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Bobzilla
Well, Porky, my trusty steed for the last 10 years, 4 months and 25 days finally got replaced. After being the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned, I ditched her BEFORE she left me stranded. Rust was starting to grow rather rapidly, some places a little more critical than others (like the radiator mounts), and she needed a lot of little work that a car it's age and miles (155k) needs.

So we found a really good replacement. 2010 Kia Forte SX Sedan 6MT. Found it in Troy, OH listed for $13,900 with 18k miles on the odo. Ended up with $10k loan for a 2 year old car that's almost new.

On to the pics:




Kate31
I like it!!!
Jessie
When I saw the title, I was thinking that somehow Porky found it's way to your driveway and surprised you this morning. Definitely would have been interesting.

Great looking car! Congrats! (:
Alex2013GT
Awesome! Congrats on the car Bob thumbsup.gif
popeye
My fav Kia color, congrats!
Bobzilla
Well, I got my first suprise with it. We reset the mpg computer thingy magiggy when we took it for a test drive. Then drove it home. It showed 33.4mpg average. It wasn't even close. I filled it up earlier and manually calculated the mileage and it was actually 36.1.

Also, and this is directed at Mitch........ is there a hidden sub in this car? I know the Hondar Element SC came with one in thefront of the center console. This thing hits like that. But for the life of me I can't find one.
elantragt
Nope. The SX sound system has excellent bass. You have three levels of bass boost.

Looks great Bob. Titanium is my second favorite Forte color. cool.gif

Also, here's a good link for ya...

https://www.kiatechinfo.com/Index.asp
mlumz
Looks great.
milehighhyundai
Nice car Bob! If something were to happen to my Elantra in the near future, I would be hunting for an SX like yours. wub.gif

But the real question: How soon until you install headerS, and a chip to get 300whp and 55 MPG? tongue.gif
benman
That looks sharp! 18K miles on a 2010 -- that's awesome.

Any mod plans yet?

Yeah, when I read the title I thought you were going to say Porky broke down on the way to the dealer. Glad to know everything worked out well.
Bobzilla
well, not sure what plans I am going to implement yet. The vette is up for sale. If it sells, then we'll pay off the Forte by christmas and I'll start looking for a replacement for it. Currently thinking either a '13 Gen Coupe or a used C6 'vette. If that doesn't happen, or I dont find what I'm looking for by spring time, the Forte will get some Megan coilovers, rear sway bar and some 225/45/17 Star Specs to go on the stock wheels and I'll run it in STF for the season.

Today I'm test fitting some 18x7.5 Acura RDX Takeoff wheels to triple check my fitment. As long as they do fit like they're supposed to, I'm ordering some 225/40/18 Kumho Platinum LX tires. There's a monster knot on one of the stock Goodyear RS-A's, and the others are chopped like hell and dry rotted so I was going to need new tires as soon as we got home anyway.
bhorste
Nice find, Bob!
Bobzilla
So , I test fitted the RDX 18's. not gonna work. Well, let me rephrase, not gonna work FOR ME. I'm not into that stance shit and these definately poke out.




Too bad, I kinda liked the look.

sarge
oh c'mon you could definitely put some 195s on there then make it 'flush' like a Vdub.
Bobzilla
ummm.... no.

I just ordered a set of 225/45/17 Kumho 4X's.

sarge
hehe - good call on not. You're smarter than most out there smile.gif

I'm liking my 4X's. I'm sure you'll enjoy them too.
Bobzilla
Yeah, if it gets turned into an STF auto-x car next spring it will get a set of specific wheels and tires for that. likely some RPF1's and some 225/45/17 Star Specs.
Red Elantra GT
Hey-It's a drag to have tires/wheels that are too big. Better to go with something reasonable, as you did.
Dark gray is a favorite color of mine. Very handsome!
Bobzilla
Got the new 225/45/17 4X's on the stock 7" wheels last night. What a m'er f'in beyotch. That was a fight.... but well worth it. Why didn'y Kia use good tires on these cars? They would have sold a shit-ton more cars! It's smooth, quiet, poised and drives fantastic. The stock Goodyear RS-A's had ~5-6/32 of tread left, but the instant I started breaking them down the dry rot showed it's ugly head. Cracks were EVERYWHERE.
Bobzilla
So, I learned a few things this weekend. A few of us volunteered to run an auto-x for the huge mopar weekend at (formerly known as) IRP. That in itself was worth paying admission for... watching a bunch of 4k+ lb hemi powered cars trying to turn was absolutely hilarious! But I took the Forte out for some fun laps, took about 10 runs or so. I was suprised. I was still running 32psi all around on my new Kumho Ecsta 4X's in a little larger than stock 225/45/17 on the stock 7" wheels.

