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Beside watching plants grow, I enjoy getting my hands greasy. And when I think into it.. a car is a bit like a plant.. can excite you to the max and frustrate you to the bone 😁

Any others in here with a need for speed? 😎

 

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Love the smell of hydrocarbons in the morning.... hahaha.
Petrol, diesel, methanol and toluene.
2 or 4 stroke.
Didn't start out with that intention, just love tinkering, building and playing.
Self confessed Mopar addict.
Current other lady: '75 CJ with a 2.8td on 31'' muds.
What you all running?

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The noise and pollution regulations of SA make all a bit more fun 😁 

I have a stationwagon and exchanged the intercoolers, air intake and exhaust. Working on a misting system for the racing intercoolers it got new. Also was at Wulfchip and got the ECU beefed up a bit. When "she" is in one piece and not bitching like usual.. should go for a dyno run once and see what all the changes did. Still have to drop the engine and exchange the oil cooler housing.. has a hair line crack. She does those things to me 😂 Big on the list to install a lift on the parking behind the house, close it up and have a second man cave hehehe can't have enough of those.

@Bospatrollie2 Mopar... ^^ what Hemi do you have in your garage standing around? 😁

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Had a little 97 civic vtec with bolt ons. Not the fastest car but so much fun to drive and really responds well to abuse. 

Other toy was a 2016 KTM 300, cant beat the smell of 2 stroke. Sadly have stopped riding due to a bum sholder.

I am currently busy with a project at work, putting a 5.9l Cummins ISB engine in a 2005 Ford F250.

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Very nice! Ex of mine.. long time ago ^^ had a Civic R.. very fun car to drive.

But when I look at your work spot.. I have to get going on mine. Love my car.. and hate is about as much 😂 have a constant 100k maintenance a year. But then you sit in and start the engine and there is no way selling my baby 🙄 Bit split personality on that issue. Brain yells 24/7 get rid of that money trap.. and as soon as you start and drive it out of the garage, no possible way to actually go on with the plan. And the brain very much agrees hehehe

Motorbikes.. love em.. but they got me a few times to often in the ER. After the third time I decided that I stretched my luck enough and gave up on those crouch rockets.

What does that engine has? 300HP and about 550 torque?

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The Cummins is rated at 242kw and 827nm at the flywheel.  Yeah bikes are dangerous but oh so fun. And that sound of the power band of a 300 is so addictive but gets me in trouble almost every time. 

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The noise and pollution regulations of SA make all a bit more fun  
I have a stationwagon and exchanged the intercoolers, air intake and exhaust. Working on a misting system for the racing intercoolers it got new. Also was at Wulfchip and got the ECU beefed up a bit. When "she" is in one piece and not bitching like usual.. should go for a dyno run once and see what all the changes did. Still have to drop the engine and exchange the oil cooler housing.. has a hair line crack. She does those things to me  Big on the list to install a lift on the parking behind the house, close it up and have a second man cave hehehe can't have enough of those.
@Bospatrollie2 Mopar... ^^ what Hemi do you have in your garage standing around? 
It is a love/hate affair alright.
But then I start her up and get assaulted by the turbo whine from the front and drone from the freeflow when I put foot.....and I cant sell her....hahaha.
Blew the motor a while back- dodgy injector. Had her rebuilt with a few improvements. Intercooler is next....

Mopar..... wish I could afford such grand toys but I'm allowed to dream...
a Candy apple red 69 Chevy Chevelle SS maybe a metallic blue Yenko Camaro, a pitch black Dodge Charger. There are so many beautifull ladies.

Been thinking about a bare interior Chevy Can Am (can't find my Nissan p510 coupe) with a 8cyl ford power plant. Cherry red with a pair stainless side exiting pipes.




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The Cummins is rated at 242kw and 827nm at the flywheel.  Yeah bikes are dangerous but oh so fun. And that sound of the power band of a 300 is so addictive but gets me in trouble almost every time. 
Did my fair share on 2 and 4 wheels.
Ran a RM 125, them upgraded to a super jetted KX 125, followed by a KX 250. Moonlighted on the enduro circuit, but life caught up and had to prioritize.
Didn't enjoy breaking my bikes as a privateer.
More emergency room visits than I want to remember, but it was a blast.

