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I wanted to take the time to let all WRX owners know about my run in with a new WRX on Beach Blvd. in SoCal on Friday night

As the owner of a Red 2000 Ford Lightning (slightly modded)(450 rwhp / 525 ftlbs of torque) I had the pleasure of running against a new WRX from both a stop light (side by side) and a roll on (20 mph)

I never in my wildest dreams thought that the little silver car with the fancy fog lights and big old hood scoop would be so damn fast

I was able to hook up the big meats on the lightning from the stop light start (Thank God) and I pulled away from the WRX while wringing out all 12 pounds of supercharged boost

The WRX did not fade away thou, we both pushed hard up to 70 mph, and even thou I was in front, I was not waaaay out in front

I felt like pulling over to see if the guy had attached a rope to my tow hitch somehow....lol

I love my Lightning, and even thou its a mid 12 second runner, I was very impressed with the power of the WRX

Impressed enough that I had better get the 125 hp shot of nitrous before I run up against anymore of these "Faster than ****" WRX's

Great car guys, enjoy

And if you are cruising in Socal (Orange County), and you see a RED Lightning, hard tonneau cover with a race wing, and the logo "Fear This" on the windshield.......leave my ass alone....Ha!
(I am not about to tempt fate against a similarly modded WRX)

At 4800 lbs, the Lightning needs alot of brute HP & Torque to even out the power to weight ratio of the AWD WRX

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damn man sounds like you guys had a good run! that WRX had to be modded though to keep up with you like that :) it's also nice to see that you show some respect for WRX's...i give Lightnings much respect :eek: scary fast trucks
 

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I had the pleasure of seeing a white lightening drop me like a rock from 50+. It had an Eaton Inside logo on the back. It was on the 15 going south a few weeks ago. I had my rear windows down and I was looking to move over into the slow lane to avoid traffic when I see this white truck behind me then heard the shriek of his SC...surprised the hell out of me because I wasnt expecting it. I was caught out of gear in low boost, but wouldnt have made a damn bit of difference that thing just got up and moved out! Very, very cool to watch and hear.
 

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I'm surprised the WRX hung with you so close due to your good hook up. He must have had some decent mods. Nice truck. :)
 

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"I was able to hook up the big meats on the lightning from the stop light start (Thank God) and I pulled away from the WRX while wringing out all 12 pounds of supercharged boost"


the WRX didn't launch??? good run tho.
 

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The WRX launched good from the stop light, but his revs were to high before the light and he smoked his tires enough to allow me to get an early jump

I had my foot on the brake, revved up to 1100 rpm, and when the light changed I pushed the gas pedal so hard I thought I was dragging my foot on the asphalt

Sometimes its nice to have an automatic

When your supercharger is screaming, your ******* is puckered, and your balls are climbing up into your throat, who needs to worry about shifting.......lol

Even with the HP that the Lightning puts out, the Goodyear F1 295/45/ZR18's are pretty sticky and will usually reward you with a good hook up (if you are careful). Otherwise you can destroy an expensive ($200 + each) set of tires relatively quickly

70 MPH comes real fast when your on the boost, and the WRX was classy enough to NOT do a "Fly By" after he realized that he was beaten

As I stated earlier, a similarly modded WRX would have given me fits....and now I have a definate appreciation of the WRX profile when I see it coming in my rear view mirror....Ha!

Happy Hunting Everyone,

I'm waiting like the rest of you for the new Dodge SRT10 Pickup
503 cu in, 500 hp, 500 ft lbs of torque, 6 speed tranny, 24 inch tires..........$50,000.00 plus dealer markup........NOT.....I think I will keep my $32,000.00 Lightning with $1,000.00 worth of mods

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lightnings are ****ing nice... i love that truck. its the meanest lookin thing... i've actually lined up twice with 2 different ones but they didn't wanted to run...
 

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Its people like you that make owning fast cars fun. I respect you a lot for respecting us. Lightnings are great trucks, fast as hell, and they look very nice I'm stock for now and wouldn't want to line up to you, if you know what I mean :D Like people said above I doubt you raced a stock WRX. Great run and nice to hear from the other side of the story.

Adam

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Great run!

