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ProDarwin MegaDork
4/22/21 9:01 a.m.

Yeah, wheel + tire is a big piece of the puzzle.  The competition in class has boost and 15x9/225 with better compound tires.  Maybe 15x10s, not sure.

That said, the car is silly fun as is, might as well wear out the tire setup you've got.


Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/22/21 9:06 a.m.

In reply to ProDarwin :

Almost exactly my plan. Figure the rest of the season to catch up to you and Shawneecreek, or at least next to DFL. On the wheels and tires that are paid for. 

Got a LONG way to go....


Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/25/21 2:00 p.m.

The noise was the rear heim of the ppf delete coming apart again. With way more play now, too!

And the batwing mouns loosened up on the studs. 

So, i used a rear sway bar end link from a 1995 suburban to replace the heim joint.  Had to bore the sleeves and narrow one end to make it fit right, but it went in good. Tightened the nuts on the batwing. 

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/25/21 2:05 p.m.

Also, event results from last week posted. I was .3 from next to DFL.  Prodarwin was 4th in class. First run was the fastest, getting progressively slower from there.


Also, i got a message about noise. I didn't think it was all that loud, but apparently it is. So, time to build a new, non leaking, non hitting, muffled exhaust out of my pile of spare exhaust crap. Thinking 2.25 headers back to a 2.5 axleback.

Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/25/21 2:49 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) :

Damn old people complaining about what should be music to their ears.

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/25/21 3:25 p.m.

In reply to Stampie :

Its gotten significantly louder since you returned it. I the the glass pack no longer has anything resembling glass packing anymore. 

And the used flexible pipes i used that were used for the headers to y pipe are both leaking from multiple places. 

In other words,  the exhaust i built to get me through A challenge got me through two challenges, a few thousand street miles, and hundreds of autocross runs. 

It don't owe me E36 M3.

Next one i build will use everything i learned building this one.

Loaded up for another event. This one is at the outer limit of how far im willing to go. 

Tomorrow is Danville airport with triad sports car club. Goal again is hands and vision. See if i can be smooth. 

It also looks to be about half the number of entrants than zmax. So, maybe a little more runs! Dunno. Ran with them once with the elky yeara and years ago. 


I was second in class yesterday,  not DFL like normal! Only had one run that wasn't dnf, which was good enough to beat third place whose runs were ALL dnf. But his dnfs were five seconds faster than my best run, also a dnf. Im still kinda proud of not being dfl in class, but not as proud as if id earned it by being legitimately faster.

The course was kinda confusing. Not enough pointer cones i think. Causing many missed gates for many people. When i was working course,  80% of runs missed one entire element due to the sea of cones thing. Not knocking them, just a little room for improvement. 

However, picked up four seconds over my runs. With no spins. Last run was my fastest, and i tried to compress braking zones as well as focus on my hands and vision. 

The rubber mounted ppf delete made the car a little less violent on snap throttle conditions. Muffler, however, got me talked to.


Good event!

Dirtydog (Forum Supporter)
Dirtydog (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/3/21 9:25 a.m.

Good for you.  Seems like the tow and go worked out. So you were the damn noisy kid on the block at the event.  Should be relatively easy fix.  Keep at it, practice almost always brings improvement.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
5/3/21 9:35 a.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) :

It's been twenty years since I regularly autocrossed, but i used to bitch at people about using every cone in the trailer. I prided myself on setting a fun course using a minimum of cones. It's more fun and easier on the course workers when done right. My best was 17 cones , aside from the start and stop boxes.

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