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I just finished flushing and changing the engine and tranny oil. I used Slick 50 in the engine and the best synthetic oil i could find(Castrol Syntex) I used gear oil and Lucas oil stabalizer for the transmission. So I'm on the road in town and i find my self first at the traffec light when a guy in a little Honda Prelude pulls up. He is with his girl and is revving his engine(four cylinder with the big fat goofy exhaust tip) So, i figure, ok, GAME ON!!! The light turns gree and i pop the clutch...(slower than i usually do) but we are neck and neck then it happens, i hear a back fire and my car slows down...he pulls ahead and i'm pissed...i notice this happening as i hit 2nd at 3500 rpms sometimes...what is it? vacume leak? bad gas? poor spark plug? what? HELP

Tony

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...your car is old enough to not be interested in drag racing at stop lights?:classic:

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When are we going to learn that street racing/dragging is dumb... Innocent lives can be put at stake as well as massive property damage.

Not to mention the danger of ruining a perfectly good zed.. if ya want to prove something, remember "Real men do it on a track"

:finger: To all street racers..

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Ok, ditto and....

Number 1: Your car is WAAAAAY too mature to be dragging a stupid punk in a Prelude. Learn discretion, man.

Number 2: Here's your real problem: "as i hit 2nd at 3500 rpms. " What's this 3500 crap????? Your Z wants to hit 2nd at about 5200! You should be doing 40 when you hit 2nd!

steve77

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What can i say, i'm 40 years old, and i felt a twinge of testosterone when the punk revved his 4 banger:) anyways i dont usually stoop the the drag race at the light thing... Hey i checked each plug and found 2 bad ones and some with carbon buildup. I bought a fresh set of Splitfires and new plug wires...the car runns like a dream now. Thanks to my wife for caughing up the $34.83 at walmart:) LOL.

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Splitfires???? man, I gotta get on you again! Your Z wants NGK's really bad. Go ahead, ask it. I can hear it answering all the way from here. Listen carefully. "BPR6ES. BPR6ES. BPR6ES."

steve77

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ZCAR-

I think we've all been there with the honda's and eclipses, especially the 'Uncle Ben's specials'. When you have a nice car that's fast and you get challenged it's hard to restrain. The reality is, yeah we shouldn't street race, but it happens. We also know that trying to get any of these punks on a track, ("excuse me. I don't want to race you now but can we meet this weekend at the local track? ") isn't real either.

I know this isn't exactly what people mean when they say keep it on the track, but to sit completely idol when in this situation, please? I would be really, really,really surprised if the folks preaching about the sins of street racing haven't engaged in it a few times themselves. At least stayed with someone for a bit. I'll probably catch hell for my thoughts here but please reflect on your own actions before calling the kettle black.:finger: Besides what fun is having a fast car if your going to drive at or below the speed limit? Get a VW bug!

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I think we all know we should not street race. I try not to.... I usually manage not to drive like I did when I was in my teens and twentys, and thirtys, and well you get the picture. I had to restrain myself this morning on the way to work, if you call bailing at 65 in a 35 bailing. twenty years ago there would have been no bailing out the sky was the limit... MaybeI am wiser? but I have to agree that the reason I drive a sports car is to thrash it about, slide through a few corners, burn a little rubber. And the track isn't always there when I am in the mood. Mostly I just want to enjoy the thing that makes it a sports car. and that ain't pretty paint.

Also I did not want to shock any one, but Honda's and Datsuns are made in the same country. Back when I was young the Datsuns were called "rice rockets". As for the kids.... we were young too ... some of still are.

Have fun.. Play safe.. Be nice... and kick thier butts when it safe.

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I had to restrain myself this morning on the way to work, if you call bailing at 65 in a 35 bailing.

Exactly! It's really hard to not shake what your momma gave ya!

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number one. drag racing is stupid period end of it.

nmber two. castrol syntec is not sythetic oil. it is highly refined dyno oil.

number three. SPLITFIRES:stupid: tell me you didnt say that. remove that garbage from your car before it spits them out at you. get NGK!!!!!!!!

number four. you bought wires at wal mart???? now tell me what possesed you to do that.????

sorry about ragging but man o man. learn that your car deserves better.

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yeah...ok...like everyone else street racing is probably the dumbest thing ull do, but im sure EVERY Z owner has engaged at least once. Also, dont stoop down to some ricer in a honda...save it for the punks in their mustangs LOL . In any case...being 17 i know the urge and gave in one to many times, the pics speak for themeselves. You try flippin' ur car at 80mph and crawling out the window turning around and seeing ur baby all mangled and beat....not the mention the aftermath. Partaking in a speed contest is a misdemeanor u know? Yeah...well...the legal system will rip u open and let u bleed slowly. Just look....think...and please dont race....(on the street anyway) anything can happen esp if the other guy is a dumbass and cuts u off! Them Z's dont stop to well unless uve done the 4-piston calipers. K well...look at my baby below...

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut - Sometimes You Don't

I will race from time to time just depends on my mood.

Lately it seems everywhere I go everyone wants to race me simply because the Z is a sports car.

