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  1. Kitcat


    Very ingenious! As a self-appointed member of the trailer safety patrol, I am not a fan of the open hook tie down you are using. The problem is, if the strap stretches or the buckle loosens, there is a danger that the hook will come off. So, a closed end tie down is preferred. It may set you back $40-$60, but? Otherwise, be sure to double check tightness occasionally, esp after the first 50 miles or so as that's when things most often loosen up.
  2. Civic? Why not stay with Lotus and buy a Evora GT? It costs 5% as much as the EVIJA, so it is a relative bargain!
  3. What a beautiful Caterham! It looks brand new. My take on the BAT auctions of Caterhams is that really pristine cars do well, regardless of spec. Since yours is pretty high spec, that should put you that much closer to your EVIJA. GLWA, as they say on BAT:).
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    What keeps it from rolling around on the trailer? I have 4 D-rings fastened to the frame and spaced about 12"-18" from the front and the back of the car and I use a crisscross tie down pattern to locate the car. So I use quite a bit more space to secure my car in my 16' trailer.
  5. This is Michael D's old Cat, right? Nice to see it getting so much (continued) love!
  6. I have the Caterham 6 sp, but must say I found the 5 sp easier to use. My problem with all 6 speed sticks is that 3rd and 4th are sandwiched between 1st and 2nd and 5th and 6th. So I find it very easy to upshift from 2nd to 5th (there goes that lap record:)) and, even worse, to downshift from 6th into 3rd (there goes that engine). I can hear Croc saying the 6 sp is not for unskilled amateurs like me. But I have been driving sticks since 1962, and there has been almost no time since then that I haven't had at least one stick car in the garage. Its not Caterham, I had a
  7. I loaded up my rollover bar in both cars with foam padding. The ‘19 is very nice, it seems luxurious in comparison but the driving experience is very similar. Great audio, gets 30-40 mpg on the interstate. And is about as fast to 60 as my Honda Type R was. And the Miata is as fast on the track as the Honda was(and I had it on R71Rs also).
  8. No informed opinion. But I run 15x 45-225 on the back and 13x60-185 on the front and it works well, but that’s how it was set up for track, with needed mods, by Beachman Racing.
  9. I had a ‘94 Miata which I stripped out and made into a track rat. With every conceivable mod, short of turbo/supercharger and on fat Hoosier slicks it was 3seconds a lap slower than my less modified’19 on wide Bridgestone R71R’s. The Bridgestonees were worth 7” a lap over stock tires at Mid Ohio(my times there in my ‘19 are 2-3” a lap slower than my Cat). Ditto at Putnam Park.
  10. Try option 1 first and save some $ if it works. I have run mixed brands front and back with no adverse effects, as long as grip is equal. You will know instantly if it's not. And I suspect the ZZRs will have better grip than the Toyos, so you will have understeer, which is easier to cope with than oversteer. Consider having the seller (Tire-Rack?) heat cycle the Toyos. If you are feeling adventurous, have them shaved as well. Grip is vastly increased, tho they wont work in the rain. I have an old set of well-worn Kumos for the back of my Cat that are still the equal
  11. There is quite a bit of info on this subject on the Ford Focus forums, esp, FocusFanatics. The Duratec is the Focus engine, so relevant to you. Ditto the Miata forums under Power Mods. TurboTom, known here as 1 Turbofocus, is a big contributor there. He says the pump e85 is of poor quality and that he's tested it many times. So stick with the e85 in 55 gallon drums as its consistently better. And he questions whether the modest gain is worth the hassles. The Miata forums paint a much rosier picture of the benefits. Miatas run a version of the Duratec (or visa versa, I t
  12. The turbo'd Zetec on BAT makes 261 hp and 223 torque. So not close to these very impressive numbers (esp on 93 octane!). What transmission are you using and is it stout enough for all of this power? How often does this engine need to be refreshed by the builder?
  13. Be careful Shane: those of us with Caterhams are very sensitive about references to "the dark side" (thx to a certain notorious prince). And, has this move been blessed by Suave? You my have to rethink it. The Exocet build is inspired. And your daughter will be amazing the all-knowing boys her age with her superior mechanical vocabulary and knowledge. I'd like to be a fly on the wall for some of those conversations:).
  14. Hey Shane: what is all the activity with the Miata about? Huge repairs? Measuring it for the LS3 fitting:)?
  15. Someone is very lucky to have that amazing se7en!
  16. Per a Facebook post, Caterham was sold on 3/31/21 to a Japanese firm, VT Holdings, the Caterham importer in Japan. No idea if this in an April 1 moment (like the “Voltswagon” name change for VW), or is real.
  17. My Zetec SVT went very lean in high RPM's and eventually burned a valve or 2. Solution ended up being bigger fuel pumps and a conversion from a returnless fuel system to a return system. Counting the engine rebuild, the new pumps, separate off/on switch for the main fuel pump,adding an AFR gauge to the dash, multiple visits to the dyno, not to mention my trusty mechanic, it was a 5 figure fix.
  18. Just to reiterate: They are not kidding about current belts and helmets and arm restraints. And as Croc noted, removing the seatbelt tags disqualifies you. Of the 5 or 6 of of these wonderful events that I have done, inevitably someone always misses one or more of these finer points and is scrambling to remedy the problem (while others are out on the track). And putting in new belts is a 2 hour process, at least.
  19. TexasDreamer: Beautiful Caterham. I switched to CF Tillet seats and it opened up a lot of room. The fiberglass seats accomplish the same thing for less $. The problem is they spoil the aesthetics of the high end interior of your unique Caterham. I never had any luck dropping the battery out thru the bottom in my '97Super Sprint. Worth a try tho.
  20. My LHD 97 Super Sprint's battery was also under the carbs. But it was small enough that it could be wiggled out(barely), without removing the carbs or surrounding hoses, etc. Maybe look into replacing the current battery with something smaller and doesn't take as much effort to replace? My Cat used a smaller, tractor style battery, maybe 1/3 the size of a normal auto battery. I know this doesn't solve your current dilemma tho.
  21. Pretty dazzling! She is so smart. She never puts her car in a position to get taken out by a dumb move by the car she is passing. She is very patient and chooses her passing spots judiciously. Listen to her engine, you dont hear the typical tell tale on/off of the engine revs as she moderates her speed perfectly thru turns. More go, less slow. The two leaders, who had left the field for dead, must have been shocked when she came flying out of nowhere to track them down. And purists can moan and groan all they want, the advantages of paddle shifters vs, the
  22. Great story Croc, great story/T-shirt Ron! I had not seen the transit van video. It was pretty terrifying:"Turn transit van, turn!" Cancer is death's wild card, no age is safe. I was at a party pre-covid and of the 20 folks (my age), half were cancer survivors. No deaths so far, fingers crossed.
  23. All very nice! Some years ago there was a best-shots thread here. No idea what happened to it. I see forum member Mo-Fo's artistry in some of the above shots.
  24. Mine just had the 3 point belt. I did track days that way for years....
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