Lightnings are awesome machines. The best sleepers to those who don't know cars! Thanks for keeping it respectful and fun, it's better for everyone!
 

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Lightnings are faster than I thought!

When my WRX was stock I was able to race a few different Lightnings and for some reason in my mind I thought the WRX could take the Lightning, was I wrong. I was amazed at how fast it was. Well I decided that my car needed some upgrades to be able to contend with such cars as Lightnings, SS's/TA's, and Cobras. Now I happy to say my WRX is finally done (started in Feb done in July) and I m ready for a Lightning re-match and others. I will be looking for you Metro Detroit Lightnings.

02 Blue WRX
www.turboxs.com Stage 4 pkg.

- VF-30 Turbo, Upgraded ECU, full exhaust 4" downpipe, K&N, Blitz digital boost controller, RFL blow-off valve, Upgraded ECU, Upgraded Fuel pump, Upgraded Fuel Injectors, stage 4 clutch, and light weight fly wheel. Headers soon-
 

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Master Of Pain said:
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RIP - 2001 Lightning, Build #3661

525 HP
607 TQ
11.72 best 1/4
That is a sweet 1/4 time! So sorry to hear of your loss, I'm glad that you're ok.

BTW, welcome aboard the board. Hope the future is kinder to you. What you gonna replace that Lightning with?...
 

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WRXed said:


That is a sweet 1/4 time! So sorry to hear of your loss, I'm glad that you're ok.

BTW, welcome aboard the board. Hope the future is kinder to you. What you gonna replace that Lightning with?... [/Bb]


I'm playing with my new WRX Sedan toy. Miss the raw torque and the boost, but the traction is awesome. :cool:
 

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Last time at the track, this brand new silver Lightening shot out tranny parts through the case with sparks flying and oil spewing all over the track at launch. It's was very cool but I felt sorry for the owner.
Very nice truck though.

Doug
 

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yeah the lightning is sick fast...i like the extended cab option much! Its goods that most of the drivers are all cool. Truck guys are usually.

i bet those guys are laughing when they see a bone stock f-150 xl with some Pep Boys 'tezza's and some wheels from Rent-a-Tire all trying to get their impersonation on..!! (usually with the Calvin pissing on a Chevy logo sticker on the rear glass) LOL
 

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Me and this Lightning have been racing each other at our local track. First I was faster than he was ( I had exhaust, chip, and boost controller) he was basically stock.
Then he got a pully to increase boost, chip, exhaust mods, drag radials, and then we were side by side when we raced We were running 8.40s- 8.60s in the 1/8 mile on average.
Then I got my stage 4 setup and I was again faster than he was. I was running on average 8.20s in the 1/8 mile to his 8.40s

Now he just put a 75hp NOS shot on his lightning and we are back to neck and neck. He was running 8.10-8.20 the other day in the 1/8 mile. Thats basically what I run.

Now, I need to put a 75 shot on my WRX so I can keep out front of him.

Its fun - that what racing is all about. Coming back with something new and going faster.
 

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When Does The Insanity Ever End

The more I drive my Lightning, the more I smile

The more I smile, the more I spend on mods

The more I spend on mods, the more I drive my Lightning

Such a vicious circle.....Ha!

Any local SoCal WRX Drivers want to get together and compare....

You show me your's and I'll show you mine

I need to get some WRX Education before I run against the "Wrong" (as in real fast) REX

:D

P.S. It's not about what you drive, or how fast you drive, it's all about the "Enthusiasm & Passion" you have for your current vehicle.

Enthusiasm & Passion are contagious, respect for others and the desire to not only teach, but learn will carry you along way in life

I have mad respect for the people on this WRX website. I realize that I'm an outsider looking in, a non -WRX owner but a WRX admirer. I don't care if all you can afford is a 10 speed bicycle, I'll stop and talk bicycles for as long as you want.

There is always someone faster.....period

Enjoy today, develop the relationships and bonds with drivers of all types, and when you get the chance to nourish a new person into the field of fast cars (& trucks) do it with style, do it with Passion & Enthusiasm, and do it the way hopefully someone once did for you.

See you all on the streets or at the track

If you need some help from the Lightning side of the house.......let me know

Ray :cool:
 
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