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No offense taken at all, I"m no expert, but I do play one on TV .
Glad to hear it.

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I had and tracked a mid 2000 subaru 5 speed and never broke anything. However I have not had the same drivetrain luck with the lotus...
If you bought it 2nd or 3rd hand it is hard to say if it is your fault or not. Typically failure of such parts occurs after much abuse, not due to one incident...things weaken over time...unless of course you happen to get unlucky a load up all the weight on one side of the car and the pressure transfers through the half shaft and shatters your diff...then maybe that one time.

Happened to a guy I know at nationals.

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San I know you well enough that I don't take offense to what you say...we are like minded in stating the obvious/logical thought...sometimes tact just evades us from time to time.

And I agree, trans life has a lot to do with how you treat it. I started driving stick when I was 12, and was allowed to drive a stick by myself since I was 14...I have always driven a stick, except for a select few cars I just bought to flip or my wife has driven. My current car will be converted to a stick next summer I hope (2005 Passat TDI, love this car).

But the OEM trans is the weakest link, hence the reason why Fred Zust at BWR is the MAN for making the most beautiful gear set in the world that will handle the power, abuse, and punishment. And he did it for what I consider to be very affordable for the serious track or power guy.

Lol...i will keep that in mind...but I will go for being the DD, as I don't drink, so I am happy with a Pepsi or a Coke.
Sometimes I've been less than tactful?

I have tried to be more respectful with my replies to forum members here. I wasn't always so forgiving. Long ago one of the moderators asked me to ponder if my input was helping the forum. It changed my outlook. Thanks Aedo.

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Sometimes I've been less than tactful?

I have tried to be more respectful with my replies to forum members here. I wasn't always so forgiving. Long ago one of the moderators asked me to ponder if my input was helping the forum. It changed my outlook. Thanks Aedo.

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I had and tracked a mid 2000 subaru 5 speed and never broke anything. However I have not had the same drivetrain luck with the lotus...
I miss my '05 STi terribly. Treated that car like a red-headed step child and never once had an issue in the 38,000 miles I had it. No way I'd try that with the Lotus.

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Pretty much seems like everyone agrees that with 105hp per liter, the NA doesn't have much to gain from traditional bolt on mods.

Forced induction all the way! I did pop a stock block that was supposedly dyno'd at over 350 rwhp. My guess is that it was more like 275-300. I also agree with other that the transmission concerns probably depend on driving style. I have had no problems on my 2nd transmission, but damaged my first slamming gears at the drag strip. The horror! A Lotus at a drag strip!!

To my simple mind a turbo is more efficient than a supercharger, and there is no automatic reason to expect trouble because of the method of forced induction. If you put on a huge turbo that kicks like a mule, maybe it will tend break the rear end loose--I can understand that concern. Turbo technology has gotten so good these days, though. I especially like the twin scroll setups, where you can keep the spool time down and with proper sizing still achieve progressive power delivery.

On major appeal of superchargers for me is that they are easier. Less to choose from, and a more simple install. Seems like the installs can be done by most in their garage and a mail order tune will get you going. Whereas a turbo install can probably still be done in your garage, good luck on the tune.

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Thanks everyone for the thoughts...a lot of digest here lol but in the end the message is clear: get an SC lol. I guess I'll save up and get an SC... mean time I'll likely get an exhaust soon though.
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