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*sigh* Life sucks. I've lost my 4.0 at school. It was the hardest… - Equiraptor's Journal
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*sigh*

Life sucks.

I've lost my 4.0 at school. It was the hardest course in my major, but still, I've lost my 4.0. I'm ashamed of myself for not working harder.

My car's rear tires are nearly entirely bald, and the front ones only have a very thin amount of tread. Yesterday morning, on my way into work, I drifted though a corner. I was behind another car and wasn't taking the corner very fast, but the car just decided to let go. The back end swung out a little bit, but not much. It was a very slow, very gradual drift, but it still scared me. The car also needs new shocks. They're so far gone, I can barely tell I have shocks at all. I want to get the whole thing done at once, with a proper alignment and good toe, camber, and caster, even though I don't really understand what they all do. It won't be cheap, especially since I want performance shocks and tires. *sigh* I'm happy I have 14" rims.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed

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txdave From: txdave Date: March 4th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
http://www.artsautomotive.com/thealignmentstory.htm

Hope you can find the money, it's no fun driving around scared of your bald tires
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 4th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)

I have two Miata specific pages to look at...

http://miata.net/garage/align.html
http://www.hummingbirds.net/alignment.html

They've given me a very basic idea of what's going on, but I still don't understand very much. The part about rear toe and diagonal wear patches on the page you linked was very interesting.
busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: March 4th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that it's a bad thing and not that I don't know the benefits, but I want your answer: Why are you happy to have 14s?
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 4th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the specific case I was talking about, I'm glad because tires for 14" rims are cheaper. But, in general, my wheels are the lightest wheels they put on a stock Miata. And I like the way they look. So I wouldn't change anytime soon (though they say 15" is supposed to be optimal for the NA...)

And that was somewhat incoherent, but I'm in an incoherent mood. :)
busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: March 4th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good answer, and not incoherent at all. And I can understand why you wouldn't be too eager to get new wheels - your 14s are much prettier than mine. And yeah, I hear 15s are optimal, but I'm getting 16s for looks. :-)
cowbert From: cowbert Date: March 4th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow you are a first-rate dork! don't take that personally though. Just that in my major we have lots of pre-med people and they are always complaining why they got a 92 instead of a 93 on their homework! In any case, I'm happy to just not get on academic probation.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 4th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eh, it's not too tough a school. I never had close to a 4.0 at UT. It's just disappointing to lose it in my second-to-last quarter. At least it wasn't the last quarter, I suppose...
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: March 4th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's not much advantage in waiting on the tires; if they're truely bald you should get them replaced ASAP.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 4th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is an advantage when the settings on one of your rear tires is far enough off to cause severely uneven wear. I don't want my new set of tires being worn like that, especially if they're the softer compounds they're likely to be. I shouldn't put the new tires on it until I can afford a new full alignment, including toe, camber, and caster settings. And if I'm going to do all of that, I should do it before I get new shocks, because otherwise it will just have to be done all over again. When I finally manage to do this, it will be expensive, but it will make an incredible difference in the handling of the car.

And in case you're wondering, I'm working on connections for getting the shocks cheap. I shouldn't be running on worn tires/shocks for too much longer. :)
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: March 5th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
You should look into lifetime alignment agreements; I think firestone still does them. Only downside is they probably won't allow you to specify what settings to use if you ever wanted to go that far.
dissolved From: dissolved Date: March 5th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Found your journal through a friend.
I suggest you take your car to SoulSpeed here
in austin to get your alignment/corner balance
and all those things done. The owner Bill Kim is
an instructor for Driver's Edge events and a great
guy to boot. http://www.soulspeed.com

He spent countless hours setting up my coilovers,
getting my car corner balanced and aligned and
even stayed past shop hours to finish the job.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 5th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice. I looked at the site. It sounds like they have the tools and experience for what I want. I'll have to cal them. :)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: March 11th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I mentioned SoulSpeed on an area Miata list I'm on... Bill used to race Miatas. He and John (my Miata mechanic) frequently trade work. You couldn't have suggested a better shop. :)
dissolved From: dissolved Date: March 11th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
That's very pleasing. I'm so glad it works out :)
-emily
esuperlife From: esuperlife Date: March 13th, 2004 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
A 4.0 is hella difficult to maintain. Especially if you're living in the real world and have to work a job to cover expenses. Add a relationship to that. I'l taking 18 credits right now, work about 25-30 hours a week. No real relationships though. I don't know if getting a 3.4 or whatever vs a 4.0 is going to have that much of an impact in your life though. Not encouraging you to compromise, but at the same time don't beat yourself up over it too much either.
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