Help Me Pick My Next DD

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  1. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    I am looking to spend 10-12k and want some balance of performance, reliability and mileage.

    Some background. I owned a 1993 TT Supra with ~450whp and an Evolution with ~300whp. While these cars were very fun I want to do something a little different. I am looking to do something low weight. I also do all my work myself.

    So far I have been considering I considered doing a B-series swapped Civic hatch, JRSC Integra, WRX swapped GC8 coupe, MR-2 Turbo. I want to shoot for 10lbs/hp in a car that can be made a capable handler.

    What am I missing? What are your experiences with the cars posted?

    Edit- Also, must be california emissions legal, or easily get CARB cert.
     
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  2. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

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    S30 + 350 SBC swap.

    Built it right and you could probably do as low as 7 or 8lbs/hp
     
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    That's your answer for everything man. I know you love your car, but it isn't the best car ever made.
     
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    PanzerAce Active Member

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    :rofl:, true.

    On the other hand, he is looking for a sporty car, and in CA, pre-75 cuts WAY down on the options :dunno:
     
  5. 5SpeedSER

    5SpeedSER OT Supporter

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    You had a supra.... why not look into a IS300, you'll feel at home with it, and they're coming down real good on price. Sure the milage isnt great (18-20 in town) but they're damn nice and reliable. Not to mention fun.
     
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    Anudist Turnin' Jesus on, one lightswitch at a time.

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    Never EVER buy someone elses toy unless you have money saved up just in case.
     
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    I came in here to post this. :o

    peppy car, poor gas mileage tho
     
  8. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    I want something light, like <2800 lbs.
     
  9. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    What kind of mileage do you get. I like the idea, but I am not sure if this would make the best dd though.
     
  10. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    I would most likely be building it myself.
     
  11. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

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    I get like 19 on the hwy, but I'm running a bored/stroked straight six with triple carbs and only a four speed box, not a V8. (cruise speed b/w 3.5 and 4k rpm for me)

    the SBC and LSx swaps can get around 30mpg hwy with the right tuning and rear end. :dunno:

    if you're actually interested, head over to hybridz.org. Plenty of people DD setups like that.

    You could actually get about the same mileage with a turbo straight six in a S30 as well, if you set it up properly.


    edit: hell, if you really know supra engines, you could even drop one of those into a Z. That isn't the most common swap, but if you already know the engine, why not.
     
  12. GTSlow

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    How about a 240sx. You can pick one put pretty cheap. Gas mileage is good. I get 25 - 28 mpg in mine and I have a lot of fun in it. Granted my car is SR powered, but you can build a wicket KA-T setup as well.
     
  13. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    I have looked into it but was unable to find a CARB legal turbo kit.
     
  14. PanzerAce

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    That's another reason pre-75 is going to be the way to go. Even though you technically still have to follow all that CARB BS, you never get smogged, so the only way to get caught is if you do something really stupid.
     
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    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    After going on hybridz.org i am intrigued by the sr20 swap 240z.
     
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    http://www.vildinimotorsport.com/

    :bigthumb:

    They basically are the go to guys for that stuff in CA. Only reason I wouldn't personally go with a SR into a S30 is that a KA would be cheaper, and I don't really like the idea of a four banger in a Z.
     
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    I know this is the wrong forum but check out e30 BMWs. :dunno:
     
  18. Silver 93 Supra

    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    They are 10 mins from my house.
     
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    Silver 93 Supra Social Liberal, Fiscal Conservative

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    I am a huge fan of the e30 m3 but seems like it would be hard to get the power to weight ratio to my goal.
     
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    There you go. S30 chassis are cheap.
     
  21. SinisterHand

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    Something like a 91 325i and swap the motor to whatever you want. I think they're ~2800lbs stock or so. :dunno:
     
  22. N D S

    N D S you're like salsa, thick and chunky

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    s52 + manifold + supercharger :) S52 swaps are pretty common you could probably pick up an already swapped car for 7-8k. Supercharger kits are cheap for the s52 and a manifold will net you good gains as well.

    edit: i have no clue about CARB
     
  23. PanzerAce

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    CARB means basically it'll have to be stock or almost stock for post-75 cars :wtc:
     
  24. bjonesy77

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    if you're going to swap an older datsun and you're going for light weight, go for a 510. IMO an rb25 (or rb26 if you're good) swapped 510 would be a shit ton of fun. That much power with such a short wheelbase would kick ass. If you were going to swap an older Z car, do an LSx swap. Build it slightly, mod it a bit, and spray that mother fucker. You'll easily make your hp/lbs goals fairly cheap if you do it yourself.
     
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    turbo mr-s
     

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