, the guy I bought it from tried talking me out of buying it because he felt it was too far gone but I insisted. When I received the car I had low expectations but when I looked it over in the drive I found there was zero rust, the chassis was very solid and all of the body was straight so I had high hopes. My plans were to make it a project over the next few years. To see the car now you would never know it was the same car.

I've gone through various engine setup ups, each topping the last. The latest setup I kept it all 'in house' as much as I could where I did all of the fabrication, assembling, and tuning. I decided to do it this way because I wanted to test myself but mainly because I am very anal and have to know everything was done as best as possible.

This setup I aim to break 800+whp MR2 and hopefully get out to the track sometime this season and aim for mid to low 9's. I'm not to motivated to get to the track though as this is a pure street car. I drive it all the time as long as it's not raining.


How the car was when I purchased it. (sorry the pics are kinda out of order)































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Unread 2012-05-22, 11:21 AM   #2
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Wow, not really my style of car, but I have to give you a lot of credit on restoring that the way that you did. You put some real effort and work into that. Congrats.
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Unread 2012-05-22, 12:30 PM   #3
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You deserve this win. Your car is one of the finest on the site, and by far my favorite MR2 on the planet.

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Unread 2012-05-22, 12:37 PM   #4
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Unread 2012-05-22, 12:39 PM   #5
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Please sticky, then move to COTM sub forum on or around June 1st
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Unread 2012-05-22, 12:49 PM   #6
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Super nice car/build.
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Awsome! Is that a "DIY" wiring harness with the wrap like that? I like it a lot!
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Very nice!!
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nicely done sir. that intake set up is crazy.
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Thanks everyone and big thanks to buford for getting all of this back up and going!
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Awsome! Is that a "DIY" wiring harness with the wrap like that? I like it a lot!
Yeah I made the engine harness from scratch. I get all of my connectors, expandable wrap, heat shrink, etc. from wirecare.com. Here's a pic from my last setup when I was figuring out how i was going to route the lengths I needed.

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Here are some pics from the Shawnee mission park meet/loop cruise that were taken by Nanmo Wheels for me.










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Wish I could get the front end a little lower with these coilovers. I have them adjusted all the way and it still leaves it higher than I want. Needs another 3/4-1" or so lower. My old Tein MonoFlex coilovers went a lot lower.
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Wish I could get the front end a little lower with these coilovers. I have them adjusted all the way and it still leaves it higher than I want. Needs another 3/4-1" or so lower. My old Tein MonoFlex coilovers went a lot lower.
Do they have a progressive rate spring or something? If not, just start cutting off a half coil at a time imo
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Or just get a shorter spring so the rate doesn't change.
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If it's a static rate spring, how do you suppose the spring rate is going to change by cutting it?
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Congrats sir. That is a pretty awesome transformation.



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If it's a static rate spring, how do you suppose the spring rate is going to change by cutting it?
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You cant google a simple spring rate calculator?


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spring rate = (modulus of spring steel X wire diameter^4) / ( 8 X number of active coils X mean coil diameter^3)

modulus of spring steel = 11,250,000 pounds/inch^2 = 78,500 newtons/millimeter^2
http://www.pontiacracing.net/js_coil_spring_rate.htm

Notice that the number of active coils is in the denominator? Reduce the number of active coils, by cutting them off, and the spring rate will increase if everything else is held constant.

What happens when you try to twist a long piece of steel bar along its axis? What happens when you shorten said bar, and try to twist it again?

You do realize that a coil spring is simply a torsion spring that has been wound into a helix, right?

Is that sufficient?
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/shrug I have run cut stock springs on multiple vehicles and it didn't change shit about how the car rode or drove. I don't have a sweet math problem to put with it, just experience in doing it lol
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/shrug I have run cut stock springs on multiple vehicles and it didn't change shit about how the car rode or drove. I don't have a sweet math problem to put with it, just experience in doing it lol
Regardless of what you have experienced, the spring rate did change. It was probably small enough that it was imperceptible.

Half a coil or so at the end of most automotive springs doesn't cause much of a change in rate as a lot of the times the end coils are not actually active. There are all kinds of standard ASSumptions that go along with different spring end shapes, but I would have to look them up.

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