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02-13-2015 05:01 PM
halfdemonpyro
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

@Mr.woolery Happy B-day!
02-05-2015 07:11 PM
jumbosrule
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by PHEOX View Post
Hey man! I actually remember you. I was that 17-18 year old kid at C&C Houston with the red NA. We talked several times, always wondered where you went off to. I'm living right there by Vintage Park.
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Cool - glad we figured that out! SOCAL for cars... the aftermarket is mostly located right here! Stillen, Centric, AEM... Three major companies I have actually had dealings with while living here, mostly by networking and being in the right place at the right time.

BRING IT.
02-05-2015 06:51 PM
emmi
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

yee
02-02-2015 03:07 PM
PHEOX
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

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Originally Posted by Heldenzeit View Post
There are always ways around it. There are shops that perform a "smog" if you have something wild. Just don't create attention and you won't be bothered.

FYI, 949 is actually the telephone area code for south Orange County haha.
I did actually figure the 949 thing out about a year ago, and as far as creating attention for myself, might be hard. I do fine here but I'm the most aggressive street driver I've met which does equal noise. I think I've found out how to do my thing and not get in trouble or make people angry but nothing is ever 100%.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jumbosrule View Post
IM LIVING THE DREAM BUDDY!!!

Lived in Houston for 22 years and made it out to SoCal a year and a half ago. I really did like Texas a lot while I was there... but over the last ten years or so I just got so sick of the weather. It's completely awesome here weather wise and like the other guys say - there are ways around SMOG, just like in Texas. Sure they are a little more bureaucratic here but there is definitely a larger car enthusiast community. I see the negatives as the price of admission.

I drive those twisty mountain roads in Malibu each week - but it's not going to be after work. Too much traffic. It's pretty much gotta be on the weekends or early in the morning (or both) to get some decent canyon runs in unless you are willing to drive for an hour to get to less congested part of town.

I usually make between 1-3 meets EVERY WEEK, but that includes the Saturday and Sunday morning cars & coffee events, which I prefer to the meets with mostly young guys. Nothing wrong with the young guys but I find the older guys have more money, cooler cars and actually finish their builds. If I wanted to, I could probably find some kind of enthusiast get-together 5/7 days of the week. More often if I'm willing to travel a little.

If you ask me the people who live in SoCal and have never lived anywhere else don't know how good it is here. Traffic? Yes a little more than just during rush hour. But so does Houston, amirite? If you find a job and then find a place to live convenient to your job, it's not a big deal at all. I guess the key is finding a job before you move? I live 1.1 mile from my job in Rendondo Beach and I don't worry about traffic at all during the week. The weather really is amazing. No crotch rot or swamp ass, like I came to know so well in the Bayou city. No AC needed where I live close to the beach - a fan and open windows are good enough for the warmest days of the year.

Then there are the tracks. Willow Springs, Button Willow, Laguna Seca & Autoclub Speedway are all within drive in drive out distance. Well Laguna Seca is a little far but it's worth it. Totally different than Texas tracks which are historically FLAT around Houston. I got my first instruction at MSR Houston and it was no big deal to go off-track there. In fact, my first day I went off 4 times. You don't do that around here - an off is probably damage. Very different approach on track.
Hey man! I actually remember you. I was that 17-18 year old kid at C&C Houston with the red NA. We talked several times, always wondered where you went off to. I'm living right there by Vintage Park.
I also just ripped the AC and PS from my MSM so good quality cool air would be welcoming. Also, I'm talking about those drives being past 8:00-9:00PM. I'm sure traffic will be clear later on when it's darker.
01-31-2015 04:19 AM
berrie
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heldenzeit View Post
Just don't create attention and you won't be bothered.
this. also 310 all day.
01-30-2015 06:15 PM
aarrow
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Socal is the best place in teh whole wideworls. Excpet for maybe Vietnam. Or Paris. Fuck the rest.
01-30-2015 06:08 PM
jumbosrule
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by PHEOX View Post
SMOG is my main deterrent, as well as some videos I've seen of cars being pulled over and checked without causing any traffic violations. I'm a huge fan of good radar protection but a radar won't save me from asshole cops (not saying all are), especially if I won't be dailying an emissions friendly car, in anything near an emissions friendly way.
Moti will be my cage builder no matter what and I see "signs" that I am destined to run 949 parts everywhere because it's always 9:49 on the clock, all the meat and cheese at my local grocery store is like $9.49/lb, and my favorite album is 9 songs, 49 minutes. There's tons of weird 949 things everywhere and it makes me freak out sometimes because it's too much.
I just want to have roads that I can make runs on every night when I'm done with work, and I'd like to have more of a community of people that enjoy driving. No one around here does. I'm tired of going to meets and just parking. I work so I can drive, that's what I want to do. Texas' lacks the geography and the community.
IM LIVING THE DREAM BUDDY!!!

