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irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/26/21 7:39 p.m.

There is no offseason for rally

Rallysprint this weekend

Rallycross in November

Winter rally in January

I do have a new sub-$1k car incoming so I have something to do over the winter between those events, though. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/26/21 9:15 p.m.

Brake rotors on the front of the Ralliart are corroded and need replacement. Pads are still at 50% and money is tight, probably going to put them on again. 
 

Get some paint practice on the hood of the truck. Keep driving it. Hold off on doing anything about the AC while it's cool. Hopefully not spending any more money on it. 
 

Miata is just about set for the next few months, will need tires in the spring, if not sooner. I have been doing well with rivals, but the price for 225/45-15 is almost $200 per tire, more than the A052. 
 

Morris Minor is a big question at this point. Planning to pull the engine soon and find out if it needs replacement. Lots more to follow. Sorting out lots of stuff. Paint. 
 


 


 

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/26/21 9:28 p.m.
RedGT said:
AO52

I may  go that route. I drive the car to work once or twice a week in the summer but whatever I put on it will age out before it wears out.

 

Claff
Claff Reader
10/26/21 9:35 p.m.

No huge plans here. I want to maintain the track NC but not sure what that really entails other than the usual fluids and checking nuts & bolts.

I'd also like to redo the race seat mounting in that car and figure out if I want to install a five- or six-point harness.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
10/27/21 5:38 a.m.
RedGT said:

 Yokohama A052.  that's the droid y'all are looking for.  Anything else is just to try to save money (Falken RT660 are delightfully cheap, last longer and are 'fast enough', Nankangs are somewhere in between on both fronts), or because you need them to last a long time on track (could have a whole thread on these options, not even going there.)

You forgot a third reason: the A052s don't come in the size you need (245/40R15 for example) 

RedGT
RedGT Dork
10/27/21 6:02 a.m.
NickD said:
RedGT said:

 Yokohama A052.  that's the droid y'all are looking for.  Anything else is just to try to save money (Falken RT660 are delightfully cheap, last longer and are 'fast enough', Nankangs are somewhere in between on both fronts), or because you need them to last a long time on track (could have a whole thread on these options, not even going there.)

You forgot a third reason: the A052s don't come in the size you need (245/40R15 for example) 

I actually had typed out "or you are prioritizing fitment over grip" but decided not to have that debate again and deleted it.  In your case the Nankang is probably close enough its a tossup, but what drives me nuts is people who insist on running a 245 generic summer tire and swear it's faster than a 205 200tw because of the width. 

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) Dork
10/27/21 8:13 a.m.

Throw Riggamort into time-out for a while, so I can finish sorting the Courier. I learned a lot about what state I need to be in to get stuff actually finished on a car and need to apply that to floors/pedal mounting/wiring/cooling and interior on the Courier so I can finally drive it again. It sounds like a lot, and it will be - but none of it is actually starting from scratch, I've plugged away at a lot of it already.

Also, like RedGT - I need to not buy any new cars. Especially not the 6MT G35 from the forum. I don't need that to go with my 6MT Camaro. Nope.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/27/21 8:20 a.m.
Duke said:
RedGT said:
AO52

I may  go that route. I drive the car to work once or twice a week in the summer but whatever I put on it will age out before it wears out.

Apparently I can't go that route.  A052 is only available in 225/50/R15 which is too tall.  Tire Rack has the following choices in 225/45/R15:

  • RS-4
  • V720 and V730
  • Rival and Rival S 1.5 (currently on the car; I was not overly impressed)
  • Conti ExtremeContact Force
  • RT660
  • Proxes R1R

Looks like it may be the 'Kangs for me - the CR-1 is being renamed the CR-S and is available in 225/45/R15 from Phil's for $179 each.

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/27/21 8:34 a.m.

In reply to RedGT :

Oh my... and the A052 comes in a near-perfect MINI width: 225/45-16.  I didn't need to know that.  Even better would be the 245/45-16, but I'd have to buy new wheels to fit those. 

Of course, I already have so much on my schedule for 2022, I don't know if any autocross events would be feasible. I do miss it, tho... 

RedGT
RedGT Dork
10/27/21 9:00 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

Not to turn this into entirely a tire thread but, yeah the Nankangs or the RT660's are the next best choice then.

Everything else on the list are perfectly reasonable performance tires for various use cases, but none will be as outright fast for autocross as the kang, rt660 or yoko.

RivalS that you have are notorious for being hard to get heat into and best suited for very heavy cars, so anything you pick should be worlds better.

 

In reply to Ian F (Forum Supporter) :

Warminster is baaaaaaaack and HS is sometimes the biggest class.  You should come out.

 

In reply to classicJackets (FS) :

Sounds like 6MT G35 guy needs to move it NOW which is a good deal for someone local but I'm not going to bother him with trying to orchestrate a fly and drive while the car's not running right and he's moving ASAP.  So I am safe from that one.

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
10/27/21 1:44 p.m.

Porsche 996 Turbo -> rear wheel drive conversion, GT3 lower control arms with more camber, track alignment

VW Corrado -> paint work, detail/ceramic coat

KTM 690R -> Have Konflict redo suspension to my weight, mount new tires, brake fluid flush, Oberon clutch slave cylinder, mount USB port/voltmeter

The thing I'm most excited about is I'm having a Hnady motorcycle lift installed into my garage floor.  That way I can still park a car over it and not lose a garage parking spot

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/27/21 3:33 p.m.

In reply to RedGT :

I'm not in HS anymore.  The MCS has mods that put it in STX, hence the desire forthe 245 size...