The other day an older man pulled up next to me in an early series 300ZX. Of course my car is running like crap till I get it fixed so I had to let him get his jollies peeling out from the stop light. :devious:

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Looks like the yellow is a good candidate for being a convertible.

Sorry you busted your car, but now it seems like you are trying to preach to everyone else about the thing you did to bust your car. I agree street racing is a thing no one should do especislly if they have bad jugement, or drive like idiots. But it's like masturbation, theres two kinds of people ,,,, those that do it and and those that lie about it.

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ZME-

Here's a question that maybe you can help me understand. You've owned some Z8's. What is the purpose of owning a Z8 if your not going to drive it in an aggressive manner ie... possibly racing? If it's purely for the track say no more but if it's a street car why own it? Yeah racing is stupid, however there are stretchs of road where there are no intersections, no driveways, no one to jump in front of you and your at the pole position. In a Z8 next to a mustang, Uncle Ben's special, whatever how can you not get on that Z8? What's the point of driving a machine like that? I'm not trying to rag on you I'm just trying to understand owning such an awesome machine and then not using it for what it's built for.

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Yup, street racing is dumb. I did it when I was younger, got caught once, never did it again.

Ever ran a motorcycle through someones front yard at 60mph avoiding someone backing out of their driveway? Ever clip a deer in a Z doing 60 on a narrow back road at night (think about looking under the deer and wondering how far up the hood it might go) while trying not to be run over by the other idiot behind you?

Remember, no matter what you have, no matter how fast it is, someone, somewhere, has something even better.

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I did get a speeding ticket last year racing another car and went to pay the fine.

I never bothered to look at it since I knew I was speeding but the clerk told me the ticket was for 456mph in a posted 35 zone.

Nothing faster than that :classic:

I guess the Cop had one too many donuts that day and the sugar overdose fried his brain cells.

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Sure I used to race all the time.. I used to get a ticked a month, or more. Used to be a week never went by without maxing my car out at least once. I had my old 280 to over 145 more than once. Nice running car. I hit a large doe at about 75 once, thank god it fell down before I hit it. Been off the road sideways more than once at 100+ ran through a corn field once at 105 on a motorcycle. Glad it was already harvested. Of course Most of this was years ago I have not had a ticket in years. I try to drive more carefully now, but If I just wanted look at my car and admire the shine and drive quickly. I might as well sell to some one. If I was going to drive it like a family bardge I can think of many more comfortable and practical rides. As far as holding on for investment value, youd be better of investing in real estate. I doubt if theres any profit after you consider the money and time invested. That only leaves fun for a reason to own one of these cars. I like Zcars.. alot. But it's not a religion. I could be just as happy with one of several other sports cars, zcars just fit my budget and circumstance.

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especially when you know you can beat someone. im not going to lie i have done it. im not alone or am im not to be called just as stupid for the same reason.

i found the hard way out from a friend that met the side of concrete bridge because of the guy he was racing decided he wanted to pass in on coming traffic.

car was coming and he cut my buddy off. luckily all he had were bruises and scratches. he could have been dead or threw the window.

i takes control because i still want to race every now and then. when i still had my V8 Z, i did take it to the track and embarass a few individuals. my best run was 12.95 @ 105.75 mph.

i guess what happens is you grow up see whats happening around you and realize that your not immortal anymore.

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I dont see where racing on a track is much safer though. Your driving twice the speed of most street racers with a three foot wide brick wall ready to take you out.

Dale Earnhardt and Jason Priestly come to mind.

If your going to street race I guess there just needs to be some kind of ethics to it. I never race someone through rush hour traffic or pull this cut off move that has happened to a few on here. The problem is you never know what the other driver will do.

We are all human and will give into temptation sooner or later. If your going to put a life at risk from street racing just try and make it your own and not innocent bystanders.

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I am sure it is safer for a number of reasons.... First there is someone there to pull you from the wreckage, should an accident happen. second there are no kids or dogs on the track. and third the speed is probably not greater, if it's a race for real the limit is when the motor blows, or you reach your limit.

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Not only that, but no one on the track has ever been seen using a cell phone, lap-top, PDA, shaving, putting on make-up, or any number of things that distract the typical driver in the street. Everyone on the track is concentrating on one thing. DRIVING!

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True and yet they still wreck. These drivers are also bumper to bumper. One stupid move and we all know what happens.

I would just rather take my chances with hitting a dog then going into a brick wall at 180MPH.

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So if you get weak and give in to the urge to press the accelerator pedal to the floor, use some discression when and where you do it , and be very careful. and shame on you if you screw up.

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Dead is still dead, just don't take anyone else with you.

As for me I would much rather be on the track, but I cannot afford to cross all of the T's and meet all of the requirements to get there. I would love to be bumper to bumper and fender to fender at 180+. Bring on all those big names, Rick Meers, Mario , whoever.... It would be a dream come true to match skills with them. Lets race and may the fastet win.

But I may not ever do it who knows. for now it's just more wishing for an ureachable track. Now I've depressed myself, damn.

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