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Old 07-10-10, 10:39 PM   #1
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Rice burners

Getting an interest in what mods are on these cars nowadays. Any Foosters have anything they'd like to brag about? Let's see some pics and specs!!

Please, no pictures of burnt rice, pots of rice or rice cookers. I've seen enough of that kind.
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umm, I got a 1.25" receiver for our '08 Fit (base) so I could put a Thule Hitching Post on it, does that count?
No? How about the ipod/aux jack I plugged into the factory stereo?
We also have rubber floor mats and keyless entry...

Well, I guess we're pretty boring, then.
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I wish mine burned rice.

Alas, it burns gas like everything else.
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I'm living on the edge...tinted windows. The front ones are illegal. Shh! And the hatch has been modded with lots of white dog hair.

And although it's only two wheels, I added a brake light modulator to my Yammy. It flashes at an exponentially decreasing rate until it's full on after 4 seconds....really gets the attention of the idiot on the cell behind me.
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I'm living on the edge...tinted windows. The front ones are illegal. Shh! And the hatch has been modded with lots of white dog hair.

And although it's only two wheels, I added a brake light modulator to my Yammy. It flashes at an exponentially decreasing rate until it's full on after 4 seconds....really gets the attention of the idiot on the cell behind me.
Actually, those things are REALLY cool. Everyone with a motorcycle should have one. Oh...and as for the post, sorry, I drive a Ford.
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Awww yeaaaa!





Otherwise, everything underneath is stock. Except the front brakes (4-piston calipers). And my radiator (Koyo Racing radiator because my original one cracked). And most of the suspension parts (replaced struts, springs, endlinks, rear stabilizer bar, added rear strut tower bar). And alot of driveline bushings/mounts (firmer mounts and bushings means better/more precise shifter feel). Oh, and I have an aluminum skidplate underneath the engine bay.
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i gave up rice a while ago, but might start having it again, in the form of an awd boxer engine waagon
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i now drive some tea and crumpets and sometimes a rigattoni
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I am going to get a throttle body spacer, cold air intake, and an exhaust system when I have the money to throw at it of course.
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I used to have a 4AGE powered AE86 Corolla hatchback with a nice 2.5" stainless exhaust.

I miss that car - was a lot of fun to drive.
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I used to have (back in the day) a 1980 Trams Am with a Chevy 400 four bolt main mouse motor, a Holley 4 barrel carb, headers, EdelBrok intake, completely rebuilt and painted, a short tail 400 turbo trans, stainless dual exhaust, and a posi rear. But you said new stuff......nope, nuthin' here 'cept this. ;0)

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You and I have so much in common (well, except the burnt rice I asked you not to post - dang, you are such a rebel....) I had the Smokey and the Bandit ltd. 6.6 liter. But my current one smokes that.

I was curious about mods because I've seen so many out there but when I inquired about mods for mine, I was told not to mess with it. I guess they are more sensitive technology wise than muscle cars. This is all new to me.

Psydotek that's a pretty rad car you got there. How do you like the brakes? Mine stop on a dime, almost as good as the Baer's on my T/A. But here's the funny thing. When I got the brakes installed, my friend said "Oh great. You can stop on a dime AND stop the car behind you because HE can't stop on a dime."
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Getting an interest in what mods are on these cars nowadays. Any Foosters have anything they'd like to brag about? Let's see some pics and specs!!

Please, no pictures of burnt rice, pots of rice or rice cookers. I've seen enough of that kind.
You're in So Cal? Who ever told you not to mess with the under-hood stuff was correct - big fines if you're caught driving a fairly new car around town with a modifed engine. Some folks do modify the engine, but have to change it back to stock every time they need to get a smog check (a real pain!!). If you want to improve performance, do like Psydotek did - suspension, tires, etc. You'll get improved stability/handling/cornering, which is the better 'bang-for-your-buck' for city driving anyway.

If you really want to hop-up a car in So Cal you'd have to get a pre-1967(?) model, and fixin up one of those is really going to put a crimp in your pocketbook.
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You and I have so much in common *well, except the burnt rice I asked you not to post - dang, you are such a rebel....) I had the Smokey and the Bandit ltd. 6.6 liter. But my current one smokes that.

I don't know about rebel, but I'm def a pain in the ass! (I have a problem with authority types) I know, my wife tells me every day! ;0) you know there used to be a shop somewhere out in Jersey that used to build those Smokey and the Bandit Trans Ams, wonder if they're still in business?
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I've gone the Euro direction. Mine is completely stock and it will stay that way. Even though I have discussed performance cams, ECU upgrades and even superchargers with my vee-dub enthusiast friend.

