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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #21
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Yea I mean its going to Todd at A&C for the PPI on Tuesday so I will know for a fact whether it will be good to go. I am just not sure how long the cheap ticket price might be good for, I would pretty much be assuming the car is fine. I mean hell it has 1000 miles on the newly built motor, with all new fluids 1000 miles ago as well.
Going Wednesday morning to A&C. I was going to drop it off tues and pick up my new toy but that didn't work out. So I'll just drive it up Wed AM and then go to work.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #22
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I blew past a few. When out in the middle of no mans land is the best place. I past a cop while WOT in 5th going about 190-200. Seen lights keept in it a few more miles. I don't know I he turned them off or if I was so far away I couldn't see them. Either way. What a rush!

Edit: bring earplugs if that car was as loud as mine was. Not really needed but it would have been nice for the time you wanted absolute quite.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #23
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How old are you? ....if under 50 i'd say do it!. I bought my 08 new and drove it home 650 mi from Houston-Amarillo. The wifey still bitches about the trip every time she get a chance. ( we stopped talking midway home)
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Old November 10th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #24
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Haha im 28, still trying to figure it out with work and timeframe. My wife wants to go but she can't with work maybe thats a good thing lol.
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Because I am slightly slightly considering doing it but just trying to wrap my head around the mileage on the car and the length of trip. I am on track to buying Catwoods (Carls) 01 ACR in San Diego and I have never been to CA or any of the awesome states on the way back to FL... AZ and TX especially. Car has 43k miles and I dont really care that much about 2500 miles on it really in the grand scheme its not a big deal.

I have read some threads from the past that say its a great experience in a Viper but damn its SO MANY HOURS. I wish I was just driving from like TX and back haha.

Anyone else done something like this? On another note shipping is $2,000 whereas gas I would guess is about $750 if I get 14-15 mpg, use Marriott points or stay with friends or viper people along the way. Trying to get my best friend who is buying my Viper I have now to ride with me but not much luck with that haha.
Almost did that 3 years ago when I bought mine from a guy in Florida, he was a member here - think his name is Mark. Because of the damn bank delaying the release of the funds, I ended up shipping the car by truck freight - open trailer which cost me $450 and the lost plane ticket because I couldn't get a refund cost me about $250.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #26
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Yea open truck is like $1200 or so but I really am nervous to use someone other than the few the Viper guys use and all of them are enclosed so way more.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #27
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if you need a place to stay in sc, im in greenville, about 2 hrs from atl and about 5 hrs from fl.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #28
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Did NY to TX in an 04 SRT. If you arent going to have anyone with you I suggest you break the trip up wisely. You start to appreciate creature comforts your daily driver has on a trip like that in a Viper.

Trying to eat on the road in a Viper is near impossible and very dangerous. Heavy rain in traffic will pull your stomach out of your ass. My brother went with me and we hit a storm in traffic pulled over at a store afterwards for him to smoke a cig, I dont smoke but I had one then!!!

The main thing is the cruise control, or the lack there of. Your foot and ankle start to fall asleep after a while and you have to stop and walk around. The further you go the shorter the distances before you go numb.

I would drive until I couldnt feel my foot, then my brother would and so on.

I wouldnt do it again, but I wouldnt trade those memories for anything. The trip was fun, stressful, exciting, ego blowing, and rewarding. You fill like you have really earned the car after a trip like that. Proved to your self that you are not a poser

I say do it, just becareful
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #29
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lol that is 1 hell of a horror story.

I myself don't really care about cruise control or lack of. Once I get to the speed I wanna be at, I just ignore my foot and it seems to work out.


The main problem for me is if you have a passenger, you don't really have a place to put a bottle of water. If going alone, you can just use the passenger seat.

If you don't have XM, invest in it for the ride, even if it means having to stop somewhere to get the stuff in the car installed after you buy it. Comedy radio can keep your mind occupied for a pretty decent amount of time.

If I was going alone, I'd probably do the trip in 2 days, but since I have to somewhat stick with the u haul and have my wife in my car, it'll probably take 4 days.

If you plan on speeding on 10, a radar detector is a must once you get around Texas, that is the only area I ever seem to have trouble with as far as seeing cops goes.


There is an energy drink called Red line that works pretty well if you start to feel a little tired.

Or there is always cocaine.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:56 AM   #30
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Bought mine last August. 2300 miles/3700 kms.

Atlanta to Calgary.

Solo drive.

Do it.

Can't take back the memories of a trip like that.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #31
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For the past 3 years I've made my annual 3,000 mile trip alone with the mods in my sig block. Usually from Panhandle of FL to San Antonio to Dallas to Kansas City to St. Louis to Nashville back to the panhandle. Usually takes @ 12 days and stay with friends/family. I have a huge SUV, but I'm more relaxed and it's more fun driving the Viper. Average about 17mpg also. Because I do this every year I spent $500 to install an aftermarket cruise control. Wouldn't be without it. The drive is broken up by the constant attention you receive from other drivers/vehicles. You'll notice sometimes how vehicles in your distant rearview will be speeding up behind you seemingly that they're in a hurry to pass you. But they'll then just cruise next to you only to find out that they just wanted to catch up to you to see what kind of a car you were driving. You also can do some "spirited" run-ups on certain stretches of highway with a little situational awareness. Have multiple stories, but you'll know what I mean when you do it. Have fun, it's a blast!
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do it. drove close to 1600 miles in 2 days when I picked it up from plumcrazy. loved every minute of it. pack light, don't rush. stop to eat....don't eat on the road. car should get 20ish or better. I averaged about 21 with some stops due to major city traffic. bring someone with you and make a short vacation of it. when I get it back from RSI and all the kinks worked out, I intend to road trip in the spring hopefully. grand canyon, colorado, florida, eastern sea board, las vegas. all of them. like plum said. don't be a pussy.
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Haha im 28, still trying to figure it out with work and timeframe. My wife wants to go but she can't with work maybe thats a good thing lol.
Do it. Tons of fun, I did Michigan to San Diego when I picked up one of my Prowlers. Had a ton of fun.

Also if you need any help when you get to SD just give me a PM and I will see if I can help.
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Carl's car is set up for the track. The previous owner spent a shit ton on it. Motons if I remember. Get the shop to set them soft. Headers, and a fairly loose exhaust. Earplugs are a good idea. With a car used on the track, save the hard launches for when you get home. Half shafts, trans and diff are almost definitely upgraded on that car, but even then you want to be near home if one breaks. BF, Nowhere doesn't stock Viper parts.
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Yea it has Koni T1 suspension but has stock shafts, trans and diff just has a new centerforce clutch and loops on the axles from what he could see or remember. If it has more than that then awesome haha but yea based on my work schedule it appears that Intercity shipping will be getting my business.
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I bought my '97 GTS in Ohio, drove it to VA, then all the way back to CO. Figured it was an ideal opportunity to become aquainted with my new toy. Now that I've done this, I need never to do it again. The Viper is not a touring car. If you have never driven a Viper, then take it slow. It drives like no other car and has attributes that can be unexpected. I almost wrecked my Viper on that long drive home a couple times, just because it had way more power than I was expecting. I soon learned the proper, safe technique for driving one of these cars and somehow made it home safe.

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Put a set of tools together in a box and ship them to catwood before the adventure. If any minor issues occur on your trip back, you will want at least basic tools: ratchets, sockets, extra fuses, and of course, a lug wrench. Wouldn't hurt to have one of those small aluminum floor jacks either. Make sure a spare tire is available too...even if it's a full-size. Better safe than sorry out in the desert.
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