David "Derpy Drift" Adams

September 4, 2015

Discount Tire Promotional Photo Shoot.

Was asked to stop for their discount to help rally in a few people and had some fun! Left work early, stuck around for a couple of hours and had a chance to have a blast and get some photos. Really fun out there!

I don’t know if it garnered any extra attention to the store but it definitely attracted a few kids and adults alike to check her out and walk into the store.

My fiancee always teases me because I talk to EVERYONE and wind up getting opportunities, such as this, that I CLEARLY do not deserve.

Not too bad, she got to party by the tent.

I think this is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, photo.

This one is pretty epic after post proc

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed 🙂

September 3, 2015

New Wheels Installed . . .

After a bit of trial, that is.

So, as we are up to speed (pun intended) it’s known that I recently purchased some wheels and tyres for the MSM (Mazdaspeed Miata). I take them over to Discount Tire to get mounted and balanced and they looks ready to go and I’m excited to get them rolling.

I pull off the old wheels, place the new wheels on, after installing the locking lug nut, I go to put the rest of them on. BAM! The factory lug nuts are too short and too wide to go on properly. LOL! I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy!

AMAZON TO THE RESCUE!

You have to love that Free One-Day (sometimes same-day) shipping on items. I order some new lug nuts, longer and narrower of course, and get them in the following day.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

So I get the wheels unloaded and setup to install.

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

I pull the first wheel off and weigh it . . . It’s roughly 1KG per inch of diameter. Not the heaviest but definitely not the lightest.

17 and a half kg. That's not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

17 and a half kg. That’s not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

Just for good measure, I weigh the next wheel as well. It’s not MUCH lighter, but a 2KG difference is supposedly pretty big when considering it’s unsprung and rotational. The new lug nuts we purchased are also CONSIDERABLY lighter than the factory ones. By a very tangible amount. So that helps too!

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I'm not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I’m not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Of course, it was at this point that I absolutely HAD to run into another road block! 😦

Yep, I couldn’t use the 4-way as the socket-portion was too wide to clear the spokes of the wheel. So I went out and picked up a 21mm 1/2″ socket for my torque wrench (which you ALWAYS use to tighten your wheels on, right?!?!) :p

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

I get home, get everything sorted (after misplacing my wheel key several times, HAHAHA) and finally get all four properly placed (directional tyres ) and installed.

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I'm super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I’m super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

Only did a VERY small amount of driving to shuffle the cars back around back into the garage properly. I can already tell the car is going to ride, handle and GO a lot better than it did before. Just from the little bit of movement. I’m hoping that it prove to be true. I’m very satisfied with the look, now I just have to lower the damn car! HAHAHA! The $$$$ never ends, right?

Here’s a comparison pic, for good measure:

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.  Good stuff!

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.
Good stuff!

February 15, 2014

WOAH! What a wild ride! We are Now GT Channel Partners!

Hey all, it’s been a long time away from the blog, but then again, it’s been a long time away from racing.

 

I won’t babble too much, but the short version is that I ran into some personal and financial issues that kept me from hitting the track as much as I wanted to. However, now I’m back in the south where I belong, where all the action is and I’m currently working on building Derpy up . . .

 

In the pictures below you’ll see that she’s almost ready to rock, her cage is in (not secured yet however), she’s completely gutted and she’s currently undergoing an engine rebuild/repair. The headgasket blew the weekend before a drift event, so we were kept from participating, but we’ll be ready for her next run. I’ll be picking up a second engine this coming weekend (2/16/2014) and will hopefully be getting both of these engines built up properly. It’s going to take time, but I’m ready for the challenge. We’ve got new toys, new tools and we’re constantly building the garage.

 

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We are also now partners with GTChannel Network! I’m hoping this means more motivation and more inspiration to finish our build and to get her on the track running hard! Let us keep our fingers crossed!

 

Here’s some pics of how Derpy Sits now (blown engine and all)

The front part of the cage, looking great! You can see the dash is able to be kept and still provide the perfect amount of clearance. Not too tight, not too far from the panels. Just perfect!

Cage fits perfectly! Snug to the bulkhead, snug to the ceiling. I absolutely LOVE where this car is going. You can also see the hydraulic handbrake and quick release hub.

This pic was taken before the cage was put in, obviously, LOL! But it showcases the wheel that we’re using and gives you a better look of how the seat, handbrake and wheel go together. Very awesome!

This is her with the new door placard for 2014, you can also see she’s been lowered an inch and a half all around and the new helmet is on top. Note the wheel released from the hub

She’s also undergone an ECU upgrade. The new fuel maps and boost pressures are probably why the headgasket blew, LOL!

These sway bars were installed  and have DRASTICALLY changed her characteristics. I can't believe it's taken me so long to realize the effectiveness of these. One of the best modifications so far

These sway bars were installed and have DRASTICALLY changed her characteristics. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to realize the effectiveness of these. One of the best modifications so far

This is what happened to the head gasket. It took a chunk out of itself. New headgasket set has arrived, we'll be installing it asap

This is what happened to the head gasket. It took a chunk out of itself. New headgasket set has arrived, we’ll be installing it asap

Here's one of my new toys. No, not the iPad 4, the engine stand, LOL! I'm picking up a new engine this weekend so hopefully that will get some use here.

Here’s one of my new toys. No, not the iPad 4, the engine stand, LOL! I’m picking up a new engine this weekend so hopefully that will get some use here.

Here's the new torque wrench kit. This is the first one I've owned. My garage is getting built properly!

Here’s the new torque wrench kit. This is the first one I’ve owned. My garage is getting built properly!

 

 

 

So yes, lots of pictures because it’s been a VERY long time. I hope that makes up for the lack of updates. I apologize and will try my hardest, especially now that I’m with GTChannel, to make regular updates!  Now . . .let’s watch some

VIDEOS!

 

Here’s how we will be doing MOST of the updates. I think this is easier to view and easier AND more fun to keep up with. You get to see the emotion in my eyes and hear the enthusiasm in my voice each and every update. So that’s how we’ll be getting those updates to you guys going forward. I’ll still have pictures and text occasionally, but for the most part it will be videos to the masses ^_^

 

Without any further delay . . .here they are

 

Here’s VLOG1

Here's VLOG1, gives a basic introduction of how everything will be going forward and what you can expect from these!

Here’s VLOG1, gives a basic introduction of how everything will be going forward and what you can expect from these!

 

 

I discuss our partnership with GTChannel here and talk about what's going on with Derpy.

I discuss our partnership with GTChannel here and talk about what’s going on with Derpy.

 

 

 

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoy! I can’t wait to bring you more content and I hope you tell your friends to check us out. Remember to Like, Comment and Subscribe to my Youtube channel and get your buddies to check out the blog and videos as well! Thank you all SO SO much for tuning in!

 

 

 

 

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