Yeh keep the XA and stick an 8 into it....ya know ya wanna.....
Tho the EBs are bloody quick, those mods will see some decent times - ask qwikcorty I think he was getting 14.7 or something. Though he'd probably have a better cam than Crow stage 2
Definitely you'd want a manual.
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