11 Aug 2014

Ever since the stiffer engine mounts were installed, some of the car paneling has been buzzing furiously at various rpms – it’s become annoying. Stock Honda engine mounts will be (re)installed on the left and right sided of the drivetrain; their job is to support drivetrain weight and take care of vibration filtering. The front and rear mounts handle all the torque reaction and have to stay stiff; the rear will retain the urethane mount, and the front… that’s hard to say. It’ll probably end up being a custom part with a small amount of compliance. This of course means it all has to come apart again – two steps forwards, one step back.

In other news, heading home from my mom’s house on Sunday I saw about 8-10 heavily modified Honda/Acuras cruising around, not as a group but individually. It was hard to say whether there had been a local car meet or if it was random chance. I saw one heading into Rancho Santa Fe, home to retired millionaires and twisty roads, and couldn’t help but catch up just to see what he’d do, but felt a little bad; it was clear he didn’t know the roads, while I’ve driving them literally 1000s of times. I held back in order to not pressure him and would feel really bad (and be at least half responsible) if he went off around a tight turn.

Further on I saw more, lowered, flares, full cages (which is pretty hard-core since it kills resale value), all the drivers were in their 20’s wearing baseball hats. Traffic was too heavy to “do” anything and they seemed to understood that as well, so there was no insane driving antics. As I’ve said before though, California is very strick on street racing, confiscating cars and tossing drivers into jail…

Of course, there was that $100K+ Jaguar F-Type R (550 hp!) at the light, driven by an attractive middle-aged woman. Up ahead the road narrowed so I wondered what she was planning. Surprisingly that included her stomping on it, and, well, I admit to doing what the guy/teen/competitive thing required, stomping on it myself and pulling ahead. For some reason that felt much more dignified and satisfying than beating a kid in a lowered Civic…