I've seen the pictures of Warminster. I'll try to get out there in 2022.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/27/21 4:45 p.m.

We have a couple more weekends with the modifieds, eventually the state may inspect the corvette and if it passes it will get a few odds and ends changed, and look try to get the Monte Carlo running

slowbird
slowbird UltraDork
10/27/21 5:04 p.m.

The sticker on the daily driver runs out at the end of the year. I anticipate it might need some annoying and/or not cheap maintenance to keep it on the road.

In project car land, springtime will be the time of action for a motor swap with help from friends. That car should be a good daily driver once it's done and also a potential challenge car. Then a couple of other project cars need minor work that I just need to force myself to deal with. And there's always the (slim) possibility I'll get very ambitious and step outside my comfort zone to learn new skills and tackle bigger projects.

I'm also neck deep in various hobbies and such, including sim racing where I've (perhaps foolishly) entered two different iRacing leagues, with moderate success so far, but I could really use a new and better wheel for that. I could also grab a spare seat from a parts car and use it for my sim rig, for more comfortable racing. R/C trucks and slot cars and model cars and model trains are also competing for time and budget.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
10/28/21 5:13 a.m.

Oh, yeah, I forgot about the free, relatively rare motorcycle that my father gave me this year that has been disassembled for about 40 years. Plan is to reassemble that and see if I want to get my motorcycle license, or at the very least make it easier to sell off than a pile of parts.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/28/21 6:15 a.m.

In reply to RedGT :

Is Warminster fun?  I've never run there, but it just seems like slalom down, pin turn, slalom back. I'm equally close the Bader so I usually go there for away games.

 

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/28/21 6:38 a.m.

1. Clean and organize shop.

2. Hang a dozen or so lights in work area of shop.

3. Have an electrician install a new 200A service into building and a 100A sub panel near fabrication area.

4. Finish installing 2-post lift(needs to be shortened 9" to clear the ceiling).

5. Work on 4 project cars that I haven't touched in well over a year(Corvette Kart, Rotus, Outlaw 914 and Lotus 7 replica).

 

All of my shop plans will will go "out the window" if she decides that it's time to finally finish our basement. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/28/21 6:53 a.m.

Oooh, yeah, lights. I have two 8 foot fluorescent s that have been waiting 10+ years for me to hang them, and two 2x2 LEDs that have been waiting 3-4 years.

 

asphalt_gundam
asphalt_gundam Reader
10/28/21 7:37 a.m.

Currently increasing storage and insulating the 2nd garage in order to hopefully have more work space this winter.

For the '85

1. Finish building the new engine that I started on last year.....still can't get all the parts

2. Weight reduction: 200lbs on the low side with parts only, 450lbs+ on the high side with lots of fab work

Get progress completed on the other projects and a few customer jobs too

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/28/21 7:38 a.m.
  • The boat goes to underground storage, sleep well my friend.
  • The motorcycle might get sold for a newer retro bike if I can find the right deal. It will suck making the swap in December/January, but that's when I bought this one. Other than the freezing test ride and 4 month wait to actually ride it, the deals are better.
  • The Cherokee comes into the garage to address some niggling issues like replacing the headliner (again) and updating seats and center console. Maybe she gets sold, IDK. 
  • The FiST needs some minor rust and dent repair before they get out of hand. I'd love to fit wider rubber, 205 is pretty limiting. Maybe she gets this treatment:
     

 

All of that is AFTER home renovations. I am removing walls, putting in a new kitchen, moving some rooms. That will take most of my off-season.

 

QuasiMofo (John Brown)
QuasiMofo (John Brown) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/28/21 8:24 a.m.

1: 5.3 fitted into $h!tbarge

2: Dummer stripped

3: 5.3 fitted into Dummer

4: Wire Dummer

5: Wire $h!tbarge

6: Lower Dummer

7: $h!tbarge exhaust

8: Dummer turbocharger 

9: $h!tbarge driveshaft 

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/28/21 10:17 a.m.

I have a few items on the Ram 50 to do before it goes back on the road.

-Fix the sticky clutch pedal

-Replace the 33 year old front bushing with Poly

-Alignment

-Clean up wiring

-Reposition radiator and improve shrouding

-Add oil cooler

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
10/28/21 10:21 a.m.

What is this off season?

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/28/21 12:42 p.m.
Duke said:

In reply to RedGT :

Is Warminster fun?  I've never run there, but it just seems like slalom down, pin turn, slalom back. I'm equally close the Bader so I usually go there for away games.

 

Yes... being an old air strip, the course design options are rather limited, but the designers manage to do a good job of making each event interesting. It's fairly close to me, so I can accept the limitations.  I haven't been to Bader yet - partly because it's an hour and a half drive each way. But one of my ex-coworkers runs there fairly often (black Focus ST) and he's always reminding me to try it.  Does look like a fun venue.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/28/21 12:54 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:
Duke said:

In reply to RedGT :

Is Warminster fun?  I've never run there, but it just seems like slalom down, pin turn, slalom back. I'm equally close the Bader so I usually go there for away games.

Yes... being an old air strip, the course design options are rather limited, but the designers manage to do a good job of making each event interesting. It's fairly close to me, so I can accept the limitations.  I haven't been to Bader yet - partly because it's an hour and a half drive each way. But one of my ex-coworkers runs there fairly often (black Focus ST) and he's always reminding me to try it.  Does look like a fun venue.

OK.  Warminster is about 1 hour 20 minutes from me; Bader is 1 hour 40 minutes.

 

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