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xczach
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Spec Miata should seriously consider going to sealed motors, like Spec Racer Ford and Formula SCCA have done. It really is perfect, as engine costs seem to be the greatest expense in racing. What do you guys think?

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You may want to seriously check out SSM.

http://smugshots.specmiata.com/main.php?g2_itemId=11164

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i think you should be able to bring your engine to the local machine shop for a typical rebuild and balance. but then mazda would sell less engines and that wouldn't fly.

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use the search button.. it is your friend. [Big Grin] This has been discussed numerous times
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Or build a new SM5, they have sealed motors.

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Engine costs are not even close to the most costly part of racing. A good pro motor used over a three season time span costs about 150.00 per weekend. Bottom line is in my opinion the car and motor are the cheapest part of racing and that racing itself is the expensive part tires,gas,motel,food,entry,test days ect....what you will find if you search about this is that the people who have the money will just buy 10 to find 1 good one just like in fe and srf

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Its that time of year again [banghead] [banghead] [banghead]

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Do we seal the motors with regular seals or baby seals?

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Can we please have a serious discussion here Snyder?

Geez. [Wink]

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Do we seal the motors with regular seals or baby seals?
Lance is here till New years eve, 2 shows a night, and please tip your server well.

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quote:
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Do we seal the motors with regular seals or baby seals?

I'm thinking baby seals because that's a more sustainable (green) solution. Mommy seals can always have more of those cute babies...

What the hell is Mathias windging about anyway?

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Yeah but when the mommy seals get too old the daddy seals will be looking for "young blood"

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Worse yet is when the daddy seals just aren't enough anymore and mommy seals turn into cougars.

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Daddy seals won't stray, if they are blown seals.

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Windging?

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quote:
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Windging?

British term...means politely bitching. Great word.

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quote:
Originally posted by d mathias:
Windging?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080427045843AAnaoEw

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Originally posted by Chris Haldeman:
A good pro motor used over a three season time span costs about 150.00 per weekend.

since when does a pro motor last 3 seasons? if you are getting 40 weekends out of your pro motor, then i would like the name and number of your builder. sign me up.

a more realistic prediction is 25 hours. 10 weekends, maybe. after you install that $6000 motor, i was thinking the engine cost is closer to $750 per weekend. the cost of the engine is indeed, my greatest single expense. perhaps everything costs more here in chicago, and i'd love for my numbers to be wrong, but i'm not seeing anyone getting 80+ hours out of a pro motor around here. lovin' the idea of the crate motor, and looking very much forward to the transition into SM5.

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Or you could just do like me and run the 50K mile factory motor that came in the car new and say to hell with it. If I'm at the back of the pack, the motor is probably not the biggest reason. [Smile]

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This is the part of the argument that gets alittle confusing these motors will easily do three seasons. I just put about 40hours on mine this year and it still runs great. Would it win the runoffs no but neither would I. If you are really totally losing your motors after 25 hours you need a new builder for sure pm me for a list. The point is there is not going to be a sealed motor program and this is all [banghead] [banghead]

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My engine builder recommends a rebuild after 50 hours.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Anzaldi:
quote:
Originally posted by Chris Haldeman:
A good pro motor used over a three season time span costs about 150.00 per weekend.

since when does a pro motor last 3 seasons? if you are getting 40 weekends out of your pro motor, then i would like the name and number of your builder. sign me up.

a more realistic prediction is 25 hours. 10 weekends, maybe. after you install that $6000 motor, i was thinking the engine cost is closer to $750 per weekend. the cost of the engine is indeed, my greatest single expense. perhaps everything costs more here in chicago, and i'd love for my numbers to be wrong, but i'm not seeing anyone getting 80+ hours out of a pro motor around here. lovin' the idea of the crate motor, and looking very much forward to the transition into SM5.

My previous motor that I just changed out for the 2010 runoffs, ran 2 1/2 seasons. That is about 17 weekends for me. Throw in testing ect, I figure I put about 75-90 hours it. It was an untouched Sunbelt run in at the factory. When I pulled it out, I think it was still viewed as a "fast" motor by my competitors.

It would be nice if my new motor last that long.

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well, i'll happily stand corrected. my first motor didn't last long at all...maybe 20 hours of testing and practice. i'm on the second one now with higher hopes.

i know others in my region who have similar stories, but i suppose there are others yet who are getting the higher usage you guys are speaking of- i just don't know them.

just for some clarity, i don't really consider a pro-built 120hp motor that makes 105hp after 20 hours to count as "lasting". the useful life of the motor is what i'm more interested in. after a motor is done making proper pro-built power, it's not terribly useful, in my opinion.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Anzaldi:
well, i'll happily stand corrected. my first motor didn't last long at all...maybe 20 hours of testing and practice. i'm on the second one now with higher hopes.

i know others in my region who have similar stories, but i suppose there are others yet who are getting the higher usage you guys are speaking of- i just don't know them.

just for some clarity, i don't really consider a pro-built 120hp motor that makes 105hp after 20 hours to count as "lasting". the useful life of the motor is what i'm more interested in. after a motor is done making proper pro-built power, it's not terribly useful, in my opinion.

