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RNN14

All weather monster.

… Well… that was short lived. My Pulsar ownership was the shortest ownership of any car I’ve ever had… and I’ve owned a lot of cars. I sold it on January 19th 2007 to Arlyn G… who everyone in Calgary should know as… fabricator extraordinaire. I’m jealous of all the things he’s probably going to do to it.

I didn’t get a chance to make any gigantic memories in this car, so it’s hard for me to call it the favorite among cars I’ve owned, but it is CERTAINLY, the best car I’ve ever owned, and might even be the best car I will ever own. In the short time I owned it… I couldn’t find any weak points. Instead, it just got better and better, and never once disappointed me.

How do I mean? For starters… this car ran the fastest time at the first winter auto-x I ever took it to… which also happened to be, my first time driving the car all out… and… my first time ever driving on gravel… all out. I’ll tell you… I wasn’t even close to the cars capacity, and I managed FTD by almost a second… even with a 2 second cone penalty. FAST.

On top of that, it was comfortable everyday. It could blast to ridiculous speeds without blinking, it could carry bags and garbage and boxes and parts and people and animals and… It was still small enough to slice and dice traffic.

Right now I need to focus on other things… but in the future, I hope I can have another car that compares to this one. Something with a turbo and 4wd. Something I can drive anytime, anywhere and never worry. Something that can be incredibly fast, and yet completely invisible. I’ve been thinking about what that car might be: ST185? BC5? GC8?… and none of them really compare. ST185, a fat pig that really doesn’t have the amazing driving position, or the carrying capacity of the RNN14. BC5… a great car, even if look likes ASS, but if I could buy parts for it I’d be there. GC8… why would I want to be like so many other wannabe poseur rally drivers? Plus somehow, the inherent “subaru-ness” of the GC8 really annoys me.

So… maybe in time, I will own another.

Specifications of the Machine

attributes-rnn14 FOOTWORK

  • ノーマル

POWER UP

  • 3″ Kakimoto CatBack
  • HKS Downpipe
  • K&N Pod Filter
  • Boost Up (1.0 Bar)

INTERIOR

  • RAZO Pedal Covers
  • Pioneer Deck

EXTERIOR

  • Renault Leguana FR. Lip
  • Sparco Mudflaps
  • NISMO Alloy Undertrays/Armour

SHOES

  • 15 6.5J +35 Weds Palmero
  • Kumho KW19 w/Studs
  • Advan ES100

OTHER

  • MTECH Bulbs
  • EBC Pads
  • B&M Short Shifter
  • Greddy Turbo Timer

Pulsar is Gone.

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Pulsar’s gone. Whatever.

Stop sending me emails to tell me I’m whipped. You don’t even know what that means. I’ve done my thing and it’s time to move on. These have been easy decisions… I’m sad to be leaving, but if you knew what I was trading it all for…

AE86 is still hanging around. It might stay… we’ll see how things go. I really have grown to love that car, despite all the things that it is not. Trading…

Bah.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

It dumped a bucket of snow last night. Must’ve been like 30cm worth. My travels today took me a short distance out of the city, where I stumbled upon unplowed roads. I never made it to my final destination, because I got sidetracked and ran out of gas.

Roadside - RNN14

Today has me feeling like the RNN14 is definitely the best car I’ve ever owned. I don’t know how it would be in the summer, but on days like today, it’s…

Rally-x cont… bye bye ハチロク

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

So I’ve made real life harder than it should be, with my somewhat extravagant car life these past ten years. Makes for some difficult decisions.

And… Sunday morning, at the rally-x, after I just tagged three cones (one of which pulled a sideskirt off), ran way out of control, and posted only a marginally fast time, and didn’t have any good idea how to go faster…. I really felt like quitting.

Sell everything. Sell the RNN14, sell the 86, sell…

Gravel FTD

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

In the Pits at Rally-x - RNN14

Rally-x today. I told Andrew that if I beat him I’d be happy. I always downplay my cars. Truth is, the Pulsar has 100hp more, and studded tires, which probably did a whole bunch on a couple major ice spots on the course.

Both of us had a lot to learn about driving. The morning runs were full of ugliness… in fact… I didn’t get a clean run all day…

But even with one cone, I managed the FTD.…

Rally-x Tomorrow

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Gearing up for rally-x tomorrow. Installed some Sparco mudflaps, and gave the undercarriage a second coating of rubber. It’s amazing how much those two things quiet the car down on an ugly road. The front mudflaps are a pretty hard tune set up though. They’re only about 1cm off the ground which means they rub and scrape everywhere. I should have put them a little bit higher, but I want the most efficiency out of them. I’m not into rock chips. They stick about 1″ from the body, front and back. The rear ones don’t have to do so much more to protect the car though. There’s basically no rear over hang. I also didn’t want the rear ones low, because they can get caught in the tire and ripped off when backing up, a lot easier than the fronts can. So as you can see… the rear ones sit a lot high, which somehow helps create a raked look. [...]

All-Weather Monster Born

Friday, December 29th, 2006

RNN14 was out of commission for a couple days while I waited for a new outer tie-rod end. Took a couple tries to get the right part… finally went to Brasso and learned that 95 Sentra’s share the same tie-rod ends. Easy fix. Car is back together.

Exciting

It snowed on the 27th… hard. With studded KW19’s my car is monstrous, but still it was icy enough that even in 3rd gear the whole car starts moving around as all…

Back Road Attack

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Something is loose on the front of the N14… which makes me sad. Feels like a wheel bearing. I need to learn a lot about this car.

It has begun to grow on me though. The attention I received on the road the first few days of driving that car, seems to have been an anomaly. Either that… or I’m just used to it now, but I feel like the car blends in and people leave me alone.

The size…