The car was very nuetral out of the box. It would step the ass out quite easily. It was fairly responsive, had a ton of power down low (which you would expect out of that 2.4L) and the brakes were OK. Not a great feel on the brake pedal, but it still has the stock pads all around.

Raleigh Boreen was out running different things, including Velma's Mini Cooper S convertible. His best run in the mini was a 45.5 on BFG Summer tires in the stock 205/45/17 size. My best run was a 45.2. I was the fastest FWD car out there this weekend.... in a bone stock Kia.

What it really needs is better pads, about 3* of camber up front and some better tire/wheels. Dropping it about 2" wouldn't hurt either.... but man was it a ton of fun. I think this may be a potential contender in STF.
sarge
That's awesome!! Sometimes it's not just the car, but the driver.
Way to go Porky2!
Alex2013GT
Damn that's awesome Bob!
Bobzilla
QUOTE (sarge @ Sep 24 2012, 10:38 AM) *
That's awesome!! Sometimes it's not just the car, but the driver.
Way to go Porky2!


If it had been anyone but Raleigh, I'd agree. That man has been autocrossing longer than I've been alive I think. He's probably forgotten more than I will ever know. He's not just good, he's REAL good. He took a few cars out on Sat and beat every car owner. One had been auto-x'ing his 1971 T/A 340 6-pack since 1976.
slowgls
Hey Bob!!! Got a set of wheels for yea. You interested?
http://www.elantraclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=33350
elantragt
Kyle, that offset will make Bob have the stance look. Not sure he's into that. laugh.gif
slowgls
I bet there still lighter than stock though.
Bobzilla
Being that they're a 7" wheel, they'd likely stick out as far as the RDX wheels did (7.5" wheel and a 45 offset). I really need a 7.5" wheel.
slowgls
Oh darn, Well just wanted to ask. lol.
Bobzilla
well, that and for $600 I can get a set of Enkei RPF-1's new.
trololololo
ze porky shall be ridin derty once again
Bobzilla
Alrighty.... so after much measuring and checking with Pierce Motorsports, I ordered his custom k-sport coilovers for the SeX. they are 10k frt, 12k rear set up for the similar weight veloster Turbo, with shock valving to control that much spring. THis is much stiffer than what anyone currently offers (megan 8k/4k, Stance 7k/3k). With this, I may not need to add a rear bar at all. Tires/wheels I picked up in Feb for $600. 17x7.5 Kosei K-1's wrapped in half worn Bridgestone RE-11's:



First auto-x is coming up on the 13/14th. Suspension won't be in for a few more weeks, but I'll at least have the wheels/tires on.
RPW00Mirage
niiiice smile.gif

cant wait to hear how it does!
Bobzilla
what worked out really well is the oldheadrest camera mount I made for the Elantra works perfect in the SeX so there will be videos too.
slowgls
Cant wait.
Bobzilla
QUOTE (slowgls @ Apr 5 2013, 02:57 PM) *
Cant wait.


You? How do you think I feel? laugh.gif
slowgls
IF you had a chance to run at Road America would you. It would only be an auto-x on the go kart track but still an awesome place. WE will be hosting two events this year.

Oh and i want my j back now. So yea i know how you feel. lol.

Here is some more info.
http://www.fvscc.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2124
Bobzilla
QUOTE (slowgls @ Apr 5 2013, 03:29 PM) *
IF you had a chance to run at Road America would you. It would only be an auto-x on the go kart track but still an awesome place. WE will be hosting two events this year.

Oh and i want my j back now. So yea i know how you feel. lol.

Here is some more info.
http://www.fvscc.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2124


Since I am planning on another week long trip to Nationals this year, another "big weekend" is likely out for me this year..... but that doesn't mean it's 100% out.
slowgls
Well that would be cool. You could crash at my place too. No need to pay for a room.
Silentwolf
They've got some rally cross stuff just north of Little Rock wink.gif
Bobzilla
aLRIGHTY, today was first day on the new wheels/worn out tires. Holy hell.... 225/45/17 Re11's are still sticky!

slowgls
She's lookin good.
silet
That looks like awesome fun!!!
Bobzilla
OK, a little more depth now that I'm not running out to lunch...

On Sat, the temps were extremely cold. I never ran in temp about 40*, and most of the time it was spitting rain/sleet at us with 25mph+ wind gusts. It was about as terrible of weather conditions as you could ask for to auto-x in. Tires are 6yo (date code '08) Bridgestone RE-11's that are pretty well worn. Corners on all 4 are round from a lack of camber by the previous owner, rear tires are about 1-2/32 of tread left, fronts are sitting at 4-ish. Rest of the car is 100% bone stock.

