2001/2003 neon race car builds

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Post by Turbo2300 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:26 pm

Well we had practice Saturday and Sunday. Saturday did not go very well..

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Wasted the r/t motor in about 3 miles. Stupid me never opened up the oil drain back holes and ran it dry, didn't pay attention to the oil pressure gauge- it was handling SO good and made power where last years car didn't. But- Ryan had a regular sohc so it's on loan to me, and I got to throw in some good laps on Sunday

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Even came into turn 3 a little hotter than I wanted to

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Ryan got this bad ass pic the other night during a 1am dyno session

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Post by Turbo2300 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:05 pm

2 engines in 6 days..

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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:33 pm

Harrys u pull it race engines to the rescue. 3rd times a charm right?

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Put my mag head on it, started it and 30 seconds later the timing belt tensioner failed (few weeks old) at 8pm on Friday night before the races.


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But by Saturday night


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Post by r/tguy02 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:50 am

just wanted to say congrats again on the win
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Post by Turbo2300 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:02 am

Thanks, It was awesome. I think I got myself in trouble tho, it's quite fast lol

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Post by Turbo2300 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:12 pm

Oh damn

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Time to make improvements this weekend. couldn't get the car to turn for shit- then I found out I was .001 off last years lap record- plenty of speed left in this thing

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Ohhhh that's why it was super tight into the corners

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Post by R/T William » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:01 am

damn man this log is awesome cant wait for more post. need to post some videos of your races.

P.S. good luck this season :thumbup:
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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:54 am

I have a gopro this year, I just have to upload the videos and post them lol thanks!

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Post by R/T William » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:00 am

cant wait to watch some great racing :rockon:
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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon May 19, 2014 9:40 am

After 2 weeks of rain, we got another race in. And it lasted about 1 turn. Got a little sideways, and corrected. Wheels turned to the right, it hooked and shot me towards the wall. Get up in the loose shit and it's like ice, so there was no stopping.

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Now it's mostly repaired, the whole right side suspension except right rear strut was bent. Off to get the ass end fixed, however it is gonna happen I don't care. The trunk floor is all bent up, the strut tower is moved only slightly, but that's ok.

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And my nice tire marks on the wall

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Post by redneckmoparman » Mon May 19, 2014 7:37 pm

glad to see it getting back to track ready! bumps come along but youll still come out on top! and hey you gotta give those hondas a little bit of hope lol
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Post by Turbo2300 » Wed May 21, 2014 11:33 pm

Yeah, I figured at some point it wouldn't be pretty anymore. It's pretty much fixed, I hope the rack is ok tho.

Best part is, after I wrecked, my old neon went to win. That makes 1 honda win, and 3 neon wins this year!!

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Post by a23dranger » Tue May 27, 2014 8:45 pm

And onto this week. Motor #3!!! Yippie. He's getting good at changing the motors now.
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Post by Turbo2300 » Wed May 28, 2014 7:12 pm

Getting real tired of this crap...


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Post by Turbo2300 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:02 am

Well, two in a row again. That's 4 wins in 7 races this year! It's either winning or knocking out engines at this point hahah. Changed the trans out to a 3.55 when we put the last motor in- hasn't touched rev limiter since, and so far no engine issues.

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I guess I may have had a little bit of a lead..

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Gotta keep her cool between rounds on warm days

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Post by r/tguy02 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:54 am

glad the new trans is helping to keep the engine together. congrats on the wins :D
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Post by Turbo2300 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:38 am

Make that 3 in a row


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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:58 am

Little update. Got to work on this gem the 4th of July. Yep, last years car. Long story short engine let go, put in a used one, piston was shot so I threw a used piston in it and the head back on it

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Another hot one here, and another rad failure (#3)

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Well, we solved that. Asphalt modified radiator fits perfect, 3.5" thick. Now, instead of 220-230 temps, I can run 160-165* wide open.

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And this past Saturday. Going for the lead on the outside, got about a fender ahead, and I found the limits of the right front hub now. Luckily the rotor held the wheel on till I got it in the grass to slow down. No brakes and the axle not being connected means you don't slow down fast haha

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Post by redneckmoparman » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:13 pm

idk off the top of my head if the 2gn hubs are thinner than the 1gn acr units or if the pt ones are thicker it might be worth looking into if it happens again
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Post by a23dranger » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:33 pm

2gn are 10mm thick like the Acr 1gn units.
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Post by INVUJerry » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:42 pm

Can you run Daytona hubs?

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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:28 pm

I'll run anything if it fits and doesn't break. What a bad, bad feeling

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Post by INVUJerry » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:44 am

Daytona spindles I meant. They should bolt on, and have a bolt in hub vs pressed in. Options for 10 or 11" brakes bur you'll probably stay with 10 for your wheels.

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Post by Turbo2300 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:16 pm

Whew, forgot to update everyone on this long project. I left off with my Hub failure, I suppose I'll start there.

Few more of these, total of 7 on the year

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Some pretty days for racing. Parked next to the lady's dads ride

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Even got some more boo boos. The right front tire is straight ahead, by the way

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Which leads me to the ending.. 2014 was a rough year, 4 engines and one trans later we got it done. Had a great time and made a lot more new friends, even helped two ford buddies to victories this year too. But on to the good stuff.

So I'm the 2013, and now the new 2014 fwd class champion!

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Post by occasional demons » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:34 pm

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Daytona spindles I meant. They should bolt on, and have a bolt in hub vs pressed in. Options for 10 or 11" brakes bur you'll probably stay with 10 for your wheels.
Daytona/Shadow knuckles will work, but you will need to shim the strut clevis. They are a perfect fit for 1gn knuckles.
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Post by Turbo2300 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:17 pm

Well, end of the road for my fwd racing career, at least as of now 😢


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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:47 am

What? All those trophies and it ends? :sad2:
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Post by Turbo2300 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:33 am

Yeah, but it was time to move on. I could have stayed another year, but with even more inexperienced drivers coming with more junk next season I figured I would have to deal with more stuff getting wrecked and more guys crying. These cars can't take the bumping and beating some of those guys do

I did however get offered a ride in a street stock, which is mainly comprised of camaros. I also bought this awesome '02 ACR for $900 recently, so I'm not leaving neons, just on track👍

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