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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 08:27 PM
    Here is the scenario. You work overseas and have a Porsche 996 Turbo. You see a classified ad go up from Vivid Racing for a 4.0 liter stroker short block advertised with a new crank, new pistons, new rings, new Darton sleeves, new gaskets, etc. Sounds good right? Especially considering the advertised $10k price is less than doing this all yourself and assembling all the parts and having the block sleeved. So what is the problem? The customer did not get what was advertised: Basically, what was advertised as new and in great condition simply was not true. Not to mention the scuffed and rusted liners with marks in the flange which he asks Vivid to replace. Vivid says Darton is responsible and Darton says they sold this to Vivid over 2 years ago and who knows what happened since then. Darton is right in this instance, they can not be expected to replace parts Vivid messed with or did not store properly. The solution here is very simple. Vivid should replace the parts, right? Well, they didn't. Rather than replacing the damaged sleeves Vivid is willing to sell more at cost since Darton won't be suckered into paying for Vivid's mistakes and should not be expected to. Vivid knew they were selling something that was not brand new and perfect as advertised and they just wanted to pass this onto a sucker who would have to shell out more out of pocket to get it working. That line about exceeding customer expectations and satisfactions is just a load of horse shit or a sick joke. This is honestly nothing new with Vivid. They will exaggerate or misrepresent things to make sales. We have seen it before such as when they claimed 407 wheel horsepower from a BMW S65 V8 with their tune on a Mustang dyno which is impossible unless one messes with the correction factor which they clearly did to exaggerate the capability of the tune they were selling. Vivid is all about making money and they do not seem to care how they get it. They basically just ship a lot of parts to a lot of people. It's why they acquired the HPF (Horsepower Freaks) name to simply utilize another brand to ship more and more parts from their warehouse. The bottom line is they don't give a crap about their customers and won't do the right thing if it means money out of their pockets. Think this is an isolated incident? Read this 60 page thread on Vivid's business practices which goes from praise to horro stories in a hurry: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337726 Why do people keep going to them? Caveat Emptor.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 02:59 AM
    Whoa there McLaren! Not so fast. This talk coming from McLaren boss Ron Dennis sounds pretty good. He said, "I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren. We'll get to that goal before other people." Will they though? McLaren has not won a race since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012. Mercedes-AMG won the Formula 1 championship in 2014 and 2015. Is this year really shaping up any differently? The only thing that stopped Mercedes-AMG from winning the last race was their own drivers crashing into each other. The upcoming Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday is only the sixth race of the calendar so it is more than mathematically possible for someone to catch and pass Mercedes-AMG in the standings: It just does not look like it will be McLaren that does it. Only Ferrari and Red Bull seem to be putting up any kind of fight and Mercedes is still dominating. Realistically, McLaren doesn't have a shot until next year and Ron Dennis knows it. Plus, Honda really needs to improve their motor. Good luck with that. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    We all know the Bugatti Veyron is fast. It basically is nothing more than a straightline missile with its 8 liter W16 quad-turbo engine making 1000 horsepower and up to 1200 depending on the model variant. It doesn't matter if this Veyron has 1000 or 1200 as it gets embarrassed. The Agera S has similar power 1030 horses from a 5.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 but it is just so much lighter than the Veyron. No all wheel drive and and what they call a 'dual clutch' with 1 input shaft are not a detriment for the Agera which is roughly 1400 pounds lighter. This is just old fashioned power to weight doing the work. Keep in mind as this is a Swedish video and the Agera is a Swedish supercar the person recording likes to promote Koenigsegg with a Swedish bias. To put it frankly, watching these Swedish videos of a Koeniggsegg always winning is getting kind of boring. Maybe it's time to run some real competition? Regardless, the Veyron is simply overmatched by the Koenigsegg here which we already knew (and have seen).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 01:29 AM
    With the 5.5 liter M157 V8 on the market for a while now (and being slowly phased out) a lot of cars will be coming out of their warranty period and owners will be seeking more power. Fortunately, Weistec has them covered with upgraded forged pistons and rods. These pistons and rods are a direct replacement for the factory pieces meaning the bore and stroke stay the same. Additionally, the factory crankshaft can still be utilized. Take a look at the AMG factory M157 piston and rod vs. the Weistec design: The factory rod isn't a toothpick but the Weistec pieces are much beefier and able to support much more power and torque. Additionally, the Weistec wrist pin design is stronger than the OEM pin. You also have ceramic coated tops for the pistons which helps with heat resistance/dissipation and the skirts reduce friction thanks to a teflon coating. Yes, these do not come cheap at $7999.99 but you certainly get what you pay for. KEY FEATURES: Maintains Factory Compression Ratio Ceramic Coated Piston Tops Teflon Coated Pistons Skirts Billet Connecting Rods Improved Wrist Pin Design Performance Ring Set Included High Strength/Quality Design and Construction Increased Power Capacity and Heat Dissipation Product Page: http://weistec.com/weistec-forged-rods-and-pistons-m157.html