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I have a crate now.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Anzaldi:
quote:
Originally posted by Chris Haldeman:
A good pro motor used over a three season time span costs about 150.00 per weekend.

since when does a pro motor last 3 seasons? if you are getting 40 weekends out of your pro motor, then i would like the name and number of your builder. sign me up.

a more realistic prediction is 25 hours. 10 weekends, maybe. after you install that $6000 motor, i was thinking the engine cost is closer to $750 per weekend. the cost of the engine is indeed, my greatest single expense. perhaps everything costs more here in chicago, and i'd love for my numbers to be wrong, but i'm not seeing anyone getting 80+ hours out of a pro motor around here. lovin' the idea of the crate motor, and looking very much forward to the transition into SM5.

Mike, I got 4 seasons (close to 40 race weekends and/or test days) on the bottom end of my '95 1.8 before the oil pressure took a dive in October. The head was refreshed once at about the halfway mark of that period. I don't think that's terribly unusual and the motor made very good power throughout all 4 years. It began life as a crate motor. The motor in my '00 car didn't do as well and has a ring problem after just 4-5 events but that's a fluke IMO.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Anzaldi:
well, i'll happily stand corrected. my first motor didn't last long at all...maybe 20 hours of testing and practice. i'm on the second one now with higher hopes.

i know others in my region who have similar stories, but i suppose there are others yet who are getting the higher usage you guys are speaking of- i just don't know them.

just for some clarity, i don't really consider a pro-built 120hp motor that makes 105hp after 20 hours to count as "lasting". the useful life of the motor is what i'm more interested in. after a motor is done making proper pro-built power, it's not terribly useful, in my opinion.

Mike,

I've done 2 1/2 seasons with multiple test days and DE's on my Sunbelt with no appreciable drop. Certainly over 60 hours. I have just had the bottom end seals replaced at a low cost for precaution but as the leak down is still good there is no real need to replace the head unless I just want to burn cash. Not sure why others in your region are reporting short life - most in Texas are doing several seasons unless they lose oil pressure or are trying for the last 1-2 Hp at Runoffs.

Regarding others suggestions on spec/sealed motors, that boat sailed long ago regardless of the merits of the idea. A change that requires everyone in SM to suddenly spend several thousand dollars on a new sealed motor or become ineligible to race is unrealistic - and DOA.

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tom, craig-
that's good news. i'll be hoping for an experience like yours this go-around.

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Even if we started from scratch at the club level sealing won't save any money. It would cost those that can do their own work more money. If one were to look at club/hobby racing a 6k engine isn't so bad compared to other classes. When one starts going up the ladder to 15k plus engines sealing starts to make more sense. If nothing else from not having to tech below the seal and get it back together before the next race. I see sealing as and alternative and a way to save money when running against fully developed programs. For example in some series a guy with a 25k sealed engine could be competitive with someone that had a full blown program with 40k engines. That's what's happening in the K&N Pro and the truck series in NASCAR right now. It give the little guy an option but doesn't mandate the package.

At our level one is more likely to spend more money on the "3 Ts", time, tires and travel, that they are on a big dog SM pro engine.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike Anzaldi:
well, i'll happily stand corrected. my first motor didn't last long at all...maybe 20 hours of testing and practice. i'm on the second one now with higher hopes.

i know others in my region who have similar stories, but i suppose there are others yet who are getting the higher usage you guys are speaking of- i just don't know them.

just for some clarity, i don't really consider a pro-built 120hp motor that makes 105hp after 20 hours to count as "lasting". the useful life of the motor is what i'm more interested in. after a motor is done making proper pro-built power, it's not terribly useful, in my opinion.

My motor is 2 years old and makes the exact same power as it did when it was new. I run multiple track days, ecrs, and sprints every year. There is no reason to think that it wont run for at least another year or more. If you have an engine that requires a rebuild after 25 or 50 hours you should look at getting a new engine builder. The engine that won the runoffs had well over 40 hours on it and I would imagine that it will be at the 2011 runoffs as well. There is a easy (cheap way) of getting power but a right way to get the power and make it last. If a builder tells you 25 hours, run the other way!

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quote:
Originally posted by Dave Stevens:
Even if we started from scratch at the club level sealing won't save any money...

Dave

The cost of a pro motor, minus the cost of a crate motor and sealing program would be a very large net savings. That is if you consider thousands to be savings. I do and readily concede that ship to have sailed...

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Or as Mike Collins suggests, the ship just arrived -- The recently approved SM5.

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