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Old 07-01-2000, 05:03 PM   #1
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Post Advise needed - How do you keep from speeding?

I've gotten stoped 3 times in the last week for 20+ over the limit. The thought of selling my car actually crossed my mind. Fortunately I only got a ticket one of those times (the out of state one so naturally it was damn expensive ).

What I want to know is how all you keep from speeding. I've never driven slow, this just happens to be the first that I've driven a car that is: 1 - Shiny, 2 - Sticks out like sore thumb, and 3 - Smooth enough so you don't have a clue how fast you're actually going.

Anyone have any tips out there for me?
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:22 PM   #2
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lol... now that depends on how and where you were speeding. If you got caught on Radar, then get a Valentine 1. Keeps you honest in residential area's. If you were nabbed on the freeway, then all I can say is keep scanning, left mirrow (car pool) look ahead, rear view, look ahead, right mirror. Look ahead. Keep on cycling. Oh and always check your passenger side at every on ramp. Oh and give way to others, that way you don't stick out as a selfish driver.

I had a 98 vette convertible for almost two years with only one ticket. And that was bad luck, doing *** in a rare section of empty freeway and the cop pulled on behind me. I saw a headlight way back and hit the brakes, so he only gave me 80. I was not speeding when he caught up to me! But then he never turned up in court so.....
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:30 PM   #3
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Here's what you do:

Get a really close ratio gear box that limits your top speed to around 70 mph. You would never be able to go faster than that, and you'd accelerate damn fast.
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:42 PM   #4
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CRUISE CONTROL!!!


that's what I use. keeps me inline.
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:45 PM   #5
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Put a brick under the gas pedal.
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Old 07-01-2000, 05:55 PM   #6
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Use your Brain, not your right foot

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Old 07-01-2000, 05:58 PM   #7
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Try this link.
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Old 07-01-2000, 06:09 PM   #8
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Ditch the wing, the foglights, the vents and the mailbox slot
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Old 07-01-2000, 06:16 PM   #9
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LOL I've been thinking about it, rao.

Thanks for all the tips everyone... keep 'em coming. BTW, I even thought about the brick under the pedal idea (of course this was my solution to someone with an intake without an AFC in a MY99 at the time).

Richard - You've got a 22B and you don't know how it is to get lost in enjoying a nice ride?
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Old 07-01-2000, 07:01 PM   #10
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Get a good radar detector and drive smart. Keep looking around. Not that i can really talk i get to drive the Montanbaun everyday, but i just try to be smart.

And gas is expensive, and fuel consumtion really goes up quick when you are traveling at triple digit speeds alot, so slow down and reduce your gas bill. Or get a second job so you can't drive ever..

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Old 07-01-2000, 07:25 PM   #11
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Maybe a car like KIT from Knight Rider will help.

On another musical note, how can you not know how fast ur going? Not like the RS is a 500hp car. Maybe ur foot is too heavy.
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Old 07-01-2000, 07:30 PM   #12
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Just use the cruise control...

Oh yeah, drive alot, the more accident scenes you see on the road, the more you realize that speeding isn't worth it.
(I've seen and helped alot of people who've been @#$% up in stupid accidents because of speeding) (the sight of blood and broken bodies tends to humble one quite quickly...

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Old 07-01-2000, 07:31 PM   #13
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Roll your windows down and look at more girls!!
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Old 07-01-2000, 07:34 PM   #14
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I find I drive slower with my windows down and/or suroof open. I think it's because of the noise.
I can only reiterate what others have said:
Get a V1 and use your cruise.
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Old 07-01-2000, 07:42 PM   #15
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Go join an autoX event to let lose your driving angst. Bet you will end up a calm driver after that.
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Old 07-01-2000, 08:32 PM   #16
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Well the fact that I used to be a cop helps me. Just looking back at all the wrecks i've seen helps me.

I still work for the sheriffs dept. But i'm in the jail know. Stress is a bitch.
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Old 07-02-2000, 01:03 AM   #17
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Gambit - I'm out there every chance I get autoX'ing, trust me. I'm just too comfortable at high speeds. *shrug*

I did find a trick tonite though... Just put the car in a lower gear and you'll automatically stay slower. I'm one of those types of people that I'll put my car into 5th when I'm going 30mph... it must be the low-end torque doing it to me.
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Old 07-02-2000, 10:33 PM   #18
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you know what helped me a lot. 50 series tires on stock rims. This way i feel like I am doing 70mph and I am only doing like 65 or something. If I get another ticket i loose my licence (3 speeding tickets and ur out) so I keep it really slow now. give it a try
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Old 07-02-2000, 11:14 PM   #19
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Old 07-02-2000, 11:27 PM   #20
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Its not my idea of fun but I used to control myself out of motivation. I used to just get followed alot by the police. I95, 695, Rt100, and 83 in Maryland were all good places for helping me control myself. Rally blue wasn't exactly a inconspicuous color to have on a sports car. Maybe you need to install cruise control? That or have my wife ride int eh car with you and bitch and complain everytime you accidentally reach the triple digit mark on the speedo. When the cop asks you if you know how fast you were going just stare at him and say, "Hell no! Do you really think I would take my eyes off the road at that speed just to see how fast I was going? That would of been dangerous." Maybe you'll get lucky and the cop will be in a good mood. Yah right! Get a good radar/laser detector, the license plate cover that blurs the picture of the license plate when taken from one of those pole mounted cameras, a paranoid personality and a good lawyer.
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Old 07-02-2000, 11:28 PM   #21
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Have a girlfriend that yells at you if you go too fast for her taste. ie. 20km/h over.
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Old 07-03-2000, 05:49 AM   #22
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Gambit hit it right on the head... Auto-X!!! Also those saying use the cruise... I simply quote Budweisor... TRUE...

Add on the following and you should be fine...
Then don't listen to things like Rage Against the Machine, Tool, NIN, etc... get the point???

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Old 07-03-2000, 06:49 AM   #23
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BTW, the cruise might work, but around here where I get pulled over most, it just isn't practical to turn the cruise on for a 5-minute trip down a 45mph road.

As for autocrossing... well it doesn't help. It's not a pent up anxiety of frustration or anger or anything I'm getting out, it is the plain pure fact that I love speed and I feel very comfortable at high ones.

The best I've found so far is to actually drive in a lower gear and fool myself into thinking I'm going faster then I am (an old motorcycle trick I picked up somewhere).

I'm due for a radar detector so I should get one soon. As for a Valentine... guess I'll have to look into them.
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Old 07-03-2000, 10:49 AM   #24
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Here are some tips for keeping you from speeding all the time.

For one thing, you need to make it so the car feels like its going fast instead of that disconnected feeling.

Replace your current RS suspension with 400/300lb tarmac springs. This significantly improves road feel.

Replace the stock bushings in the car (engine and tranny as well) with Group N extra stiff bushings.

Strip out the interior! Hollow that sucker out! Who needs carpet and panels, all that stuff quiets the car down!

Replace those wimpy 16" wheels and tires with a 17" package with 40 series tires. Make sure you run at least 40psi in all the tires.

When you are done, I guarantee that you won't feel inclined to speed. Hell, you may not feel inclined to drive it anywhere but on a race track!

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Old 07-03-2000, 11:11 AM   #25
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great answer richard.

We were all using our brain so much during your UK trip weren't we LOL
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