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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    but I’m not in love with the length in the back...
    Obligatory "That's what she said."

    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    Not using spacers at the track is one of the selling points of studs too. Having to keep up with 40 bolts (20 OE, 20 extended) was really annoying
    Just make sure you replace them every so often if you do a lot of events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Obligatory "That's what she said."
    I suppose I walked right into that one lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Just make sure you replace them every so often if you do a lot of events.
    Recommendation is annual for dedicated track cars, right? So Iíd think a dual use car can probably go 2 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    Oh yea, definitely something I triple checked. I agree 10mm would be max under extreme stress, but fortunately I donít run spacers at all on my track wheels (theyíre ET38 and clear the brakes, my CSLs are ET45 and do not). Iíve been on the lookout for 10mm for a while, actually, and will be selling the 12.5mm + bolts once I find a reasonably priced pair.

    Not using spacers at the track is one of the selling points of studs too. Having to keep up with 40 bolts (20 OE, 20 extended) was really annoying
    Ok, that's good.
    The rule of thumb for track cars is you want the same amount of threads showing as the thickness of the lug nut. For weekend warriors a few threads showing should be good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    Recommendation is annual for dedicated track cars, right? So I’d think a dual use car can probably go 2 years?
    Yep.
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    -->saved in case I decide to backfill thread with missing updates<--
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    Took the ZHP home for Thanksgiving.

    Quick backstory: my mom's 250,000+ mile 2004 RX330 finally received a repair bill my parents' couldn't justify, and it was time to car shop. Over the last 14.5 years she has grown accustomed to the merits of SUV life, so sedans were out of the question. She's also, umm, she's stuck in her ways (e.g., she had a bad experience at the Acura dealer in 2004 when she test drove an MDX so she'll never consider an Acura again ). They tested a bunch of cars--X3, X5, RX350, Merc GLE, Audi Q5, etc., and ended up buying a car they weren't even considering--a car which has been on the butt-end of a lot of car jokes in my family over the years--a friggin' Lexus GX. Why? "Because we're 60 years old and at the end of the day it was the most comfortable car for our 60 year old bones." Unassailable logic, I suppose, plus they got a brand new GX for $2k less than the 2017 X5 with 20k miles they thought they were going to buy.

    This was my first time seeing it. It's big. Like, hilariously big. The ZHP's roof is level with the bottom of her side windows.



    Oh, it's also really nice, and rides really well. Despite the still unforgivable Lexus Spindle Grille (TM) it's a nice vehicle. Super soft seats, you sit a mile in the air, smooth V8. Obviously not what I'd want, but I can see the appeal, and they can afford the appalling fuel economy.

    My uncle drove his NB Miata to Thanksgiving. As some of you may know, I'm very likely going to buy this car. It's a 2002 6MT with under 70k miles, probably never been revved over 5k RPM, and doesn't go out in the rain. I need to run the VIN, but it has a Nardi steering wheel which I'm told means it has an LSD.

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    I still haven't decided on an alarm for the house yet, so I decided to come back home Thursday night. I have all the blinds/plantation shutters down because I'm painting so it's really obvious when nobody's home at night. Plus the I-85 traffic at 10-12pm on Thanksgiving night was non-existent. The trunk was weighed down with crap from my parents' house and a "quick" trip to Ikea, so my headlights got maximum range...sorry to anybody I blinded.

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    The pop-out quarter windows on the coupe are really pretty awesome for dogs. It lets them smell the outside world without having to stand on the armrests/door card, and falling out is impossible. On the flip side, getting in the back of a coupe to clean all the nose prints is a bigger pain in the ass than in a sedan.

    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    Happy Thanksgiving, Spenser!

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    OOOh joining the Miata lyfe. Still the most smiles per mph I've had in any car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    The pop-out quarter windows on the coupe are really pretty awesome for dogs. It lets them smell the outside world without having to stand on the armrests/door card, and falling out is impossible. On the flip side, getting in the back of a coupe to clean all the nose prints is a bigger pain in the ass than in a sedan.

    love this.
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    That SUV is massive and your coupe looks tiny parked next to it.
    I love picture of you friend in the rear seat. He looks comfortable in the coupe.

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