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Old 10-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #3501
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Big fan of your car; and the timeline you included on this page!
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #3502
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To this day i do not understand how your central differential is surviving so long. Lol.
That wouldn't be problem if I switched to an MS3...

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Big fan of your car; and the timeline you included on this page!
Thanks! I didn't know if anyone even noticed, lol.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #3503
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Hi,

I like your thread as well and used it as reference many times. The timeline pics are pretty nice as well.

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you meant by this last statement, Does this mean you did have central diff issues or not?

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That wouldn't be problem if I switched to an MS3...


Thanks! I didn't know if anyone even noticed, lol.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #3504
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This is one of my favorite threads, no morons and the OP is well respected.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:25 PM   #3505
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Hi,

I like your thread as well and used it as reference many times. The timeline pics are pretty nice as well.

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you meant by this last statement, Does this mean you did have central diff issues or not?
No, I haven't had any issues yet.

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This is one of my favorite threads, no morons and the OP is well respected.
I'm sure there's a few moron's around here. I won't name any names...
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:48 PM   #3506
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I'm sure there's a few moron's around here. I won't name any names...
Look man. If you are going to talk trash about me just come out and say it!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #3507
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Oh, I would never do that...
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:30 AM   #3508
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Love your car. I was thinking of trading in for an Evo X but saw your build and decided not to ,figured why waste the money and start payments all over again. I do have some questions though I am thinking of finally selling my Spearco TMIC and replacing it with RacerX FMIC and getting injectors and fuel pump and get a E85/93 tune. How safe do you think the stock block and trans are at these power levels with the stock vf52? I dont launch my car just spirited driving now and then. Also I tried searching but couldnt find it , how long did your motor and trans last you with all that power with the bigger turbo? Lastly do you have any problems with e85 in the winter with having a hard time starting the car? thanks and sorry for all the questions lol
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:06 PM   #3509
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #3510
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Winter tires and stock exhaust eh?
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #3511
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I've got to buy some winter tires, what are you running Mr. Johnson
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #3512
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I've got to buy some winter tires, what are you running Mr. Johnson
General Altimax Arctic. Same as on my steelies (but these are 17's to fit the stock wheels).
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:54 AM   #3513
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Ben are those stock size winter tires or are they a bit skinner than the stock size? On the fence on whether or not to get steelies with winters, or reshoe the stickers with winters and buy a new set of rims and tires for summer. Do the larger snow tires feel any better than the 16" steelies combo?
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:40 AM   #3514
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Ben are those stock size winter tires or are they a bit skinner than the stock size? On the fence on whether or not to get steelies with winters, or reshoe the stickers with winters and buy a new set of rims and tires for summer. Do the larger snow tires feel any better than the 16" steelies combo?


They are 225/45R17's, so they're a hair skinnier than stock, but not as thin as what I had on the steelies. The 16's on steelies had really soft sidewalls so the ride quality was much softer and more comfortable, but handling (especially at higher speeds) was very poor. I did not take them over normal freeway speeds very often.

So far I can tell these are a bit firmer (the sidewall is much shorter) than than the 16's, but they are a bit more pliable than the Star Specs. I haven't really tried driving hard or fast on them yet, so I'm not sure if there is any improvement in that regard. I'll have to wait for snow to see how well they actually do in those conditions.

In your situation I think it comes down to whether or not you really want another summer set. If you do, then I think the stock wheels look really great as a winter set. I actually like how they look better than my summer wheels (other than the offset). Keeping the stock wheels for summer and buying steelies for the winter is obviously going to be the cheapest option.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #3515
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I agree about the looks of the stockers, they are fantastic other than where they sit in the wheel wells. I might go with a light weight inexpensive solution like you did with the Mach V awesomes for summer and shoe the stockers with a good winter setup. Thanks for the info man!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:57 AM   #3516
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I have a set of Bliazzaks from my old Civic Si and stretched those on to my stock wheels. They are 215/45/17. It's pretty sketchy. Those snow tires are unstoppable though.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:50 AM   #3517
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I'm using Blizzaks on my stock wheels as well, then summer wheels/tires eventually come spring. I just can't do the steel wheels thing again.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:03 PM   #3518
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I agree about the looks of the stockers, they are fantastic other than where they sit in the wheel wells. I might go with a light weight inexpensive solution like you did with the Mach V awesomes for summer and shoe the stockers with a good winter setup. Thanks for the info man!
Yeah, I like this combo a lot. The steelies weren't bad though.

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I have a set of Bliazzaks from my old Civic Si and stretched those on to my stock wheels. They are 215/45/17. It's pretty sketchy. Those snow tires are unstoppable though.
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I'm using Blizzaks on my stock wheels as well, then summer wheels/tires eventually come spring. I just can't do the steel wheels thing again.
My wife's Civic has Blizzak's on steelies. My brother is using General's on steelies on his MS3. Blizzak's and General's both seem to do fine. I don't really mind the steelies for looks, but all of our cars are black so they blend in a little more. The stock wheels obviously look better though.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:42 AM   #3519
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:51 AM   #3520
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Wow that exhaust looks awesome. Who makes and sound clips please
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #3521
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New or used Ark?
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:03 AM   #3522
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It is the ARK GRiP. Used, but excellent condition.

The ARK uses an interesting design that has tuned Helmholtz resonators to eliminate drone.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:45 AM   #3523
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I would imagine that most of the airflow will go out of the passenger side, it is a straight shot from the midpipe. Whereas it would have to make a sharp turn to go out of the drivers side? when its cold does it look like one side is flowing more than the other?
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:07 AM   #3524
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I would imagine that most of the airflow will go out of the passenger side, it is a straight shot from the midpipe. Whereas it would have to make a sharp turn to go out of the drivers side? when its cold does it look like one side is flowing more than the other?
Yes, this has been seen by others. It is especially obvious at idle. The T junction heavily favors the passenger side. It is straight shot, almost like a single exit. The other side is kind of just there. It does get some flow but not as much. I drove around a little and both sides do get hot but the passenger side was hotter.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:18 AM   #3525
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How does it sound? and that was fast haha
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