Lived in Houston for 22 years and made it out to SoCal a year and a half ago. I really did like Texas a lot while I was there... but over the last ten years or so I just got so sick of the weather. It's completely awesome here weather wise and like the other guys say - there are ways around SMOG, just like in Texas. Sure they are a little more bureaucratic here but there is definitely a larger car enthusiast community. I see the negatives as the price of admission.

I drive those twisty mountain roads in Malibu each week - but it's not going to be after work. Too much traffic. It's pretty much gotta be on the weekends or early in the morning (or both) to get some decent canyon runs in unless you are willing to drive for an hour to get to less congested part of town.

I usually make between 1-3 meets EVERY WEEK, but that includes the Saturday and Sunday morning cars & coffee events, which I prefer to the meets with mostly young guys. Nothing wrong with the young guys but I find the older guys have more money, cooler cars and actually finish their builds. If I wanted to, I could probably find some kind of enthusiast get-together 5/7 days of the week. More often if I'm willing to travel a little.

If you ask me the people who live in SoCal and have never lived anywhere else don't know how good it is here. Traffic? Yes a little more than just during rush hour. But so does Houston, amirite? If you find a job and then find a place to live convenient to your job, it's not a big deal at all. I guess the key is finding a job before you move? I live 1.1 mile from my job in Rendondo Beach and I don't worry about traffic at all during the week. The weather really is amazing. No crotch rot or swamp ass, like I came to know so well in the Bayou city. No AC needed where I live close to the beach - a fan and open windows are good enough for the warmest days of the year.

Then there are the tracks. Willow Springs, Button Willow, Laguna Seca & Autoclub Speedway are all within drive in drive out distance. Well Laguna Seca is a little far but it's worth it. Totally different than Texas tracks which are historically FLAT around Houston. I got my first instruction at MSR Houston and it was no big deal to go off-track there. In fact, my first day I went off 4 times. You don't do that around here - an off is probably damage. Very different approach on track.
01-30-2015 12:53 PM
reversecaoboy
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Rep dat 714, breh
01-30-2015 12:44 PM
Heldenzeit
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

There are always ways around it. There are shops that perform a "smog" if you have something wild. Just don't create attention and you won't be bothered.

FYI, 949 is actually the telephone area code for south Orange County haha.
01-30-2015 12:34 PM
PHEOX
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by tanakapz View Post
smog is terrible, if you get a state ref and you have irreplaceable mods (built motor), you basically need to part out. a ton of the track guys keep their cars near stock, or aren't registered on the street. rent is ridiculous expensive out here too.

depends what you want. lots of tradeoffs, but racing opportunities are good. supermiata and miata challenge are both very well run and popular.
So a 20B in the MSM when I kill the next motor is a no-no?
01-30-2015 02:09 AM
tanakapz
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

smog is terrible, if you get a state ref and you have irreplaceable mods (built motor), you basically need to part out. a ton of the track guys keep their cars near stock, or aren't registered on the street. rent is ridiculous expensive out here too.

depends what you want. lots of tradeoffs, but racing opportunities are good. supermiata and miata challenge are both very well run and popular.
01-29-2015 02:02 PM
PHEOX
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by berrie View Post
smog system sucks. lots of awesome roads. horrible traffic except around noon (maybe) and after 8PM.

i've heard police are really harsh around irvine for modified cars.

