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Old 11-28-2007, 03:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Weak synchros are the biggest problem with these cars. I've driven 7 different versions of these cars, and four of them had crunchy 2nd gears or balky 3rd gears. Even in my 98, which is essentially "brand new" (just passed 8000 km yesterday), I have to be careful changing up to 2nd: I can crunch it if I switch too quickly (ie. "normal" speed in any other car), especially when cold.
Originally Posted by SVOboy
Anyway, I also do not think darin is terribly concerned with his speed, I know that my car is much slower now and I don't care
You are correct, sir. I don't care about speed or acceleration. If I did, I never would have bought the Fireflea in the first place.

However, one concern of going with a too-high final drive is clutch wear. Starting from a stop will require more slip. One of the TeamSwift posters said starting on a hill with the 13 in tires and diff from the 4-cyl car would not be good news at all. We'll see. Perhaps.
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