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Old 06-19-18, 03:20 PM
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oh well wait, what if you raced a miata and then daily drove the Rx7? then you learn how to drive AND learn how to rebuild engines, right?
You'd also spend more time and money keeping your DD running than your race car.
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Old 06-19-18, 05:40 PM
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oh well wait, what if you raced a miata and then daily drove the Rx7? then you learn how to drive AND learn how to rebuild engines, right?


Yeah, actually learned to rebuild rotaries by trying to daily my 400hp FC for many years back before I started racing. I did have to ride the bike to work a day or two.

Well, its not like it ever broke during the "daily" part of my driving. It was always the "nightly" part

"nightly driven" the car category for when you want to drive a fast car and not learn how to drive.
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Old 06-21-18, 09:57 AM
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You'd also spend more time and money keeping your DD running than your race car.
i don't know, ive been DDing a miata for a year and a half or so, and i started with a nice car, and just in the normal servicing i have had half the car apart. miata is not as easy to work on as the Rx7, and the Rx7 has much better service info.
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Originally Posted by j9fd3s View Post
i don't know, ive been DDing a miata for a year and a half or so, and i started with a nice car, and just in the normal servicing i have had half the car apart. miata is not as easy to work on as the Rx7, and the Rx7 has much better service info.
If you started with a nice car why are you taking it apart?
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Old 06-23-18, 11:59 AM
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If you started with a nice car why are you taking it apart?
the 60k service, plus timing belt. thats the thing, i haven't done anything that isn't normal maintenance, and i've still had half the car apart.
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Sorry to resurrect a year-old post, but I'm trying to figure out which coilovers and what spring rates to go with on my 99 FD, and came across this post.

Many have chimed in on the Ohlins, which sound broadly positive, with some (like ZDan ) suggesting their 11/11 spring rates are not stiff enough for their tastes.
(I'm currently in a nissan 180sx with 8/6k cuscos, but of course the suspension design is completely different... my wife complains that she can't read emails in the car, but I love how it handles in the twisties! And that handling is what I'm going for , not legibility of cell phone text.)

Does anyone (else) have experience with Aragostas or DG-5s? i.e. the upper end of the Japanese brands?
What about with higher spring rates, e.g. 14-18k front and 12-16k rear?

DG5 come with 16/14 rates from the factory, whereas the Aragosta Type-S come with a relatively wimpy-sounding 10/8. (Though the Aragosta Type-SS have a fully custom rate when you order, between 12-20k. But these also have external reservoirs and are much too serious [read: expensive] for a mostly daily driven car.)

For aesthetic reasons, I like the cars really low (my 180sx is about 24" from asphalt to fender, and I hope to do the same with the FD), but this time I'm looking at Aragosta's air cup system to help out. (You can judge, but don't hate... I am just of that generation!! ;-)

Thanks in advance!!
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Ok, so I was trolling the forum found this thread spec'ing out springs for Ohlins. I am setting my FD up with Ohlins now and was hoping to learn the experience here in setting them up.

Based on what I have read, 8/6 looks to be a good balance for street/track. However, I did not see specs on spring lengths. Ohlins come with 11/11kg's at 200mm (8in) and 180 (7in) f/r lengths. In taking measurements and doing the math (at least for fronts at this point) to adjust in adequate pre-load center damper stroke, looks like I need to go with at min 9 inch in front and guessing min 8 inch in rear? Was hoping to find out what spring lengths have worked for others?

Also, with the stock Ohlins bump stops, in stroking the wheel without a spring looks like tire will hit top of wheel well before being fully stopped by bumpstop. Is this correct and have others added spacers to position the bumpstops down a bit to prevent interference? Thanks!
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