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8 minutes ago, Bospatrollie2 said:

Did my fair share on 2 and 4 wheels.
Ran a RM 125, them upgraded to a super jetted KX 125, followed by a KX 250. Moonlighted on the enduro circuit, but life caught up and had to prioritize.

I am more the Honda guy.. learners on a XL 125. Then CBR 1000, CBR 900 (Europe) and Transalp, was my last one and had it here in SA. Bakkie took me out.

 

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I am more the Honda guy.. learners on a XL 125. Then CBR 1000, CBR 900 (Europe) and Transalp, was my last one and had it here in SA. Bakkie took me out.
 
My ass starts to itch when I hear things like XT, XR or Transalp. Love the old school big singles. Rode a friends' 81 XT 500 with a SS freeflow....WOW what a lekker thing for a cruise. (actually keeping a sneaky eye out for one....)
Road bikes are pretty but they are not for me. Had a go on a mates ZX10, was cool but I knew it would kill me.

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Yeah, the killing part sucks 😁

Taking those 2 wheeled rockets on the German Autobahn.. big fun 😂 

Loved the Transalp, what a agile bike and not very heavy either. The XT 500 is just one of the best sounding machines there is 👌 was looking for one.. then ended with the Transalp

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I enjoy my vehicles although have to hold myself back a bit and remind myself to be sensible.

So I have a 750cc inline 4 bike and currently have a German 2L diesel car, which I wanna do a stage 1 or 2 on to help her breath a respond a bit better as well as do a software flash on the gearbox. In terms of bikes I do not do off road or dualies, I prefer more a sport tourer or sport bike as opposed to a super bike (super uncomfortable for daily commuting).

Neither are over the top, although sufficient and can still allow for a bit of fun and can be seen as sensible. Would love a 3L diesel, the torque one can get from those is insane! I have heard of people having to limit the torque on their tune as their gearboxes can not handle more (auto's). Although a 3L twin turbo petrol would be lots of fun too, but really not something I need as a daily and would be more of a toy. Spending such money for a toy at this point is hard to justify.

Same goes for my bike, would love to get something a litter bigger and newer, a BMW S1000R (single R, not RR) would be looovely but I really do not need it. Hard to justify spending the $$$.

Never got into doing the mechanical work myself, never really had anyone to help me with it growing up and never had the space either - perhaps not such a bad thing though... Who knows what I may have gotten upto.

 

I almost ended up with a Civic Type-R (FN2), nice cars but forced induction is a lot more fun.

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😁 would be nice to have the cash for all the toys. But you suddenly also need a way bigger garage 😂 I bought my first 911 as a more or less ruined car (SC 1978 model). Just had a bad break up and needed to distract myself. Saw it standing for sale, very cheap, rusted through... week later i had most of the car disassembled. Just do it.. at the end you have a few screws left ^^ still runs fine 😁

Was also more fun when the fuel was cheaper. Doing 20l on 100km.. and that is driven conservative.

@PsyCLown Stage 1 you should be able to put on any car running a ECU. I would actually recommend it as it should lower your fuel consumption over all (always depends a bit on the driving style thou). Stage 2 you can add if you changed your exhaust and/or air intake. Most cars can handle stage 2.. also very much depends that the guy doing the job, knows what he is doing. Would stay away from all those cheap Chinese plug in tune fakes, costs money, brings zero benefit. When the oil cooler housing is replaced and runs smooth, I want to change the boost setting and give the turbos 0.3 bar more max boost pressure. Because you are very right pointing to the gearbox. If you forget that thingy... can become very expensive 😁 

Funny story, I had the bad luck in February, that my main engine radiator went bye bye. I looked over the internet to find a used one.. nothing. But also ran into the genuine part price.. so knew what is coming my way. Went to VW here around the corner.. good they do Audi parts too hehe gave the part number and the guy checked on the computer. His chin just dropped 😂

"That can't be right, I can buy a used Polo for that" I just giggled at him. "What is the damage, we reach 30k?"

