Not looking good for the season opener

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Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:31 am

Well sometimes when you wait a bit too long crap happens that really push things to the limits. I assumed last fall that when I heard a loud bang and a lot of crunching noise that the rear diff was blown. I finally got the car into the dealership yesterday to have the new rear end installed only to find out that the rear end looks to be okay but the left rear CV joint is obliterated. Ugh. Troubleshooting faux pas to the max! Cost me $900 for a new rear end that doesn't need replacing. I told the dealership to install it anyway as it's a 3.91 rear end as opposed to the 3.73 I have now. I like the 3.91 better as it "launches me out of the hole" a lot better. Had to order a new rear axle which (of course) isn't in stock. Now I have to wait a week for the part to arrive so am not sure if the car will be ready for the season opener. :banghead: I can only hope that everything will fall into place in time especially with this season being so limited in the number of events. At least my tires will arrive on Monday and will be ready to go. Anyone want to push my car around on the course so I can at least get participation points! Lol.
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Rocwandrer » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:55 am

I'm not far off of your situation myself, but if my car is up to snuff in time, you are welcome to get points there. I guarantee it is more fun that cleaning the fingerprints off the back of your car :D

Which tires did you go with?

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby robinlsb » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:54 pm

I feel your pain, I am in the same boat (with the kart)and my tow car is in the same situation :banghead:
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:17 pm

Rocwandrer wrote:...Which tires did you go with?


Ordered the Direzza ZII...I wanted a tire that will best serve both dry and wet conditions for my car. I had good luck with the Star Specs a few years back and really liked their wet condition performance. Although some other tires offered slightly better wet condition performance IAW the Tire Rack reviews I felt that my own confidence in a tire would help me push more under less than dry conditions. The ZII also faired well in the slalom test which is where I often get killed. I guess we'll have to wait and see!
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"I had more fun and was more scared in the Pontiac Solstice" ~ Vanhtha Souvannasing [in response to ride alongs during the Bill Dodge Open House Drifting/Autocross Day]

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Rocwandrer » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:31 pm

I kinda though you'd be on streets this season :D

I drove those ZII's on Justin's car last year at Loring for a couple runs. I was very impressed. I have Z1 SS on the spyder right now. They may still be there if I have to spend the entirety of my free time tuning.

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby MR Chuck » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:38 pm

I like my ZIIs. :thumbsup:

Sorry to hear about your timing issues. Hopefully luck is on your side and you can make the 1st one. Does it really take a week to get cv shafts in?

Should be a fun year in SM/SSM-T. :D
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:20 pm

The axle ended up being a special order. I guess it's not a high demand item. Most Solstices tend to be owned by old guys (other than me) that baby their cars so I guess they aren't shattering too many axle joints due to aggressive acceleration :twisted:
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby saabman » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:03 pm

Do you want to try driving a kart? My single speed would be available and fit in the back of your truck?
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby downeastspyder » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:56 am

You are welcome to drive my MR2 as well this weekend. It has the Direzza ZII as well.
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:45 pm

downeastspyder wrote:You are welcome to drive my MR2 as well this weekend. It has the Direzza ZII as well.

Thanks Steve, I may take you up on it...will keep you informed as the day gets closer. I'm hoping that my part comes in soon.
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"I had more fun and was more scared in the Pontiac Solstice" ~ Vanhtha Souvannasing [in response to ride alongs during the Bill Dodge Open House Drifting/Autocross Day]

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby DM » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:59 pm

I was hoping that you would try Chris's kart
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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Mon May 05, 2014 6:48 pm

DM wrote:I was hoping that you would try Chris's kart

Glad I didn't now. Not sure I would have handled the malfunction as well as Chris did.
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"I had more fun and was more scared in the Pontiac Solstice" ~ Vanhtha Souvannasing [in response to ride alongs during the Bill Dodge Open House Drifting/Autocross Day]

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby Zoomy » Mon May 05, 2014 7:03 pm

Well got the new rear diff installed which wasn't bad after all but decided that since I had already spent the $ on the diff I might as well have it installed. Apparently the rear left axle was the problem and shattered the cv joint. Replaced the rear axle and the mechanic went to test drive the car only to find that it won't go into any gear. They checked it over...clutch fluid good, pedal pressure good...so they figure it's the clutch. Oh frickin yay. New clutch and pressure plate = $350.00 plus another $1000 for install = no way. They don't want to mess with the car with the supercharger installed on it because part of the transmission removal procedure according to the manual is to remove the exhaust header. With the SC installed you can't even begin to get near the header. So I decided to save the grand and had them help me load it back on to the trailer. Car is home now. Now I need to clean out my garage to get the car in and start the process of dropping the tranny and putting in the new clutch myself. It's not a job I'm looking forward to. The last time I tackled that project it took me a month working on it part time! Well maybe this time things will go faster now that I know how to do it. Hoping I can be ready by the 18th now. :roll: :banghead:
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Thumpshit...a repetitive noise one hears when hitting cones.

"I had more fun and was more scared in the Pontiac Solstice" ~ Vanhtha Souvannasing [in response to ride alongs during the Bill Dodge Open House Drifting/Autocross Day]

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Re: Not looking good for the season opener

Postby saabman » Mon May 05, 2014 7:09 pm

Carl, you would have been using my single speed kart. A shifter is too big a jump for a novice karter. I say this because MIK karts are like 8 HP, single speed PRD kart 27 HP, DD2 2 speed is 33 HP, and moto shifter kart 48 HP.
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