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PostPosted: September 23, 2021, 7:33 pm 
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Well guys I can finally feel good about posting this as done. A 7yr journey with 3-1/2 on the road, yes it has been that long. A couple weeks ago I let my nephew drive it, the smile says it all. It’s fun, a lot of fun. A couple of things are bitter sweet. The home made Brooklands do look cool but are very windy. Getting the Megasquirt does work great but getting to this point was nothing short of painful. Had I not been put in touch with Paul I’d still be screwing with it. If I wasn’t so stubborn and take it to the dyno, damn it I can do it!!!!, LOL. 2yrs later. Don’t buy cheaper tires, just buy some Toyo’s and be done. These cars are so light 200 tread wear I thought was good, HA! NO! Race tires, just buy them. Anyway this is, done and we’re on to the next project. If I can post it to my signature you can follow me to more bad decisions, Ha.


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PostPosted: September 23, 2021, 9:07 pm 
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Superb example and a credit to your determination, you can be very proud. :cheers:


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PostPosted: September 23, 2021, 10:19 pm 
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Tundra 7 wrote:
...The home made Brooklands do look cool but are very windy...

Haha, yeah I didn't even bother going down that road, as it was pretty clear that they're more of an appearance item than something actually functional. Just wait until you get hit by a June bug in the face at 60mph!

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...Getting the Megasquirt does work great but getting to this point was nothing short of painful. Had I not been put in touch with Paul I’d still be screwing with it. If I wasn’t so stubborn and take it to the dyno, damn it I can do it!!!!, LOL. 2yrs later...

Welcome to the aftermarket ECU tuning club. What most people don't realize is that taking it to a tuner only fixes acceleration and the basic fuel and timing map. They do NOT deal with cold start, idle, steady state driving, and coasting to a light. That part of it takes a very long time to dial in.

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...Don’t buy cheaper tires, just buy some Toyo’s and be done. These cars are so light 200 tread wear I thought was good, HA! NO! Race tires, just buy them...

Preaching to the choir, brother! I thought everyone knew that, but live and learn.

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Tundra 7 wrote:
...The home made Brooklands do look cool but are very windy...

Haha, yeah I didn't even bother going down that road, as it was pretty clear that they're more of an appearance item than something actually functional. Just wait until you get hit by a June bug in the face at 60mph!

Tundra 7 wrote:
...Getting the Megasquirt does work great but getting to this point was nothing short of painful. Had I not been put in touch with Paul I’d still be screwing with it. If I wasn’t so stubborn and take it to the dyno, damn it I can do it!!!!, LOL. 2yrs later...

Welcome to the aftermarket ECU tuning club. What most people don't realize is that taking it to a tuner only fixes acceleration and the basic fuel and timing map. They do NOT deal with cold start, idle, steady state driving, and coasting to a light. That part of it takes a very long time to dial in.

Tundra 7 wrote:
...Don’t buy cheaper tires, just buy some Toyo’s and be done. These cars are so light 200 tread wear I thought was good, HA! NO! Race tires, just buy them...

Preaching to the choir, brother! I thought everyone knew that, but live and learn.

How did you know coasting to a stop used to be a problem, haha.
Fortunately I haven’t had a problem with the screens from lack of protection, they are quite a bit bigger than a standard Brooklands. I’ve seen bugs go over my head, I do sit behind the screen, still quite windy. The tire thing actually did surprise me, no not everyone knows that If you don’t have anything to compare it to. You don’t realize how light they are and the lack of ability to heat up. They will heat but it takes a long time. Tale of the Dragon is 315 corners, it took about 120 of them to heat up. Surprised me.

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Superb example and a credit to your determination, you can be very proud. :cheers:

Thanks Jack!

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Steve, it finished out as a beautiful car! Sometime when I'm coming thru town I will reach out and come by to see it "in the flesh"!

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Congrats :cheers:
ECU tuning, something that's in my future as well.
Tires, hmm, I've got 15x10 Hoosiers on it at the moment. :twisted:

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Steve, it finished out as a beautiful car! Sometime when I'm coming thru town I will reach out and come by to see it "in the flesh"!

Thom

Thanks Thom. My college runs to Chicago are up my free time I was hoping to burn up running to Racine and Lake Geneva. We’ll try again next summer. Ya if you pass through let me know.

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Congrats :cheers:
ECU tuning, something that's in my future as well.
Tires, hmm, I've got 15x10 Hoosiers on it at the moment. :twisted:

Thanks. I saw your build. Mazda huh? Chuck Shaffer may remember the tune by heart from his Mazda build.

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Tundra 7 wrote:
JAMADOR wrote:
Congrats :cheers:
ECU tuning, something that's in my future as well.
Tires, hmm, I've got 15x10 Hoosiers on it at the moment. :twisted:

Thanks. I saw your build. Mazda huh? Chuck Shaffer may remember the tune by heart from his Mazda build.

He & I've had a few forum encounters on the Rotus. I've got an older Haltech E6K & will be running dry sump if all goes to plan. Still a ways to go before the web of wiring makes an appearance.

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All I can do is add my congratulations. The car looks fabulous.

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All I can do is add my congratulations. The car looks fabulous.

Cheers,

Thank you Lonnie. Waiting to see yours on the road now!!

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