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Squeezing Nitrous in a Rental - Rent It. Race It. Return It.

One Way To Maximize The Time You Have With A Rental Car.

Jul 1, 2006

About three months ago, I totaled my '03 Honda Element daily driver trying to dodge a ladder that fell out of a truck on the freeway. With the daily driver out of commission, I had to drive the racecar (the '96 Civic you've seen here in occasional project pages) around until I found new wheels. But that was before I put it into the back of a Dodge Neon that was parked in the middle of the intersection at a green light.

Down two cars and without transport, I needed a rental. The search for a Honda rental was long and hard, but it beat getting stuck behind the wheel of a Chevy Aveo or Kia Rio. I tracked down an '06 Accord LX for $35 a day.

Probably like many of you, I can't leave anything stock for too long, even a rental. So we put in a call to Nitrous Oxide Solutions (NOS) who sent out a NOS Universal Wet Nitrous Kit.

The idea started as a kind of joke, but then we really wanted to see how plausible it was to rent a car, mod it, race it that night and return it the next morning. Turns out it was easier than expected [and not unlike a tactic we've heard of some Puerto Rican drag racers using to save money and stay in the points - DF]

If you try this at home, we can't blame you, but we don't encourage it. Unless you've got a good eye for detail and covering your tracks, you could end up owning that nice, boring rental.

K24 NOS On The Quick
There's always a way to do an install perfectly. Attention to detail is usually the most important aspect of installing new parts on your ride. The key word being "your." When it's somebody else's ride (like a rental company's), detail is often lost to reckless haste. Bubba and Jency from Do-It Dyno took a little from column A and a little from column B by doing a decent-looking install in about an hour.

The fuel system on the K24 in our Accord is 180 degrees different than the normal PGM-FI setups we're used to on B, D, H, and F series motors. The lack of a return line made feeding the fuel solenoid a hassle. After a couple minutes of staring and scratching our heads, we came up with a decent solution.

The only other drawback is the K24 ignition system. The DIS system lacks a distributor to manually retard timing. The only way to retard static timing on a K series is with aftermarket engine management systems, (such as Hondata's K-Pro, which we couldn't use anyway due to our rental's automatic tranny). The ignition hassles are the reason why we ended up running a 40-shot rather than something larger.

Top 5 Fun Things to do in a Rental Car Rent. Insure. Blast.

1. Nitrous. The quickest, easiest way to add 40 wheel hp to anything.
2. Tray Sliding. Take 2 trays from your local fast food joint, put them under the rear wheels, pull the E-brake and let it rip.
3. Off Roading or Rally X. Off-roading is a given, but rental cars are commonly used as an alternative to one's own car while learning to drive in Rally X.
4. Street Jumping. If getting dirty isn't your thing, do it in the street. Usually you'll find the best jumps disguised as parking lot entrances, large speed bumps and split level property connectors.
5. Burnouts. Duh, you don't have to pay for the new tires the car will need when you're done with it. Light 'em up to your heart's content.

PLAY FOR PENNIES
Excluding the NOS kit, we didn't pay all that much for a whole day and night of automotive enjoyment.
Car rental
$35.00
Insurance
$10.00
Rubber Fuel Hose
$2.00
{{{90}}} AN Fitting
$2.00
Wire
$1.00
Nitrous Oxide
$42.00
GRAND TOTAL
$92.00

Sources

NOS
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-782-2900
www.holley.com

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