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by ClutchFork
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

Peak performance in the category of on-road handling. One way or another, it's operating at less than the levels it was designed for. Much also depends on whose definition of Peak Performance, else people would not make modifications to their engines and suspension etc. to improve performance as th...
by ClutchFork
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

So you're saying that a broken and undermaintained car doesn't operate at peak performance? What a surprise! No, it's not about peak performance. It may even be capable a a quicker lap time on a certain race course. It's about changing how the handling is balanced. Maybe it was predominantly unders...
by ClutchFork
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

So the quote for new rear springs is $385 parts and labor. I am "fixin" to "spring" for it as soon as I can get my wife to "part" with the van for a day. Also there is a rubbing noise in the front so they can check that out, and while the wheels are all pulled off, may ...
by ClutchFork
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

I know a guy whose neighbor's brother-n-law wrenches for a NASCAR team and he said that's called tuning the chassis. Ya see, you can only get so far by tuning the engine. Then ya gotta tune the chassis. You set the car up so it wan't to turn left and then, as the speed increases it will lap the tra...
by ClutchFork
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

So you're saying that a broken and undermaintained car doesn't operate at peak performance? What a surprise! No, it's not about peak performance. It may even be capable a a quicker lap time on a certain race course. It's about changing how the handling is balanced. Maybe it was predominantly unders...
by ClutchFork
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

But even with the broken spring, it performs way better than a Model T Ford! :lol:
by ClutchFork
Mon May 31, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Can't blow horn...blows my mind!
Replies: 20
Views: 4922

Re: Can't blow horn...blows my mind!

What is an airbag for? Is that so you can breathe in case you drive into the lake and can't get out because of the stupid power windows and the battery shorted out? :? :wink:
by ClutchFork
Mon May 31, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today
Replies: 25
Views: 6354

Re: So I got two new tires for the Mazda 5 today

Back about a month ago I went out on a rainy day in wifes van and as I went down the freeway ramp the car was veering to the side but that is not where I steered. Pulled off only to find the front tires were bald. I got all new tires, Coopers. So a couple weeks ago in the rain it felt like I hydropl...
by ClutchFork
Sat May 29, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55576
Views: 2446788

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Rope-Pusher wrote: Fri May 28, 2021 12:50 pm Image
Wow, I like that engine. What a clever idea to have it so it can be quickly opened up for inspection and repair.
by ClutchFork
Sun May 23, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Chrysler Newport 3 speed manual
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: Chrysler Newport 3 speed manual

Very nice! Would be a fun car to drive.
by ClutchFork
Mon May 10, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Good Buy? Missed Your Chips!
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Good Buy? Missed Your Chips!

CHIP SHORTAGE FORCES AUTOMAKERS TO SACRIFICE CONTENT - Autoline Daily Last month, we reported that Peugeot is installing analog gauges in the 308 instead of digital ones , in order to free up semiconductor chips for its more popular models. But Bloomberg reports it’s not the only automaker sacrific...
by ClutchFork
Wed May 05, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Good Buy? Missed Your Chips!
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Good Buy? Missed Your Chips!

CHIP SHORTAGE DRIVING UP USED CAR PRICES - Autoline Daily Used car prices are at historic highs but hold onto your hat because they’re going even higher. The average price of a used car is now over $22,000, and they’re setting all-time records. You can thank the chip shortage. Inventory is so tight...
by ClutchFork
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Is The Ares Panther’s “Fake Manual” DCT Almost The Perfect Transmission?
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Is The Ares Panther’s “Fake Manual” DCT Almost The Perfect Transmission?

(OK, let's all say it together now "6>1 downshifts at highway speeds") I have to add that to my things-I-would-like-to-try-before-I-die list along with the brick-on-the-gas-pedal trick, which is best done on an automatic. In fact, both are best done on an automatic, but I think the 6-1 sh...
by ClutchFork
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Is The Ares Panther’s “Fake Manual” DCT Almost The Perfect Transmission?
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Is The Ares Panther’s “Fake Manual” DCT Almost The Perfect Transmission?

I've thought about what it would take to fool someone into thinking they were driving an Amish transmission when in reality all the work was being performed by a slushbox of one sort or another. The feel of the clutch and shifting controls can be simulated, but you still have the problem of getting...
by ClutchFork
Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: How Many Speeds?
Replies: 14
Views: 919

Re: How Many Speeds?

I think I have found my retirement car. This is a pretty slick manual tranny setup. Gotta love that dashboard too! No cracked vinyl--all metal! https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AMC-Twin-Stick-black-interior-.jpg In a nutshell, Twin-Stick was Rambler’s tried-and-true Bor...