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Old 01-30-2013, 12:50 PM   #1026
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Ha! I just came in here to post that. Thanks, Davin.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #1027
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I like where this is going.

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:39 PM   #1028
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I liked the shooting brake or whatever the hatchback thing was called, but it seems like a convertible would kind of defeat part of the car by softening the chassis. That's what an MX-5 is for.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:45 PM   #1029
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Looks like a pre-2010 Mazdaspeed 3. I like.

Some say the essence of a "sports" car IS having a convertible variant.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:07 PM   #1030
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I'm interested in a convertible. Not that I could buy one new, but I would like for it to be available to buy used in a couple years. When Chano buys one and sells it a year later or something,
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:14 PM   #1031
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I liked the shooting brake or whatever the hatchback thing was called, but it seems like a convertible would kind of defeat part of the car by softening the chassis. That's what an MX-5 is for.
Considering the mx5 is a main competitior, a convertible make sense.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:26 AM   #1032
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I'm interested in a convertible. Not that I could buy one new, but I would like for it to be available to buy used in a couple years. When Chano buys one and sells it a year later or something,
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:25 AM   #1033
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if the FRS came in a vert i would get one.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #1034
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Default Steering Rack Bushings Group Buy

http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showt...430#post710430

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One of the first things out of the box that we were unhappy with were the steering rack bushings. Here's what we found:
Stock bushings use a bolt with a rolled thread. This means that the shank is only 11mm.
The stock bushing crush tube has a bore of over 13mm.
Between those two items you immediately have a good bit of slop. Sure you could argue that small amount isn't that much, and you'd be right until you consider what that translates to at the tire.
The other big item we found is that the rubber is soft. I mean S.O.F.T. Like bubblegum. Not so good.
The last item we found is the hole on the rack for the stock bushings isn't all that concentric. That would explain the really soft rubber.
I mean here's this car than handles great out of the box, but could be made that much better with some simple forethought on how the car is going to be used. Especially when someone throws on a set of sticky tires. What's going to happen then? I can tell you - slop, inprecision, poor handling. Not good.

So what we did was make something better, and here's how:
Our bushings are aluminum. Nice and solid, and fill more of the hole on the rack.
Our bushings have a bore that fits the bolt with a proper clearance
Our bushings get you a new grade 8 bolt with a consistent thread to shank transition
Our bushings feature a split design for easier install.
Our bushings also use retaining o-rings to make for a really tight fit to account for stock bore inconsistencies so you get a postive snap into place.
In other words you get what should be in there from the factory. Plain, simple, and functional. Just how we like to do things here at TiC.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #1035
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Oo lemme know once you get yours how it is
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #1036
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Review right here!

http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27727

Just deposit $25, Alex. It's all good.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:40 PM   #1037
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Looks good. But I will not be installing as it is not allowed in Stock and STX classes for autocrossing
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #1038
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Looks like I'll be moving up a class then.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #1039
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them FRS's be sexy though.....
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #1040
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Looks good. But I will not be installing as it is not allowed in Stock and STX classes for autocrossing
According to Scooby South the Whiteline ones are okay because the material amount compared to stock bushings are similar enough. Whiteline just made it a harder compound. http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Whit...Mount-Bushings

Otherwise, because these TiC one's are mostly aluminum, they do not qualify. Hmmmm...
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #1041
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According to Scooby South the Whiteline ones are okay because the material amount compared to stock bushings are similar enough. Whiteline just made it a harder compound. http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Whit...Mount-Bushings

Otherwise, because these TiC one's are mostly aluminum, they do not qualify. Hmmmm...
Hmmm. Whitlines may be up my alley. Scooby South definately is a pioneer of research on STX built BRZs.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:19 PM   #1042
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:52 AM   #1043
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #1044
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #1045
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:01 PM   #1046
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^^^ Oh, look, 370Zs !!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #1047
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That's terrible, but fitting for a VW forum.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #1048
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I thought it was pretty sweet, but everyone likes different things I suppose.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:24 PM   #1049
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No, you're right, variety is good. I actually don't mind the red BRZ, but that white one is too much with the wheels. I love the exhaust tips, though!
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #1050
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No, you're right, variety is good. I actually don't mind the red BRZ, but that white one is too much with the wheels. I love the exhaust tips, though!
Oh yes of coarse! They both have quite a bit going on haha. I just recently helped a friend of mine bag his Mercedes and since then I have wanted to do my car. I think it would be different, and a fun little project. Plus, no one that I know of up here has a bagged suby.
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