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Old 10-24-2016, 10:26 AM
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Lookin good! Have fun and be safe up there.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:37 AM
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Happy to say the Talon is still running strong even in -30 degree temperatures. Only new updates are changing the timing components and beating on it. So far 7 inches of snow does nothing to the car and the blizzaks keep impressing me more and more. Getting harder to take pictures here, only a few hours of sunlight then complete blackness.

Currently searching for a BRZ in the lower 48 to use as a daily, then I can work on some of the bigger projects on the Talon like hubs, bushings, etc...
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:48 PM
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Managed to find a BRZ to use as a daily; had my brother in Oregon pick it up from the dealer and start getting it ready for the winter here. Around 47K on it but have records for oil changes every four/five thousand miles. I'm excited that I'll be able to tear into the Talon more and prep it for some form of racing.

Had 15 inches of snow drop overnight here and had some fun trying to survive for two days in the Talon. I did manage to bury it in my driveway; tried to plow my way through 20+ inches that collected over my 48 hour shift at work. Can't say enough good things about how the car handles in this weather; I think I'm going to look into a taller tire for next year though.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:53 PM
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I love the snow pictures! Congrats on the BRZ. I had high hopes of an AWD STI version when they first came out but oh well.
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:42 PM
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Winter is almost finished here and both cars survived. I'm surprised how well the BRZ performs in the snow as well; took some time to get comfortable and play with it but I'm glad that I can confidently drive it year round. First car I've owned that I don't want to modify; fun, low weight, and reliable.

I ended up taking the Talon out of service for a month to do some maintenance since it's over 200k now. Installed new hubs in the front, tie rod ends, control arm bushings, sway bar bushings, cleaned the hotbits, resprayed the inner fender areas, fixed some oil leaks and so on... Also bought a Griots polisher and went over the car; don't know why I didn't do this years ago.

Current plan is to put some GSC S1 cams in and replace the head-gasket. I don't have it in me to hack the car for a cage or tear the interior out so I'll just keep it a "sleeper" that I can beat on. I'm also going to see if I can alter the stock frame rail under paneling from the BRZ to fit the Talon. Neighbor has some connections to the machine shop so I'll see if I can bribe them to CNC a front section if I can come up with a blueprint. And best of all, I'm going to get off my butt and remove the fart can to install the muffer I bought 6 years ago.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:49 PM
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Great update! She's gorgeous!
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:21 AM
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Neighbor and I took our dsms out to the Cruising with Santa event in North Pole, AK. There was a decent showing with a pretty wide variety of vehicles; my favorite being the Model T's that are daily driven here during our three month break from snow.

Not even 12 hours after the show, I'm tearing it completely apart. The head-gasket is needing replace and I figured I'd mess around with some other things as well to make the car easier to get in trouble with. Pulled the valve cover and happy to see my stock cams still look decent after 260,000 miles; going to try some GSC 1 cams though to make the most of the HTA 68.

Once it's running, I'll do my best to ignore the tiny voice in my head and actually start getting it dirty to earn my stay here.
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Cruising with Santa event takes place in May?!?
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:27 PM
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This is North Pole Alaska, Santa has to find something to do during the summer.

Installed a Cometic HG and GSC S1 cams, as well as a bunch of miscellaneous items that needed to get cleaned up. Had some extra caliper paint so I decided to test how it would hold up on a valve cover for now; I'll finish painting it if it doesn't cause any issues.

Initially, I was pulling my hair out trying to tune the car but I've started to get it dialed in. Boost est and A/F est are finally inline with actual numbers during pulls; I have a decent cruise tune now but it still needs attention. Log from the second video link below shows an estimated 340 hp at 16psi. Sorry about the quality of the video; still trying to figure out how to get the camera to work.

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Old 10-24-2017, 07:53 PM
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It's been a really busy summer and winter is already in full effect. What little free time I had was spent helping the neighbor/friends with their projects and trying to button up the Talon. I think we've had 5 different dsm's through the garage to end up building two more solid ones; neighbor now has a 2g with a 6bolt that he dailies, and a friend has a 1ga with a N/A motor slapped in with a turbo.

Exhaust is finished and most recently noticed some smoke on startup so I used it as an excuse to get some GSC valve seals, springs, and lifters. Last item I'm chasing is boost creep. May try and install a high flow cat to restrict the exhaust and see if that works, really don't want to push the car any harder. I'm estimating 320 at the wheels and I"m close to maxing out my 750cc injectors.

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