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Why I Won’t Buy a New Truck (2015 Ram 2500 Cummins/6spd)

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a good rant. Lately I keep stumbling across news that the manual transmission is dying in the States. This has been an issue for a long, long time across many makes and models. And it has finally made it’s way to the last holdout in the full-size truck segment, the RAM 2500.

Atlas Shrugged Part 1.

Way off topic but I want to share a little love for my favorite book of all time. Part 1 of the Atlas Shrugged movie premiering April 15th, 2011. Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 24)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index I had a change of heart on the exhaust routing and fabricated a new downpipe/uppipe that utilizes the RSR exhaust.  The exhaust now routes along the stock path and retains the high flow catco 3in catalyst.  2-1/2in pipe runs from the turbo a 3in section where the exhaust and wastegate gasses merge.  This should help quite things down and flow...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 23)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Things are starting to wind down with project 240sx and as any project builder knows, a bunch of miscellaneous things are starting to crop up. Recently, a mount to secure the throttle cable on the top mount manifold was fabricated as well as new radiator lines for the new 3in core, custom hard lines for valve cover venting and a new downpipe that...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 18)

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Here we have the mock-up of the new manifold I am making. It basically borrows a few ideas from both the log and equal length manifold designs to make what will be a very responsive manifold that won’t suffer in higher rpm ranges. And don’t worry, the finished product will be much prettier.

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Herron), Firefox 3, WordPress 2.5 File Uploader Hack

Ever since I upgraded to WordPress 2.5 / 2.5.1 and Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Herron) which comes with Firefox 3 Beta 5 as the default browser, I have had sporadic errors with the file uploader in WordPress. Specifically, when trying to upload an image, more often than not, the browse and upload buttons will instantly disappear and will be replaced by the choose files to upload button which does nothing...

CA18DET FAQ

This FAQ is a general reference for those interested in the CA18DET swap. What is the difference between a front clip and a motorset? What are the specs of the CA18DET? What additional parts are needed if I ordered a motorset? How do I wire the motor? What gauge cluster can I use? What motor mounts can I use? What turbos can I use? What is clocking the turbo and how is it done? Where can I find...

NOPI Drift St. Louis (2008)

As I said on the news page, the 2008 Nopi Drift event in St. Louis Missouri was somewhat of a let down this year. Given, the event was larger than last year which was great but unfortunately, the layout was also changed and really separated the spectators from the action. However, this was more than likely due to the management at Gateway International Speedway but I will explain none the less...

Aftermarket Lady Lumps

And no I am not talking about breast implants. What I want to know is do boobs make your car faster? Do they make you a better driver? Hell, I bet a purist would argue the converse and tell you that smaller is lighter and therefore better. Regardless, I received a flyer recently for a first annual drift and drag event sponsored by a local drift club and something caught my attention as slightly...

A Tribute to Colin McRae (1968 – 2007)

I am writing this now because in all honesty I didn’t know what to say when this first happened. No, I never had the honor of meeting Colin McRae but I remember staying glued to the TV for hours on end watching him fling the Subaru Impreza WRX rally car around countless rallys all throughout the world. McRae’s driving was literally supernatural and in fact, I can say that he is one of...

Contradictologists Stroking their Egorections

I don’t have a Ph.D. so I lack the credentials to make up words but even so this ridiculous topic requires just that special kind of phrase that can only be used to describe that special kind of internet Nazi, the contradictologist. The controdictologist is the guy that we all love to hate. He’s the guy that lurks around any technical discussion and only chimes in when he can catch...

Oops, I got too comfortable with open source.

I messed up. I got so comfortable with open source software that I neglected the internet explorer crowd. To all of you using internet explorer for your browser needs I offer my most sincere and humble apology. I will go ahead and tell you what happened so the people who already live in browser bliss will know what the hell I am talking about. Basically, each web page you view is just a set of...

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Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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