I would consider upgrading the wheels, as the stock tire is nearly impossible to get in an all-season variety.

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umm, I got a 1.25" receiver for our '08 Fit (base) so I could put a Thule Hitching Post on it, does that count?
No? How about the ipod/aux jack I plugged into the factory stereo?
We also have rubber floor mats and keyless entry...

Well, I guess we're pretty boring, then.
08 Fit eh? You need one of these: http://cms.kraftwerksusa.com/id/12/F...arger-Systems/
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My rice cooker often overcooks rice But doesn't burn it!

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1976, IIRC. At one point, smog-exemption was a rolling target of 25 or 26 years ago, but that changed a year before my at-the-time 1977 vehicle would have made it. Bleh.
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http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/smogfaq.htm
1975 or older model years don't need to be smogged.

The last two cars I modded (a WRX and a Yaris) just had short shifters and suspension work.
The car before that (DSM) had about 50% more power than stock, engine work, ton spent on suspension.
My present Datsun (MY1983) is going to be getting a LM3 some day - possibly stroked, with a cam, stand alone, and obviously a custom exhaust (probably duals with an H pipe)
My Lotus is getting a mostly stock motor cycle engine instead of rebuilding the mega expensive and underpowered 60s vintage Renault engine.
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Some panda rice:





Sadly, I don't own that car anymore. It was a blast to drive. Had a dual cam n/a EJ25 with a 2.5" open exhaust with no cats. Combined with the fact the car weight 2200lbs from factory, it handled quite well.


Four points for identifying the car, make and model. Year not necessary, though six points if you can.

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Here's my daily - epitome of rice! I started off a Euro snob but when my brand-new car was at the dealer four times the first year (for issues that were thankfully covered under warranty), I went the Honda/Acura route a few years later and haven't turned back since. Easy to wrench on yourself, and just a great no-hassle car. I haven't had any issues with local law enforcement with my mods - key is to try not to attract attention by driving erratically/blipping throttle at stoplights/etc. -


Here are some pics -













And a general mod list: (I can get into specifics i.e. brand/model/etc. if you want, but figured I'd just be general as this is not an Acura forum)

Engine: Cold air intake, ECU reflash (Hondata), headers, full 2.5" exhaust
Suspension: Adjustable coilovers, upgraded sway bars, strut tower brace
Brakes: Porterfield R4S pads, steel-braided lines, Dot-4 fluid
Wheels: 19x8's, 235/35/19 tires
Misc: Short shifter, Ipod integration, body kit, tint, debadging, etc.

Haven't had any issues passing smog, and it's been a good daily with a few track days thrown in for fun. Strapped her to the dyno after the Hondata ECU reflash and it puts down a little over 200 to the wheels, but what I'm more happy with is the smooth curve of the graph.


I miss my former rice rocket, which I traded in for a responsible (also rice) SUV -




In regards to what folks are doing nowadays (speaking from someone who likes to read/look at what's going on but doesn't really have time to venture out to events/shows, etc.), it looks like a hot thing is the "hellaflush" look - where aggressive wheel/tire fitment is used. Often you'll see a wide wheel with crazy offset running a stretched tire on a slammed car - how it works is you end up dialing in a whole lot of negative camber, and rolling/cutting/modifying the fenders as well to avoid rubbing. When done properly, looks great. Can't speak for the performance gains of such a setup, though. But I do respect a tuner's willingness to take a risk with a super-aggressive fitment that's never been done before.

What'd you get, Siu?
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Four points for identifying the car, make and model. Year not necessary, though six points if you can.

I wanna say a late 80's RX coupe? The precursor to the WRX, I believe - a souped up version of the GL series??
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I wanna say a late 80's RX coupe? The precursor to the WRX, I believe - a souped up version of the GL series??
Four points.

Its a 1988 Subaru RX.
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i've gone the euro direction. Mine is completely stock and it will stay that way. Even though i have discussed performance cams, ecu upgrades and even superchargers with my vee-dub enthusiast friend.

i would consider upgrading the wheels, as the stock tire is nearly impossible to get in an all-season variety.
Why wouldn't you upgrade the wheels!?!? Stock tires are good 30k, tops. My current rice, Mazda 3 MT hatch came with Goodyear Eagle RSA's....not a bad tire IF you live in a 1-season state. Horrible if you ever have to drive in 1/4" or more of snow.
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