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Knurled. MegaDork
1/13/18 8:22 a.m.

-1 needs more Redsuns sticker



fidelity101 UltraDork
2/12/18 3:59 p.m.

Went ice racing, had a bad time - MS was acting up again like always. Not sure if its wiring or ECU related but the used ECU was poorly put together by professional opinion so I said berkeley it:


The elite 1000 just arrived this week after throwing my purse at this problem and now its back to square one I guess...


not sure when I'll be racing again because its been running like E36 M3 for 6 months and now im unmotivated and afraid of ruining this nice piece of equipment. Waitied 2 years to go ice racing and now I cant even race... about ready to slap the carb back on and compete in a few events just because that works.

fidelity101 UltraDork
9/1/18 1:17 p.m.

I will update this but the whole do the proper EFI thing has become a slippery slope...


  • LS1 coil swap
  • new sensors added measuring capabilities
  • IQ3 dashboard
  • extensive dyno tuning
  • from VR stock CAS to hall effect kit form full function engineering

so right now im operating on a small vacuum leak (fixable) and limited to 7k rpm but with very happy results (~180-190whp)

and I took it to the local road course for some test and tune during an open track event and had a blast, even without swaybars!

fidelity101 UltraDork
10/1/18 8:33 a.m.

Now it is time to prep and be ready for LSPR now that it is october (okay I have been working on it since august really for this) and with under 2 weeks left to go and a rallycross this weekend for a brief shakedown its time to really get cranking!

Dashboard needed some tidying up because of the circuits I don't need because of the new dashboard setup but I also needed to cut down on the glare so I decided to mask up some areas and flock the dashboard:



use a rough bedliner at first prior to flocking as it adheres excellent to all the dips and valleys, I had bedlinered the top of the dash a while back to cut down on a glare but it wasn't enough alone:


Now the next big thing is belts are expired so I have to change those prior to the race which means I have to remove my seats... which means I have to remove the underbody protection. which means cleaning and painting any surface rust: 

I managed to tackle this over the past week, now it is time to re-assemble the seats with the new seatbelts (make sure I installed them correctly before tighting everything down). 


Still big ticket items left: 

  • Reinstall underbody protection
  • Resinstall dashboard
  • Belts/seats
  • Install rally tires on wheels
  • Cut a pair of rally tires
  • Figure out why high beams stopped working (electrical)
  • Remove any old unessecary wiring left over. 
  • Skid plates
  • Alignment
  • Install a rally computer 
  • Configure dashboard GPS

I leave for the UP in 16 days. Should be fine, right?


fidelity101 UltraDork
10/5/18 2:39 p.m.

Countdown to LSPR 2018 is in full swing! 

New MRF tires softcompound on some freshly coated wheels (got to make it pretty for all the nice colors up there)

3 lefts and 3 rights, 1 pair will be cut, potentially 2 pairs depending how the event goes. 


Belts and seats at the correct length and installed? 


skid plates ready to go and the full underbody protection is in place? 

Check and check!


Also a good helping hand is a trans jack when you got these awkward sheets of plastic hanging around and need to bolt it in quickly:


Have a beer and not bolt anything down because you wanna see how the dashboard looks in the freshened up interior and you're too tired to go because there is work in the morning...

yeah we can do that too!


now today is finish up the dash and get everything electrically hooked up and test drive tonite in preparations for the rallycross tomorrow that will likely be canceled due to rain since the site is in a dirt cricle track and becomes pretty much useless over a .5" of rain...

Mezzanine Dork
10/5/18 5:07 p.m.

How does the flocking hold up in the dirty rally car environment? I mean you can't exactly wipe it down once it's dusty...

fidelity101 UltraDork
10/5/18 11:16 p.m.

We are gonna find out soon!

fidelity101 UltraDork
10/25/18 3:03 p.m.

LSPR 2018 is over and we made it through alive and the car intact!

Had we not got so many penalties due to co-driver errors (seriously not causing blame on this he owned up to it lol) we would have podium'd both days of the rally! We were working on the car the day before the drive up to the rally and had some minor issues to fix for tech (lights/stickers/etc) and got an alignment only a few days prior to the start of the rally. 

The front is lowered, the rear is lifted and I have .1* positive camber in the back but that didn't stop us from sending it!


Day 1 was dry and fast/smooth roads - we had some long stages 10-13miles long with some medium 6-8 mile long stages thrown in. Weather was great and we were doing pretty okay figuring out what limits of the car we can take and what lines not to take. We have basically DNF'd every rally we have entered in some shape or form so we wanted to be cautious and check that everything was working like it should, and it did!

Day 2 was a whole new animal, we went from 36th on the road to 20th which was great because we took 3rd the 1st stage, then 1st on the second stage and then 3rd overall on the 3rd stage (missed first by several seconds and 2nd by about 1 second).

We were actually leading the regionally rally overall going into service.  Stage#10 we saw a lot of cars off, got caught in a few slippery moments where I had a few brief moments panic (of getting stuck) and other areas were grippier than expected. Our road placement was key as the other cars helped sweep away some of the snow from the other road or we would have started the day with snows instead of gravels but we gambled on tires and it worked! I always liked racing in the slop at rallycross so this was right at home to get the car sideways and rotate how I wanted. Post stage we can't help but think how awesome Yokohama A034's are for LSPR and how we wished we would have had them but the MRF softs were pretty predictable and were brand new so every little bit helped,  You can tell in a lot of areas in the video where I was not on the gas and a general lack of grip. I did improve the time on when we re-ran the stage in the afternoon and I took 10th overall on it during that time. 



here are a few more of our favorite shots seriously considering a championship regional run next year, before year end the front shocks are getting updated and the car will sit more level and a scary moment almost hitting a rolled car, they were okay luckily otherwise we would have stopped. They had told us later that the triangles were pinned in the carb between the door and they could not get to them. 








I am Really impressed with the car as we did not get stuck or have any of the off the road moments and just kept it calm and smooth as possible and had a blast! no electrical failures only a tire blown on the transit on the way back to MTC after helping another rx7 with its blown tire just after the stage finished because they turned the car off and it flooded we gave them a quick pull and it fired right up, both of these delays gave us a late penalty but it doesn't matter the whole 10 minutes early out of service killed us. 


crankwalk SuperDork
10/27/18 10:57 p.m.

Looks great out there. Congrats on the successful runs

fidelity101 UltraDork
11/1/18 9:37 p.m.
crankwalk said:

Looks great out there. Congrats on the successful runs

Thanks! Car felt great - looking forward to upgrading the front shocks with TRF for some more robustness, travel, dampening with the bilstein universal motorsport shock setup. Hoping to do that before sno*drift but it may be tight because some parts are on back order apparently.  

I'm thinking of making a 2wd/G2 season so it would be primarily regional Sno*drift - Southern Ohio - summer sno*drift and LSPR. spread out enough with the year to be busy enough but not crazy. Or may try and replace one event with a team oniel trip with a few friends. 

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