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Old 08-03-2010, 12:42 PM   #11
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My friend(who owned the Bonneville before I bought it from him) and I were drifting around 4th of July '09 in the woods...super muddy, sliding around corners, took it out with mud all over onto the parking lots, came back, did it again.

The next morning, the brake pedal was super loose, and the E-brake didn't work at all.

Since then, (I forget how he fixed it), neither one of us drift.
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ok well since we are sharing stories.. i smacked a curb at 45 mph... came to a dead stop in snow and ice.
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The only time I've ever "drifted" was in a large open parking lot after a snowfall. There are very few changes to do something wrong. Worst case you slam on the brakes and wait for your car to come to a complete stop.

However, drifting in any other means is pretty stupid, especially with a Bonneville. These cars are not designed to be sports cars, they're designed to be family cars, passenger sedans, or what have you. They are first and foremost front wheel drive, which means you cannot do any amount of controlled drifting with them. You can slide once, but that'* it.

As for Jonpro, that video posted would have worked out quite well for him as I'm sure he'* pulled it off before, but he saw a car coming in the opposite direction which he had not anticipated before, and intentionally ran into a curb despite having enough time to correct his maneuver to avoid hitting the oncoming driver. It was a safe move on his part, so I think he handled the situation well. We give him a lot of crap for it jokingly because he'* a great guy and this was one of the funniest things he'* ever done at a car meet.

I will reinforce the stupidity of drifting on dry pavement. You will wear out your tires unnecessarily, damage your e-brake cable, and run the risk of damaging your car.

I once caught a patch of ice making a left turn during normal driving conditions, not driving fast or like an idiot, and my car'* right rim hit the curb at a 45 degree angle. I ruined the balljoint, tie rod, control arm, and bent the subframe, all of which needed to be replaced. Fortunately I didn't crack the rim, but Jon did among all of the rest of the things I mentioned. Its simply not worth it.

If you want to drift, find a RWD car, get some junkyard tires on there, and lay some rubber down in a large abandoned parking lot. If you have slick, snowy, or icy conditions, I would try it in said abandoned parking lot with the bonneville, but under no other circumstances. It will give you a better sense of understanding of your car'* personality and ability and your ability to correct an over or understeer, so if it happens in real life, you'll know how to react. Call it a controlled loss of control. That'* the only reason I would ever "drift."
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I did the same thing.. Showing off in my 1999 Alero. Had 17" rims and Hankook racing tires. Was drifting in the parking lot at the highschool (where i graduated from many years earlier) trying to show up kids out there in their redneck trucks and hummers. And was going way to fast. There was alot of snow and ice. I hit black ice and my car wouldnt stop. And smoked a curb. FOlding my drivers front wheel right under my car. Looked like a hovercraft
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I ruined the balljoint, tie rod, control arm, and bent the subframe, all of which needed to be replaced. Fortunately I didn't crack the rim, but Jon did among all of the rest of the things I mentioned. Its simply not worth it.
QFT





If you watch the video, you can see the point when I saw the Jeep and freaked out. I let off the e-brake and corrected the oversteer so I was going straight and not into her lane. Then I tried to turn left into the correct lane but had too much speed so I slammed on the brakes and locked up the tires (abs doesn't work) and slid into the curb with the wheels turned left. The bottom of the wheel was parallel with the curb when it hit, and pushed the wheel up and back.
BTW... the look on the ladys face in the Jeep was priceless. She slowed and watched me finish my stupidity.
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Moral of the story, if you want to drift, get one of these:

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Lol.....
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No... if you want to drift, get one of these:





and do this:

[YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68aOGahD2BY[/YT]
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Alright Jake,

You are starting to look like a douchebag, especially when you don't explain what happened.
LOLOLOL sorry jon
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LOLOLOL sorry jon
OHAI Jake!

Happy Birthday!
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