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Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Did my first track event a few weeks back at CMP. 95 Miata with HP+ in front, HPS in rear, a dot 4 fluid flush and crappy street rubber. I had so much more fun than autocross. If you are at all on the fence about track events go.
Heres a crappy video of my crappy runs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6fzZJX944g
Also to add to what the OP said about cars you need. I rode with a guy at the same event driving a ford escort zx2 base model with hawk pads and all season tires. He did have sway bars, but that was it. He was chasing down a Turbo RS and a GT3 in the corners, the porsches also had racing slicks.

That said im looking at a roll bar for the miata now. Any one have opinions about which to go for? I was thinking a Hard Dog M1 hard top with x brace.

Sadi fucked around with this message at 00:31 on Jun 14, 2012

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Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:



Sadi did a track day with this level of factory protection.

I was running a borrowed hard top, which for some reason made it ok to them. I personally wasn't super comfortable with it. I dont think the hard top would provide any roll over protection what so ever.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Got my second day in at CMP the day before the lemons race there. Things got a little screwed up and I ended up only getting 40min on track but my feelings werent too hurt. I had a blast. I couldn't believe how good the RS3s were on the track. They were making my HP+s work for it. I still have problems with T3 and T14. Did get the kink flat though, that was fun.
Heres an example of a bad lap with my only real screw up of the day. (T3 almost spin).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJW6hN8N6tg
And heres one of my better laps.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8bo2jb-Xr8
Any critique is appreciated.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Sigma X posted:

What are you using for telemetry there?

Harry's laptimer pro, Its probably the best $20 i've spent on any iPhone app. It gives you a lot of data you can export. It can do those overlays. I still havent explored all the options.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

eriddy posted:

Does it let you record for a long time - like an entire 30 minute track session, for example? I have a similar app (optrix videopro) and it can't process long videos.

Nice save on that first video like your instructor said. Other than that you could probably use more of the track but that's a pretty easy thing to fix.

It auto starts recording video when you start lapping. It records the whole time but automatically divides the video up in to one lap segments. It also lets you compare telemetry from lap to lap. If you have a wifi OBD2 sender it shows ever more data. I have had the optrix video app before this. In my opinion the optix app is fine for autocross, but lap timer pro is miles ahead for track stuff. Timer pro can even do some cool stuff, like you can load gopro video into it and let it process and add the overlay to it. Or you could just export the telemetry data and do the overlay on an external program. Its a much more in depth app than oprix.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Just did one last weekend at CMP East track. Was fun, instructor offered to solo certify me, I told him Id like to get a few more DE events under my belt first (this was my 3rd event).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXAXrf26_SM
A friend has issues with his car. He was told the brakes he bought could hold up, but in 1 25min session they (last run of the day) they went from 50% tread life to metal on metal. Pulling off the track he also had a axle seal pop out and drain the transmission. We had a fun evening putting it back together and limping it back home.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

So looking to do suspension on the miata next year.
Im looking at Koni Race with GC coil overs and 700/450 springs.
In the same price range are PSS9s and FM V-Maxx XXtreme coilovers. Also FCMs are about 30% more. Goals are set up aiming towards track driving.
What are opensions, is it worth waiting and saving for the FCMs? Or should I consider the VMaxes or PSS9s over the Koni Race set up? I tried looking on m.net but its m.net.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

Save for Xida CS. Just save your money.

Buy something used from miataturbo if need be.

I assume you are talking about the "Club Sport" not the "Coilover system" right? Because I could see saving for the Club Sport, how ever holy balls the coilover system is expensive. More than I paid for my car.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

So how bad of an idea is a Mk3 supra for a lemons car? Found a roller locally with removed motors and trans for a song.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

My personal interest is to have fun and get into wheel to wheel cheap. One of my friends going in with us really wants to win. Im pretty un decided still. I want rear wheel drive, because its what I know. Seems like the real right choice for reliable cheap fast rwd is e30 or maita.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

the spyder posted:

Figured this is the best place to ask: I need a new helmet. What are you running and why do you like it?

Zamp becuase it was cheap, SA2010 and fit. I like it so far, no issues for autocross or HPDE.
http://www.apexperformance.net/prod-2032.htm

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

e30 318s seem super cheap to run as well. I was talking to a guy at a track day. It wasnt super fast but it was light and good on the track. His motor had over 250k miles on it with years of wheel to wheel events and had yet to be rebuilt. He had very very few issues with it. Other than it being a slightly slow option it seemed very attractive to me from the maintenance point of view.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

TrueChaos posted:

I'm running hawk HP+. As for the track, I was at shannonville motorsports park in Ontario. We ran the long track configuration, it was awesome.

I'm also getting some strange noises from the right rear, something is making a grindingish noise when not braking with every wheel revolution, and it doesn't sound right under braking either. Will pull that apart tonight and see what's going on. It wasn't making noises like that before the trackday...

On HP+s I had bad vibrations in some conditions. Normally it was on the street that I had it though.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

Sadi: you doing CMP in 2 weeks? (more like 10 days)

Nope, need new pads and dont have cash for both pads and track day. Going to be a little while before I hit up CMP again.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

I just bought some DTC-60s for $120 (yay cash discount).

C'mon son!

Have you run the DTCs before? How do you like them? Most people I know down here run carbotechs so I was looking at them for my next pads.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

I've run HT-10s on the Miata and DTC -60s on the 2. I like them a lot. The DTC is the replacement for the HTs.

So another question, do you bias your pads? A few friends run XP-10s front and XP-8s rear but Im not sure I want to bias the front any more than it already is.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

I know Phone spends a lot of time at VIR and I'm sure others here do. What's the opinion on Rezoom HPDE events? I think I want to get my miata up there for their march 7th event.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

I haven't heard of them. You should run the next month with THSCC on North course.

The March event is only 1 day but it's full corse and only $250. Price is my primary motivator. Though $450 for two days isn't bad.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

I found 2 cans of it still sealed at a good will the other day for $2.50. I was super stoked. But yes, I think they do still have it in yellow and Ive been old they sell blue in an "off road use only" can, but I haven't checked.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people



the poi posted:

I'm a big proponent of learning on good tires like RS-3s/Rivals/etc. Not R-comps, mind you, but I didn't start getting faster until I took off my Super Sports and put on RS-3s. It may have just been those tires, but compared to the RS-3s, the breakaway and communication was abysmal. For someone learning, this meant when I exceeded the limit a bit, the car was sideways. On the RS3s, the car slid a bit, I learned a lesson, and could keep going.

I would agree. The first event I want to was on all seasons. It was terrifying. The car was so much more controllable and fun to drive on good tires. I had a lot more confidence with good tires.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Phone posted:

If you're just looking to do parade laps, then do whatever.

If you want a fast street tire, buy Rivals or Z2s. If you want an entry level slick, NT01s or Maxxis RC-1s.

Or RS3s they won most of autocross nationals this year.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

Octopus Magic posted:

You know you can spray your door with some windex/simple green and it'll clean that stuff off, right? Or are your cars that fast.

Also don't clean the poo poo out of your car before. I had my car so clean that I couldn't get painters tape to stick at all. Trying to dewax with isopropyl helped a little but it still blew off at low speed.

Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

I have a 2010 ZAMP. I like it pretty well for a discount helmet. The foam sealing around the visor is falling apart on mine now. I can t complain for the money. Through my next helmet will have a removable liner so I can wash it after rallycross.

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Sadi
Jan 18, 2005
SC - Where there are more rednecks than people

I went last year. My favorite place to watch was near the end of the track. The speed was unbelievable.

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