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Old 01-02-2005, 08:08 PM   #1
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Angry I'm always speeding

...according to everyone I know. I absolutely HATE when people tell me that. It really gets on my nerves. It seems to me that people have a problem distinguishing between driving the speed limit and acceleration.

People hear the 8 approaching redline and automatically think I am over the speed limit even if its just first gear. I've even been pulled over because he thought I was "moving fast."

If this happens so much in the 8, I wonder what kind of treatment the Honda Civics with fart cannons get.

The only way I can convince people I'm not speeding is by granny shifting, or having them lean over and look at the speedometer. Then I get the usual "Oh."

The two times I have been pulled over, both cops didn't have their radar on. I have a radar detector and I have passed many cops and none of them have done anything because they can SEE on their RADAR that I'm not speeding, but it seems some cops like to go by sound which really doesn't mean anything.

If sound was the only indication of speeding, then they'd be pulling over my next door neighbors Buick because that thing sounds like a train.

Its kinda upsetting, infact its very upsetting. They both gave me warnings, but they didn't even consider it aggressive driving. They only considered it speeding.

I saw someone on the boards who said they got pulled over for accelerating quickly away from a light and there was a cop behind him that he didn't see. I think they told him he was driving aggresively. Oh, well.
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The only way I can convince people I'm not speeding is by granny shifting, or having them lean over and look at the speedometer. Then I get the usual "Oh."
Weird.

I'll ask my passengers how fast they think I'm going - they'll say 60. I'll show them the speedo - Actually going 85. The car is so smooth that the speed is deceptive. Usually it seems the car isn't going as fast as it is due to the lack of noise.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:20 PM   #3
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Weird.

I'll ask my passengers how fast they think I'm going - they'll say 60. I'll show them the speedo - Actually going 85. The car is so smooth that the speed is deceptive. Usually it seems the car isn't going as fast as it is due to the lack of noise.
Same here, when its going fast, the engine is at a steady RPM, so the passengers think its going slow. When I am accelerating, they always think its going fast.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:30 PM   #4
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I learned to drive stick on my new RX-8, and one person who rode with me said I should shift around 3,000 RPM, another person said 4,000. I don't know if they realized the car doesn't redline until 9,000. Did I read correctly that the Corvette redlines at 6,000? Anyway, I decided to ignore their advice and shift at 5,000+. The car feels too wimpy at low revs.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:42 PM   #5
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As the rev band climbs the car does throw you back a bit in the seat. The reality is I can get to 30mph and have it feel faster. As Jason said, the car is so smooth it is deceiving. Especially to a non-8 driver. Also, be careful when accelerating hard (or 5kRPM+ in the 8), the Police do have a law against "agressive displays of speed" or something like that. I have received a ticket for this many moons ago in Houston, TX. Not festive...considering I was driving a neon!!! :D

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Old 01-02-2005, 08:50 PM   #6
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As the rev band climbs the car does throw you back a bit in the seat. The reality is I can get to 30mph and have it feel faster. As Jason said, the car is so smooth it is deceiving. Especially to a non-8 driver. Also, be careful when accelerating hard (or 5kRPM+ in the 8), the Police do have a law against "agressive displays of speed" or something like that. I have received a ticket for this many moons ago in Houston, TX. Not festive...considering I was driving a neon!!! :D

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Yes, I am aware of "Exhibition of speed", but thats not what I am doing. I wasn't going at full throttle or WOT. What exactly is WOT? I don't understand the difference between full throttle and WOT.
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If you're shifting around 3-4k, your car is only making around 60 hp at that rev range.

(I'm guestimating, maybe someone can give an exact number)
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:05 PM   #8
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I had the same problem with my old 84 Capri RS (mod=305hp). I'd drive down the neighborhood street at 30km in 1st gear and everybody thought I was speeding because of the big sound. If I put it in 2nd and drove 50km....no looks.


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Old 01-02-2005, 09:12 PM   #9
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I had the same problem with my old 84 Capri RS (mod=305hp). I'd drive down the neighborhood street at 30km in 1st gear and everybody thought I was speeding because of the big sound. If I put it in 2nd and drove 50km....no looks.


go figure.
I wonder how the people with non-stock exhaust feel.
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:46 PM   #10
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Weird.

I'll ask my passengers how fast they think I'm going - they'll say 60. I'll show them the speedo - Actually going 85. The car is so smooth that the speed is deceptive. Usually it seems the car isn't going as fast as it is due to the lack of noise.
It's deceptive at both extremes, as I learned shortly after I got my 8. Calmly driving in a 50 mph zone I was surprised to glance down and see I was going 70 as smooth as could be. Later in a 25 mph zone I thought I'd better slow down, then realized I was only going 25.
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Old 01-02-2005, 10:12 PM   #11
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yea the car is pretty deceptive when it comes to engine noise and speed..i got the racingbeat cat-back...and it is pretty dociel (spelling) at lower rpm.'s and engine load/throttle postion...but she will scream when you open her up at WOT

ps.s i believe Wide Open Throttle and Full Throttle are synominous (spelling again?)
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:00 PM   #12
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yea the car is pretty deceptive when it comes to engine noise and speed..i got the racingbeat cat-back...and it is pretty dociel (spelling) at lower rpm.'s and engine load/throttle postion...but she will scream when you open her up at WOT

ps.s i believe Wide Open Throttle and Full Throttle are synominous (spelling again?)
I still kinda want exhaust.
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:34 PM   #13
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oh don't ge tme wrong the racingbeat sounds awsome..should've come this way from the factory
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:29 AM   #14
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on my way home I have to pass by a golf course, a pool and a tennis court, well after I bought the car they put speedbumps in front of the pool. Now that summer is over they removed them, but there is construction and there is a giant hole across the whole road. Well out of respect I turn of my music, and of course have to slow down because of the construction. these guys were playing tenis all afternoon, about the fourth time I passed there game they yell at me "hey you need to slow down!", while my speedo read 3 mph. I drove down the road turned around came back and they started mouthing off I came to a complete stop they turned completely white I wanted to get out and kick their ***. Mom's always complaining i speed past the pool and scare the children, they love my car. Discrimination!
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Mom's always complaining i speed past the pool and scare the children, they love my car.!
I love it! If I were you I would get a static cling skull and crossbones on the side of your car and just sit by the pool and rev your engine. That would give the soccer moms something to bitch about!
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