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Drift Idiot Day 9: Leveling Up

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Published on Mar 26, 2013

I used to hang out with a group of Subaru kids. They would work on their cars, and I would watch, because I was bad at working on cars. I had little mechanical comprehension of motor basics or even how most things fit together. Then I bought a drift car, and had to learn.

In my greatest mechanical achievement so far, and with the help of a few dedicated friends, we swapped an SR20DET into my drift car. There were a few head scratching moments, but thanks to it being the most well documented swap on the web and banging on things with a mallet until they worked, the motor fired up on the first try. I didn't have time to touch on it in the video, but it's not running perfectly. It still needs some work, but hey, I swapped out a motor, how hard can anything else in life be?

I've also learned that the days of using a new set of tires for 2 events are over. The SR must be fed with a steady supply of fresh rubber, and I actually had to retire from this event early because I only brought 2 sets of %50 life tires, and chewed through those in about 25 runs.

Drifting the SR is much different than drifting the KA. Low end torque is gone. If I tried to initiate drift without being on boost, it was pretty much guaranteed to fail. However, once the turbo party kicks in, it is significantly easier to hold skid for much longer and link the long sweeping corners of Firebird's West Track.

Thanks for watching and please support The Drift Idiot Tire Fund For Starving SR20s by buying a Drift Idiot "Suck Less" shirt at www.driftidiot.com

Additional Cameras by:
Matt Mcpherron
DJ Lloyd
Alex Corv

Special Thanks:
Efrain at Suspicious Garage
Paco Ibarra
Brett Long
Matt McPherron
Chasen Blasdel
MOM
Firebird Raceway
Trial By Fire
Hooniverse
Direct port nitrous injection, four-core intercoolers, an' ball-bearing turbos, and... um... titanium valve springs. Thank you.

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