Thursday, September 3, 2015
August 2015 Dragon Run, Post #2 (Killboy Krew Slayers)
I'm interested in what Dragon Slayers, especially "locals," are doing with their cars. Most of them do not have a lot of money to spend, let alone go out and buy an off-the-shelf slayer. So they buy inexpensive "base cars," often used (even well-used) and set about modifying them with forethought and intelligence. The occasional big check may or may not be involved.
Disappointing news: Hayden changed priorities and bought a Toyota 4-Runner to go mudding. He just sold the Miata he bought for slaying about a year ago (after becoming very quick in a Honda Fit). He had lowered and stiffened the Miata's suspension. I was interested to see what he'd do with the brakes and the engine. Miatas are under-rated slayers, but they do need more power than the stock, normally aspirated, engine supplies. If I get to follow a Miata build, it will have to be another one.
Darryl "Killboy" Cannon is maybe 80% done with his FR-S build unless he decides to go into a "Stage II" to radically upgrade the brakes. The suspension and engine are done, although fine-tuning continues.
Kamal's Gen 5 Civic hatchback is the only one Honda made with adjustable A-arm front suspension, and thus an ideal platform on which to build a Dragon Slayer. You might think that front wheel drive disqualifies it, but Kamal has built a car with huge grip. The engine is "built," but to live reliably at high revs. "Powah" is overrated as a key to unlocking the Dragon, but Kamal runs even less that most of the regular slayers.