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    05-27-2016, 10:33 AM
    Welcome Ingalls89, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-28-2016, 09:16 PM
    Finally! The 2017 AMG GT R will debut next month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which goes from June 23 to June 26. Michelin accidentally leaked these details in a release that has since been taken down so we can not repost it. It likely means AMG got upset Michelin accidentally leaked the details. It also likely means Mercedes-AMG plans their own reveal prior to the event online and then the actual car will show up to the Festival of Speed. Either way, we will finally have the official details next month. So what is the exciting news that Michelin leaked? For one, when and where the AMG GT R will be shown in person and also that Mercedes-AMG bumped the output of the M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 to 570 horsepower from 503. Power in the 550+ range was expected and the GT R is expected to come with some weight loss as well. We can't wait to see the official details on what will be the highest performance Mercedes-AMG on the market.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-28-2016, 10:28 PM
    On paper this is a huge mismatch. The 997 GT2 RS model makes 612 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque from its twin turbocharged 3.6 liter flat-6 motor. Not to mention it weighs 150 pounds less than a standard GT2 coming in at 3085 pounds. The 991 generation 911 models do not have a GT2 variant. They do have the GT3 RS though which has 500 horsepower from its naturally aspirated and direct injected 4.0 liter flat-6 along with 338 lb-ft of torque. It's 22 pounds lighter than a 991 GT3 coming in at roughly 3150 pounds. The GT2 RS has a ton more power and torque and it weighs less. The only wildcard here is that the GT2 RS has a manual transmission and the GT3 RS has a PDK dual clutch transmission. They run a few times and the GT3 RS seems to get the jump each time. The GT2 RS owner looks like he can use some help shifting. The GT3 RS gets a nice lead only for the GT2 RS to come back and pull like crazy up top. With an even start this isn't even a race. The PDK certainly helps things down low. Regardless, the GT3 RS is not made for straight line racing. It's still fun to see the difference between the two.
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  • lfelunden's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 06:24 PM
    Both cars are stock! Pretty impressive for the M2 even at high speeds. I think a simple drop-in filter would do wonders :awesome:
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  • Aaron's Avatar
    Today, 04:50 AM
    I'll be heading to the track this July in Austin, TX, with my BMW S1000RR. It has a bunch of heated amenities, but still lacks A/C. It's going to flat out be hotter than the devil's rectum (Mad respect for whoever can name the video game reference). I am planning on purchasing a cooling vest to wear under the leathers, and have 2 choices that I want your advice on, from a scientific point of view. The evaporative cooling vests are cheaper, and function by soaking them in water, then putting them on. I'll be traveling between 40-180mph for the most part, so airflow will be good, but the humidity will be high, so the evaporative power will be quite limited. My other option is a freeze puck vest. Freeze it overnight and on breaks, then wear it. This cools me, obviously, by having cold water touching me. The puck vest is slightly more expensive, and may not last as long when exposed to the extreme heat. I'll have 40min of time in between sessions to freeze the vest, but only a mini-fridge to do so with, so it may not even get frozen between runs, which would render it close to useless. Ideas? Thanks!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 03:39 AM
    These two are siblings in a sense as they are both part of the Volkswagen Auto Group but they are aimed at different audiences. The Panamera Turbo is slightly smaller and more of an M5 mid-size competitor whereas the S8 is a larger luxury sedan that goes up against the 7-Series and S-Class. While the S8 is larger the weight between the two is actually close with the Audi coming in roughly 40 pounds heavier. Both are all wheel drive but the Panamera feature a dual clutch transmission. The issue for the Panamera Turbo is its V8 design is long in the tooth especially when compared to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8. It's why Porsche developed a new 4.0 twin turbo V8 similar in design to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 motor which will replace the Panamera 4.8 liter mill. The S8 Plus gets a boost to 605 horsepower as well so it has the Panamera Turbo easily outgunned here. The Panamera Turbo hangs in surprisingly well but the S8 Plus takes it. It's definitely time for the Panamera to get a new engine and new chassis.
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