"26395 Rand, for a radiator, that is insane!" Fun when the guy selling you the goods is shocked about their own pricing 😂 

What I can suggest.. if you drive a older Audi or VW.. when you import the parts yourself. There is a sale somewhere for sure.. you can save 30-50% just on the genuine parts cost (shipping/import included). Parts down here are expensive...... 

 

 

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Gearboxs are always the week link. My mate has a Ford Ranger 3.0 T6 with software, down pipe ect and he is on his third gearbox. Diff is about to pack up as well.

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Well for me it's remove the dpf and do a tune.
Some call it stage 1, others call it stage 2.

I have a ZF gearbox in my car, they're pretty decent! Not dual clutch or anything but performs well and can only imagine how much better it'll be after a software flash.

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Haha...That is the thing.... if you upgrade the power plant you will need to at some stage upgrade the drivetrain.
Or get ready to cry big tears because you will break something. Swop overs from diesel to petrol or vice versa also needs to be done carefully.

I usually laugh when okes ''chirp'' put a lexus V8 in your van.... Yes, the power and sound will be awesome. But the g/box, diff, prop and brakes will never handle it. To upgrade all of that is another ballgame. Secondly, why would I ''destroy'' a beautifull ''go anywhere'' one of a kind 4x4 with excellent fuel consumption.

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1 hour ago, Bakstein420 said:

Gearboxs are always the week link. My mate has a Ford Ranger 3.0 T6 with software, down pipe ect and he is on his third gearbox. Diff is about to pack up as well.

Yep,, if you do a bad job, you tune your car to death 😂 internet experience reports tell that I shouldn't go over 700hp in my car.. or I run into transmission issues. So I set 650 as my max output. 

 

Stage 1 is ECU software only

Stage 2 is ECU, Air/exhaust(one or both)

Stage 3 adds forged to the menu and we go racing tuning.. and really expensive shit 😎

The criteria i run the expressions.. just that we are on the same page ^^

Looked into getting forged components.. price wise.. stopped rather fast looking further 😂 but the 620HP I should have now are enough, the Quatro brings is nicely on the road.. not sure I need faster.

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Quattro / all wheel drive is amazing! Makes such a big difference in a car with lots of power, or even moderate amounts of power.

A friend use to have an S3 with some mods, so not a ton of power but above average and the lack of wheel spin is a game changer in terms of 0 - 100 and quarter mile etc.

Depending on the type of person you are, some still prefer RWD although AWD is fun in a different way.

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Most people into track racing prefer RWD.. I do not have the needed cash to do that. Friend of mine has a 911 GT3 at the Nuerburgring. Is something totally different and would drive circles around my heavy stationwagon 😂

I am more Porsche fan myself, you just feel the road so well, had 2 in Europe. The wagon i used here, V40 Volvo, gave up.. was giving up a bit since i got it. Have nothing if a car has a little electrical issues.. but when it burns out the brake relay every 3 month (650 a pop). Had to get rid of it.. i just like stationwagons.. practical cars was looking for a replacement and ran into a RS6.. got it for 165k at the time.. couldn't resist. 😁 So what the fertilizer doesn't get.. the car eats up for sure 🙄

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My first car was a Ford Escort Sport MK2 and I was an apprentice engine assembler at the time. To add to that my father owns an automotive engineering workshop.

Old school Kent engine so went old school mods like V6 valves, 325is inner valve springs, weber side draughts, 1300 oversized pistons in a 1600 block, knife edged crank, polished rods, cut cam with a 4 speed bullet box.

Had so much fun throwing that thing around corners. But my favourite car is still my 97 vtec. The way it barks when you pass 4500rpm and just screams all the way to 9000rpm.

Plus benefits of living by the coast is dense air, my little 1600 use to harass g5 GTI's.

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N1ce.. smoked headlamps would have looked kiff too.  And here just for the fun of it ^^

 

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