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trumant (Forum Supporter)
trumant (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
5/26/22 8:03 p.m.

I have some other exterior trim that needs some revitalization if not outright replacement so I'll probably try to ceramic coat as much as I can in a perhaps vain attempt to combat UV

trumant (Forum Supporter)
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5/31/22 8:18 a.m.

No black plastics renewed as of yet but I did get time to fully detail the OEM wheels off of the car this morning.

Once they are dry, into TireRack storage bags and then out of the garage and into the basement for long term storage. It's doubtful they will ever go back on the car (assuming I never sell) but who knows. Either way I need the garage space back.

trumant (Forum Supporter)
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6/5/22 8:15 a.m.

Wheels have been stowed away in the garage.

Car guys plastic restorer made a big difference on the hood vent. Hopefully it will hold up well.

Finally, HF sale last week meant that I ended up bringing home a steam cleaner. Tried it out for detailing the engine bay without chemicals and so far I've been pretty impressed.

trumant
trumant GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/6/22 11:44 p.m.

DelVal BMW CCA drivers school at NJMP Lightning booked for mid-August.

I've driven Lightning before for TNIA and a regional SCCA time trial but both were in my E36. I'll be curious to see how the E46 does in comparison. 

trumant
trumant GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/20/22 5:30 p.m.

Hawk Blue brake pads front and rear are on order and will get installed before the event.

I expect to be able to save the Hawk pads that are currently on the car as backup for the event.

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
7/21/22 8:38 a.m.

Why go with such an old school pad?  Plus they're notoriously hard on the rotors and don't have a great heat tolerance.  I'd run Hawk DTC 60's or 70's instead

trumant
trumant GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/21/22 9:26 a.m.

In reply to docwyte :

Ended up with these based on availability at Tire Rack, price and the fact that I'm a pretty rank novice and don't expect to be pushing the car particularly hard.

trumant
trumant GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/17/22 10:49 p.m.

2 days at NJMP Lightning with a very cool and helpful in-car instructor and safe and serious drivers in my beginner and intermediate run groups made this event a blast.

Classroom time was meh but still proved useful and was interactive enough to keep my interest.

I ran 4 30 minute sessions on Saturday in Beginner and made some decent awareness, if not execution gains. My major mental block was braking quickly and effectively in all corners but primarily turn 1 at the end of the straight. Speeds entering the braking zone there were between 120-130 for me.

Day 2 I had two beginner sessions in the morning and felt like in each I was finally improving my braking, linking turns 2,3 and 4 smoothly and gaining speed in the lightbulb. Most importantly I found a measure of consistency and became more comfortable with speeds entering turn 1.

Got a ride along in my instructors E46 M3 on R comps for a session and gained a healthy appreciation for his skills and my room to grow.

I got bumped to intermediate and finished the day with a single intermediate session where I got to practice with pointbys to clear high horsepower traffic and got 5 or 6 really clean laps with zero traffic.

The temps both days maxed at 84 so it was reasonably comfortable in the car out on track. Oil temps would climb more than I'd like by the end of a session but water temps, tires and brakes all held up well and gave me no surprises.

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