949, project-g, blackbird fabworx, and a bunch of other miata-familiar businesses are within driving distance. that's all that my tired self can think of right now

/things
SMOG is my main deterrent, as well as some videos I've seen of cars being pulled over and checked without causing any traffic violations. I'm a huge fan of good radar protection but a radar won't save me from asshole cops (not saying all are), especially if I won't be dailying an emissions friendly car, in anything near an emissions friendly way.
Moti will be my cage builder no matter what and I see "signs" that I am destined to run 949 parts everywhere because it's always 9:49 on the clock, all the meat and cheese at my local grocery store is like $9.49/lb, and my favorite album is 9 songs, 49 minutes. There's tons of weird 949 things everywhere and it makes me freak out sometimes because it's too much.
I just want to have roads that I can make runs on every night when I'm done with work, and I'd like to have more of a community of people that enjoy driving. No one around here does. I'm tired of going to meets and just parking. I work so I can drive, that's what I want to do. Texas' lacks the geography and the community.
01-27-2015 09:27 PM
berrie
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

smog system sucks. lots of awesome roads. horrible traffic except around noon (maybe) and after 8PM.

i've heard police are really harsh around irvine for modified cars.

949, project-g, blackbird fabworx, and a bunch of other miata-familiar businesses are within driving distance. that's all that my tired self can think of right now

/things
01-27-2015 12:43 PM
Heldenzeit
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by PHEOX View Post
I live in Houston, and have had my share of four hour round trip commutes. Luckily I never get bored in the car, haha!
For sure. You'll fit in fine.

Also, the taxes are high here too.
01-27-2015 12:03 PM
PHEOX
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

I live in Houston, and have had my share of four hour round trip commutes. Luckily I never get bored in the car, haha!
01-27-2015 11:54 AM
Heldenzeit
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Where you move to will depend on where you find work of course. A lot of people live in Riverside and the Inland Empire and commute to Orange County every day because that's where the good jobs are. Long awful commute with tons of traffic, but people do it.

Smog sucks, but there are ways around it.
01-27-2015 11:41 AM
PHEOX
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

I want to move to California. I want to do Miata Challenge and build a car for Supermiata so I can get my feet wet with non SCCA w2w racing. I want to go to KINOD meets and blast through canyons. Texas is essentially flat backroads, rarely offering more than sweepers that you would have to be at triple digit speeds to link up.
Issue is, I know nothing about California or SoCal as far as where I should aim to move to be around the things I want to be around. I also have this presumption that I'm going to hate Smog quite a bit.
Tell me about things.
01-19-2015 12:23 AM
Bob Loblaw
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01-18-2015 10:05 PM
JSanker
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

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Originally Posted by jdm slick View Post
I might consider dying it...if I can figure out how. LOL! My seat is not a Bride Vios though it's an Autotecnica A999C (Australian brand). I had to jump on it cuz I got it for a good price...
I'm pretty sure this is the seat I've been using in my miata HAHAHA. I bought it from member "Conundrum" on here.
08-30-2013 08:52 PM
jerjozwik
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

and mine looking like a tennis ball....
08-30-2013 03:24 PM
JSanker
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Where do all of you get your hardtops painted? OR if you do it yourself, where do you get factory-coded paint?

I'm sort of tired of my Miata looking like a police car
08-30-2013 11:07 AM
NickGoober
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

pulling out of a drive thru i hit a little island right at the drive thru exit >.< scaped and dented my poor baby anyone good at bondo and can fix/paint it?

08-27-2013 12:39 AM
jerjozwik
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

ive driven 405 miles in the last 4 days. 100 more and fast fun miata comes back from its break in slumber.
08-26-2013 10:35 PM
Conundrum
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Yea but dat camry doe.
08-26-2013 10:15 PM
fkafady
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

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Originally Posted by NickGoober View Post
Damn, the zipper for my rear window only zips half the window. Teeth don't grab each other for the rest of the way Can anyone fix it?

On a side note... saw this on the freeway yesterday..

believe it or not that infinity was once spotted at cars and coffee !!!
Mutant and proud!
08-19-2013 07:44 PM
.one lane
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

That's an easy fix.

...get a hardtop
08-13-2013 12:35 PM
NickGoober
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Haha. Hey can anyone help fix my rear soft top window? The damn zipper fell off track -_-"

Food to whomever can fix it?
08-12-2013 05:25 PM
Akito zoomzoom
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Tiburon badge ?! Mustang wheels..wait a second I see a special edition badge that explains it all.
08-06-2013 06:35 PM
.one lane
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

Are those velocity stacks?
08-01-2013 08:15 PM
ezekiel90
Re: SOCAL Rambling thread

I've seen that poor G around. Some middle age guy with whitening hair drives it like its the shit. Hey whatever floats your boat. He sometimes makes an appearance at Cars and Coffee in Irvine on Saturdays.
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