Launches were pointless, wheel spin from hell because of the cold and wet. Car got down the straight quickly, outrunning the 328i set up for STX I was lined up for on my 4 timed runs. First turn, on the first run the ass stepped out fast. Caught it and was more careful from that point forward. Inside tire spin was ridiculous. cold air=more betterer power and super cold tires meant grip was minimal. throttle modulation had to be carefully monitored. Second runs, I forgot to turn off the TCS. Launched, TCS killed power I started to watch the 328 pull away then remembered, reached down and turned it off before the shift to second. Caught the bimmer, made the rest of the run uneventful. Car pushed a little, but that was to be expected. There was ZERO grip.The only cars running fast were the Subies. Anything with torque or RWD was fubar'd. Still had fun, but wasn't much of a learning curve with such extreme conditions.

Sunday: This was our "Records Day" where the fastest car in the class sets the class record to be beat on the last event of the season. This was the important day for me because it will really showcase what differences have helped and how much faster the car (and driver) have gotten over the course of the season. I was the only car in STF, so beating others was not a priority. Temps were in the high 40's, low 50's and the sun was out with minimal wind. Grip was slowly getting to the "Acceptable but far from ideal" level, which was a huge improvement over the previous day's "slab of butter on a hot skillet".

Car was a little pushy out of the gate, got worse on the first run as the front tires got heat and grip. This is a familiar course as it's the permanet Test-n-tune course at that site, so getting adjusted to the course was not hard. After the run, I lowered the front tire pressure to 27 and pumped the rears to 35, and that is where I kept them as it seemed to be happiest there. This same course, I ran the Swift GT on Koni's, coilover's, RE-01R's and all 1790lbs of awesomeness to a mid-52 second time. My first run was a 52.8, second was a 52.1, dropped to a 51.5 on my last run.

Observations: In stock trim, the car is fairly neutral. It will snap the ass out when pushed, or tires are cold. push a little too much and it gets real pushy real fast. Throttle application is not like any of my other FWD auto-x'ers. Smash it and you are greated with wheelspin gallore, and leave it planted long enough you'll get smoke..... tire smoke. Body roll is pretty much kept in check, considerin the lack of a rear sway bar. The one thing it NEEDS more than anything is negative camber up front. This thing spent 80% of it's time on the outer 2" of tread on those tires.

This car reminds me most of the elantra. It can only handle one thing at a time. You can brake, OR turn, OR accelerate. Trying to any combination of those will result in a pushy, tire spinning beast. Be patient, and it is quick.

I can't WAIT for this thing to have a real suspension under it and the new Rival's.
Bobzilla
Car was co-driven today. I actually got beat by my co-driver by .194. Sum-beech. Car felt good all day. Co-driver is a honda-fanboi hardcore. After his 3rd run he gets out, says "Damn, this car has some SERIOUS potential. I don't hate this at all." laugh.gif

We ran the same course we set up Sat for the OLoA drivers. FTD for the one-lappers was a 54.4. Median time for the OL'ers was around a 61. We both ran 60's. Had a good time.

As I was filling up to head home, I looked the front tires over. The front struts cannot control the springs for shit. Hard core cupping on the outer corner. Rears no noticeable wear. So it looks like the rear shocks are shit for hte street, but great for auto-x. The fronts are fine for the street, and shit for auto-x.

God I can't wait for my suspension to come in.

Pics of co-driver:

Silentwolf
Wonder how much more fun it would be in the upcoming Koup SX.
Bobzilla
Couldn't tell you. Since I'm not buying one, I'll just make this one more fun. Besides, if I'm buying a coupe, it's going to be RWD. FWD coupe is aids.
Silentwolf
Was thinking for myself. I rarely use the back seats in Hunter, so 4 drs isn't a necessity and the Forte/Elantra Coupes have as much cargo room as the Fiesta ST hatch. Plus, I've been wanting to get into some Auto-X
Bobzilla
stop thinking about it and do it. You've got almost year-round auto-x season there. I'd kill for that.
slowgls
QUOTE (Bobzilla @ May 6 2013, 03:00 PM) *
stop thinking about it and do it. You've got almost year-round auto-x season there. I'd kill for that.

Me too!!!

Well ice racing is fun but just not the same. If i could run summer tires year round i would!!
Silentwolf
QUOTE (Bobzilla @ May 6 2013, 04:00 PM) *
stop thinking about it and do it. You've got almost year-round auto-x season there. I'd kill for that.


I'll be in AR soon, which will actually have more readily accessible auto-x and rally-x.

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